Central News for October 6, 2014

Central News for October 6, 2014

Our Messages
Vital Signs ImageWe’re continuing a new series of messages entitled Vital Signs.  There are five vital signs that a Christian ought to check in their own personal spiritual journey.  These vital signs will help us determine whether or not our spiritual life is as alive as it ought to be!  It’s all found in the Book of James.  We will be looking at each of these vital signs over the next few weeks.  We’ve completed three of the five vital signs, Standing With Confidence, Serving With Compassion, and Speaking With Care.  Now we’re looking at the need to Submit With Contrition.

The first of the five Vital Signs is the ability to Stand With Confidence, here are the three messages in that part of the series:

How to Stand When it Hurts

How to Stand When Tempted

Standing On God’s Word

We completed the second set of messages as part of the Vital Signs series, Serving With Compassion.  Here are the messages in that series:

Serving Without Prejudice

When Faith Isn’t Enough

We’ve completed the third set of messages dealing with the third vital sign for our Christian journey, Speaking With Care:

The Impossible Task

Mission: Possible

Here’s where we start on the fourth set of messages dealing with our spiritual Vital Signs, can you Submit With Contrition?

The “Ness” Monster

Killing “Ness” Monsters

What’s Happening At Central Church
TruthSeekers and PrayerLife are meeting every Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM.  TruthSeekers is designed for grades K-6.  PrayerLife is for adults, we’re currently studying the Book of Daniel.

Central Church will be hosting a memorial service for Bob Goins on Saturday, October 11th at 10:00 AM.

The Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, October 21st at 6:30 PM.

Encourager’s Class Fellowship on November 1st at 6:00 PM

Missionary News
The family of God expanded by three at the Koinonia Church in Hokkaido, Japan, in September. Two people made deathbed professions of faith. The wife of one of them accepted Christ as well. Other family members are seeking or rededicating their lives. Praise God for His amazing work. Pray for continued moving of the Holy Spirit and growth. Pray for Pastor Hirabuki as he ministers to these families.

PANAMA: Praise God for the seven new believers baptized Sunday, September 21st, by Lázaro Riesgo. Pastor Efraín González invited Lázaro to participate in the celebration and preach. Pray for the continued growth of these believers and the church.

JAPAN: Mirial Gainer arrived in Nashville, TN, on October 2nd to begin stateside assignment. She’ll come from the airport and extensive hours of travel for reentry meetings at the Mission office. Pray for safety and rest as she travels. Pray for clarity of thought and the ability to retain information during meetings. Ask God for good health, traveling mercies, and excellent services during Mirial’s stateside ministry.

PARTNER MINISTRY: Jeff and Susan Turnbough are concluding their time in Malaysia as lead trainers in a Leadership Matters Course. Pray those who take the training back to their countries will be faithful to teach others also.

FRANCE: Matt and Cristina Price and their daughters Emilie and Madeleine left for France on September 30th. They arrived in Nantes on October 1st. Pray for the family as they settle back into French culture. Ask God for favor as they visit the mayor’s office to request the girls be allowed to attend their old school with children they know. Praise Him for providing a home within the neighborhood they lived before, so they can continue to build relationships in Coueron.

MISSION FAMILY: Pray for Jim McLain and his wife Olena (former missionaries to Japan) as his health continues to deteriorate. Ask God to be near the family, providing peace and comfort.

BRAZIL: Pray for churches in Brazil. As phenomenal growth has occurred, Satan has worked to damage the Church and distract Christians. Pray for doctrinal and moral purity. Pray for Christians to be fully armed against the wiles of the devil.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
James 4:1-17

Bible Memorization Challenge: James 4:17 (ESV)…17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Pastor’s Note
How about them Kansas City Royals! I enjoy watching baseball during October, and it has been many years since I was truly interested in how a particular team was doing. I find it a lot of fun to be engaged in something where I feel I have something invested in the outcome. The Royals represent Kansas City, the area where I live and minister. I may not be from this area, but I have adopted the Royals as my hometown team! The players have bought into the idea that they can win any game, and it is very entertaining to watch them approach each game in this way.

So, how engaged are you in your local church? How much do you have invested in the outcome that we are trying to achieve? We recently adopted a vision statement in order to define what we are trying to do as a church. That statement is: Central Church seeks to glorify God by bringing others to faith in Jesus Christ and seeing lives changed by the teaching and living of God’s truth. From now on that is going to be the driver behind what we do as a church. Let’s examine that statement:

Central Church seeks to glorify God…that is the ultimate goal of everything that we do. If we’re doing something, and we’re not doing it in order to bring glory to God, then we’re doing it wrong! One of the foundational statements that we ought to live our life upon is Soli Deo Gloria…Glory to God alone.

Central Church seeks to glorify God by bringing others to faith in Jesus Christ…this ought to be the ultimate goal of everyone. The last commandment that Jesus left with us is that we would make disciples. That starts by bringing people to a point where they are introduced to Jesus, and have an opportunity to place their faith in Him. If this isn’t part of what we’re doing, then we are just a social club. Again, another of the foundational statements we ought to remember is Solo Christo…through Christ alone we find salvation. Attached to that statement are two others, Sola fide and Sola gratia…by faith alone and by grace alone. That is salvation; it is found in Jesus alone by faith alone, by grace alone.

Central Church seeks to glorify God by bringing others to faith in Jesus Christ and seeing lives changed…this is the evidence of true faith in Jesus Christ…changed lives. Without a change in the life of someone that has professed faith in Jesus Christ, well, there probably isn’t a real acceptance of Jesus Christ. It is life change that we ought to be desiring to see. As people come to faith in Jesus Christ we are to be working to see them become disciples of Jesus. Another of the foundational thoughts we can base our lives upon is Sola scriptura…in Scripture alone do we find our guide to proper living.

Central Church seeks to glorify God by bringing others to faith in Jesus Christ and seeing lives changed by the teaching and living of God’s truth…there it is. We are responsible for two things in this process. We must teach the truth, and we must live the truth out. Jesus told His disciples that in the making of disciples that they were to “teach(ing) them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:20, ESV) Teaching is easy, but teaching someone to observe (obey) requires that we do so by example.

There you have it. That is our guiding vision statement. In the coming months I am going to be challenging the Advisory Board to begin evaluating everything that we do by this vision statement. As a result I hope we’ll be willing to make changes. I pray that rather than simply “doing” church we will start being the church. Soli Deo Gloria!

I hope to see you in church, soon!