Central News for January 18, 2016

Central News for January 18, 2016

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.

Recent Messages
The common church in America is either stagnant or declining.  Most churches rarely see anyone become a new follower of Jesus Christ.  Additionally, churches are losing current followers, especially in the younger age groups.  I don’t think this is the Lord’s plan for churches.  While that is an opinion, it is an opinion founded upon what I see the Bible saying about the church.  So, if the common church isn’t accomplishing what the Lord desires, is there a cure?  That’s what we’ve been looking at for the last three weeks, The Cure for the Common Church.

January 3rd ~ Jesus First

January 10th ~ Jesus Reigns

January 17th ~ Real Salvation

Upcoming Events
The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, January 18th at 6:30 PM.

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 2:1-18

Bible Memorization Challenge: Hebrews 2:18 (ESV)…For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Pastor’s Note
There is something incredibly powerful about drawing closer to Jesus.  As we do so, the things in our lives that are hindering us from fulfilling our calling become very clear.  We begin to notice when we are acting on our own sight instead of faith.  Faith is a difficult thing, as it does involve belief in something that cannot always be verified through our senses.  Yet that very belief, our faith, is what God desires from us.

In the passage I preached from yesterday there is a stern warning about not allowing ourselves to drift away from our salvation.  However, the words used to describe our salvation are important to see.  The writer of Hebrews declares it a “great” salvation.  First, understand that the word that is translated as great is a pronoun.  Our salvation is intensely personal.  God so loved you that He sent His Son to die on a cross for your sins.  The relationship that He desires is a personal relationship, not a corporate one.  Second, this word is used to describe something that is so big it is almost too big to describe.  Isn’t that what our salvation is like?  How can our sins be forgiven, considering that they are so numerous and so horrible when compared to a holy God?  We have indeed been the beneficiary of a great salvation!

Man silhouette forming a cross

This coming week we’re going to be looking at the One upon whom our salvation is built, Jesus.  I know, it seems like that’s all we’re doing.  Yet we must remember that often times for a cure to be effective, the treatment must be applied numerous times.  We’re looking for a cure for ourselves and our church.  We’re looking for the Lord to move us out of the stagnant/declining arena of the common church into the uncommon.  That means we may need to focus on something for more than one message.  The Book of Hebrews is all about Jesus, so that’s what our messages are going to be about.  In this week’s message, we’re going to look at Jesus as the very human sacrifice we needed.

I hope to see you in church soon!