Mealtrain for Gail & Lee Webb

Good afternoon church, 
I love the opportunity to send out Mealtrain requests, because you all rally around each other so well as family. Gail has an upcoming surgery and we would like to help provide a few days of meals. Please view the meal train details here: 
https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/305r6l

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Sermon Notes: 7/25 Take Me Back

      • Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 14:26-33 – What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. 27 If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret. 28 But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God. 29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. 30 If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent. 31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, 32 and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets. 33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. From <https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+cor+14&version=ESV>

 

TAKE ME BACK LYRICS & video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eTOcrWu8mQ

Take me back

To the place that feels like home

To the people I can depend on

To the faith that’s in my bones

Take me back

To a preacher and a verse

Where they’ve seen me at my worst

To the love I had at first

Oh, I want to go to church

 

      • WELCOME: To Central Church of Christ, not a place, but a people called out to Show God’s Love, Tell God’s Story, Be God’s Family. Today we begin a new sermon series called, Take Me Back.  It’s inspired by a desire from the elders to reexamine early Christianity, what the disciples after Jesus did, how they gathered, worshipped, and encouraged each other. It’s a desire to Take Us Back to Church
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Read from Alexander Campbell, 1830,

 

Wow, Alexander Campbell called the guys supplying content in the MH, “distinguished men of liberal minds.” Then he wrote that this publication is to give the whole family religious news and such a variety of content that it is to “interest the young and inquisitive.”  pg 2

Remember page 3, the analogy of the age of Sunlight, which at times is still obscured by clouds and fogs.  Remember my purpose to help people see the Sunlight. 

Pg 4 – “The took the points off the arrows of truth, and blunted the sword of the Spirit, so that the enemies of the truth could not be conquered.”

Pg 5 – “We expect no new Sun, no new revelation of the Spirit, no other than the same gospel and the same religioun, only that it shall be disinterred from the rubbish of the dark ages, and made to assume its former simplicity, sublimity, and majesty.”

Pg 5 – “Light is certainly increasing – charity enlarging the circle of its activities – the mountains of discord diminishing, and the deep valleys which separated Christians, are filling up.  But much is to be done before all flesh shall enjoy the salvation of God.  If all who love the Lord and the salvation of men, would unite their energies and bury the tomahawk of party conflicts, no seer could predict how rapid would be the march and how extensive the triumphs of the gospel.”

 

1 Corinthians 14:12 – “So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.”

What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. 14:26

  26b: “Let all things be done for building up.”

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:11: “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
  • Romans 15:2-3: “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself.”
  • Matthew 20:28: “Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Jesus did not seek what was beneficial to himself, but what was beneficial to others.

When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. 14:26

27a: “If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three.”

verse 27c: “. . . and let someone interpret.”

28: “But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God.” 

29a: “Let two or three prophets speak.”

29b: “. . . and let the others weigh what is said.”

30: “If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent.”

31: “For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged.”

Gordon D. Fee says of this passage: “The character of one’s deity is reflected in the character of one’s worship.” 

https://www.idisciple.org/post/the-god-we-worship

 

 

TAKE ME BACK – Lyrics

Oh, more than an obligation

It’s our foundation

The family of God

I know it’s hard

But we need each other

We’re sisters and brothers

Oh, take me back

To the place that feels like home

To the people I can depend on

To the faith that’s in my bones

Take me back

To a preacher and a verse

Where they’ve seen me at my worst

To the love I had at first

Oh, I want to go to church


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Bible Class & VBS

Central News: Yes, we are continuing the Annex Bible Class (1 John 1) and the Young Adult Bible Class (1 Timothy) tonight at 6:30pm during VBS. The kids will be heading out of the annex at about 6:15pm to go to the auditorium. Adults come, discuss God’s Word in class, and encourage some kids enjoying VBS tonight!

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VBS Group Schedule Sunday Night

Class 6:20-6:35 6:40-7:00 7:05-7:25 7:30-7:50 7:50-8:00
Pre-K Sing/Video Story Puppets/Games Crafts Wrap-Up
Primary Sing/Video Crafts Story Puppets/Games Wrap-Up
Junior Sing/Video Games Crafts Story Wrap-Up
Teen Sing/Video Class Project/Activity Wrap-Up
 

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Sermon Notes: 7/18 – Servant Leadership

Scripture Reading: John 13:12-15
When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.
 
