Happy Wednesday, FCC! A lot of important information about many good gospel opportunities follow. But before you read on, would you please pause and pray for renewal and revival? Would you please pray that with all of the opportunities we have this week to tell the good news of Jesus, that God would open up hearts to say “Yes” to Jesus and follow him? Pray for friends and neighbors and family members we are inviting to Easter services. Pray that our hearts are drawn to the goodness and grace of God.
By Pastor Steve Holsteen
“Whose likeness and inscription is this?”
Jesus asked the Pharisees and Herodians this question as they tried to ensnare Him in a controversial political issue with another question—should the Jews pay an unpopular tax to the Roman Emperor? He asked the question as he showed them the coin that was used to pay the tax. The coin had the image of Tiberius Caesar and an inscription that stated the Emperor’s claim to be a god.
For this reason, paying the tax had religious, patriotic and policy implications for the Jews of Jesus' day. Some felt that paying the tax dishonored God because the Emperor claimed divinity and oppressed God’s people. Others felt paying the tax would maintain the peace. It was a polarizing issue. If Jesus could be trapped into supporting either side, he would alienate the other.
It’s fascinating that among Jesus’ disciples there were at least two disciples who, before they followed Jesus, would have represented these political positions. One was named Simon the Zealot. He would have been part of a group that advocated armed resistance against Rome. Another, named Matthew, had been a tax collector—a collaborator with the Roman occupiers. Imagine the kind of discomfort this must have caused each of them as they saw the other included in the inner circle of Jesus ministry!
Yet for these two Christ followers, the identity they shared in Jesus eclipsed their initial political distinctiveness. They did not stamp the image of their political positions on him. Jesus had captured them! He molded His likeness into their lives and inscribed his law upon their hearts. And He became the basis of their relationship as brothers in Him. Reconciled to God in Jesus, they were no longer alienated from each other.
Among a healthy group of Christ followers, we should expect to encounter differences of opinion on political issues. Our aim shouldn’t be to seek a church that makes us feel comfortable because its members uniformly agree with our political judgements. Our aim should be to find unity in Him, as He works his likeness into us and writes His inscription upon us, through the relationship we share as His brothers and sisters.
This Sunday, we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. I will be teaching from a very powerful and important story about Jesus passion and power. I’ll be talking about Jesus raising Lazarus from the grave. God has used this story to build my personal trust in Jesus, and I am praying that God would do the same for all of us gathered. I can’t encourage you enough to invite friends and family and neighbors to this service. We will celebrate Jesus; the gospel will be front and center; we will have an opportunity to personally respond. I can’t wait to see what God will do.
This Sunday will also conclude our 21 days of prayer. We’ve been praying for renewal, revival, and friends and family far from God, that God would open their hearts. Please finish out the 21 days of prayer faithfully, and come expectant on Sunday morning to worship God and see him work.
This year’s service schedule includes:
April 18, 7 p.m.
Childcare will be available for children through age 5.
This year we are calling our Thursday service a Communion Service to better reflect how FCC has observed and practiced this evening service over the years – with corporate communion and remembering Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. This service will also include prayer, singing, and a message from Pastor Tim Prince. We look forward to remembering with you the incredible sacrifice Jesus gave for us.
April 19, 7 p.m.
A viewing of “The Passion of the Christ” movie followed by communion.
Sunday, April 21 at 9 & 11 a.m.
Childcare will be available for children through age 5.
You can also invite a friend to Easter services by sharing the invitation page at fcchudson.com or the app, through a text, social media or an email.
Would you consider a couple of hospitality requests for the Easter services? We tend to have a large attendance at the 9 am service, so if you are able, could you please consider attending at the 11 am service? And, also if you are able, could you please park in the lower lot or away from the main door so that our guests will have parking spots closer to the door? Thank you, Faith Community, for considering these two ways to extend kindness to those attending our Easter services this year!
Loving child care workers are needed in the nurseries on Easter Sunday! Please contact Karen Garden at 715-220-2507 for more information or to sign up to serve. Thank you!
Baptisms will take place on Sunday, May 5, at the 9am & 11am services. If you are interested in taking this step in your faith journey, contact Becki at email@example.com. Questions? We have baptism resources by the Café or contact Pastor Tim Prince at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REASONS THAT POINT TO FAITH
Led by Gregg Bennett and Jeff Burton
Sunday, April 28, | After both the 9 and 11 am services in the Refuge Room
No registration, just come!
This workshop will interact with some of the compelling facts, evidence, and rationale that strongly support a justified belief in God and the resurrection of Jesus. Scientific, moral, and biblical evidence will be utilized and drawn from short videos available from ReasonableFaith.org. It is hoped that those participating will come away encouraged and emboldened in knowing how strongly recent evidence from modern science supports one’s belief in God and how that belief in turn strongly supports the most logical explanation that God raised Jesus from the dead. The tools used are publicly available and should be useful for those interested. Time for questions is planned, welcomed, and encouraged!
“Why Should I Trust the Bible?”
3-Week Class - April 28, May 5 and May 12
10:15 - 11:00AM
This class is designed for middle school students (current grades 6-8th) hosted by Brian Riddle, where he will discuss the reliability of Scripture and answer questions about the trustworthiness of the Bible. Using archaeology, manuscripts, and the fulfillment of prophecy, students will explore how the Bible is verified by evidence, and gives all-the-more reason to seriously consider Jesus’ claims to Lordship. This class will be held for 3 weeks on Sundays in-between services from 10:15-11:00am. REGISTER TODAY at fcchudson.com or on the FaithBase app.
John 5:15 (Godly living)
The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.
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