We are continuing our look at what a real Church looks like, thinks like, and acts like. Last week, we saw that real churches gather for a purpose. This week, we saw that real churches have a structure for a purpose.
September 13th ~ Real Church: A Real Church Has Structure
September 6th ~ Real Church: A Real Church Gathers
The Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, September 15th at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall
Central will be hosting the Grandview High School Bulldogs football team for a dinner in Thursday, September 17th. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 4:15 Pm in order to help with setting up and serving the meal, and cleaning up after we are finished. Contact Gary Breshears for more information.
The Deacon Ministry team will meet on Sunday, September 20th in the Fellowship Hall following the morning worship service
India: Carlisle Hanna left India on September 8th, and arrived in South Carolina on September 9th. Pray for God to help him recuperate from his travels quickly.
The Hanna Project: Pray for the team in Côte d’Ivoire performing maintenance on the hospital building, replenishing medicines and medical supplies, and providing continuing education for the medical staff. Ask God to provide safety and good health for team members (Carl Boggs, KY; Curt Holland, TN; Denver McKay, AR; Charles Viars, KY; and team leader Dr. Kenneth Eagleton, Brazil). Thank him for the opportunity to partner with BERACA, the Ivorian FWB NGO running the hospital. The team is scheduled to return to the USA on Monday, September 14th.
Japan: Praise God, Daniel and Katie Speer will depart for Japan on September 23rd. Ask God to guide them as they complete all their pre-departure tasks, determine what to dispose of and what to store, finalize packing, say goodbyes, etc. Pray for calmness of spirit and joy in this portion of their journey.
France: A new J’Pense evangelistic event was held Saturday, September 12th. Pray the Holy Spirit will work in the hearts of all attendees—wooing, convicting, and convincing as needed.
The Hanna Project: Pray for Mick and Rachel as they continue the journey of diagnosing and treating developmental/sensory disorders for their two youngest boys. Ask God to give clarity to physicians and provide solutions to the developmental issues.
Educational Specialists: Pray for Lázaro and Ariadna Riesgo as they continue to acclimate to U.S. culture and study English. Praise God for a rental home they move into this week.
Japan: Pray for Mirial Gainer as she continues to struggle with health issues while trying to fulfill stateside ministry requirements. Pray God will give her wisdom and guidance. Ask the Great Physician for healing, if that is His will.
Bulgaria: Four English clubs at New Life Church in Svishtov, Bulgaria, begin meeting next week (September 17th and 18th). Ask God to infuse those teaching with His peace and strength as they complete preparations. Pray attendees will clearly see God’s love, joy, and grace exhibited in the lives of teachers and helpers.
Regional Director: Jeff and Susan Turnbough completed their time with Joop and Annie Strietman on September 4th. Pray for their meeting with workers in France (September 13th-16th). Ask God to continue to give wisdom, understanding, and insight to them. Pray for safety as they travel and for good health.
Bible Reading Challenge: Acts 1:1-11; Matthew 28:16-20
Bible Memorization Challenge: Acts 1:8 (ESV)…8”But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
One of the top reasons people give for leaving a church is that someone hurt their feelings. I know, I can’t imagine that ever happening in a church; but apparently it does. It seems as if the church is filled with people who are less than perfect. Again, I know, another startling revelation about church. The reality is that the church is filled with hurting people (who hurt other people), hypocrites, and sinners who are trying to find their way. They majority of them may be saved, but they aren’t perfect. When you add in a few people who aren’t actually following Jesus, they’re attending church for some other reason, you get a mixture of people who are bound to hurt one another from time to time. We say things, do things, or fail to do things that wind up hurting someone else. It isn’t unusual for this to happen, what is unusual is how we are supposed to handle such things. So, how are we supposed to handle these types of events?
Well, if you are the injured party let me invite you to read Colossians 3:12–13 (ESV)…12Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. That’s right, be patient with one another. That’s what it means to bear with one another. Oh, and not only be patient, but also be forgiving toward someone who has caused you injury of some kind. Why, because the Lord has forgiven you…so we are called to be forgiving, we are called to bring grace into the equation. Remember, we are all hurting people (who hurt other people), hypocrites, and sinners trying to find our way. Sometimes someone is going to hurt you…forgive them, as the Lord has forgiven you.
What if you realize you are the cause of the injury? Well, Jesus made it clear in Matthew 5:23-24 that when we realize that our brother or sister has something against us, in other words we have injured them, we are to go to them and fix it. We are to seek to be reconciled, in other words we are to seek to have the relationship restored to what it is supposed to be, with someone we have injured. Our goal needs to be to make the relationship reflect the grace of Jesus Christ.
Relationships are hard, and just because we may be followers of Jesus Christ our imperfect natures aren’t erased. This means we will be the cause of injury to others, and that we ourselves will at times suffer injury. God’s admonition to us is to be patient, be forgiving, and seek reconciliation with one another. In this way we show how we, as followers of Jesus Christ, are different from the rest of the world. We aren’t better, but we can be different!
I hope to see you in church soon!