Hi, Faith Community! Pastor Tim Porter is at a conference this week. In today’s newsletter, you’ll find this week’s gospel reminder by Pastor Tim Prince and information on several new events scheduled at FCC in February.
by Pastor Tim Prince
“Again, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Jesus’ teaching on reconciliation in Matthew chapter 18 ends with two astonishing and powerful promises. In the first, Jesus promises to hear us when we pray: “…if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” This is in the context of seeking reconciliation with another person with the involvement of the church (thus the plural “two of you”), but the principle can be applied to the whole process (John 14:16-17). If we will seek unity and reconciliation when we’re hurt, God will hear us when we pray. What do you need to obey this command? Courage? Grace? Wisdom? Love? A changed attitude? Ask for it in prayer and you will have it.
Second, Jesus promises to go with us: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” If we’ll work for unity and reconciliation, the Lord will go with us. Amazing. If we seek instead to advance our own agenda, we’ll wind up without him.
The next time you find yourself needing to repair a relationship, remember these two promises. Pray, and then go.
Life is all about relationships. We are made to love God and love others. But relationships are hard. Jesus came to repair our relationship with God, to bring us back into relationship with him. He came to help us love one another.
Jesus is all about repairing and restoring relationships. So Jesus’ emphasis is on doing everything we can to repair and restore relationships. Yet the sad and hard reality is that sometimes we have to let people go; we have to intentionally change the nature of the relationship, or end a relationship all together. On Sunday, Pastor Tim Porter will be talking about: how do you let someone go?
Watch or listen to sermons in the “Relationship Matters” series at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.
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 to 8pm
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.
Friday, Feb. 7 | 6:00 to 9:00pm (Dinner starts at 6:30pm)
Come enjoy an evening set aside for you and your spouse as you make connections and build authentic relationships with other married couples at FCC.
This is open to all married couples. Invite other couples to join you for this fun evening!
Register for the event and childcare by January 31, at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.
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!
Deuteronomy 7:9 (God’s Character)
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations…
Thank you, Faith Community, for your generosity! FCC contribution statements for 2019 have now 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!
LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com or the app. Search for “Faith Community Church Hudson” on the App Store or Google play to download the app.
PRAYER REQUESTS + CARE NEEDS are posted on the Prayer + Care wall on the FaithBase app. You can also sign up on the app under “Emails + Registrations,” if you would like to receive an email when new prayer requests and care needs are posted.
Wondering if something at FCC is canceled? Check fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.