Central News for October 24, 2016

Central News for October 24, 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
Yesterday’s message was difficult on many levels.  Preaching about a topic is always challenging, when that topic is Domestic Violence, something that affects 1 in 4 women in the United States, it is even more difficult.  I know this, we have been called to be salt and light in this world, and this is an issue which needs both from the church.

October 23rd ~ Power and Abuse

Upcoming Events

  • On Tuesday, October 25th the Advisory Board will meet beginning at 6:30 PM
  • On Saturday, October 29th, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM we will have a Church Work Day
  • On Saturday, November 5th, we will have a church potluck supper with Joel & Lydie Teague
  • On Sunday, November 6th we will host a special service with Joel & Lydie Teague, missionaries to France
  • On Sunday evening, November 6th, the Greater Kansas City District Association of Free Will Baptists will host its annual Missions Rally at the Beacon FWB Church in Raytown

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.

Our missionary spotlight this week is upon Lazaro and Ariadna Riesgo, educational specialists for cross-cultural missionaries to Spanish-speaking countries.  Read more about them here.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
1 Corinthians 9:19-27

Bible Memorization Challenge: 1 Corinthians 9:24 (ESV)—Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize?  So run that you may obtain it.

Pastor’s Note
I truly struggled with yesterday’s message.  I struggled in preparing it, I struggled in preaching it, and I am still struggling today to come to grips with the reality of Domestic Violence.  I especially struggle with the idea that it is present in the church of Jesus Christ.  Everything about Domestic Violence stands in opposition to the gospel of Christ.  In the opening paragraph under RECENT MESSAGES, I stated that it is the church that is called to be salt and light in this world.  So, how will being salt and light help?

Young woman shows bruises on her foreheadSalt is an interesting substance.  It has properties that aid in preserving (meats, etc.), it enhances flavors, and it is essential to human life.  Our example ought to be one that shows these things to the world around us.  Our presence ought to bring preservation into the lives of others.  In other words, it ought to lend to the continuation of healthy relationships.  It also ought to bring enhancement into the relationships we are a part of.  Finally, it ought to be an essential element in the lives of those around us.  Our Godly influence in this world should bring all of those to bear in every relationship we are a party to.

Light is also something that is essential to human life.  Without light, there would be no plants; without plants, there would be no oxygen; and without oxygen there would be no animal life, including us.  Spiritually speaking, we are to bring the light of Christ into our relationships.  Light dispels darkness, and it eliminates shadows.  Our presence is meant to do those very things.  When we are confronted with any situation, including Domestic Violence, our presence ought to be one that drives back the darkness and dispels shadows so there is nowhere to hide for the person who is an abuser.

This coming week, I intend to preach about the issue of control, the second element present in most Domestic Violence issues.  You may think that power and control are the same; while they may be similar, they are different.  Pray for me as I prepare to preach the second message in this series!

Don’t forget our church clean-up day, Saturday, October 29th!

I hope to see you in church soon!