Happy Wednesday, FCC! As I look out my study window, I am reminded that I am not out in California anymore. Spring is coming, though! Last week I was in Long Beach at a conference for pastors. Not only was the weather refreshing, but the workshops were excellent. FCC belongs to a movement of churches called Converge Worldwide. It is a privilege to be in a network with other churches that are giving everything we’ve got to help hundreds of thousands of people meet, know, and follow Jesus in the coming years.
Jesus is amazing. We matter to him. What a joy to have the opportunity to introduce others to the one who knows us and loves us!
Last week I turned into the parking lot for a pastor’s conference in Long Beach. The lot was set up with one-way rows for travel and parking. As I started to find a spot, immediately I noticed a car coming right at me, and since it was a one-way, we didn’t have much room at all to pass one another. I immediately thought to myself, “Idiot California drivers, they can’t go down a one-way correctly.” But then I looked at the arrow on the pavement and noticed the direction of the parked cars. I realized that I’m the idiot Wisconsin driver, who can’t go down the right way.
It is so easy to be blind to our faults, and so easy to blame someone else. Jesus knows this about us, and that is why he teaches us to do something that doesn’t come too natural to us. He teaches that when we are in a conflict with others, we need to look first at ourselves. Jesus teaches us that often times, we have a log in our own eye, while we are trying to help take a speck out of someone else’s eye. Too often, we are very aware of someone else’s faults and very unaware of our own. So Jesus says, “First take the log out of your own eye” (Matthew 7.5).
Jesus is protecting us from hypocrisy. I know I have been a hypocrite and I am tempted to hypocrisy. Please don’t take offense at this, but so are you.
Jesus is the only person in human history who has not been a hypocrite. Because of this, he is uniquely able to help us, when we are tempted to hypocrisy.
So, what do we do? First, remember you matter to Jesus. He doesn’t want you or me to live hypocritical lives. The good news is that he has come to save us from hypocrisy. He died in our place for our hypocrisy, and he rose again, so we can learn to be people of humble integrity. Next, do everything you can to get the log out of our own eye. What’s the best way to do that? First, go to Jesus. He knows you perfectly and he loves you as you are. Ask Jesus to protect you from hypocrisy. Ask him to continue to create integrity in your life. Then, build a relationship with someone who knows Jesus, who loves you and is able to speak the truth to you. Invite him or her to help you get the log out.
Missional Communities are a great place to have people speak truth into our lives. They are the core element of Faith Community’s discipleship, and we'd love to help you get connected with a Missional Community:
Watch the following video as one family shares what Missional Community means to them and see what it’s like when a Missional Community gets together. Stop by the Connection Center on Sunday to get connected with a Missional Community or visit fcchudson.com or the Faith Base app to learn more.
This Sunday we will host a guest speaker. I am honored that Voddie Baucham will join us in our services. He is a humble man, and a great preacher. He’ll be focusing on how we matter to God, no matter who we are or what we have done!
Want to listen to this week’s worship music playlist? FCC is now on Spotify! Check it out here. (You’ll need to sign up for a free Spotify account to listen, if you don’t already have one.)
Sunday, Feb. 9 | 6:00 to 8:00pm
Some topics are so crucial, current, debated and/or divisive, they require focused attention in addition to sermons. Faith Community introduced Faith Forums in 2015 as an additional way to offer biblical perspective on culturally relevant topics. In our next Faith Forum on Feb. 9, we’ve invited Voddie Baucham to discuss the topic: The Gospel and Justice. Every human heart desires justice, and Jesus is absolutely committed to seeking and establishing justice. And, all who follow Jesus are called to seek justice. But not all concepts of justice align with what Jesus is establishing. Sometimes, even, the justice we are seeking to establish can be contrary to Jesus’ vision for justice. Voddie Baucham will seek to humbly and clearly help us to work toward a justice that Jesus has come to establish.
ABOUT VODDIE BAUCHAM
Voddie Baucham is a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker and church planter. He currently serves as Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas. He has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, Union University in Jackson, Tenn., and has previously lectured at Southern Seminary. He helps ordinary people understand the significance of thinking and living biblically in every area of life. Learn more at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.
Part of the vision of Faith Community is to empower global missional leaders. One way we live that out is through partnership with SERVE India, which supports the expanding missionary effort in India, specifically in Andhra Pradesh, a state in South East India. Stop by their booth in the lobby on Sunday to learn more about SERVE India. Kwik Trip cards will be also be available to purchase in support of SERVE India.
Hebrews 12:14-15 (Godly living)
14Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 15See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled…
Rescheduled to Friday, Feb. 21 | 7:00pm | FCC Auditorium
Presented by the FCC Prolife Coalition and Epoch Young Adult Ministry
The movie, “Unplanned,” is the powerful true story of Abby Johnson and her transformation from Planned Parenthood director to prolife activist. We hope you will bring a friend and join us! Childcare will not be provided. Learn more about the movie at: https://www.pluggedin.com/movie-reviews/unplanned-2019/
Friday, Feb. 28 | 6:30 to 8:30pm | Doors open at 6:00pm.
Come as a family and watch the movie, “The Pilgrim's Progress,” on the BIG screens in the FCC auditorium! All AWANA clubbers and or FCC children grades K-5 and their families are welcome.
If you know someone who does not know Jesus, consider inviting them to join your family for this fun evening! No need to RSVP- Just come as you are!
Thank you, Faith Community, for your generosity! FCC contribution statements have been issued for contributions received or postmarked on or before 12/31/2019. View your giving statement any time by visiting fcchudson.com, then click on FaithBase from the top right menu, or view your statement through the FaithBase app. Thank you!
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