July 2024 Daily Bible Reading

July Bible Reading- “Rooted in Jesus: Grace & Truth”

Click on each chapter to read, listen to, and study the Scriptures.

As I engage the Scriptures, what is the Holy Spirit teaching me about Who I am? Who God is? What I am created to do?


Sermon Notes 6/9/24 – River of Life (Rev.22:1-5) – Patrick Lankford

Welcome to Central Church of Christ.  Show God’s Love. Tell God’s Story, Be God’s Family.

We all need water. It is one of the 3 basic needs.

Specifically, water:

  • brings nutrients to cells 
  • gets rid of waste
  • protects joints and organs 
  • maintains body temperature
    • Simply: It cleanses us, sustains us, and maintains us.

God uses water as a powerful symbol of the source of life with Him

Cleansing (& New Beginnings)

    • Flood- Gen 6:17-19 
  • 17 For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female.
    • The Red Sea- Ex. 14:29-31
  • 29 But the people of Israel walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 Israel saw the great power that the LORD used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the LORD, and they believed in the LORD and in his servant Moses.
    • Purification Rituals
    • Jordan Crossing- Josh. 2 & 3:17 
  • 17 Now the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all Israel was passing over on dry ground until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.
    • Naaman- 2 Kings 5:14,17-18 
  • 14 So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. 
  • 17 Then Naaman said, “If not, please let there be given to your servant two mule loads of earth, for from now on your servant will not offer burnt offering or sacrifice to any god but the LORD. 18 In this matter may the LORD pardon your servant: when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there, leaning on my arm, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, when I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon your servant in this matter.”
    • Baptism-
      • Jesus- John 1:29-34
  • 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
      • 3000 souls- Acts 2:40-41, 47b
  • 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.  
  • 47b …And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

God is the Source of that Life (He Sustains and Maintains)

The River of the Water of Life is Eternal and Flows From God’s Presence

    • Tree of Life- Gen. 2:5-6,10
  • 5 When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up–for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, 6 and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground–
  • 10 A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers.
    • From God’s Throne- Rev. 22:1-3 
  • 1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him.
    • God’s Word- Psalm 1:1-4
  • 1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
    • Ultimately In Jesus- John 4:6-14 
  • 6 Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
      • John 7:37-39– Jesus is the source of living water (the Spirit)
  • 37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Are You Connected to the Source?

    • Galatians 5:19-23- 
  •  19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
    • James 3:11-12- 
  • 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.


God has provided access to the river of the water of life through Jesus.

    • John 19:34
  • 34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.

Are you connected to the source? Do you have eternal life?

  • Have you been made clean from sin and death and made new?
  • If you are connected, are you sharing that life with others and connecting them to the source?


June 2024 Daily Bible Reading

June Bible Reading- “Rooted in Jesus: Flourish”

Click the link to each chapter to read, listen, and study the Scriptures. 

As I engage the Scriptures, what is the Holy Spirit teaching me about: Who I am? Who God is? What I am created to do? 

  1. Luke 1
  2. Luke 2
  3. Luke 3
  4. Luke 4
  5. Luke 5
  6. Luke 6
  7. Luke 7
  8. Luke 8
  9. Luke 9
  10. Luke 10
  11. Luke 11
  12. Luke 12
  13. Luke 13
  14. Luke 14
  15. Luke 15
  16. Luke 16
  17. Luke 17
  18. Luke 18
  19. Luke 19
  20. Luke 20
  21. Luke 21
  22. Luke 22
  23. Luke 23
  24. Luke 24
  25. Galatians 1
  26. Galatians 2
  27. Galatians 3
  28. Galatians 4
  29. Galatians 5
  30. Galatians 6
If you would like to discuss the reading, comments can be posted on the church website below the post. Link here.


May 2024 Daily Bible Reading

May Bible Reading- “Rooted in Jesus: Mighty King”

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As I engage the Scriptures, what is the Holy Spirit teaching me about: Who I am? Who God is? What I am created to do? 

