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
 

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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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Involvement Forms!

We are still accepting involvement forms!
Fill yours out at bit.ly/centralinvolve

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Feb 2024 Bible Reading

Join our February Bible Reading, starting Feb 1!
Rooted in Jesus: “Miracles”
https://bit.ly/48UJB7v
 
PDF version
 
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January 21 Worship Service Update

We will have our regularly scheduled morning class and worship service. Our Sunday evening service is canceled. Please use extreme caution if you choose to join us in the morning. If you do not feel comfortable traveling, we invite you to join us via our livestream on Facebook, YouTube, or our website (christiscentral.org/videos)

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Wednesday PM Service Update

Due to current weather conditions, we will not meet for service tonight at the church building.
James Farris will be hosting a devotional through our live stream from 6:30 – 7:00 PM.
God bless and stay safe.

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Take-Home PM Devotional 12/31/23

LOOKING TO 2024 – REFLECTIONS AND EXPECTATIONS

Only Jesus can provide us with abundance and enable us to walk in the light. (John 8:12, Matthew 5:14)  Last week we considered some of the blessings God provided for us in 2023.  Certainly, all His gifts to us will be ever-present until life is over.  How blessed we are!

            Tonight, we turn our attention inward.  We stand at the door of a new year with new beginnings.  We ask a simple question now.  How can I change my life and do more to bring God glory in 2024?  Let’s consider ways to improve our lives and dedicate ourselves to that end. 

SPIRITUAL EXPECTATIONS-NEW BEGINNINGS

What Will We Do for God in 2024?

Song Selection:  Take My Life and Let It Be

Song with Lyrics (click the link): youtu.be/gAOcYrbYHr8 

FULLY GIVE OURSELVES TO THE LORD.
(Acts 8:1-4) How will discipleship guide your life in 2024?
 
FULLY EXCHANGE OUR WILL FOR HIS. (Matthew 16:24-27)
How can I change to make that happen?
 
FULLY TRUST HIM TO KEEP HIS PROMISES. (1 John 5:1-4) 
Will His promises strengthen you daily? 

PRAYER:  “Lord, as we go into the new year, we are thankful for all you have done for us in the past.  We trust in your will for our lives and know our future can be strong and certain.  Help us to always see your plan and remember we are part of it.  Give us faith, hope and love each day.  May we go forward in your Son’s name, to live at our highest spiritual potential.  It is in His name we offer this prayer.”

“Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6)

May God bless your efforts each day in our future together.


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Take-Home PM Devotional 12/24/23

LOOKING TO 2024 – REFLECTIONS AND EXPECTATIONS

REACHING OUR POTENTIAL IN 2024

            As we close the door on 2023 and begin 2024, how can we improve our spiritual lives in the future?  As we seek our fullest potential, we should understand what Jesus called “abundant life”.  Jesus wants to convey a life of spiritual blessings with gifts that overflow into our lives.  He laid out His purpose for us in John 10:10.  “I have come that you may have life and that life more abundantly.”  He gives life unlike anything we could have ever enjoyed without Him.

            We should be thankful for such a blessing.  Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world, he that follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.”  Only He can give you a life better than the world offers.  As you wake to a new year, do so with your eyes opened to His way of thinking.  Tonight, we will reflect on the spiritual blessings God has given us.  Next Sunday night, we will consider some expectations for ourselves in 2024.  We pray this time of devotion will benefit everyone who takes part.

SPIRITUAL REFLECTIONS-A YEAR OF BLESSINGS

What Has God Done for Us in 2023?

Song Selection- What the Lord Has Done in Me

Song with Lyrics (click the link): youtu.be/nJDgKrl2gDg

GOD GAVE THE GIFT OF HIS LOVE.  (Colossians 1:9-14) 
How did you display His love in 2023?
 
GOD GAVE A YEAR TO SOW THE SEED. (1 Corinthians 3:5-9)
Where did you “plant the seed” of the gospel in 2023?
 
GOD GRANTED A YEAR OF DISCIPLESHIP. (Acts 2:38-47) 
In what ways did you grow closer to Jesus in 2023?

In considering these points, if you found deficiencies, how will you commit to improving them in 2024?


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New 2024 Bible Reading Plan- Jan. Sign Up

Read together through the YouVersion Bible App: https://bit.ly/3RSSKpR 

We hope you fill join us to be and remain “Rooted in Christ” this year. Each month of 2024, there will be a new themed Bible reading. Each day you will read 1 chapter, after which you can share your reflections with others on the plan through the YouVersion Bible App.

January’s theme is A New Beginning. Use the link above to sign up and invite others to join us, starting January 1!

Paper copies are available at the church building and linked here.

 


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Growth Groups- 9/24/23

Our second Growth Group meeting is tonight! 

Helpful Resources:
  • Leader/Study Guide (Go to Session 2): https://reader.rightnowmedia.org/5/160672
  • Lesson 2 Participant Guide is here
  • More info at https://www.christiscentral.org/growth-groups/
  • Reading for tonight: James 1:13-18
“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭13‬-‭18‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://bible.com/bible/59/jas.1.13-18.ESV

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