Bulletin for Sunday 08/12/2012
With Robert Prater
Barnabas is one of the great characters of the Bible. Here is one who was such an encourager that the apostles changed his name to reflect this (Acts 4:36)! In every instance where we read of Barnabas, we see him acting as an exhorter of his brethren. What an asset to the first century church! What would the church look like today if more people would strive to be like Barnabas? It is all too easy to fall into the trap of running down the brethren, of finding fault with others, of magnifying the shortcomings of others so that our own failures appear miniscule in comparison. Think of the souls that could be won to the Lord and built up in the faith if we would give our energy to being encouragers rather than tearing down or belittling our brothers and sisters. What made Barnabas such a great encourager? Notice what he did that we can emulate today.
Find someone in need and enrich them. When many of the new converts were suddenly in great need, Barnabas and others of kindred spirit rose to the occasion. He sold some land and gave the proceeds to the apostles to distribute as they saw fit (Acts 4:37). This heart of generosity caused the world to notice and long to be part of the family of God. What if Barnabas had maintained that what he possessed was his own, and he did not have to share it? Would the church have grown as rapidly without the giving spirit of ones like Barnabas?
Find someone who is alone and include them. Saul of Tarsus was a great enemy of the Lord and his people, wreaking havoc upon the early church (Acts 8:3). This antagonist soon had a change of heart and was converted to Christ. The brethren were initially reluctant to accept Saul for fear that he might be feigning conversion in an attempt to infiltrate the church and worsen the persecution against them(Acts 9:36). Barnabas was convinced of the genuineness of Saul’s conversion. He brought this new convert to the apostles so that they, too, would accept him as one of their own (Acts 9:27). What if Barnabas had not been so accepting of Paul? Would the church have missed out on the greatest missionary ever known?
Find someone who has fallen and restore them. After embarking on their first missionary journey together, Paul and Barnabas return to report on the work God was doing through them among the Gentiles. As they are preparing to return to the mission field, Barnabas makes known his desire to take John Mark along with them again. Paul vehemently disagrees, and the contention became so sharp that Paul and Barnabas part ways (Acts 15:39). Evidently John Mark had started into the mission field with Paul and Barnabas, but had turned back for a reason that is not revealed to us. Barnabas wanted to give this young man another opportunity. While Paul seemed to have lost respect for John Mark, we know that later in his ministry this young man had become very valuable to Paul (2 Tim.4:11). What if Barnabas had written this young man off because of his mistakes? What if no one would have been willing to give John Mark another chance?
I am thankful that God in His infinite wisdom chose to record for us part of the life of this great man, Barnabas. May we seek to encourage and lift up our brothers and sisters in Christ at every opportunity. We may not have the ability to be a great preacher, or great song-leader, or great Bible class teacher, but everyone of us has the potential to be a Barnabas!
Sermons for Sunday
AM - Paul’s Conversion (Acts 9:1-19)
PM - A Closer Look at Acts
BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST
Hearts were rejoicing this past Sunday evening as Mark Autrey responded to the Lord’s invitation and was baptized into the Christ for the forgiveness of his sins. Mark grew up attending Central in his youth and has visited back on and off over the years bringing his mother Ruth Autrey, a long time Central member, to worship when she could attend. Mark had recently come to believe and knew he was lost and outside of Christ and wanted to be right before God. Mark is a powerful example of doing what is right by obeying the gospel. We are blessed to now have him a part of the Central family. Please keep him in your prayers and take a little time this week to give him a call or to send him an encouraging note. His address is 2504 N. Leo Avenue, Shawnee 74804. Telephone 405-388-8543.
We extend our loving sympathy to the family of former member, Marlene Watkins, who passed away early Tuesday morning in Yukon. Her services were pending at the Yonda & Son Funeral Home in Yukon.
Anita Hinson is doing well following her pacemaker implant last week at St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital.
Elaine Gray has been dismissed from OU Medical Center. Her condition remains very serious.
Joe Magee has been advised to stay away from crowds while undergoing chemo and radiation treatments.
Former member, Curtis Roe, is in Mercy Hospital in Ft. Smith in serious condition.
Lonnie McDonald, elder at Northridge and son-in-law of the late Lois Lanier, is doing well following his surgery last week to remove a pancreatic tumor.
Linda Carpenter’s sister, Betty Caldwell, also had the same surgery in Tulsa and is doing well.
The youth have a great opportunity Wednesday, August 15th. Chad Beard has been asked to speak to the Northridge youth group about faith in his life. Kurtis has given us permission to come and support Chad as he speaks. So, on the 15th our youth group will head over to Northridge to worship with them. Please try to make it to class on time for we will leave the building at 7. Class begins at 7:15.
UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS
August 10, Back 2 School Bash @ Northridge
August 13, AWTG @ Eastside
August 15, Worship @ Northridge
August 10, Nathan Kelly & Kylee Lenise Thomas wedding @ Park Plaza Church of Christ, Tulsa 7PM
August 11, 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration in honor of Paul & Paula Harris at Lakeview Church of Christ 2 PM.
August 12, Search: “The Nature of Worship”
August 19, Search: “Problems in Worship:”
August 26, Search: “Worship in Song”
THE UMBRELLA OF MARRIAGE
Lighting a unity candle, a common wedding ritual, symbolized the bride and groom becoming one. The “I, me, mine” of each individual doesn’t disappear entirely, but the two are drawn under the umbrella of “we, us, ours.” When troubles inevitably come, the partners can take shelter together.
Many years into marriage, a wife underwent medical tests for troubling symptoms. Her husband accompanied her to the follow-up consultation. Later when a friend asked how the appointment went, the husband replied, “We have multiple sclerosis.”
There was no slow, careful word-choosing. After years under the umbrella of marriage, the man’s pronoun selection was automatic: “We have multiple sclerosis.”
His wife smiled, even as a tear fell. She would be neither under the umbrella alone nor left out in the rain. They would weather this storm together.
BACK TO SCHOOL
Early one morning a mother woke her son, who whined about having to go to school.
“Give me two reasons why you don’t want to go,” she said
“Well,” he complained, “the kids don’t like me, and neither do the teachers!”
“Nonsense,” she said. “Come get ready.”
“Give me two reasons why I should go,” the son protested.
“Well, for one, you’re 52,” she said. “For another, you’re the principal!”
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 124
Worship Service 176
Sunday Evening 125
Wednesday Evening 96
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
August 12, 2012
Announcements: Dale Beard
Opening Prayer: Clavin Norwood
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Scripture: Chad Beard
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: George Mastick
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Ron Dunavan Bob Seikel
Austin Beard Keith Lawrence
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Burl Vanlandingham Jim Carpenter
Robert Perry Bob Perry
Foyer: Bob & Louise Perry
Elevator: Craig & Michelle McKnight
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Paul Harris
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Jim Pettyjohn
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Scott Perry Tim McGalliard
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Paul Harris
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297