Bulletin for Sunday 02/19/2012
With Robert Prater
When it comes to the price paid for our redemption, we are saved 100% by grace. We cannot save ourselves by ourselves. Salvation is a gift (Rom. 6:23). An unearned, undeserved, unmerited gift cannot be earned, deserved, or merited.
It is also true that we are saved by faith, and not by works of human righteousness (Eph. 2:8-9). Some of our religious neighbors take this definition of works and apply it every time the word works is found in Scripture. The truth is that when it comes to salvation, there are two different definitions for the word “works.”
One is works of human righteousness, by which we cannot be saved unless we are perfectly righteous (Titus 3:3-7). The other definition is works that result from our obedient faith response to God’s offer of grace. James 2:24 tells us that we are justified by works, and not by faith alone. He is NOT saying that we are saved by works of human righteousness, and not by faith alone. We are saved by a working faith motivated by love (Gal. 5:6). A working faith is an obedient faith, not a perfect faith. The only person who has had ever had a perfect faith is Jesus.
The difference is between believing God and proving our faith by obedience to His will, and achieving our own salvation by living a perfect life. Salvation comes by believing in Christ and being made righteous in Him, not by achieving it through our own righteousness. (cf. Rom. 1:16) Salvation comes when our faith leads us to repent of our sins (Luke 13:1-5; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30), confess our faith in Christ (Matt. 10:32-33; Rom. 10:9-10; Acts 8:36-39) and to be baptized (immersed) into Christ to have our sins forgiven. (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38; 22:16)
Now for whatever reason, some continue to ignore the Bible's teaching on baptism for forgiveness of sins. They claim that it is not essential, since we are saved by God’s grace and not “works of merit” we do. But if we are saved by grace, why do we have to believe? Why do we have to repent and confess? Anything the Bible says saves is something we can't be saved without.
The truth of the matter is that the watery grave of baptism is where we reenact the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior, contacting His saving blood, raised to walk in a new life. (cf. Romans 6:3-4) The real power of salvation is found in the power of God. (cf. Rom. 1:16) We must have faith in the “powerful working of God” that occurs when we are “buried with him in baptism” (Col. 2:12). This is the only reason why “baptism now saves you.” (cf. 1 Pet. 3:21) Baptism is the moment when by faith we are united or clothed with Christ. (cf. Gal. 3:26-27) At baptism God saves us by His mercy, “by the washing of regeneration and the renewal of the Holy Spirit.” (Titus 3:5; cf. John 3:5)
So indeed we are saved not by our own works of merit or righteousness. The apostle Paul said, “For it is by grace you are saved through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by works, so no one can boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9) We are saved by trusting and obeying Christ in faith, not by our own achievements.
Sermons for Sunday
AM I Am Not Ashamed of Christ’s Church
PM Burnt Cabin Camp Report – Sam Yaws
We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Fred Bowers who passed away last Wednesday evening in peace to his eternal reward. Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon with Dwyane Dennis, Robert Perry, and Robert Prater officiating. Fred was a long time member, leader, friend and brother in Christ. He served faithfully as an elder at Central for forty-five years. He had still been regularly attending worship and encouraging others with his sweet warm smile until recent weeks when he became ill. He and his late wife Lucille were tremendous workers in this congregation for a very long time and were such an inspiration to us. They are and will be missed by all.
We also extend our loving sympathy to Royce and Kathy Peerson in the passing of their son, Matt, on Friday, February 10. A memorial service is pending.
It is time to start thinking about new pocket size membership directories. If there are any changes in your information from last year’s directory, please note it on the back of your attendance card. You may want or need to change an email address or add a cell phone number or change it. New members – put your information on the back of the attendance card as you want it printed in the directory. Thanks.
Dorothy Norton is progressing well at home and will be taking additional treatments for breast cancer.
Trey Canard remains with his brother Aaron in Los Angeles and hopes to be able to fly home soon.. He is making good progress.
Bertha Akin’s daughter, Pam Guffey, is in Unity Health Center with pneumonia and other health issues.
Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn’s grandson, Branson Martin, has been able to spend some time at home until he is readmitted to OU Medical Center for additional surgeries.
Mitch Harmon had a good report on his tests last week and will be having further checkups.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Betty Caldwell (sister of Linda Carpenter) Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt), Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Herman Guin, Norma Holt, (sister-in-law to Carl Holt), Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, John Johnston, Joe & Nadine Magee, Carletta Moore, Thearlene Morris, Gene & Dorothy Norton, Rachel O’Neal, Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Frank Romberg, Rhetta Smith, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Marlene Wadkins, Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose) and Jewel Wills, Don Zielenski, (friend of Fay Truesdell). All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your interest and prayers
I wanted to remind the kids that this Friday, the 17th, we will be helping at the Leadership dinner. It is a great opportunity to show all the leaders of the local congregations who the future leaders are of our church. I hope you will be able to make it out. Dress nice and come with a smile. The dinner starts at 6:30 so let’s plan on meeting at the church building at 6 and we will leave from there.
February 17, Friday, Leadership Dinner
February 17, Central hosts Shawnee Area-Wide Leadership Dinner, Gordon Cooper Technology Center at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Mark Taylor from Memorial Road Church of Christ will be the guest speaker.
February 19, Search: “Free Will”
February 20-23, Tipton truck coming. Needed supplies: Bleach, 40 gal. trash bags, Pledge, paper towels, HE laundry soap, cereal, Pop Tarts, Nestle Quick, catsup, canola oil, sliced peaches, pear halves.
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.
March 7, Ladies Bible class at 10:30 a.m.; monthly luncheon to follow
March 11, Daylight Savings Time Begins
April 22, Friends & Family Day with Mike Schroeder from Claremore, OK
May 5, Saturday; Bible Teachers Workshop @ Eastside in Duncan.
Hope to see you here Sunday!
LAST WEEKS RECORD
Bible School 133
Worship Service 190
Sunday Evening 118
Wednesday Evening 108
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Announcements: Dale Beard
Opening Prayer: George Mastick
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Scripture: Eric Park
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Nathan Kelly
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Ron Dunavan Tim McGalliard
Bob Bivins Jim Carpenter
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Frank Burton Tracy Gettle
Paul Harris Burl Vanlandingham
Foyer: Paul & Paula Harris
Elevator: Burl & Barbara Vanlandingham
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Steve Kelly
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Richard Albright
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Clavin Norwood Jim Cross
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Burl Vanlandingham
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297