Happy New Year! As we start the new year, we also start a new sermon series, “Relationship Matters.”
by Pastor Larry Szyman
In what direction do you look when you have been treated unjustly and the pain or cost you bear is great? Your hope or despair will be based on your worldview, how you filter life. The Bible offers a worldview that is sufficient for all of life’s ups and downs rooted in God’s faithfulness. The promise is given that God will faithfully bring about a justice that is global in its scope.
The prophet Isaiah brought a message of judgment and hope to God’s people. The judgment that justice demands leaves us in a less than enviable position. The Servant of Isaiah, the One who fulfills the prophecies of old, is Jesus of Nazareth. In his life, he brought justice for the oppressed. In his death, he offers mercy to the oppressor. In his resurrection, he becomes just and the justifier of all who will trust him. In his return, heaven and earth will be made one as a pervasive and eternal justice and peace will overtake this broken world. In Jesus, God is restoring all that has been lost, including the justice we are currently being denied. Justice is a person and his name is Jesus!
The most important thing isn't our things, it's our relationships. It's all about relationships. Our relationships matter to God. He made us for relationship with him and with one another. God wants us to flourish in our relationships. Even in the best relationships there is conflict. The point isn't to avoid conflict, but to work through it to deepen and mature the relationship. In the Bible, God gives us the tools to help us work through conflict so we can mature the relationship. The heart of the matter of every conflict is a matter of the heart. This Sunday, Pastor Tim Porter will help us mature in our relationships by answering an important relationship matter: Why do we fight? Come on Sunday at 9 or 11am as we begin the new series, "Relationship Matters."
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.)
Just a reminder that the FCC Office is closed through today, Jan. 1. Happy New Year!
1 Corinthians 10:31 (Godly Living)
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
As we begin a new year, perhaps you’re thinking about your financial goals. For several years, we have been offering a course that teaches biblical principles related to managing money, including how to pay off debt, save for emergencies and invest for the future. The next session of FPU starts next Monday, Jan. 6, and meets for nine weeks. Registration for the course is now open at fcchudson.com and also on the FaithBase app. If you would like more information, please contact Doug Weiler at 651-398-1184 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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