34 Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37 That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism John announced: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by evil, for God was with him. 39 We are witnesses to all he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
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This Sunday is Easter Sunday: The day we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. It is a day unlike any other day in the Christian year or secular world. So many members of church congregations have wondered through the years, “why,” attendance in church is dropping. Truth is, any number of reasons could be given but one of the biggest reasons is the mere fact WE do not INVITE others to join us, to come to church. For a people who profess Jesus as Lord, who profess to be followers of Jesus, we forget the most valuable teaching of Jesus. And what is that teaching? Love neighbor as self. You see, if we love others and, if we enjoy and feel spiritually fed when we worship, then why wouldn’t we want others to have the same experience, to be spiritually fed? So many of our new members have come AND joined because someone in our congregation cared enough about them to INVITE them to visit, to experience Central Christian Church, and even more importantly, to connect or reconnect with God.
Our church is a loving, warm and open church. Our members range from one end to the other on the “labeled” spectrum. That is, from Conservative to Liberal, should you choose such labels. That being said: We are a close church family, open and accepting of our diversity of beliefs. I believe this to be a drawing point for others who are searching for a church family. How wonderful it is to have your own theological viewpoint and not be judged “wrong” for holding it. I pray each and every one of you will INVITE someone to feel the love and acceptance we offer here at CCC.
Grace, Peace & Mercy to all,