Dear Church Family,
I pray that you are doing well. It is so hard to believe that in just a few days our summer break will come to a close and our kids will return to school. As a parent, I have mixed emotions about this. I would just encourage all of us to take advantage of the moments we have with our families. One of the best ways to do that is by setting the right example at home and by being faithful to worship and serve with your church family. We have many exciting ministry opportunities that we are praying you get involved in. I also want to encourage you to circle September 8th on your calendar, as we celebrate Homecoming and 177 years of God's faithfulness to our church family. We are privileged this year to have Jimmy Jackson, former pastor of Whitesburg Baptist Church, preaching for us at Homecoming. Praying you have a great close to your summer, and we look forward to all of us being back together in worship very soon.
Dear Church Family,
As we move into the summer, we are looking forward to all that God is continuing to do through the ministries at Center Point. I hope you are praying about how you can be involved in serving.
Time is one of those things we all have. We might feel as if we have very little time to spare, but reality is, we ALL have the same amount of time in a day. It is up to us HOW we spend our time! I want to encourage you to consider the ministries of your church as you "budget" your time this summer. We tend to make time for the things we consider to be important, whether it be things that benefit us, our family, or our church.
We are praying that you and your family have a great summer!
Dear Church Family!
As the Summer draws near, and we move toward the vacation season, I hope you are excited to be part of what God is doing here at Center Point. I hope you are looking forward to even greater things in the months ahead.
In recent weeks, the importance of being faithful has been on my heart. As I hope you know, I’m not referring to vacations, required work activities, or other unavoidable conflicts that arise from time to time that affect our attendance. The Bible makes it very clear that as we see the last days approaching, our desire should be to be in fellowship together on a more increasing basis. One cannot look at the events of this world very long without realizing we are in the last days.
The Bible also gives us great warning regarding our love for God, and the danger of allowing that love to grow cold. I truly believe one of the greatest ways to keep our love for the Lord on fire is to spend time in His presence, together. When we are faithful to the church, it feeds our passion and desire to be involved in ministry, and our desire to see souls saved through the church. We have so many opportunities for ministry available, especially in the areas of youth and children.
Dads and Moms… I encourage you to set aside time for Sunday School, Sunday evening church (Youth Group), and Wednesday Children’s Programs. As we have shared so many times, our children can only get to church when we bring them. They will consider God’s house only as important as we do. Dad and Mom, and these tendencies will increase (good or bad) as they get older.
Faithfulness is important for so many reasons: –Ministry Effectiveness – Evangelism – Connection to Church Family. These are just a few ways faithfulness is essential, and I’m sure you can think of many others. Bottom line is we need each other, and the more we connect with each other, the stronger we will be as a church family, and the more effective we will be in reaching our community.
Dear Church Family,
I hope you and your family are doing well. As the weather begins to warm up and we all do are best to get caught up in our yards, that can only mean one thing: that we are again blessed to celebrate the hope of our risen Savior! May we all take time this Easter season to say thank you to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and I hope our gratitude will cause us to share our faith with others.
As we head into this Easter season, I want to challenge each of us to begin to invite others to join us here each Lord's Day. I read that up to 70% of unchurched people would attend if they were invited! So many in our city are walking around in darkness and waiting for someone to lead them out! Truly the fields are white unto harvest.
As always we are praying for you and your family!
I want to challenge each of us to pray and prepare for our Revival March 11th-13th. The truth is, in this life, we all lose things. I can’t tell you the things I have mysteriously lost over the years. Not to mention when I travel, things get left behind, and I don’t even know it for a day or two. Regularly, it seems I even manage to lose my mind! Sadly, at other times, we seem, to lose ourselves—and that is far more important than any of these other things. We lose ourselves by giving in to sin. When we do that, a part of our joy gets lost.
We forget to follow Jesus and His commands and we lose our way. We get caught up in the moment and lose sight of those things that are the most important to us. Now is the time for each of us to check our spiritual compass and re-adjust to our “True North” — Jesus Christ! I believe we are in need of revival in our individual lives, our families, our churches, and our community.
I hope you all pray for our Revival and make plans to attend the meetings.
Dear Church Family,
As the Christmas season is upon us, may our minds not only be filled with visions of sale racks or online deals, but may our minds and hearts be filled with a love for the One who gave everything for us. The Bible tells us in John 3:16 that, "God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
In the coming days, we, as a church, need to be more diligent than ever in our effort to reach out for Christ and stand for Him in the midst of a lost and dying world. May I ask that you seriously pray about your involvement here at Center Point Baptist Church. I am excited about the things we have planned for the days ahead. I recognize that for them to have an impact, that they can and should have, we, as a church family, need to show ourselves faithful.
May God give you a blessed Christmas season. May the New Year be a year in which we all grow closer to Christ and see Him work in us and through us in even greater ways!
