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TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - August 23, 2017

It is a gloriously beautiful day! May the beauty of this day remind your heart of the goodness and mercy of God, who is slow to anger, and abounding in love and faithfulness to us!


For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God,
and seeking to establish their own,
they did not submit to God’s righteousness.
Romans 10.3

In the context of this verse, Paul is describing what ancient Israel was pursuing, so that they were not coming to Jesus as God's Messiah. Ancient Israel was seeking to establish their own righteousness before God. What Paul means by this, is that Israel was looking to establish favor with God, by obeying the Law of Moses. Israel was looking to their own performance as the basis for a favorable standing before God. Paul describes this, not only to give an answer for why a hardening has come of Israel, but also for us to learn from what they did, and to instead seek God's righteousness on God's terms.

It's amazing to consider that God, not only knows that we need righteousness to stand before him, but also that God was willing, because of his mercy, to provide a righteousness for us. We need righteousness, and God has provided it. How has God provided it? In Jesus. Jesus has lived the life we ought to have lived. Perfect obedience to God. Faithful to God in all things.  Jesus' perfect life is for us.

Jesus' death is for us, too. He died, not because he sinned, but because we sin. His death was in our place. God's righteousness is a gift for us that Jesus earned for us. Jesus has paid it all, all to him we owe!

As you live your day today—functionally, what is your righteousness? I use the word “functionally,” because so easily we can say in our heads, “Righteousness is a gift,” but live as if our favorable standing before God is our responsibility. Pause right now and remind your heart that God has done everything we need to be righteous before him. We can't earn it, and we don't have to. Jesus has earned it for us. We believe that Jesus has done it for us, and we forsake any other way of trying to be righteous before God.

Jesus is the hero of our story. Jesus is the hero of our righteousness. 

Is Jesus your hero? Is Jesus your Lord? Let's live like it!


In Chapter 12 of Romans, Paul is going to make a shift, and describe in practical terms how we are to live in response to God's merciful righteousness given to us. Before he does this, he is going to describe a heart change that mercy creates in God's people. That heart change is humility.

Our greatest enemy in ourselves is our pride. Pride is the reason for all that is wrong in the world. Pride is very deceptive and we can't overcome it in ourselves. Typically, when we are most prideful, we can easily see pride in others, but not in ourselves. Only God can overcome our pride, and he does it with his mercy. This Sunday we will revel in God's mercy so we can put to death our pride. The sermon is called “The Gospel and Humility” (Romans 11.1-36)



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Facilitated by Pat Stream

Meets Thursdays, Sept 7 to Jan 25

(No Class during the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s)  

  • 5:45 pm – Meal offered through Alpha Community Night
  • 6:15 - 8:30 pm Class Time
  • $50 per person for materials
  • Meets at Faith Community Church (room location will be posted)

This foundational discipleship training aligns with FCC’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 format of the class time is devided between a large group viewing of a recorded teaching lesson, then smaller group breakouts for discussion.
  • There is homework between each week’s class, which includes watching 60 to 90 minutes of video lessons.
  •  There are over 30 topics covered from a biblical perspective.
  • There will also be an opportunity to observe biblical counseling in action through recorded sessions on various topics.


For more information, contact Pat Stream at or 651.248.9295.



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With the Romans series, we have a schedule for memorizing key verses—together as a church—which are crucial for helping us preach the gospel to ourselves and encourage one another as we seek to live out the gospel in all of life. The verses all come from Romans, and correspond to the preaching schedule. Pick up a memory verse card this Sunday to help you memorize the verses each week:

10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. (Romans 10:10)


16So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. (Romans 9:16)


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