Happy Wednesday, FCC! Hey, not only is it Wednesday, and only a few days till Sunday, it’s national pancake day! I love, love, love Swedish pancakes, withLingonberries and whipped cream. If you get a chance go to FCC on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and take a picture or tell us of your favorite pancakes and pancake toppings.
“5 Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.” 1Corinthians 4:5
In this passage and elsewhere (Lk. 19:17,19; Rom. 14:10,12; 2 Cor. 5:10; Col 3:25;Rev. 20:12,15), the Bible teaches that a day is coming when believers in Christ will stand before God to give an account for their lives. There should be no fear whatsoever for the Christian regarding condemnation (John 5:24; Rom. 8:1) for all that is exposed will be exposed in the light of God’s richness in grace toward us who believe. Nevertheless, what we have done and who we really are will be brought to light before God. How is this good news? What did the authors of the New Testament want this to do to us?
This is the way that Paul uses it in 2 Corinthians 5:9-10 – “So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” Knowing that nothing I do is hidden from God and that I will one day have to give an account for what I am doing is a powerful motivator for me to flee from temptation and sin, and todo good. While it would be nice if every motivation to do good was born from completely altruistic motivations, the reality is that the fear of God is offered as a means of keeping us from harming ourselves, others and the honor of God.
If we are to ultimately be evaluated by the standards of the world (power, status, approval and applause), then there may really be very little hope for us. By virtue of our position, gifts, family history, physical strength and any number of factors beyond our control, we would find ourselves doomed as second class citizens forever. If however, it is the “hidden person of the heart” (1 Peter3:4) that ultimately matters, then by the grace of God we may please him rightly and truly. This is great news! The greatest person in heaven will probably be someone we have never heard of. This encourages me, no matter what my station in life to pursue Christ with all that I am.
The good news is that in Christ, we have everything that we need to stand before him on that day. Consider this promise from 2 Peter:
“3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to[c]his own glory and excellence, [d]4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. “ (2 Peter 1:3-4)
This is a wonderful promise. All that pertains to life and godliness has been granted to us in Jesus. Amazing. If my desire is to please God, then he will provide power to see that my desire is realized. This encourages me because I know that he is not playing games with me, but wants to fill me with strength to obey and to stand before him one day with nothing to be ashamed of.
This Sunday, we begin a new series called “Anchored.” Historians are telling us that we are living in the midst of change, the likes of which we haven’t experienced since the industrial revolution. Primarily, it’s wrapped up with advancements in technology. But there’s more going on. Stress levels are up. Busyness is rampant. Loneliness is on the rise. Work hours are long. Some days it feels like we are in the midst of a storm at sea. But there is a place we can anchor our hearts. We can anchor our hearts in God’s grace.
Child care is available for children through age 4.
We will not have Awana Clubs or The Refuge that evening.
Ash Wednesday is an opportunity for us to specifically remember our mortality as a penalty for our rebellion against God. Remembering our mortality helps us to be wise, to number our days, and to increase our humility. But it is also an opportunity to remember God's gospel and let the gospel shape our identity. Because we are in Christ, we will be raised from the dead.
In this service, Pastor Larry will remind us of the good news of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, and how his resurrection gives us hope and helps us to consider our mortality and gain wisdom for living as we wait for Jesus to return. We will sing together and reflect together.
1Corinthians 10:13 (Temptation)
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it
Part of the vision of Faith Community is to empower global missional leaders. One way we live that out is through partnership with SERVEIndia, which supports the expanding missionary effort in India, specifically in Andhra Pradesh, a state in South East India. You can 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.
We’re excited to offer a new role on our staff: communications and administration assistant. This full-time position offers a person the opportunity to apply his or her administrative and creative gifts and skills in support of our mission to make more and better disciples of Jesus Christ. You can find the job description at this link or on the FaithBase app. For more information, please contact Leanna Hafften at fcchudson.com or 715-386-4070, x124.
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