Visiting in-person: 11:00 am on Sunday
What should you expect when you are a guest at Central Church? Below are some common questions people might have when visiting a new church for the first time:
What should I wear? The short answer is, clothes, of course! We don’t have a “dress code” at Central, instead we simply ask that everyone dress in a modest fashion. You’ll likely see people in casual slacks, both men and women, as well as a few in jeans. We simply want you to feel comfortable.
Where should I park? We have several spaces in the front of our parking lot that are reserved for guests. Feel free to park in any of these reserved spots.
Where do I go once I arrive at the church? Come right through the front doors. We normally have a couple of people greeting at the front doors, and they will be glad to give you directions once you’re in the building. You will also be given a guest information card which we ask you to fill out.
Will I be asked to “introduce” myself? Of course not. We do ask you to fill out a guest information card, but you won’t have to stand up and introduce yourself to anyone; but don’t be surprised if a few folks come and introduce themselves to you!
Do you have children’s services/nursery? Our nursery is available on Sunday mornings and is dedicated to keeping your children safe. Our nursery is available to children from birth to 24 months. After 24 months, we believe in the importance of generational worship. Our children need to see worship in action, and so we encourage parents to plan to keep their children with them during our worship service. In the future we may begin to offer age-appropriate worship activities directed at younger children.
Should I be prepared to give money? As a guest you will not be expected nor asked to give money to Central Church. We don’t “pass the plate” asking for offerings. We do have an offering box in the back of the Sanctuary where people are free to drop their offerings; we also offer online giving, for those inclined to give in this manner. The offerings are used to support the ministries of the church; however, we do not expect our guests to put anything into our offering.
What is a typical worship service like? A worship service at Central is all about focusing on the Lord. That’s what worship is about, giving honor and glory and praise to God. Our worship team uses music, Scripture, and directed prayer times to help set the tone for our worship services. Our pastor shares a message from Scripture to challenge and equip us to live as disciples of Jesus.
Please be aware that because we live stream our services, your image may be broadcast via our live stream.
Visiting via Live stream: 11:00 am on Sunday
You can find our live stream on Facebook and on YouTube at 11:00 AM on Sunday and Wednesday mornings. You can also find our live stream at this link.
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For those who just want a short version:
1. God is good, all the time. In His goodness, He has made us. Unfortunately, our own actions, thoughts and attitudes are often (mostly, perhaps even always) opposed to the goodness of God.
2. In God’s goodness, He knows that we, His creation, are in need of forgiveness and restoration to the goodness that we were created in. That’s why Jesus came to this earth; so that we would have a way to be forgiven and restored.
3. The Bible tells us everything we need to know about God’s goodness, our failure, and how Jesus works to forgive and restore us.
For those who are looking for a few more details:
- God – We believe that God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Righteous Ruler of the universe. He has revealed Himself in nature, and in the Scriptures of the Holy Bible as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: yet as one God.
- Jesus Christ – He is God’s unique Son; the only one of a kind. The Scripture teaches that He is God revealed in flesh. In His Divine nature He is truly God and in His human nature truly man. He is the One once crucified for man’s sin, the now risen and glorified Savior and Lord who mediates between God and man and who gives us access to the Father through His intercession. None can come to the Father unless they come through Him.
- Holy Spirit – All of the attributes of God are ascribed to the Holy Spirit by the Scriptures. It is He who convicts and convinces men of their sin. He also convinces man of that which is right, and that a final day of judgment will come. He, it is, who comes to live in us at conversion, to open our understanding to the Scripture, and to lead us into the truth.
- The Bible – God used holy men to write the Scriptures. They are, in both the Old and New Testaments, the very words God intended us to have. They are, as given by God, without error and are our only rule of faith and practice. We profit from them by learning the truth about many things: they also speak to us about wrong doing; they even correct us and get us back on course as well as instructing us in right living.
- Man – God created man in a state of innocence. Man, being tempted by Satan, yielded and willfully disobeyed God, becoming a sinner and incurring God’s judgment upon sin. All of Adam’s descendants inherit his fallen nature and thus have a natural inclination to sin. When one comes to an age of accountability, he is guilty of sinning before God and in need of salvation.
- God’s Relationship to His Creatures and Creation – God exercises a wise and benevolent providence over all beings and things. He maintains the laws of nature and performs special acts as the highest welfare of mankind and His created order of things require.
- Salvation – Man receives pardon and forgiveness for his sins when he admits to God that he is a sinner, when in godly sorrow he turns from them and trusts in the work of Christ as redemption for his sin. This acceptance of God’s great salvation involves belief in Christ’s death on the cross as man’s substitute and the fact of God’s raising Him from the dead as predicted. It is a salvation by grace alone and not of works.
- Who Can be Saved? – It is God’s will that all be saved, but since man has the power of choice, God saves only those who repent of their sin and believe in the work of Christ on the cross. Those who refuse in this life to repent and believe have no later chance to be saved and thus condemn themselves to eternal damnation by their unbelief.
- Perseverance – We believe that there are strong grounds to hope that the saved will persevere unto the end and be saved because of the power of divine grace pledged for their support. We believe that any saved person who has sinned (whether we call him a backslider or sinner), but has a desire to repent, may do so and be restored to God’s favor and fellowship. Since man, however, continues to have free choice, it is possible because of temptations and the weakness of human flesh for him to fall into the practice of sin and to make shipwreck of his faith and be lost.
- Gospel Ordinances – The Bible teaches three ordinances for the church to practice: Baptism in water by immersion, the Lord’s Supper, to be perpetuated until His return, and the Washing of the Saints’ feet, an ordinance teaching humility.
- Resurrection – We believe the Scriptures teach the resurrection of the bodies of all men, each in its own order; they that have done good will come forth to the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil to the resurrection of damnation.
- Church Government – Central Church is autonomous (self-governing). The local church is the highest authority in the denomination. Local churches voluntarily organize themselves into quarterly meetings, district, state, and national associations for the purpose of promoting the cause of Christ on the local, state, district, national, and world-wide level. We are affiliated with the Greater Kansas City District Association of Free Will Baptists, the Missouri State Association of Free Will Baptists, and the National Association of Free Will Baptists.
- Christ’s Second Coming – The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ, who ascended on high and sits at the right hand of God, will come again to close the Gospel dispensation, glorify His saints, and judge the world.
- Missions – We believe that Jesus commanded the church to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.
For an in-depth study of Free Will Baptist beliefs and practices, ask for a copy of the Free Will Baptist Treatise.
If you are curious about the differences between Free Will Baptists and other Baptist groups, see this page.