Central News for May 21, 2018

Central News for May 21, 2018

Recent Messages

Below are links to our most recent messages:





Follow this link to our sermon archive—Sermon Archive.

Upcoming Events

  • Advisory Board Meeting ~ May 24th at 6:30 PM
  • Special day of prayer and fasting for Central Church ~ May 25th
  • Special Advisory Board Meeting ~ May 26th at 10:00 AM

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

Missionary Spotlight: Kenneth & Rejane Eagleton

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: John 15:1-17

Bible Memory Challenge: John 15:13 (ESV)—13Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Pastor’s Note
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series of messages, The Journey. It is a series that, hopefully, has caused you to consider your walk through this world. I like to pay attention to what the Bible says, and when it says, “Look carefully then how you walk…” I think it pays dividends to take it seriously!

Most of you know that I have taken up playing golf. It is a challenge, one that I am unlikely to ever master. I played a round of golf this morning, and had the worst score of the year (so far). I was unable to do the things I normally can do. I couldn’t “control” my shots, and as a result I played badly. Now, if this was the result I was seeing each week, I would do something about it. I would either make time to hit the driving range, pay for some professional instruction, or I would have to quit. I couldn’t keep playing the game if every round went the way I played this morning. It would be too frustrating, it would be pointless.

This Saturday, the Advisory Board and I will meet with Bro. Stan Bunch to discuss Central’s spiritual health. I have been speaking about this quite often, and I intend to keep speaking about it. As a church, we are in the category of “stagnant or declining.” Now, spiritual health isn’t just about the number of people we have attending services on any given Sunday. However, no church can stay vibrant and meaningful when attendance drops to the point that it can no longer “afford” to minister within their community. Thankfully, we are not at that point—yet. That being said, I am concerned with the lack of salvation decisions made through the ministries of Central. Since we keep seeing this same result—we need to do something! I have asked you to put some extra time and effort into special prayer this week; kind of like hitting the driving range. We have asked Bro. Stan to come and speak to us; kind of like seeking some professional instruction. The thing I’m not recommending is quitting!

I do believe that we are still seeing God at work. I know I am growing, and I pray that I’m not the only one. I see God at work in our services and in the lives of some of you. If God isn’t finished, then we shouldn’t be too quick to quit. I do want you to realize something—we may need to make changes in order to sustain a healthy church. I also want you to realize that Bro. Stan, as good a coach as he may be, isn’t the “silver bullet” solution. Turning Central from “stagnant or declining” won’t be easy. Not every church can make that happen. I believe Central can, and I believe it is worth the effort to make it happen!

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