Central News for March 21, 2016

Central News for March 21, 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

February 21st ~ A Promise to Keep

February 28th ~ What We Can’t Do

March 6th ~ On Better Promises

March 13th ~ Once for All

March 20th ~ In Full Assurance

Upcoming Events
Due to the choir practice this Wednesday, March 23rd, we will not be having our normal PrayerLife service and Bible study.

Easter Egg Stuffing for our annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Thursday, March 24th beginning at 10:00 AM.  Lunch will be provided for all workers; we have about 3,000 eggs to stuff…

Easter Sunday schedule is as follows: our Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 10:00 AM, so don’t be late if you’re bringing your children (ages 2-12).  Immediately following the Egg Hunt we will gather for a breakfast of biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, and bacon.  We will have our Easter worship service at 11:00 AM.

The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, March 28th at 6:30 PM

Our World Missions Offering will be collected on Sunday, April 24th

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.  Joel’s report from the recent campaign in the Caribbean is tremendous, with over 9,200 people making professions of faith in Jesus Christ!

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Hebrews 11:1-40

Bible Memorization Challenge: Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)…Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Pastor’s Note
Yesterday’s worship service seemed especially powerful, at least it did to me.  Perhaps preaching about what it is like to live in the full assurance of complete forgiveness, and the freedom and boldness that brings to bear in our lives will do that.  So many people live their lives in the chains of sin, and the result is that they draw away from God.  That has always been the case with mankind, when we sin we draw away from God.  Sin makes us want to hide from God, as we know what we are doing is wrong.  Evolution doesn’t, indeed it cannot, explain this nearly universal concept of a conscience.  No one has to tell us that what we do is wrong, it is hard-wired into our DNA, into our souls.  However, when Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins something amazing happened.  We read in Hebrews 10:14, 18 that “For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified…Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.”  What Jesus did, with the single offering of His life, His shed blood, was make the only sacrifice that needed to be made.  It allows a complete forgiveness for our sins…for all time…and there is no longer any offering for sin.  There is nothing we need to do, in fact, there is nothing we can do to make an offering for our sins.  Jesus did it all, already.  The result of this truth is that we ought to be confident, even bold, in our relationship to the world, in our relationships with each other, and we are even told to be bold (confident) in our relationship with the Lord; all because of what Jesus has done for us.

Faith Word Showing Spiritual Belief Or TrustingSo, this week, as we approach Easter, let’s be bold.  Let’s be confident as we ask our friends and neighbors to come to church with us and hear about Jesus.  I’ll be preaching from Hebrews 11, and the one thing that God has always asked from us.  Faith.  It has always been about faith, and it always will be.  What God has always asked of us is to simply trust Him.  Our entire relationship with God is built on faith, trust, confidence in what He says to be true.  If we think about it, every relationship is based upon faith…

I hope to see you in church soon!