The Chosen – Season 2 – Episode 8 – Judas is revealed

Psalm 41:9- Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.

Zechariah 11:12-13- Then I said to them, “If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.” And they weighed out as my wages thirty pieces of silver. Then the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the lordly price at which I was priced by them. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord, to the potter.

Zechariah 13:7b Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.

  • “Jesus, if it’s you, tell me to walk to you on the water!” Of course, Jesus told him to come and he actually started out walking on top of the water. (Matthew 14:28-29)
  • “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16)
“Far be it from you, Lord! We won’t let you die!” (Matthew 16:22-23) 
  • “It is good for us to be here. Let us build three tabernacles right here on the mountain so you can all stay here and we can worship you right here on the mountain.” Of course, we heard God respond and tell us to listen to His Son and Jesus told us to not tell anyone about this yet. (Matthew 17:4)
  • How many times must I forgive my brother, seven?” Can you believe his nerve? I’m the one who introduced him to Jesus. I mean, sure, we’d been arguing that day, but I never thought he’d actually ask Jesus when he could stop forgiving his brother. That’s me! I was right there and he asks Jesus how many times he has to forgive me like I’m a knucklehead. Wow! (Matthew 18:21)
  • “I will never fall away! I’d rather die than deny you, Jesus!” We all jumped in with him, but sure enough, by the end of the night, we’d all abandoned Jesus. (Matthew 26:30-35)
10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean.- John 13:10 Philippians 2:5-8- Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross.
 
Francis of Assisi is attributed to have said, “Preach the gospel daily, when necessary, use words.”

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/preach-the-gospel-at-all-times-st-francis_b_1627781

 


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Ministry Meeting Tomorrow

Central News: Reminder that tomorrow at noon is a lunch/meeting for ALL elders, elders, & ministry leaders in annex. Subway, chips, drinks, desserts provided. Also, VBS starts tomorrow night. Let’s get involved to better Show God’s Love, Tell God’s Story, and Be God’s Family.

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Bloom Womens Breakfast

Central News: Reminder that ladies are invited to a time of prayer and fellowship tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 8am at the Coffee Collective. Come enjoy!
 

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1 John Annex Bible Class – Video

We had a great time introducing 1 John tonight in the Annex Bible study class.  Here’s the instructional video that I mentioned tonight that goes right along with that study. Enjoy! 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3QkE6nKylM


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Bible Classes Tonight

We are so excited to begin meeting in the building tonight on Wednesday night!  Join us at 6:30pm in the Annex building or on livestream.   We will NOT have the ZOOM meeting on Wednesday nights at this time.  
 
Our Class Offerings on Wednesday Night Are: 
  • Nursery: Located in the Main Building Downstairs
  • K-5th: Located in the Main Building Downstairs
  • 6th-12th Grades: Located in the Annex Building Downstairs
  • Young Adult: Located in the Library/Lounge (Topic is 1 Timothy)
  • Adult: Annex Building Upstairs (Topic is 1 John)
 
You can still catch our livestream on the following locations:

 
For Roku, Apple TV, & Amazon Fire TV:
Install Boxcast Channel, search Central Church of Christ – Sparta, TN

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Marriage Seminar in Murfreesboro

We’re looking forward to a fun field trip to Trey and Lea’s free marriage seminar at Kingwood Church of Christ in Murfreesboro  on Friday and Saturday, August 20-21.  Topher met Trey years ago at Oklahoma Christian University and has been impressed with the marriage material they offer to couples. Register for this event. Let Topher know if you’re interested in an overnight stay in Murfreesboro. 
 
Friday – 7pm – 17 Ways to Bless your Marriage – Part 1
Friday – 8pm – 17 Ways to Bless your Marriage – Part 2
 
Saturday – 9am – Marriage Deposits > Marriage Withdrawals
Saturday – 10am – Six Sneaky Marriage Killers
Saturday – 11am – How to Make Your Love Life Sizzle
 
Find out more about Trey & Lea: https://strongermarriageworkshops.com/
Find out more about Kingwood Church of Christ in Murfreesboro here: https://www.kingwoodcoc.org/
 

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