SUNDAY MORNINGS

One way or another, people of all stripes have made their way to Central Christian: people who hardly darkened the door of a church before to people who practically grew up in one.  But the key for us in worship at Central isn't highlighting the people who come.  It's highlighting the God we come to worship.  He deserves our praise, He hears our prayers, and we present ourselves to Him to give Him glory and to enjoy Him forever.


We celebrate three special elements to our church services here at Central Christian: Communion, Baptism, and our Invitation to the Christian Life and Church Membership (the Invitation).  We offer the Invitation and Communion every Sunday.  Baptisms are less frequent but are particularly special elements of the service whenever we have them.  To learn more about these elements of our worship services, please scroll down to the sections below.

teaching from the bible

God has made Himself known to us through His Word, the Bible.  We make Him known to others as we faithfully tell others what He has said!  We often preach through books of the Bible at Central.  When we preach on topics or other themes, we are eager to let God's Word lead and inform what we believe and what we say to one another.


Our hope is that when you hear a sermon at Central, it isn't the thought of the man or the woman on the platform you come away with.  We want you to hear God's Word spoken to you and applied to your life.  We want to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, able to test and approve the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).

MUSIC

Our music is a vital part of how we worship God together.  We sing old hymns, we sing new radio hits, and we sing plenty of songs in between to hear the voices of every member, young and old, lifting their hearts to God in worship and in praise. We also involve musicians in our services – choirs, guitars, flutes, violins, saxophones – to lead us in praising God through choirs, ensembles, and solos.


The message of Christ dwells among us richly as we teach and counsel each other with the wisdom of God through all kinds of music.  We sing to God with grateful hearts, doing everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:16-17).  Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! (Psalm 150:6)


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COMMUNION

We celebrate communion every Sunday at Central.  Anyone who is a Christian is invited to take communion with us, regardless of where they're a church member or what denomination they're a part of.


Why?  We offer communion to remind us of the centrality of our forgiveness through Jesus Christ in our lives.  We affirm the grace of God in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross.  We seek to be strengthened by God's presence through the bread and cup, which Jesus used to demonstrate the covenant initiated by God's grace.

baptism

We practice believer’s baptism by immersion.  Baptism is the demonstration and declaration of a person’s belief and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  Peter instructs those who want to come to faith in Jesus to “repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).  Baptism by immersion represents the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. The repentant believer declares death to the old life of sin and birth to the new life in Christ Jesus.

INVITATION

We trust that the Holy Spirit works in His way, in His time, and that He draws people to Himself to believe on Jesus Christ. In each worship service we invite people to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Anyone who wants to accept this invitation comes forward during the hymn of invitation and stands with the minister.


The invitation is accepted by the confession of faith based on Matthew 16:15-16, Mark 8:29; and Luke 9:18-20: “I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and I accept Him as my Lord and Savior.”  The pastor will schedule a baptism service for those wanting to be baptized.  A person who accepts this invitation may also indicate his or her desire to become a member at Central Christian Church.


Those who wish to renew their commitment to Christ may also come forward at the invitation to demonstrate this new step on their discipleship journey.