Central News for February 15, 2016

Central News for February 15, 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

February 7th ~ A Time for Rest

February 14th ~ The Help We Need

Upcoming Events
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

The TruthSeekers will be hosting a Spaghetti Lunch Fundraiser to benefit the McGill’s ministry in the Caribbean on Sunday, February 28th following the morning worship service.  Spaghetti, salad, drinks and dessert for a love donation.

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.  Over 3,000 people have made commitments to follow Jesus in the most recent campaign in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Hebrews 6:1-20

Bible Memorization Challenge: Hebrews 6:10 (ESV)…For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.

Pastor’s Note
I want to take am moment and review where we’ve come from over the last seven weeks of messages from Hebrews.  Remember, we’re on this journey looking for the prescription that leads us to a cure for the common church.  The common church in America is weak, stagnant (or declining), and irrelevant in its community.  That is not what we desire here at Central.

Over the past seven weeks it has become very clear that the message of Hebrews is Jesus.  That is the answer to what we are lacking in our lives, as well as in the church.  We do “church” things, and because we don’t emphasize Jesus, we are guilty of being a part of a religion, instead of pointing people to a relationship.  The writer of Hebrews has been clear, it is all about Jesus for each and every person who desires to follow Jesus.  Not church…Jesus.  Now, as we’ll see, being a part of a local community of believers (a local church) is vitally important, but only as it relates to our individual relationships with Jesus.  Being a part of a local church becomes important for the mutual support, accountability, and witness we can be to a local community.

If you remember a few weeks ago I shared my “vision” for Central Church.  Well, as we progress through Hebrews, let me share it with you again: To be the neighborhood church that supports families in their journey toward God’s will for their lives.  I believe that as we seek to move toward this vision, keeping our mission in mind, we will no longer be a common church.  We will not be weak, stagnant, or irrelevant.  Instead, as we move in this direction I see God taking us into a place where we are a powerful force for the Lord in this community, where we are seeing souls saved, and where we can become a focal point for our neighborhood.  I’m excited by what we have yet to accomplish for the Lord, and I am excited by what the Lord will show us in the next few weeks.

Close-up of businessmen shaking hands, Caucasian and African-AmericanThis coming Sunday we’ll be looking at promises…

Don’t forget, Easter is early this year, on March 27th.  Start planning (and praying) now for who you will invite to church to hear about Jesus on that Sunday!

I hope to see you in church soon!