  1. 1 Samuel 16
  2. 1 Samuel 17
  3. 1 Samuel 18
  4. 1 Samuel 19
  5. 1 Samuel 20
  6. 1 Samuel 21
  7. 1 Samuel 22
  8. 1 Samuel 23
  9. 1 Samuel 24
  10. 1 Samuel 25
  11. 1 Samuel 26
  12. 1 Samuel 27
  13. 1 Samuel 28
  14. 1 Samuel 29
  15. 1 Samuel 30
  16. 1 Samuel 31
  17. 2 Samuel 1
  18. 2 Samuel 2
  19. 2 Samuel 3
  20. 2 Samuel 4
  21. 2 Samuel 5
  22. 2 Samuel 6
  23. 2 Samuel 7
  24. 2 Samuel 8
  25. 2 Samuel 9
  26. 2 Samuel 10
  27. 2 Samuel 11
  28. 2 Samuel 12
  29. 2 Samuel 22
  30. 2 Samuel 23
  31. 2 Samuel 24


Declutter Day 4/27/24

This Saturday, April 27th, we will be having a de-clutter day at Central. We will be going through various parts of the buildings and removing or re-purposing items in the buildings that have exceeded their purpose.If you could share some time this Saturday, please meet at the building at 10:00 am. This is open to anyone who could share a few minutes to help with this clean-up effort . Men & Women are welcome.


What Is Your Hope? Sermon Notes 4-7-2024

What do you hope for? What do you wait for?

1 Cor. 13:13 that the 3 spiritual gifts that will remain are faith, hope, and love.

What is biblical hope?
  • Hope: 
      • Hope is the desire for something good in the future.
      • Hope is the good thing in the future that we are desiring.
      • Hope is the reason why our hope might come to pass.
  • Worldly Hope:
    • Uncertain. 
  • Biblical Hope: 
    • It is certain. Like a rope under tension, about to break.
      • Biblical hope is waiting with a confident expectation and desire for something good in the future. 
    • Because God is certain.
      • Exodus 34:6-7a-“The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in faithfulness and truth; who keeps faithfulness for thousands, who forgives wrongdoing, violation of His Law, and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished,” 
      • Heb 6:17-20- In the same way God, desiring even more to demonstrate to the heirs of the promise the fact that His purpose is unchangeable, confirmed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to hold firmly to the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and reliable and one which enters within the veil, 20 where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

What does the Bible say Christians hope?

  • In Jesus and His Resurrection
    • Romans 3:23- for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
    • Eph 2:12- having no hope and without God in the world.
    • Titus 2:11-14- For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously, and in a godly manner in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, eager for good deeds.
    • 1 Peter 1:3-5- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
  • For Our Resurrection:
    • New Life and New Body
      • John 11:25-26- Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; the one who believes in Me will live, even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.
      • 1 Cor. 15:42-49- So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
  • New Heaven and New Earth
    • Rev. 21:1-5- Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among the people, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” 5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”
    • Rev. 21:22- I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
One of my favorite songs is “My Only Hope is You.” 

v. 1- “My only hope is you, Jesus. My only hope is you. From early in the 

morning, to late at night, my only hope is you.”


April 2024 Monthly Bible Reading


Spring 2024 Growth Group Topic “Unashamed”

Our Spring Growth Group topic will be “Unashamed: Living Out Loud for Christ,” themed around Romans 1:16.
Being confident in our faith isn’t always easy. Culture wants us to conform rather than stand out and church culture often glorifies perfection and power, making us want to hide our flaws and weaknesses. So how do we proclaim the gospel when it is much easier to stay silent? Can we live boldly for Jesus when we know we are weak and flawed? Join Grammy and Dove Award-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae in this six-session series as he equips, empowers, and encourages us to live unashamed of our faith and of who God created us to be.
Topic Overview: 
March 10 – Unashamed of Weakness
March 24 – Unashamed to Follow
April 14 – Unashamed to Serve
April 28 – Unashamed to Profess
May 12 – Unashamed to Lead
May 26 – Unashamed to Hope


March 2024 Daily Bible Reading

The YouVersion App is no longer hosting our selected Bible readings. So, we will host our Bible readings via the church’s app and website instead. Paper copies will still be made available at the church building. We apologize for any inconvenience. 
The March Bible reading starts March 1!
Topic: “Rooted in Jesus: Letters”
Click on each chapter to go to the reading via BLB.


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