Bulletin for Sunday 12/11/2011

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

Augustine once said, “Nothing has contributed more powerfully to wean me from all that held me down to earth than the thought, constantly dwelt upon, of death and the last judgment.”  Many Christians struggle to have a truly biblical understanding of their salvation and whether it will stand or fall at the judgment.  Some adopt the false doctrine of a once saved, always saved approach that fosters spiritual apathy and laziness.  All too often others believe (just as equally false) the once saved, never saved view which leaves them constantly unsure and perpetually afraid.

Neither is correct.  Our salvation was earned.  Not by us, but by Christ.  His blood continually cleanses us of sin (1 John 1:7).  It is not God’s will that we should take this gift for granted.  Neither is it his will that we should never have any confidence in our standing with Him, imagining that the only way we will make it to heaven is if we have “done enough.”  Who among us can ever do enough to deserve heaven?

Throughout the Bible, the message is that those who have obeyed the gospel and accepted the salvation Christ offers belong to the Lord.  Consider just a few passages that remind us of this great truth:

 “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.     (Eph. 2:4-9)

 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” (Rom. 8:1-2)

 “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in “God, and God in him.  In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.  There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drive out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:16-18)

 “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the son of God so that you may know that you have eternal live.”: (1 John 5:13)

Do you believe in God?  Do you love Him with your entire being?  Have you confessed your faith in Jesus and reenacted His gospel in faith, repentance and baptism?  Do you try to do what is right?  Is the trajectory of your life following God’s will?

If so, then the Bible says you are saved.  You have confidence that you are the Lord’s and the Lord knows those who are his (2 Tim. 2:19). Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Cor. 9:15).

                       --Robert--(robprater@sbcglobal.net)   (www.preacherprater.blogspon.com)


Sermons for Sunday

AM   The Cross (Mark 14:1-47)

PM    Fix Your Eyes on Jesus (Heb. 12:1-2)


SHAWNEE AREA WIDE WORSHIP

Please be making plans to once again attend Praise HimShawnee Area Wide Service which will take place on Sunday evening, January 1, 2012 at 5 p.m. at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center (Shawnee fairgrounds, off U.S. Hwy 177).  This event is being sponsored and hosted by the Central, Farrall Street, Highland, Lakeview and Northridge congregations.  Our guest speaker this year will be Tim Lewis, pulpit minister at the North MacArthur Church of Christ in OKC.  Our guest song leader will be Gary Jones Jr., who works at Oklahoma Christian University and is worship leader at the Eastside Church of Christ in OKC.  The Lord’s Supper will be provided for those members who need to partake of it.  Immediately following the area wide service, all the area youth groups will be having a fun night of food and games at the Municipal Auditorium gym.  Please plan to be in attendance for this uplifting and unifying service.


FOR PRAYERS

This past Sunday evening Hillary Whittington responded to the invitation asking for prayers of the congregation on her behalf and Ken and their family.  Especially prayers for little Cory Helt, who is Ken’s one year old nephew.  He has been temporarily living with Ken and Hillary but will soon be placed in foster care.  We are so thankful for this wonderful young Christian couple.  Let us honor their request by praying for them and being a source of strength and encouragement during this difficult time for their family.


PRAYER CONCERNS

James Reeves was taken to Unity ER on Saturday and is back home recovering from a urinary tract infection as well as pneumonia. 

Anita Hinson was dismissed from Unity Health Center on Friday after spending several days in ICU. 

Nadine Collins’s son, Timmy Collins, was dismissed from Unity Health Center on Sunday after spending several days.


INVITATION

Because you have played

such an important part in their lives

please join us for

a 50th Wedding Anniversary

in honor of our parents

 

Paul & Kay Lofton

 

Saturday, December 31, 2011

at 3:00 p.m.

Northridge Church of Christ

1001 E. MacArthur Street

Shawnee, Oklahoma 74804

The Families of:

Marcie, Pamela, Richard, and Brian

“Make vows to the LORD your God

and fulfill them;”

Psalm 76:11a


LOOKING AHEAD

December 9, Dwyane’s Sunday morning class holiday party @ the McKnight’s, 6:30 p.m.

December 10, Robert’s Sunday morning class holiday party @ Kari Canard’s,  6:00 p.m.

December 11, all children & teens holiday party after morning worship in fellowship room

December 11, Search: “Forgiving Others”

December 14, Last ladies class until Jan. 4, 2012

December 18, Search: “How Jesus Viewed Scripture”

January 1, Shawnee Area-Wide Service, “Praise Him 2012”, @ Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, Sunday 5 p.m. Tim Lewis, guest speaker


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

The youth have a lock in coming up on the 16th and 17th.  We’ve had this every year for the past few years.  It first started a s a New Year’s lock-in, but has now turned to a Christmas lock-in. It will begin at 10 PM at Highland Church of Christ for food and movies.  Then we will proceed to Northridge at midnight for some activities, then YMCA for some basketball, swimming, games, and whatever the kids can think of, and end up back at Central for breakfast.  If anyone wants to swim, they HAVE to wear a dark colored shirt.  This will be strictly enforced.  Cost is $5 each. This is always a good time.  This year shouldn’t be any different.

 

COMING UP:

December 16-17, Shawnee Area Wide Lock-in, $5


WHAT TO GIVE?

To your enemy, forgiveness.

To an opponent, tolerance.

To a friend, your heart.

To a customer, service.

To all men, charity.

To every child, a good example.

To yourself, respect.

 

--Oren Arnold


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                  123

Worship Service                                           196

Sunday Evening                                           102

Wednesday Evening                                      95

Contribution                                        5,211.86

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, December 11, 2011

 

Announcements:                      Bob Stephens

Opening Prayer:           Burl Vanlandingham

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Scripture:                                  Wade Baskin

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                   Clavin Norwood

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Ron Dunavan                                   Jim Cross

Keith Lawrence                     Ken Whittington

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tim McGalliard                                Jeff Todd

USHERS

Jim Pettyjohn                              Tracy Gettle

GREETERS

Foyer:                         Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:                       Tracy & Mary Gettle

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Carol Brodersen

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Geoff Root

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                         Bob Seikel

Song Director:                             Paul Harris

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Nathan Kelly

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                          SOUTH

Ron Taffe                                     Carl Weeks

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all Ages

Song Leader:                               Nathan Kelly

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297