Central Christian Church
God Is . . . The Alpha and Omega
Names and titles in the Bible are very important.. This is true not only for the names of people and places, but also of God Himself. The Bible uses many names for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, with each revealing another aspect of God’s holy character. http://www.ccclampasas.org/2017/06/god-is/
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  • Central Christian Church
    204 S Broad St, Lampasas, TX 76550, USA
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Announcements for Aug 6
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Today 1st Sunday Collection for the Mission
Aug 10 Back to School Lunch for Teachers
Aug 13 Sommer Floyd will be leading worship
Board Meeting
Aug 19 Men’s Breakfast 8 AM at El Rodeo
Aug 20 IF: Table 6 PM

Sept 3 1st Sunday Collection for the Mission
Sept 10 Fall Kick-Off Sunday-- New Bible Study classes for all ages.
Sept 11 Patriot's Day Community Prayer Service
It so easy for us to be distracted by all that that is around us: what we can see and feel. But it is much more important for us to turn our eyes on Jesus.

Infinite God" means the God without any limits. Infinite is being endless, vast, immeasurable, and universally omnipresent. God is not confined as we are in our understanding, nor is He bound in any other sense. When John wrote the letters to the seven churches, in the words given to him by God, he says “Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come…” (Revelation 1:4) This describes God, who not only exist today but always has and always will.
In Revelation 1:8 God’s own words tell us “I am the Alpha [beginning] and the Omega [end] and the First and the Last.” Jesus Christ (God with us) is said in Hebrews 13:8 to be “…the same yesterday, today, and forever.” When this verse says He is the same, it is pointing out that His nature is unchanging and the grace He offers is currently and forever available to all who believe in Him.
We dwell in matter and space and time and we are creatures. God is not material; he doesn't dwell in matter. And he isn't spatial; He doesn't dwell in space. And he isn't temporal; he doesn't dwell in time. And he isn't a creature; God is a Creator, not a creature. God was before any creature was and as I have said before, nothing adds anything to God and nothing can take anything away from him.” Jesus proclaimed Himself to be the “Alpha and Omega” in Revelation 1:8, 11; 21:6; and 22:13. Alpha and omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Among the Jewish rabbis, it was common to use the first and the last letters of the Hebrew alphabet to denote the whole of anything, from beginning to end. Jesus as the beginning and end of all things is a reference to no one but the true God. This statement of eternality could apply only to God. It is seen especially in Revelation 22:13, where Jesus proclaims that He is “the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
I can't urge you too often to meditate on the staggering truth that God is the absolute Alpha. Find some serene moment of your life and let the truth take hold of you that God is the FIRST—the BEGINNING. Before him there was nothing. There was no "before him." Just think of it! For millions and billions and trillions of unending years God existed and never had a beginning. He is the beginning. From everlasting to everlasting, he is God (Psalm 90:2). There never was a time when he was not.
We might marvel that God is infinite, eternal, and unchanging in his justice, wisdom, power, goodness, and truth. But when you pause to think that he never chose to be this way, nor did anyone else choose to make him this way, it staggers the mind. The justice and wisdom and power and goodness and truth of God are eternal reality. The character of God is not what reality brought forth. It is reality. God did not emerge out of many possibilities. Everything emerged out of him. He determines all possibilities. God is not a piece of reality that you try to fit in with other pieces. He is the first and the last and the all-encompassing reality:
One of the meanings of Jesus being the “Alpha and Omega” is that He was at the beginning of all things and will be at the close. It is equivalent to saying He always existed and always will exist. It was Christ, as second Person of the Trinity, who brought about the creation: “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:3), and His Second Coming will be the beginning of the end of creation as we know it (2 Peter 3:10). As God incarnate, He has no beginning, nor will He have any end with respect to time, being from everlasting to everlasting.
A second meaning of Jesus as the “Alpha and Omega” is that the phrase identifies Him as the God of the Old Testament. Isaiah ascribes this aspect of Jesus’ nature as part of the triune God in several places. “I, the Lord, am the first, and with the last I am He” (Isaiah 41:4). “I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God” (Isaiah 44:6). “I am he; I am the first, I also am the last” (Isaiah 48:12). These are clear indications of the eternal nature of the Godhead.
Christ, as the Alpha and Omega, is the first and last in so many ways. He is the “author and finisher” of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), signifying that He begins it and carries it through to completion. He is the totality, the sum and substance of the Scriptures, both Law and of the Gospel (John 1:1, 14). He is the fulfilling end of the Law (Matthew 5:17), and He is the beginning subject matter of the gospel of grace through faith, not of works (Ephesians 2:8-9). He is found in the first verse of Genesis and in the last verse of Revelation. He is the first and last, the all in all of salvation, from the justification before God to the final sanctification of His people.
Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the first and last, the beginning and the end. Only God incarnate could make such a statement. Only Jesus Christ is God incarnate.

How do we respond to the Alpha and Omega? The Beginning and the End? Sir Francis Drake spoke of living a life fully devoted to God.

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrive safely because we have sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess, we have lost our thirst for the waters of life; having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity; and in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas where storms will show your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; and to push into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love.
Not all Christians are missionaries, but we can all live our lives to the glory of God. Lampasas is our mission field. So many people here need to experience the Love of Christ. Someone in Lampasas needs God as much as someone in a faraway land.

Researchers have found that people come to Christ often due in part because of their relationships with Christians.

Knowing Him personally can change your life. With Him we can overcome adversity, and will have the comfort, guidance, and power of His Holy Spirit in our daily lives. The best part of all in knowing God is that He has promised us forgiveness of all sin and an eternal life with Him if we believe and accept His Son, Christ Jesus into our hearts.