Bulletin for Sunday 09/18/2011
With Robert Prater
In his small book titled, Church: Why Bother? My Personal Pilgrimage, author Philip Yancey traces his personal journey from trying to be spiritual without the church, to realizing its necessity. Why is it that many people seem opposed to the church? Why does it seem that there are so many (particularly in their 20’s & 30’s) who want to be spiritual but despise organized religion? Perhaps the organizational structures of denominationalism have left a bad taste in the mouths of many because of a perceived hypocrisy. Often the organization of the church is concerned with rites, rituals, and outer forms. Meanwhile, church-goers seem less than real in their spirituality. “There are too many hypocrites in the church!” shouts the opponent of organized religion. Such a charge is, unfortunately, all too true.
I can’t blame people for being opposed to the organized structure of denominational churches. I am also opposed to such. For this reason, I am proudly a part of a fellowship that strives to organize congregations that simply try to practice the simple, pure faith of the church read about in the New Testament. Sometimes we don’t get it right. Sometimes we make mistakes. But we avoid the bells, whistles and frills of man-made religion, with all of its pomp and tradition. We seek simple New Testament Christianity and spirituality. We desire to follow the heart of Jesus and be His church. But even in the most spiritual assembly of Christians, there will always be those who are faking their faith.
But should the presence of hypocrites in the church turn us against the institution itself? Jesus certainly viewed the church as being a vital part of true spirituality. He thought it so important that he purchased the church “with his own blood” (Acts 20:28). I once heard it said, “If you let a hypocrite stand between you and God, he is closer to God than you are.” Think about it.
Quoting J.F. Powers, Yancey compares the church to a large ship:
“This is a big old ship, Bill. She creaks, she rocks, she rolls, and at times she makes you want to throw up. But she gets where she’s going. Always has, always will, until the end of time. With or without you.”
So it is with the church. She creaks, rolls and rocks, too. Sometimes, the actions of those within the church make you sick. But it is the church that will get you where you are going. Jesus provides salvation only for those who are truly a part of His church. (Eph. 5:23). Always has, always will.
Sermons for Sunday
AM Children (Mark 9:33-37)
PM The Power of Association
Carl Wills remains in Baptist Integris Hospital. He is in room 830.
25 YEARS AT CENTRAL!
WHAT A BLESSING
Dwyane & Marcia
September 18, Search: “Christian Baptism 1”
September 23, Ladies’ Night at Little, Sandy Day of MWC; see bulletin board in foyer for times.
September 25, Search: “Christian Baptism 11”
October 2-4, OC Lectureship, Quest, this year’s theme “I Believe”.
November 12, Annual Coat Giveaway
Hope to see you here Sunday!
THAT LITTLE EXTRA EFFORT
The difference between success and failure is often determined by the willingness to put forth that “little extra effort.” In many areas putting forth that “little extra effort” makes the difference between a good church and a really great church.
That “little extra effort” bring us back to the evening worship on the Lord’s Day.
That “little extra effort” causes us to spend more time in private study of God’s Word.
That “little extra effort” reminds us to frequently claim the privilege of prayer.
That “little extra effort” helps us to be more sacrificial in our giving as measured by our prosperity instead of the attitude that says give as little as possible.
That “little extra effort” keeps us at our home congregation except in cases of necessity.
That “little extra effort” leads us into a compassionate concern for the lost and wayward, and reminds us to speak to them about their spiritual condition.
That “little extra effort” helps us engage wholeheartedly and attentively in all phases of worship.
That “little extra effort’ involves us in every activity of the work of the local church.
Of course, there is that “little extra” that we must avoid…even very small things which add to, take from, or in any way violate God’s Word (Revelation 21:18, 19). His Word alone will do its effective work when it is followed as God’s only revelation to man. It is the sole guide to our soul’s salvation (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).
Beloved, let us diligently apply ourselves to give that “little extra” and make the Lord’s church the really great church the Lord deserves.
Billy Helms - North MacArthur Church of Christ
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CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Fred Bowers, Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt), Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Teresa Gardner, (daughter-in-law of Janice Gardner), Herman Guin, Norma Holt, (sister-in-law to Carl Holt), Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, John Johnston, Rita Luye (aunt of Jennifer Michener), Joe & Nadine Magee, Carletta Moore, Thearlene Morris, Gene & Dorothy Norton, Rachel O’Neal, Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Frank Romberg, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Marlene Wadkins, Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose) and Carl & Jewel Wills. All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your interest and prayers
CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
IN NURSING HOMES
GOLDEN RULE HOME
38801 Hardesty Rd, Shawnee, OK 74801
Nadine Magee, #31
SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES
535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804
Ruth Autry, #81
Harold Decker, #110
John Johnston, #116
ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER
1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804
Fred Bowers, #214
Herman Guin, #514
SHAWNEE CARE CENTER
1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804
Harold Carothers, #511
Sue Riedel, #602
201 W. Walnut (P. O. Box 630) Tecumseh, OK 74873
Rachel O’Neal, #7A
Alice Rice, #55
Dessie Weeks, #54
“The birth of Christ brought God to us, but it took the cross of Christ to bring us to God.”
LAST WEEKS RECORD
Bible School 135
Worship Service 213
Sunday Evening 115
Wednesday Evening 111
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Announcements: Burl Vanlandingham
Opening Prayer: Jim Pettyjohn
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Scripture: Keon Lawrence
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Cary Leonard
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Geoff Root Steve Kelly
Jeff Todd Keith Lawrence
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Frank Burton Tim McGalliard
Paul Harris Ron Taffe
Foyer: Paul & Paula Harris
Elevator: Ron & Debbie Taffe
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: George Mastick
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Richard Albright
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Michael Michener Dale Beard
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Devotional: Trey Canard
Song Leader: Paul Harris
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297