Central News for February 1, 2016

Central News for February 1, 2016

Recent Messages
Our journey to look for the Cure for the Common Church continues.  While the common church in America is declining or stagnant, that’s not what we at Central want to be.  So, we’re looking for the prescription that leads to health.

January 3rd ~ Jesus First

January 10th ~ Jesus Reigns

January 17th ~ Real Salvation, Part I

January 24th ~ Real Salvation, Part II

January 31st ~ Faithfulness

Upcoming Events
The Greater Kansas City District Association of Free Will Baptists will hold its annual meeting at the Berean FWB Church at 2104 James Downey Road in Independence, MO at 10:30 AM on Saturday, February 6, 2016.  Bro. Stan Bunch, our state Executive Director will be our guest speaker.

The Advisory Board will meet on Thursday, February 18th at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall

The Deacon Ministry Team will meet on Sunday, February 21st following the morning worship service

Missionary News
For the latest news and prayer requests about our Free Will Baptist missionaries, click here.

For the latest news and prayer requests about our missionaries, Joel and Naomi McGill, click here.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Hebrews 4:1-13

Bible Memorization Challenge: Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)…For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Pastor’s Note
Youth Pastor Update: Well, I have some disappointing news to share with you all.  After prayerful consideration, our current candidate has asked to withdraw from the candidate process.  We wish all of God’s best to him and his wife as they seek God’s direction for their lives!  With that in mind, there is no need to begin giving toward the pledges for the youth pastor’s salary.  We have already begun the process of seeking other candidates, and will continue to do so until God directs otherwise.

There is a passage of Scripture that has always intrigued me.  It is found in Proverbs 29:18 (ESV)…Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint.  While I am not convinced that we have active prophets today, there is still a principle at play in this verse.  The context of this verse is clear, if God’s truth isn’t put into the lives of the people, they will tend to live lives that are out of control.  Here is the principle for today that I struggle with.  People need to follow a vision in order to complete a mission.  Our mission statement is clear and intentional; the problem is we don’t have a clear vision.  Our mission statement, Central Church seeks to glorify God by bringing others to faith in Jesus Christ and seeing lives changed by teaching and living God’s truth, tells us what we need to be doing.  It just doesn’t tell us how or where we are to do it.  I have been seeking the Lord for His vision for Central Church for a long time.  He has probably been speaking clearly, but I am rather dense at times so it has been difficult for me to get the message.  However, I think I am getting a clearer picture.

Here’s my take on a vision for Central Church: To be the neighborhood church that supports families in their journey toward God’s will for their lives.  What does that mean?  It means that we focus our attention on the families closest to us, our neighbors.  From Grandview Road to Prospect along Blue Ridge Boulevard, those are our neighbors.  In the past, neighborhoods looked to the local churches in their midst to meet their spiritual needs.  Why not focus on these neighbors of ours and see if we can’t be the source for spiritual truth in their lives?  Since we haven’t done a great job of encouraging this in the past it will take extra effort now to make this a reality.  We’re going to have to seek opportunities to make this happen.  We’re going to have to work to make this happen, as it won’t happen just because we want it to happen.

Photo of happy family of four lying on grass during summer restHere’s an idea for you: Why not offer a free, one afternoon per week, after-school program here at Central.  We could provide a safe environment, help with homework, snacks, and games.  If we did this on a Wednesday afternoon, it would just mean coming to church early.  I know, we don’t have the manpower for this, we don’t have the financial resources for this, and we don’t have a clue what we’d need to do in order to make this happen.  We don’t have anything…which seems like the perfect time to call upon the Lord and see what He would have for us.  Pray about this…challenge yourself and see if the Lord isn’t speaking to you about helping with something like this.  Maybe you have another idea about how we can become the neighborhood church that supports families in their journey toward God’s will for their lives.

This next week’s message from Hebrews is all about resting…as long as we’re resting in the right things…

I hope to see you in church soon!