Happy Wednesday, everybody! Enjoy the warm sun today! I'm hoping to get out to the ski trails before too much of the snow melts.
...Love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
since you have been born again...
1 Peter 1.22-23
Last Sunday, as I heard Pastor Tim Prince preaching, my heart was captured by something he said (Watch or listen to last Sunday’s sermon at fcchudson.com.). From the text above he talked about how we are born again because of God's love for us. Then he made the link to how God's love is in our spiritual DNA. This is why Peter calls us to love one another earnestly. Just like so much of who we are is determined by our physical DNA, so much of who we are and what we will become is determined by our spiritual DNA.
Because God is love, and because it is love for us that motivates God to beget us again, it is for love for one another that we are called. God is committed to making us into his children who love one another earnestly. What this means is when we seek to love others from a pure heart, we are aligning our lives with the purposes of God. God is with us and for us, as we seek to love others. To me that is so inspiring. I can learn how to love as God has loved me. All of heaven is with me, when I make this my goal in my relationships.
Also, this shows me where to get the softness of heart to love others well. To soften or awaken my love for others, I don't just remember the commands, or that God is with me. I also regularly remember God's love for me and the lengths to which he went to save me. We belong to God, and we have the gracious privilege of calling him Father, because Jesus spilled his precious blood. Because Jesus died for me, for us, we are born again. Remarkable!
So, as we mature as God's daughters and sons, the way to increase our love for one another is to increase the amount of time and energy we invest in knowing and delighting in God's love for us, and what he has done to secure our relationship with him.
This Sunday, Pastor Tim Prince will be closing out the Just Like Me series. He will call us to consider one another from Philippians 2.1-10. I love this passage so much, and I desire to continue to grow in humility by considering others more important than myself. May God increase our humility together!
We all live by hope. We are irreducibly hope-based creatures. We are made to hope. If we lose hope, we lose motivation to live. This is why it is so important for us to base our lives on the only hope that fully satisfies. This Easter Series is focused on Hope, and its life transforming power. This will be a very important series to invite others to hear.
March 11 Our Only Hope Awakens Love Colossians 1.3-8
March 18 Our Only Hope Fuels Generosity 1 Timothy 6.6-10, 17-19
March 25 Our Only Hope Strengthens Confidence 2 Corinthians 1.8-11
April 1 Our Only Hope Conquers Death 1 Corinthians 15.42-57
We will offer services at 9 and 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 1. This Sunday, we’ll have print invitation cards available this for you to share with friends and neighbors. Pray for who you will invite to Easter services this year. (LifeShaping classes will not take place on Easter Sunday. The nurseries will be available for children through age 5.)
Some topics are so crucial, current, debated and/or divisive, they require focused attention in addition to sermons. Faith Community hosts Faith Forums as an additional way to offer biblical perspective on a variety of culturally relevant topics. Our next Faith Forum is scheduled for Sunday, March 25, and the topic is The Gospel and Immigration. The evening includes a presentation by the speakers followed by Q & A (questions and answers.) This forum is an opportunity to consider a complex issue from a gospel perspective. It is not intended as a response for or against immigration or any related policies.
We’ve invited two experts on this topic as our featured speakers. Liz Dong is the Midwest Regional Mobilizer for the Evangelical Immigration Table. Liz is an immigrant and a recipient of DACA. She has a BA from Northwestern University and is currently working toward her MBA from the University of Chicago. She lived for two years in intentional Christian community with refugees and immigrants in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Our second speaker, Matthew Soerens, is US Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief and the National Coordinator for the Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition of evangelical organizations of which World Relief is a founding member. He is the co-author of "Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis" and "Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate" He has written on the topic of immigration for publications such as Christianity Today, RELEVANT, Sojourners, The Gospel Coalition, and the Washington Post. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and DePaul University’s School of Public Service. Matthew lives in Aurora, Illinois, with his wife and three children. So please save the date of March 25 at 6:30 p.m. for the next Faith Forum.
CHILD CARE will be available during the Faith Forum for children through age 5. If you need child care for the event, please register at fcchudson.com by Sunday, Mar. 18, so we can plan for nursery workers. Thank you!
LEARN ABOUT more FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com.