Bulletin for Sunday 09/23/2012
With Robert Prater
One way people try to justify their failure to be an active member of the church is salvation by comparison. “I’m better than so and so…” Or, “I’m as good as the members of the church.” Or, “There are hypocrites in the church, and I’m better than they are.” Those who use hypocrites as an excuse for not attending church services here on earth have chosen to spend eternity with them instead!
God will not judge us by comparing us to any other person. As one preacher put it, “Saying ‘I’m better than Hitler’ is like saying “I can bench press more than my grandmother.” God does not grade on the curve. It’s either perfection or nothing. No matter how good we are, none of us is good enough to deserve to be in heaven. Jesus is the only one who has ever earned that right because He was “good enough,” He was perfect. Unlike us, the Lord never sinned. (cf. Heb. 4:15)
Only one sin is necessary to disqualify us from buying our ticket to heaven with our own righteousness, as Adam and Eve confirm. “For as many as are under the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the Law, to perform them’ ” (Gal. 3:10).
We have two options: either keep God’s law perfectly without committing even one sin, or be saved by grace through faith in Christ (Eph. 2:8-9). Either we will trust our own righteousness or trust Christ. When we allow our faith to lead us to turn from a life of sin and be baptized into Christ, all our sins are washed away through His blood. (cf. Matt. 26:28; Acts 22:16; Rom. 6:3-4)
The apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:21 how a great exchange took place. “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Christ got all our sin and guilt; we got His perfect righteousness standing before God. His righteousness was exchanged for our sin.
If we continue to seek daily to obey His will, His blood will continue to wash away the guilt of all of our sins (1 John 1:7). Our position in Christ leads God to view us as sinless, even though in practice we are still sinners. No, friends, it’s either 100 percent righteous, or trust and obey Christ. The choice is ours.
OLD TESTAMENT CLASS
Ladies are invited to attend the Old Testament study class which will resume on Tuesday morning, September 25, at 10:00 in the fellowship room. Anita Jacques will be teaching the class.
Jo Sneed had neck surgery on Tuesday, September 18 at Oklahoma Heart Hospital South. Her surgery went well and she is hoping to be home in a couple of days.
Dorothy Norton remains in room 369 at Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital in Integris Baptist Medical Center.
Dave Emery remains in room 212 at Rose Manor for rehabilitation.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
Bob Allen, Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Gary Brown (elder at Highland), Betty Caldwell (sister of Linda Carpenter) Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt), Harold Decker, Norma Edgmon, Thelma Franklin, Fredith Hanifan, Norma Holt, (sister-in-law to Carl Holt), Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, John Johnston, Joe & Nadine Magee, Lonnie McDonald (elder at Northridge), Aubrey McNutt, Thearlene Morris, Gene & Dorothy Norton, Rachel O’Neal, Andy Peerson (brother to Royce Peerson), Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Rhetta Smith, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, John Sullivan, Emma White, and Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose). All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your interest and prayers.
Thank you for all the cards, calls, flowers, food and especially the prayers. I appreciate so much your love and thoughtfulness. Anita Jacques
HOPE TO SEE YOU SUNDAY!
Sunday, September 30, will be the 5th Sunday building fund contribution
Girls of the youth, Janet would love help from any and all that want to. She is in charge of a table for the ladies lunch on the 30th and wanted to offer an invitation to any girl in the youth that would like to help decorate. You will be meeting in the basement after Sunday morning service on the 23rd. Lunch will be provided.
Parents, I know this is late, but I’d like to have another meeting to get ideas for activities for the rest of the year. So start thinking about when you might be able to meet. Thanks.
Sept. 30 – Youth girls help serve at Ladies Day Luncheon
TIME TO SURRENDER
Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, identifies Campus Crusade for Christ founder Bill Bright as a mentor early in his ministry. Warren once asked him, “Why did God use and bless your life so much?”
Bright replied: “When I was a young man, I made a contract with God. I literally wrote it out and signed my name at the bottom. It said, ‘From this day forward, I am a slave of Jesus Christ.’”
Warren wonders how many Christians have considered making such a written contract. “Even though we’ve surrendered to ministry, we sometimes still argue and struggle with God over his right to direct us,” he writes. “But Jesus calls us to his ministry, not one of our own choosing.”
He concludes, “It is always the right time to surrender – to God’s grace, love and wisdom.”
WE ARE IN NEED OF
COATS – COATS – COATS – COATS
YOUTH 8 THRU ADULT XL
September 25, Free “Living Well with Diabetes” Seminar at Central presented by Ken Ellis from Noble Church of Christ, from 7 – 8:30 pm. Outsmart Diabetes, Stay Motivated!
Sept. 21, Friday, Ladies Night at Little. Salad supper 5:30-6:30, program begins at 7 p.m., Karen Kinsey speaking
September 23, Search: “Confessing Christ”
September 30, Search: “Baptism”
September 30, Annual Ladies Appreciation Luncheon hosted by The Sonshine Sisters
October 9-11, Tipton Truck will be here. Needed supplies: Green beans, cereal, soup, apple juice, ibuprofen, powdered sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk, apricot preserves, paper towels, toilet bowl cleaner, HE laundry detergent, fabric softener sheets, toilet tissue. Driver will be picking up the “Change for Children” cans also.
November 10, Saturday; Coat Give Away
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
ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER
1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804
Dave Emery, #212
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, #13
Alice Rice, #55
Rhetta Smith, #44
Dessie Weeks, #54
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 134
Worship Service 209
Sunday Evening 110
Wednesday Evening 105
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
September 23, 2012
Announcements: Burl Vanlandingham
Opening Prayer: Jim Walling
Song Director: Michael Michener
Scripture: Brandon Gober
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Nathan Kelly
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Frank Burton Tim McGalliard
Geoff Root Ken Whittington
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Bob Bivins Tracy Gettle
Robert Perry Cary Leonard
Foyer: Robert & Ann Perry
Elevator: Cary & Sandy Leonard
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Clavin Norwood
Song Director: Michael Michener
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Chuck Carter
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Jim Carpenter Jim Pettyjohn
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Paul Harris
Devotional: Chad Beard
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297