These Three Things


Dear Central,

Our Strategic Planning Team along with our Ministerial Staff have identified “three key areas” or “three big things” that we as a church need to do well in, in order to move forward as the Lord would have us to.   My new sermon series which starts on March 6 is called, “These Three Things.”

These three things are areas we as a church must succeed in if we want to fulfill our purpose and mission. Can you recall what our new purpose and vision statements are?  Let’s review.

What is our purpose?  “The Purpose of Central Baptist Church is to live for Christ, love people, and make disciples!” This is our job description. We find this very command from our Lord Jesus in the Great Commandment and in the Great Commission.

What is our vision? “The Vision of Central Baptist Church is to be a people of acceptance, healing, equipping and sending.”  Whereas our purpose is our job description, our vision is our desired outcome. We find this modeled in the life of our Lord.  He accepted the broken, the hurting, the sinner, and all who were heavy burdened. He brought healing to them through his touch but more importantly through his death, burial and resurrection. He equipped them by training them but also by giving them the Holy Spirit who would guide them the rest of their lives.  But Jesus also sent them into the world, into the community, into His kingdom, to do his work.  This should be our model as well.

So what are “These Three Things?”  They are Evangelism, Discipleship, and Loving Relationships. We are calling them “Critical Success Factors.”  For the months of March, April, and May we will be focusing on each of these subjects one subject at a time, one month at a time.  We will also be providing you with practical steps to bring these things into priority in your life and in our church.

This spring each of our ministries will be developing an action plan on how their ministry will help the overall church find success in these three areas.  What started a couple of years ago with a group of 10 lay people in the conference room will now be coming into fruition as we as a congregation get behind our purpose and vision to bring God the glory He deserves.

These are exciting days at Central and I am honored to be called your Pastor!


Until the whole world hears,

Pastor Scott




Have you been Radicalized? In recent weeks we have become all too familiar with the term “Radicalized.” On December 2nd, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik walked into a county government building in San Bernadino, California and gunned down 14 people, killing them all and injuring 22 more. The FBI later said that this husband and wife team had long been“Radicalized” and had also been practicing at a target range days before their murder spree.  So what does it mean to be “Radicalized?”

According to one definition, “Radicalization” is a process by which an individual or group comes to adopt increasingly extreme political, social, or religious ideals and aspirations that either rejects or undermines the “status quo” or certain contemporary ideas and expressions of freedom of choice.

In the context of our current situation we are referring to Extreme Radical Muslims who are targeting other moderate Muslims but more specifically non-Muslim “infidels” by imposing jihad against them by murdering them and by terrorizing the rest of the world.  What is their aim? It is simple and straightforward: “to dominate the world, eradicate the infidel, and to make every nation a Muslim nation.”

During the months of January and February I will preach through a sermon series titled, “Radicalized.” What will it be about? Whereas, “Extreme Radical Muslims” spread their gospel by killing those who don’t agree, “Extreme Radical Christians” are to spread our gospel and be willing to die for those who disagree. There is a huge difference.

Jesus called us to be “Radicalized,” to ignore the status quo, and to be willing to die for our faith.  However, He has not called us to pick up swords or weapons to attack people physically, but rather to take the gospel to them spiritually. We are to take the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God, and share with them the story of the gospel.  During this series we will be looking at subjects such as “Radical Faith”, “Radical Prayer”, “Radical Love”, “Radical Stewardship”, “Radical Evangelism”, “Radical Discipleship” amongst other things.

When Jesus told his disciples to drop their fishing nets, they had no idea what was about to happen.  Jesus was about to make them a different kind of fishermen.  They were about to become “Radicalized.”  Not the kind of radical suicide bombers you hear about to today but a new kind of follower of God.  One whose heart is in love with his fellow man, one who is willing to share the good news of the gospel with dying people, one who is willing to sacrifice personally for those less fortunate, one who is willing to not make life about him/herself but about the glory of God.


Are you ready to be “Radicalized?”

11-4-15 Midweek Update