Sons & Daughters, Men & Women

Throughout our long history, this Central church family has always affirmed the equal God-given value of both men and women. As a people, we have been blessed when we hear the hearts of our Christian sisters expressed in song, prayer, and in the reading of God’s Word. Now, as one body, we affirm that we should continue doing what we’ve been doing, and do it even more. We bless and encourage those with the giftedness and desire, regardless of gender, to participate fully in our corporate gatherings. This aligns with our belief that women and men are equally gifted by the Holy Spirit for the edification of the church and the glory of God.

We believe this honors our God and helps us better proclaim Jesus as Lord to the people  of our city and to those around the world. May we all together continue to live out  Central’s vision of “Becoming Like Christ for the sake of ________.”

“I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy…

Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”

                                                                                                                 ~Acts 2:17-18

If you’d like to visit with a Central shepherd about this particular topic, please send us an email including your name and phone number. One of our elders will be contacting you soon to set up a time and place for a conversation.

During the month of March, we ask everyone to study the relevant texts, listen to the sermons, engage the Bible classes, and participate in the conversations. We also want all of us to be aware of the purpose of our study together:

We want to carefully engage the Scriptures so that we hold and teach positions we are willing to proclaim and practice with biblical conviction. The Bible is our authority. Whatever we do should be informed by Scripture. How to read and interpret Scripture is important; but our beliefs and practices all come from the Bible.

We desire to promote a unified ownership of our understandings of God's will for how men and women are to worship and serve together in his Kingdom. We want to model and foster attitudes of mutual understanding in a spirit of unity and love.

We want our positions and practices at Central to teach and express an accurate picture of the Gospel and a healthy theology of Christian worship. Our worship assemblies communicate the message of Christ and the purpose of worship. It must be consistent with the life of Jesus and the works of the Holy Spirit.

We commit to listen carefully to God's Spirit and to be open and receptive to his leading. This includes Bible study, prayer, and spiritual conversations.

We desire for the church at Central to benefit from all the spiritual gifts given to it by God. We do not want to be guilty of burying our talents.

Sermons — 10:15am

March 3  "The Pentecost Priority"

Acts 2:1-21; 1 Corinthians 11:3-16, 14:26-40

March 10  "The Created Order"

Genesis 1:26-31, 2:15-25, 3:14-19; 1 Corinthians 11:3-16; 1 Timothy 2:1-15

 

Bible Classes — 9:00am

March 3  "God and Women"

Genesis 1-3

March 10  "The Bible and Women"

Acts 1-2

March 17  "Church and Women"

1 Corinthians 11 & 14

March 24  "Authority and Women"

1 Timothy 2

 

Conversation with Our Elders

7:00pm Wednesday March 20 in Sneed Hall

Panel discussion with Q & A

 

Sermon Previews

The Pentecost Priority

 

Something happened on the Day of Pentecost. Something changed. Prophesy was being fulfilled. The promised Kingdom of God was coming in real, inarguable, tangible ways. The sound of rushing wind, the tongues of fire, both men and women proclaiming the Gospel in foreign languages --- the apostles understood the spectacular events of that day as proof that the new Holy Spirit era was upon them. And upon us. “What you now see and hear…!” (Acts 2:32-33)

 

This is the watershed moment in which God poured out his Spirit equally on both sons and daughters, men and women. It had been promised that some day all people, both men and women, would enjoy and exercise these speaking gifts equally. And those gathered on that day were seeing it and hearing it!

 

Based on Acts 2, it’s no surprise that 1 Corinthians 11 describes women praying and prophesying during a public worship assembly. What’s surprising is that 1 Corinthians 14 appears to silence those same women in the same setting. So, what’s going on?

 

Please read Acts 2:1-21, 1 Corinthians 11:3-16, and 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 this week. Then join us at 10:15 Sunday morning March 3 as we consider together the watershed moment and the Corinthian corrective.

 

May our ears and our hearts be attuned to listen to each other and to our God. May we follow his lead with the vision of Christ Jesus and the boldness of the Holy Spirit. And may humility be our guiding posture and grace lead us in thought and practice.

The Created Order

 

With sin come consequences. Speeding gets you a ticket and an increased insurance rate. Stealing lands you in jail with a permanent record. Adultery adversely impacts several layers of relationships. Sin destroys what once was good and replaces it with something much less. The real trouble comes when too much sin and too much time result in a person believing the “something less” is the way it was always meant to be.

 

Genesis 1-2 tells us God created men and women equally. Genesis 3 tells us that sin messed that up. The consequences of sin have resulted in a fallen world in which men exercise authority over women. And it’s gone on so long that a lot of us believe that’s the way God always intended it to be.

 

Please read Genesis 1:26-31, 2:15-25, 3:14-19, 1 Corinthians 11:3-16, and 1 Timothy 2:1-15 this week. Then join us at 10:15 Sunday morning March 10 as we consider together God’s intent for his people at Creation, the many ways sin has distorted that divine order, and what God’s people today can do to “reverse the curse.”

 

May our ears and our hearts be attuned to listen to each other and to our God. May we follow his lead with the vision of Christ Jesus and the boldness of the Holy Spirit. And may humility be our guiding posture and grace lead us in thought and practice.

 

Central

Church of Christ

 

1401 S. Madison St.

Amarillo, TX  79101

806.373.4389

Meeting Times

Sunday Mornings

9:00AM Bible Class

10:15AM Worship

Wednesday Nights

7:00PM Bible Study

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