Central News for February 5, 2018

Central News for February 5, 2018

Recent Messages
Below are links to our most recent messages:

Do Good

Follow this link to our sermon archive—Sermon Archive.

Upcoming Events

  • February 11th ~ Special presentation from Cornerstone Estate Planning during Sunday School
  • February 11th ~ Soup/Chili Fellowship from 12:30-2:00 PM (extra time for Q&A with the representative from Cornerstone Estate Planning)
  • February 18th ~ Deacon Ministry Team Meeting, from 12:30-1:00 PM
  • February 22nd ~ Advisory Board Meeting at 6:30 PM

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

Missionary Spotlight: Steve & Becky Riggs

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: 2 Corinthians 6:1-18

Bible Memory Challenge: 2 Corinthians 6:14 (ESV)—14Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

Pastor’s Note
Well, yesterday was certainly a different day! I never considered canceling services, as all that was being predicted was a “dusting” to maybe ½ inch of snow. Obviously, that prediction was a little off…

We may well receive 2-3 inches of snow tomorrow, so everyone should pay attention to your email accounts, voice mail, and even keep on eye on our Facebook page, as services on Wednesday may be in jeopardy.

I have a reminder for you concerning this coming Sunday. We will be hosting Bro. Troy Sadowski during the Sunday school time. He will be sharing his testimony with our classes, and I encourage you to come and hear his powerful story. Following the morning service we will have a Soup/Chili fellowship. Bring a pot of soup or chili to share along with a dessert. Bro. Troy will be sharing information from Cornerstone Estate Planning, a provider endorsed by the National Association of Free Will Baptists that has been working in concert with the Free Will Baptist Foundation.

We have gone through 1/12 of 2018 already; does it seem possible? At the close of 2017 I encouraged us, as a church, to consider how we could do good, be generous, and share with others during 2018. I believe, as we seek to do these things, God will provide us with opportunities to do these very things. So, take a look at your January and see if you had those opportunities. If you did, were you able to make use of them? If not, what do you need to change in February to make it happen?

A woman lifts her arms up in praiseThis coming Sunday, we will be looking at a difficult passage of Scripture in 2 Corinthians 6. It has been used to justify attitudes of total separation from the world by many in the Christian community. I don’t see it that way. I see this portion of Scripture as a warning to not allow the world’s methods to intrude into Kingdom work. As I have said before, salvation isn’t meant to be a business decision. Sharing the gospel isn’t the same as selling a product to a consumer. The gospel of Jesus Christ is one soul sharing with another soul the truth of eternal life. It is meant to be something that transcends the wisdom of the world, and seeks the wisdom of God. So, I encourage you to read the passage this week; read it several times. Think about it, pray and ask God to reveal the truths of this passage to you. Then pray, and ask God to empower me to be able to preach a message of relevance and truth this Sunday. Pray, and ask God to prepare your heart and mine to meet together this Sunday. Pray for Bill and the musicians as they prepare to lead us into worship through song and the reading of Scriptures. Let’s make this coming Sunday a different Sunday—no going through the motions.

In the meantime—what are you doing to be the church?