Central News for September 7, 2015

Central News for September 7, 2015

Central Church seeks to glorify God by bringing others to faith in Jesus Christ and seeing lives changed by teaching and living God’s truth.

Current Messages
Yesterday’s message was the first in a new series of messages titled Real Church.  Too many Christians are engaged in churches that aren’t real.  As a result, the impression that the world has concerning the Real Church is a poor one.  We need to make sure that we are a Real Church, and that we are participating in being the church, as real Christians.

September 6th ~ Real Church: A Real Church Gathers

Upcoming Events
TruthSeekers starts this week, on Wednesday, September 9th at 7:00 PM.  Contact Amy Smith if you have any questions!

The Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, September 15th at 6:30 PM

The first Grandview Bulldogs Football Team dinner will be held on Thursday, September 17th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.  Volunteers are needed, so contact Gary Breshears if you are able to assist in this event.

The Deacon Ministry Team will meet on Sunday, September 20th following the morning worship service.

Missionary News
The Hanna Project: Praise God, the consulate accepted Chris and Tori’s paperwork.  Pray their visas will be granted soon.  Ask God to guide them as they complete final tasks before heading to Spain.

Côte d’Ivoire: Praise God for all that was accomplished during the Ivorian national association meeting.  In addition to regular business, seminars, and preaching, one man was ordained to the pastorate, five men graduated from the Bible institute, and 47 people responded to the final altar call—some for salvation, others for full-time service.  Ask God to continue to work in each of these lives.

India: Carlisle Hanna leaves India on September 8th and arrives in South Carolina on September 9th.  Pray for safety, easy transfers, and rest as he journeys.

The Hanna Project: A team departed for Côte d’Ivoire on September 3rd.  Team members (Carl Boggs, KY; Curt Holland, TN; Dr. Mason Mandy, TN; Denver McKay, AR; Charles Viars, KY; and team leader Dr. Kenneth Eagleton, Brazil) plan to perform maintenance on the hospital building, replenish medicines and medical supplies, and provide continuing education for the medical staff.  Ask God to provide safety and good health.  Thank him for the opportunity to partner with BERACA, the Ivorian NGO running the hospital.

Bulgaria: Trif and Vanya Trifonov and their children—Deborah, Monika, and Stefan—returned to their work in Bulgaria on September 3rd.  Praise God for the 20-plus churches in which they ministered during their two months in the States.  Pray for quick integration back into ministry in Varna and for the children as they prepare for a new school year.  These three, like so many of our MKs, are often the only Christians in their classes.

Globally: September sees the start of many programs as vacations end and people return to school and work.  Ask God to superintend each English class, Bible study, and outreach event.  Pray His Spirit will draw those whose hearts are receptive to participate and understand the gospel.

France: Anna Forlines began classes at the University of Nantes on September 1st.  Students from more than 60 countries are enrolled in the same program.  Pray Anna will be a light to these students and have opportunity to share Christ with them.

Mission: Ask God to provide financially for the Mission.  As of July 31st, funding is more than $400,000 below budgeted needs.  Pray Jehovah Jireh (God our Provider) will move among His people to supply needed funding for missionary endeavors.

The Hanna Project: Pray for Mick and Rachel as they seek medical attention for their two youngest boys.  Ian shows some autism attributes.  Gabe seems to have a sensory processing disorder.  Ask God to give clarity to physicians and provide solutions to the development issues.

University Ministry: Pray for Tyler and Kellie Penn as they begin a new year at the University of Illinois.  Pray, as they recruit conversation team leaders and build conversational English groups, that God will superintend all their efforts.  Ask Him to help them build strong relationships with students and be able to share God’s story with them.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Ephesians 4:1-32

Bible Memorization Challenge: Ephesians 4:32 (ESV)…32Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Pastor’s Note
Yesterday was an historic day in the life of Central Church.  I know, you may think that it was just another Sunday morning, a little down in attendance because of the holiday weekend, but otherwise just another Sunday.  Well, there are two things wrong with that thought.

First, whenever God’s people gather together we need to see it as a momentous occasion.  It is never something that we should take for granted.  God desires to meet with His people, and He is always present when His people gather together.

However, that’s not the historic part of what happened yesterday.  Yesterday marked the beginning of our inter-generational discipleship program.  You may have called it Sunday school, but it was more than that, or at least it can be more than that.  You may ask, “What is inter-generational discipleship?”  Well, let me explain.  In Deuteronomy 6, God lays out His plan for discipleship among the people of Israel.  It encompassed the family (inter-generational) being open about their belief in God and discussing what God had done for them as a people (discipleship).  You see,
God’s plan for discipleship begins in the family.  Parents (and grandparents) are to be the ones that set the foundational beliefs in place in their children’s lives.  As a church, we have struggled with how to help this process, and now we have a plan in place.  It utilizes curriculum that is designed to facilitate this kind of discipleship.  This week, every class from the Teens on down used this curriculum.  Beginning next week, every class from the Homebuilders on down will be using the curriculum.  Each class has age appropriate materials, but each class will be studying the SAME general lesson.  Additionally, each class has devotional magazines that will help in family devotions through the week.  Parents and grandparents will be on the same page, so to speak, as their children and grandchildren.  The devotional magazines will also be on the same page, thus facilitating discussions between generations concerning who God is and what He’s done for His people.  I pray that this is more than an experiment…I pray that it will mark a change in our church, as families grow in their faith, together.

In yesterday’s message, I called us all out.  When the writer of Hebrews challenges believers to consider what they could do to motivate one another to love and good works, he was writing to us.  People worshiping with raised handsIt’s time for us to consider (think about, give effort to) how we do this.  Each of us has a role to play in the life of Central Church.  Part of that role is to encourage and build one another up.  It is to think about how you can make a difference in someone else’s life today.  That’s what being a part of a real church means.  It is so much more than simply coming to a building on Sunday morning…or at least it is supposed to be…

I hope to see you in church soon!