Happy Wednesday, FCC! Christ is Risen! That beautiful truth is still so very true today! No matter what is happening in our circumstances right now, may God's Spirit aid us in turning our hearts to hope in the resurrection of Jesus. We have a hope that nothing in this life can take away!!
Because we exist to make more and better disciples of Jesus, by God's grace we are seeking to direct all of our efforts to create a culture of discipleship with an evangelistic ethos. One of our goals is to have Christ followers engaged in being discipled and making disciples. We not only desire to have every ministry linked up in making disciples, but also every follower of Jesus.
Because of this, we are seeking to equip everyone in biblical practices and principles that are reproducible, so that every follower of Jesus can be discipled and disciple others. Discipleship can be boiled down to three essentials. We call this the discipleship triangle.
Discipleship begins with Knowing Jesus personally, knowing our identity in Jesus and knowing how the gospel of Jesus shapes our lives. Doing focuses on responding to Jesus and his commands with obedience. We repent, that is we stop what we used to live like before Jesus, and we put on a new way of living that Jesus tells us about. We believe, that is we trust Jesus' truth and we trust his promises and build our hopes on what he says is best to hope in. As we Know and Do, we Become more and more like Jesus. This is the goal of the Christian life, to become like Jesus in attitude and action, the fruit of the Spirit becomes increasingly evident in our lives.
Our goal is to equip followers of Jesus with this potent but simple pattern for discipleship. Do you know this triangle? Are you living out this triangle? If so, are you teaching it to someone else? If not, please do! If you don't know it, seek another at FCC who can teach you how to become like Jesus by knowing him and doing what he tells us to do.
Death is swallowed up in victory.
1 Corinthians 15.54
We are hope-based creatures. We operate by hope. We have hopes for today, for tomorrow, next year, and in the coming decades. If we take a realistic look at our hopes, we find that the majority of our hopes are based in life circumstances. If that is true, we will be building our lives and making decisions today on hopes that death can take away. And if death can take away our hopes, we can so easily slip into despair and anxiety.
We're made to hope, and our hearts are made for a hope that death can't take away. In this section of 1 Corinthians, Paul reminds us of what will happen to our bodies, when Jesus returns. He says our perishable bodies will put on the imperishable. What this means is that if Jesus is our Lord, one day our bodies that are perishable right now, will become like Jesus' body—imperishable. One day, though we may die before Jesus returns, our very bodies will be remade. We will have an extreme makeover.
Right now, we spend time and energy and money to exercise, clothe, make pretty and handsome our bodies that are perishable. But one day, because Jesus has overcome death, we will be radiant, beautiful, strong, immortal, imperishable, glorious. This is all because Jesus has swallowed up death in victory! In “The Weight of Glory,” C.S. Lewis reminds us that we will be so glorious one day, that if any one of us were to be transformed right now into what we will be, all of us seeing the transformed human would be tempted to bow down and worship, because of the beauty and the glory.
In Jesus, this is your future. Not only will the world be remade by God (See Revelation 21.), but you yourself, your very body, will be transformed. In Jesus, you and I have a hope that death can't take away. We have a secure hope that nothing in life can take away, because it is grounded in Jesus who has already gone before us and is risen indeed!
This Sunday we have the opportunity to rejoice with heaven as followers of Jesus are baptized. If you have friends or family wondering about following Jesus, this service would be a great opportunity to invite them to see baptisms. Also, I will be talking about what true repentance is in a short meditation on Acts 2. True repentance is about knowing our guilt before God, and even more, God's grace.
We always have guests with us, but this Sunday in particular, we will have guests with us because of the baptisms. Please look around you and look for others you don’t know and welcome them so they feel noticed and loved.
NEW SERMON SERIES STARTS SUNDAY, APRIL 15
PROVERBS: SEEKING EXTRAORDINARY WISDOM
In this series, we’ll be talking about wisdom: what it is, how we can get it and what it looks like to live a wise life in the world today. We have a resource available in the café area to go along with the sermon series: “God's Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs,” by Timothy Keller. This is a hardcover book and available for purchase for $14.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Faith Community Church hosts Faith Forums to offer biblical perspective on a variety of culturally relevant topics. The next Faith Forum is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on “The Gospel and Human Trafficking.” We have invited Rachel Paulose to speak on the topic. During her tenure as U.S. Attorney, Rachel oversaw landmark prosecutions of white collar crime (including securities, health care and public corruption cases), narcotics and firearms trafficking cartels, and civil commitment of sexual predators. As the chief federal law enforcement officer for the District of Minnesota, Rachel tripled child pornography prosecutions and initiated the first ever prosecutions of human trafficking and aggravated identity theft. During the Faith Forum, Rachel will address human trafficking and what people of faith can do to understand what it is, why it is important, and what they can do to help fight it. The evening will include a period of Q & A (questions and answers) following Rachel’s presentation.
Rachel is a partner with DLA Piper in Minneapolis, Minn., and concentrates her practice on government investigations; commercial, healthcare and securities litigation; and compliance issues that concern multinationals. Rachel was the first Indian American woman to be nominated by a U.S. president and unanimously confirmed by the Senate to serve in any federal appointment. She was the youngest person, the first Asian American and the first woman to lead the District of Minnesota as United States Attorney. Rachel earned a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Minnesota and is a graduate of Yale Law School. Rachel attends FCC and invests love and time into teaching in LifeShaping.
CHILD CARE will be available during the Faith Forum for children through age 5. If you need child care for the event, please register by Sunday, April 15, so we can plan for nursery workers. Thank you!
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