Merry Christmas and God Bless,
From your Pastor and Staff Families
Dear Church Family,
I trust you are doing well! I have a few things on my heart I want to share with you. First, I want to tell how blessed Penny and I feel after getting gall your cards and letters! We have read over them several times and are so encouraged by your kindness. We have enjoyed so many of the great memories you reminded us about.
Ministry, as you know, is not always easy, but we can say that serving here continues to be such a privilege in our life. Thank you for loving and praying for us daily! We also want to thank the Appreciation Committee for your hard work and thoughtfulness! We have started looking at our calendar in hope of getting our of town for a little much needed rest! As always, our time with each of you was very special. You came and encouraged us with your kind and warm hugs! Church, we love you!
Lastly I want to invite you to plan on joining us for our Community Thanksgiving Service here at Center Point on November 18th at 6pm. We have five churches that will be joining us for a time of worship
Dear Church Family,
I hope this note finds you well. As the weather begins to warm up and the weeds begin to grow like crazy, that can mean only one thing: that we are again blessed to celebrate the Hope of our Risen Savior! I hope each of you will take time to say thank you to the Lord for such a great Salvation and that our gratitude will cause us to share our faith with others.
Also with spring arriving, we will again have the opportunity to say thank you to our Church Staff. Our Staff Appreciation is scheduled for the evening of April 22nd. As a church family we are so blessed to have such a caring and talented staff. I know that each of you will want to come and be a part of this special time to let them know how much we truly appreciate each of them.
The other thing that has me so excited this spring is the progress we are making on our new sanctuary. Every day that we come to work, we can see a little more that has been added. I trust you have already begun to think about ways you can give in our 5th Sunday offering later this month, or maybe just giving a little extra each week toward the building fund would be easier.
I also want to challenge all of us to begin to invite others to join us here each Lord’s Day. I read recently that up to 70% of un-churched people would attend if they were just invited! Truly the fields are ripe unto harvest.
As always, we are praying for you and your family. May you have a blessed spring.
Dear Church Family,
I wanted to take a few moments to share with you that love makes ALL the difference, especially when it’s the love of GOD! I believe if we are going to share God’s love with those around us, we need to first experience it in our own lives.
Read the prayer that the Apostle Paul was offering to God on behalf of the church at Ephesus while he was in prison for preaching the Gospel. May it inspire each of us!
Ephesians 3:17-21 (NKJV)
17that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height– 19to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21to Him be the glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
While we face struggles and challenges in this world we live in, there is something that will keep us through the storms and trials of life. It is the unending and unexplainable love that God has for each and every one of us, and yes even for those still lost in the world.
The primary purpose of this letter to the Ephesians was to talk about a “mystery”, and of course, it was not intended to be kept a mystery. Paul’s purpose was to explain and reveal it by sharing about “the church” whose purpose was to express the fullness of Christ in the world.
God’s desire for each of us as believers is to know the love of Christ. In knowing that love, we do our part in sharing it with all those who will listen. He wants to see His love both draw people into the family of God, and unite the Church for more effective ministry and outreach.
During this month, it is a great opportunity to invite friends and family to church with you. Easter is right around the corner. May we each continue to reach out to this world with the love of Jesus Christ!
If you have yet to find a place of ministry here at CPBC, then I would encourage you to take a moment and ask God what He would have you to do.
Blessings in Christ!
Love Pastor David
Dear Church Family,
What a wonderful time of year it is as once again we pause and remember the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I know the word “pause” might seem odd to use during this time of year when everything about the season seems to be so chaotic. Yet, I believe it is important for us to “pause on purpose” if we really want to have a meaningful Christmas.
We know that Jesus Christ came to this earth with purpose, and the primary purpose was to “seek and to save the lost” as we read in Luke 9:1; “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
When we think about the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, it is sometimes difficult to remember that His start in this world was beyond humble! He was not born in a royal palace, but a lowly stable. His clothing was not kingly robes, but simple pieces of cloth wrapped around His tiny body. His birth speaks of the humility of our Savior, and serves as an example to us. We are not “above” others in this world as we journey toward eternity. Live Humbly!
Those of you who are parents know how quickly those little ones grow up! It seems with each passing week there is some kind of change as they move through the various stages of life. Very little is known about the life of Christ during His early years. Oh, but the stories abound once He began His earthly ministry! Souls saved, bodies healed, and lives transformed by the power of Christ, which gave both hope to the masses and produced envy in the religious crowd.
His next stop would be the crass. Think about in! He became the substitute for our sin. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ.”
One day we will know that all of humanity will stand before Christ in judgement, and every knew will bow down before Him. The message of Christmas does not stop at the cradle! The same Jesus who came so humbly to the cradle and dies sacrificially on the cross, is the same one who is both now and forevermore victorious with His crown! “Lord of Lords and King of Kings”
The crown speaks of victory, so I encourage you today to trust in Christ! Remember Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Live Victoriously!
As we think about closing out the old year and starting a new year, may we remember that it is “Christ in us, the Hope of Glory.”
Merry Christmas and God Bless
We Love You Church! From your Staff Families