Central News for March 19, 2018

Central News for March 19, 2018

Recent Messages
Below are links to our most recent messages:

Being the Church

Follow this link to our sermon archive—Sermon Archive.

Upcoming Events

  • Choir Practice ~ Each Sunday in March at 5:00 PM
  • Deacon Ministry Team Meeting ~ March 25th at 12:30 PM
  • Maundy Thursday Service ~ March 29th at 7:00 PM
  • Easter Sunday ~ April 1st
    • Sunrise Service at 7:00 AM (Location TBA)
    • Easter Egg Hunt ~ 10:00 AM
    • Community Breakfast ~ 10:15 AM
    • Worship Service ~ 11:00 AM

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

Missionary Spotlight: Steve & Lori Torrison

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: 2 Corinthians 13:1-14

Bible Memory Challenge: 2 Corinthians 13:11 (ESV)—Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Pastor’s Note
As we approach the last week before Easter (this coming Sunday is Palm Sunday!), I am reminded again why Easter is one of my favorite times of year. The sense of renewal and restoration is what I love about this season. As I was selecting a verse for our Bible memorization challenge it was obvious which verse to select. Paul’s encouragement to “aim for restoration” seems appropriate for Easter. This is exactly what Jesus was seeking to accomplish on the cross; God’s grace on full display as Jesus died for us. If we need motivation to be the church, I don’t know what better motivation we can have.

Picture showing gold bars and coinsI shared a devotional thought with the Advisory Board this past week that I think is good for all of us. It comes from a book I am reading, and it forces me to ask a question concerning my self-worth. It is easy for us to use the wrong standard when it comes to counting up what we’re worth. The world likes to use material things; cars, houses, bank accounts, and diplomas. If the world doesn’t use these, it uses other, concrete accomplishments; championships, awards, and certificates. Yet, none of these things really determine our value or worth. How about looking at something else, like “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Genesis 1:26, ESV) Inside every human being is a divine image. Now, that doesn’t make us divine, but it does speak to the immense value that every human life contains. That same verse of Scripture says that we are created to have dominion over a portion of God’s creation. We were designed and fashioned to be a bearer of the image of God and reign over His creation. Even after we fell into sin, we were worth enough for Jesus to die on a cross so that we could be restored. So, all of the material things can add nothing to our true worth. None of the accomplishments in our lives can add to our worth.

Now, here’s the more important concept, none of our failures can detract from our worth. This is possibly where more of us live than we would care to admit. We equate our failures with a lowered worth in the eyes of those around us. While this may be true in a human sense, it can’t be further from the truth when we think about how Jesus perceives us. Our failures do not make us less worthy of His love or of His grace. Remember, Jesus died for you when you were a sinner—the worst failure of your life.

As we approach Palm Sunday, don’t let your failures define your relationship with Jesus. He doesn’t. In the meantime—what are you doing to be the church?