Why church? Why go to all the trouble to attend each week? It's both a simple question and a complex one at the same time. Simply, the Bible commands us to attend (Heb. 10:25). The deeper issue though, is the God-given need we have to belong to something of value, something that's making a difference in this world.
Without being part of a local fellowship, how will we do our part in world evangelism (Matt.28:19)? How will we show our love for the Lord's people (1 John 4:20)? And how will we form His temple here on earth (1 Cor. 4:16)?
So the question is more about finding the right church for us than it is about a need to attend and belong. There are a number of great, Spirit-led churches in our region. We strive to be one of them. If the Lord nudges you in our direction and you're ready to live a New Testament oriented life, Central may be the place for you.
“All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign.”
Isaiah 7:14 NLT
What an honor it is to gather here today to celebrate the completion of a long journey. Our previous sign stood on this spot for nearly 40 years, announcing church services, weddings, concerts, and a thousand other notable events.
In creation, the Lord Himself, called the sun, moon, and stars “signs” that would mark the seasons. To Noah, He spoke of the rainbow as a new sign in the skies that displayed a dazzling promise never to flood the earth again. From these references and dozens of others, we discern the importance the Lord places on signs.
Most incredibly, when Isaiah said Heaven demanded King Ahaz to ask for a sign and he refused, the prophet declared that God Himself would determine the sign. And what was it to be? The promise of a son, one who would eventually rule all nations. It was the promise of the Messiah, Immanuel, God with us!
So we assemble on this sacred ground in the year of 2019 to dedicate another sign. It announces no prophecies, promises no divine protections, and is only powered by simple electricity. But this beautiful, iconic marquee will always speak of the same Son Isaiah pointed to over 2,500 years ago.
* Statement Of Dedication
We dedicate this new sign to the work of the Kingdom of God and to the glory of the Savior, Jesus Christ.
We thank our Heavenly Father for the strength to bring forth this sign and for His prosperity to finish it well.
We commit this sign to the Lord’s people now and to future generations. May it serve this Assembly well as it informs and encourages all who pass by.