Central News for May 23, 2016

Central News for May 23, 2016

Our vision is simple: Central Church will strive to be the neighborhood church that supports your family’s journey as you seek God’s will.

Recent Messages
We’re back on track with our series, What We’re OK With, dealing with the sins that the modern church seems to accept without too much distress.

What We’re OK With ~ Fear

What We’re OK With ~ Apathy

What We’re OK With ~ Gluttony

What We’re OK With ~ Worry

What We’re OK With ~ Flattery

Upcoming Events
The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, May 23rd at 6:30 PM

On Sunday evening, May 29th, Central will celebrate a special service at 6:00 PM with songs, a short message, and an observance of Washing the Saint’s Feet

The Missouri State Association of Free Will Baptists will hold its annual meeting June 6-8, 2016 in Springfield, MO ~ Click here for more information or to pre-register

The Deacon Ministry Team will meet on Sunday, June 12th following the morning worship service

The National Association of Free Will Baptists will hold its annual meeting July 17-20, 2016 in Kansas City, MO ~ Click here for more information or to pre-register

Here’s a sample of the seminars being offered at the convention this year:

  • Revitalizing Your Church Through Word-Driven Ministry
  • Worldview, Ethics and Engaging the Culture
  • Teaching Foundational Apologetics to Students
  • Youth Ministry in an Age of Distraction
  • The Extra Hour: How to Make the Most Out of Children’s Church

These are just some of the seminars offered on Monday of the convention…there are dozens more on Tuesday and Wednesday!

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:
Matthew 16:21-28

Bible Memorization Challenge: Matthew 16:24 (ESV)…Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

Pastor’s Note
Not counting teaching for Sunday school every now and then, not counting the Bible study I help lead at Truman Farm Villas, and not counting the times I have preached at revivals and quarterly meetings for the District Association, I have preached nearly 2,000 messages since coming to Central Church.  If you’re like me, you can’t remember too many of the individual messages.  Specifics have blurred into the fog of memory, and what’s left is an aftertaste, at best.  The only message I remember clearly, and it is already fading, is the one I preached yesterday.  I must be honest; at times I consider what I do to be without a lot of merit.  If you measured success by how much people remembered of what I had said during my messages, I would rate myself as a failure.  Thankfully, that’s not how this works!  Yesterday was another example:

I am amazed at how the Lord uses what we do.  Yesterday was another example of the Holy Spirit superintending what we planned.  Tim gave his welcoming and introduction, and he included his object lesson of the potter and the clay.  Bill’s song selections included a song that gave voice to this very lesson.  Neither had shared with the other about what they would be doing.  Yet out of all of the songs that Bill can select he includes one that deals with the potter and the clay, and Tim uses an object lesson that involves the same thing.  My messages over the past five weeks have been directed at one thing, let’s allow the Lord opportunity to mold and shape us into the people He desires us to be.  As we deal with the sins that the church seems to be OK with, the Lord is molding us into His people.  Let’s not forget just how good the Lord truly is!

tropical setting with a empty hammock between two palm treesI am strongly encouraging everyone to pre-register for, and attend, the upcoming national convention of Free Will Baptists in July.  This event will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center (Bartle Hall).  It is free to attend, the seminars are free to attend, and the worship services are free to attend.  You’ll have to pay for parking downtown and any food you consume while downtown, but it is worth the investment.  I hope you’ll make plans to attend this event

Next week’s message is already in the planning stages.  Here’s a question for you to consider as we approach this Sunday, how important is your personal comfort to you?  What amount of discomfort would you be willing to bear in order to better serve Jesus Christ and His mission for us?  My fear is that for most Christians in America that discomfort level is extremely low.  Air conditioning in the summer, heat in the winter, padded pews or chairs, and adequate parking with easy access are far more important than reaching the lost.  We’ll be taking a look at the sin that is quite possibly the second most prevalent within the church in America—comfort.

I hope to see you in church soon!