Central News for January 8, 2018

Central News for January 8, 2018

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Upcoming Events

  • January 21st ~ Deacon Ministry Team Meeting
  • January 25th ~ Advisory Board Meeting at 6:30 PM
  • February 3rd ~ District Annual Meeting at 10:00 AM at Beacon FWB Church in Raytown, MO
  • February 11th ~ Special presentation from Cornerstone Estate Planning during Sunday School

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

Missionary Spotlight: Matt & Cristina Price

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: 2 Corinthians 2:1-17

Bible Memory Challenge: 2 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV)—14But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

Pastor’s Note
Well, one week out of 52 weeks for 2018 is already gone.  For those who made New Year’s resolutions, you only have about 5-8 weeks left to form that new habit you made a resolution about. My New Year’s resolution was to not make any resolutions for this year…

I believe that this year is going to be a crucial year for us at Central. Not in a “make or break” sense—more in a “we can turn around” sense. The first thing someone has to do that wants to be more healthy is recognize the unhealthy things that are interfering with good health. Over the past few years we’ve been addressing these, a little bit at a time. We’re still not where I believe God wants us to be, but we are moving in the right direction. We have the right mindset to turn things around. I believe as we strive to focus on the three things for 2018 (doing good, being generous and being ready to share) we can turn Central into an even more healthy church.

If you’ve looked through the rest of this newsletter you already saw our Scripture memory verse for this week. If you passed over it, go back and read it again. We ought to remember that no matter what, as we’re connected to Christ, we are in this triumphal procession. In ancient times, the victorious, conquering king would come back to his home city and hold a massive victory parade. He would lead the procession, with many prisoners filing behind him, to show how mighty a warrior he was. Of course, our triumphal procession is a little different. Jesus is our victorious, conquering king. We are the prisoners He is leading in this parade—but wait, we are prisoners that have been set free! This is the imagery that Paul uses. What a paradox—prisoners that have been set free by the King who has conquered death and hell for us!

The other part of the verse describes us as the means by which the knowledge of this conquering King is spread. In ancient Rome, the triumphal procession would include the burning of incense, thus spreading the news of the parade beyond what could be seen. That’s how we fit into this parade, not only as prisoners set free, but as vessels used to spread the Good News far and wide. We do this as we seek to do good, be generous, and prepare to share. Remember, we seek to help people love God, love others and share the truth of salvation through Jesus.

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