Bulletin for Sunday 01/29/2012
This past Sunday morning I began a new sermon series I Am Not Ashamed, which will be exploring some of the fundamentals of our faith and especially what makes us in churches of Christ distinct in our message and practice. When considering the church of Christ, many have questions. Onlookers might even consider the differences of the church of Christ to be peculiar or even odd. Why do we, at Central, do what we do? What do we believe what we believe? This series seeks to answer many of those questions and clarify and restate some distinctive biblical concepts that churches of Christ have tried to restore during the last two hundred years. Many of us fear these unique doctrines and positions are in danger of being compromised or even forgotten. We should never be ashamed of what the Bible teaches concerning the authority of God’s Word, salvation in Christ, faith, baptism, worship, the church, the family, Christian living, and our eternal hope of heaven. It is my prayer that we will carefully and honestly reexamine these matters so that we can know with confidence about what we believe and practice as New Testament Christians. May God guide us in our study of these important matters.
God's Word is "living and powerful" (Heb. 4:12). God guides us and communicates His will to us through His word. (Ps. 119:105) The gospel message of salvation is revealed to us in God's word. (Rom. 1:16) By reading His word we understand that it is through the gospel that we are actually called to salvation. (2 Thess. 2:13-14) His word guides us as to how to live a faithful, productive Christian life after coming to salvation (2 Tim. 3:15-17). It is no wonder that God instructs us to diligently study His word in order to be able to correctly understand and apply it to our lives, and to stand approved before Him. (2 Tim. 3:15-17) It is no wonder that God instructs us to diligently study His word in order to be able to correctly understand and apply it to our lives, and to stand approved before Him (2 Tim. 2:15).
Since God's word is so vital to our spiritual well being, we need to spend a great deal of purposeful, focused time reading, learning and contemplating all that is revealed to us therein. Bible classes naturally fill the bill, so to speak, along this line. Our Bible classes are Central are specifically designed to teach the Scriptures and encourage us in our faith with other Christians.
Children's Bible classes are just as beneficial and important. In fact, Bible classes provide some of the most effective Bible teaching for children. Material is used that is written more nearly on their level of understanding. In many cases, children who are in Bible class on a regular, weekly basis probably get better, more consistent instruction in the scriptures than they do at home. Literally, much of the formative learning in a child's spiritual development is gained in Bible classes. The wise man wrote, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" (Prov. 22:6).
With all this in mind, where are you during Bible class on Sunday and Wednesday? Where are your children? Do you make it a point to be in Bible classes each time in order to gain the knowledge that is waiting for you in the teachings of the scriptures? Do you see that your children are in Bible class every week in order that they may learn all of God's will and be fully equipped to live their lives in His service?
The person who knows and lives by God's word has great advantage over others when faced with the challenges and difficulties of life. Are you in Bible class, gaining that advantage? Children who are taught, whose lives are molded, by the teachings of God's word are much better prepared to face life than are others without the that training. They have understanding, a sense of purpose and direction that other children do not typically have. Are your children in Bible class, receiving that training?
It's easy to get careless in our thinking. As we do, it becomes easier and easier to miss Bible class. All kinds of excuses can be thought of. But before we know it, we've missed more classes than we've attended. Missing has become the norm, and being in class is the exception, and our children are growing up without proper instruction in God's word. We didn't mean for it to be that way, it just happened. It'll only change when we make up our mind to change. But it begins with the simple questions: Where are you during Bible class? Where are your children during Bible class?
Sermons for Sunday
AM I Am Not Ashamed of God’s Word
PM All Scripture is God-Breathed
5th SUNDAY CONTRIBUTION
Next Sunday, January 29th, the entire contribution will be going toward the building fund as set out by the elders.
Marcia Dennis broke her left femur on the way for knee surgery. Consequently she had surgery for a broken leg on Wednesday morning of last week. She was transferred to room 5324 at Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center this past Saturday.
Dorothy Norton had surgery this past Monday at Unity Health Center. She will be hospitalized for a few days. Test results should be back in a few days.
Trey Canard injured his back during racing and is in ICU in a hospital in Los Angeles. He was scheduled for surgery Thursday.
Al Smith had surgery at Unity Health Center on Tuesday of this past week. His wife, Rhetta, has been moved to Henryetta to a specialized nursing facility.
Jon Merritt is doing well following an out patient procedure done last week.
Nancy Irelan had complete shoulder replacement surgery on Wednesday of last week at McBride Orthopedic Hospital in Edmond. She is now home.
Burl Vanlandingham’s brother, James, is home after spending some time in Integris Baptist Hospital.
Georgia Lane’s son, Larry, is waiting for an appointment for heart bypass surgery.
Mitch Harmon will be having tests done on February 8 for health issues.
Jan. 28, Activity with youth & upcoming youth.
Hope to see you here Sunday!
Lettie Kay Curtis
Dessie Weeks -93rd !!!
Keith & Jennifer Lawrence – 19th
Ken & Hillary Whittington – 3rd
We wish to congratulate all having birthdays and anniversaries during the month of February. Best wishes to Dessie Weeks on her 93rd birthday this month.
DAILY BIBLE READINGS
January 29, Search: “Out of Darkness”
January 29, Wedding shower in honor of Amy Kelly and Daniel Roberts from 2-4 p.m. in the fellowship room. They are registered at Dillard’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target. To contribute to a group gift; Rita Romberg, Denise Beard or Janet Stephens
February 1, Ladies Bible class to meet at 10:30 with the monthly luncheon to follow.
February 5, Search: “Born In Sin?”
February 10, Valentine dinner at LaDonna’s Grill in Meeker, 6:30 p.m. More TBA.
February 12, Search: “Faith Alone?”
February 18, Search: “Free Will”
February 17, Central hosts Shawnee Area-Wide Leadership Dinner, Gordon Cooper Technology Center at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per peson.
February 22, Tipton truck coming
February 24, 25; Affirming the Faith seminar at North MacArthur. This year’s theme “A Reason to Hope”. Speakers; Dan Winkler, Jerry Houston, Noel Whitlock ,David Duncan, Thomas Jackson, Tom Alexander, Chuck Monan, and many others.
LAST WEEKS RECORD
Bible School 133
Worship Service 198
Sunday Evening 112
Wednesday Evening 116
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Announcements: Bob Perry
Opening Prayer: Dwyane Dennis
Song Director: Dale Beard
Scripture: Adam Park
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Geoff Root
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Clavin Norwood Dennis Brodersen
Lynn Harmon Brandon Gober
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Burl Vanlandingham Brian Nipper
Steve Kelly Bob Stephens
Foyer: Steve & Mary Kelly
Elevator: Bob & Janet Stephens
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Bill Lawerance
Song Director: Dale Beard
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Michael Michener
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Austin Beard Jim Pettyjohn
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Nathan Kelly
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297