Hello, Faith Community! Pastor Tim Porter is out of the office this week. Today’s “UpDate” includes a Gospel Reminder by Tim Porter, republished from a past issue of “FAITH Hudson” magazine. You’ll also find a preview to Sunday’s sermon. Plus, check out the latest FCC news and events.
Our mission as a church is to make more and better disciples of Jesus Christ. This mission was given to the church by Jesus himself, when he told the first disciples, “Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28.18). What is a disciple of Jesus? A quick answer is someone who gives their life to follow Jesus. To drill down a bit more, we could ask, what does it look like to follow Jesus? Ah! I am glad you asked!
Being a disciple of Jesus and following him is comprised of three elements. First, is knowing Jesus. This knowing is both personal and theological. What I mean is this: because Jesus is risen from the grave and alive, we can know him. Really know him. This is the personal aspect. We don’t just know the teaching of Jesus, we can know him personally. But there is also a theological side, a teaching aspect. That is, we know Jesus, as we know his teachings. We come to know Jesus more and more by reading about what he said about himself, and God, and what he came to do.
As we know Jesus, we start to trust him enough to do what he says to do. This is the second element. We start obeying Jesus’ commands. He commands us not to worry. He commands us to be humble. He commands us to love others, even enemies. He commands us to forgive. He commands us to pray. You get the picture. His commands are for our good and for our joy. And like I said earlier, as we begin to trust him, we obey him. We don’t obey perfectly, but we take steps of obedience.
What is beautiful is that as we start to obey Jesus, we know him more. And as we know him more we trust him more, we are obeying him more. As this relationship between knowing and doing continues to grow, we become more and more like him. Our identity, our heart attitudes, our desires, our thoughts, become conformed to Jesus, and we start to look more and more like Jesus in all areas of our lives. This is the last aspect of discipleship, and it’s the goal of discipleship, that we would be like Jesus, conformed to his image. May God graciously help us fulfill our mission together.
This Sunday, Pastor Larry Szyman will continue in the “Seeking Extraordinary Wisdom” series on the book of Proverbs with “From Troubled to Trusting.” From Pastor Larry: “Troubled hearts are liberated when internal resources are greater than external pressures. On Sunday, we will consider how the gospel provides these internal resources for challenges of any magnitude. This message will point us in the direction of the Lord’s Supper and Jesus’ invitation to commune with Him in our troubles.”
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In the current sermon series, Proverbs: Seeking Extraordinary Wisdom, we’re 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 couple of resources available in the café area to go along with the sermon series:
One of the initiatives from our strategic plan is to multiply disciples of Jesus through extension. Our goal with this initiative is local and cross-cultural church planting based on discipleship principles and practices.
On June 24 at Vision for the Valley 2018, the St. Croix Valley churches gathered together at Lakefront Park in Hudson. Not only did we seek to celebrate God's goodness in planting churches since our last Vision for the Valley, we also looked ahead at opportunities God was giving us.
Over the next five years, by God's power, kindness, a lot of hard work and prayer, along with your help:
The estimated total cost of all three components of Vision for the Valley is $270,000. Would you please pray about how you may contribute to this vision? If all of our current givers from all of our churches in the St. Croix Valley Lead Team gave $325 between now and September 30, we could reach this goal. Think about all the good that can be accomplished here and around the world for just $325! You can learn much more of what has occurred and what we hope will take place through the Vision for the Valley insert, that is part of the summer edition of “Faith Hudson” magazine. Thank you!
Please make checks out to FCC and put Vision for the Valley or VFV in the memo section. You may also give online at fcchudson.com. THANK YOU!
THURSDAY EVENINGS, AUG. 16-NOV. 15 | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Child care available.)
This foundational discipleship training aligns with Faith Community’s 5-year strategic plan to express a culture of discipleship. It is designed to acquaint people with an understanding of how the sufficiency of Scripture impacts how we view struggles, especially in relation to psychology. The class is led by FCC Elder Pat Stream with class time divided between a large group viewing of a recorded teaching lesson, then smaller group breakouts for discussion. Homework is assigned between sessions. Learn more and register online at fcchudson.com. QUESTIONS? Contact Pat Stream at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baptism is an act commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ as an expression of faith and a symbol of our union with Christ, especially in his death and resurrection. We are planning for baptisms in the services on Sunday, August 26. Pick up a “Believer’s Baptism” brochure at the Info Center for more info or contact Becki at email@example.com or 715.386.4070 by noon on Monday, August 20, if you are interested in being baptized.
LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com.