Hey everyone, it’s the first full week of the new year! I hope your first steps toward your goals are going well. I can’t wait to see how God will grow us and show his faithful grace to us in 2020!
Let me begin my first 2020 UpDate with a “thank you.” Thank you so much for your generosity to FCC’s pastors. Every year y’all kindly and generously contribute to a pastors’ love gift that is given to us on Christmas Eve. On behalf of the pastors and our families, I just want to say, THANK YOU! We love being pastors for Faith and your kindness in showing your appreciation through this gift is very encouraging to us. Thank you!
But he gives more grace.
In the midst of a section of James’ letter about relational wisdom (the kind of wisdom we can have because of a relationship with Jesus and applying his teachings to real life), James tells us about what is at the heart of our conflicts. Our conflicts erupt in our lives because we want something, and we cannot get it. We fight with one another, when we find someone else blocking what we want.
Not only is James’ focus on the heart so important and perceptive –the heart of the matter of every conflict is a matter of the heart—but what he says about God when we are in the midst of conflict is astounding. James tells us that even in the midst of our conflicts, even when we have said things we wish we wouldn‘t have said, God is present in our conflicts to give us grace.
The grace that God will give in our conflicts is both a forgiving grace and an empowering grace. It is a forgiving grace, because no one is sinless in conflict. When we are in conflict, we sin against one another either in deed or in heart motivation. When love meets sinful people, grace is the result. God’s grace to us is to forgive our sins against him and others, when we sin in conflict with one another. When you recognize that you are sinning against someone else in your conflict, pause as quickly as possible to ask God for grace—grace to forgive your sins against your “enemy.”
But God’s grace is also a power—an undeserved power, because grace is always getting better than we deserve. God’s grace is a power not to excuse our sin, but to help us change from sinning against, to loving our neighbor with whom we are in conflict. God desires to help us in our conflicts and give us the grace to humble ourselves and to seek relational harmony in the place of conflict.
So today, if you find yourself in a conflict, or a quarrel, or a fight with someone, ask God for grace. Ask him for grace to see where you might need to be forgiven for your attitudes or deeds and ask him for grace to be humble and seek restoration. God is always ready to give grace to everyone who asks for it!
In our new series for the new year, we are seeking God’s wisdom on how to flourish in our relationships with one another. Our relationships matter, because God made us for relationship. We are made to love God with all that we are and to love our neighbors as ourselves. The quality of our lives is wrapped up, not in how many things we own, but in our relationships. Relationship matters, but why is it so hard to be in relationship? Each week we are seeking to learn God’s wisdom for some of the most common difficulties in our relationships. This Sunday, Pastor Tim Prince will be teach about God’s wisdom for communication as we look at the question: Why can’t we communicate?
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.)
SERVE: Want to help serve at the Hudson Food Shelf in February?
Part of the vision of Faith Community Church to see Christ renewing the neighborhoods. One way we live that out is through serving in the community. Each year, FCC provides volunteers to serve at the Hudson Food Shelf during the month of February. If you are interested in serving, please contact Shirley Root at 715.410.2976 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join with other adults across the spectrum of life at FCC to gather for a great meal and receive some of our best training. Come for dinner at 5:45pm. Classes take place from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Not all courses begin or end on the same days, so please check dates in “Faith Hudson” magazine, at fcchudson.com or on the FaithBase app. All courses are dependent on enrollment.
We invite you to come to FCC Community Night to our Christianity Explored class (starts Thursday, Jan. 23). Come for a meal starting at 5:45pm. Class starts at 6:30pm.
Christianity Explored is an informal and relaxed seven-week course for anyone who has pondered what life’s all about. It gives you time and space to consider the life and person at the heart of the Christian faith—Jesus Christ. Each session includes discussion, a short DVD segment and a time for questions. Over the seven interactive classes, we will explore the Book of Mark in the Bible to find out who Jesus is, why he came and what it means to follow him. Register for the class and childcare at fcchudson.com or on the FaithBase app.
Thank you, Faith Community, for your generosity! FCC contribution statements will be issued by January 31, 2020, for contributions received or postmarked on or before 12/31/2019. If you’d like to view your giving statement before this time, please visit fcchudson.com, and click on FaithBase from the top right menu or view your statement through the FaithBase app. Thank you!
Colossians 3:16 (The Word)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
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.