Happy Wednesday, FCC! It’s the beginning of the year, and we have a lot of new things going on. Enjoy the Update! I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
This week’s gospel reminder is written by Pastor Tim Prince.
In her book “The Hiding Place,” Cori Ten Boom shares about how her mother suffered a terrible stroke that left her without the power of speech and immobile for a time. After a few weeks she regained some mobility, but never regained the power of speech. Her mother became a prisoner in her own body. She had enjoyed a full life of ministry,hospitality, caring for the sick and poor, and taking care of her large family. She wrote notes of encouragement to widows and other young mothers constantly. Now, all of that was gone. Yet, she never lost her sense of purpose and Corrie says, that day after day as her mother lay in her bed or sat in her chair, she could see her mother’s lips moving and knew that she was praying, talking with her Father in heaven.
Purpose and Meaning are the sense that who we are and what we’re doing matters and that there is intention behind our existence. For too many of us, our sense of purpose is rooted in ourselves; what we do, who we are, what we contribute. But only a purpose that lies outside of ourselves and rests in something completely trustworthy and durable is a purpose that will carry us through life’s most difficult storms. This is good news! Because the Christian’s purpose rests in Christ, who has been raised from the dead and can never die again: “…your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:3b)
The apostle Paul, reflecting on Christ’s resurrection makes this conclusion: “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Cor. 15:58). We matter and everything that we do matters because our lives and all that we do are now hidden in Christ! In the Lord, our work and our lives are no longer lived in vain. Our purpose rests securely in his hands.
This transforms every part of our lives. Faithfulness matters because we know that God is redeeming all things (Eph.1:3-10), even the most mundane things. “Whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do it all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31). What could be more mundane than eating and drinking? And yet, everything done under the Lordship of Christ is something that he takes up and makes beautiful. Our lives matter because they are hidden in Christ and he is making everything new.
Years later, when Corrie Ten Boom was put in a German prison for her work with the Dutch Underground and then placed in solitary confinement, she remembered her mother. It was the memory of her mother, trapped in her own body, day after day, joyfully enjoying the fellowship of her heavenly Father that carried Corrie through those dark days. How could her mother have known what God was going to do with her faithfulness? There is no way that she could have foreseen that. Yet, she trusted that faithfulness to Jesus never goes unnoticed. She was right. Her purpose rested in Christ alone, and God used it for his glory. What Corrie’s mother did when she was unable to speak or do anything else will be remember for generations. More than that, it will echo down through eternity to the praise and glory ofGod. What purpose will you give your life to today?
We are all made in the image of God, and God has made us all with common desires. We all desire purpose, meaning, vindication, security, belonging, and love. This Sunday, we are going to be looking at our desire for victory. No one wants to fail or lose, we all want to be on the winning side. This desire for victory drives us,even if we aren’t involved in sports. It’s a good desire, but it can easily become twisted and cause damage to our relationships with others and God. If you know any sports fans, this would be a great sermon for them to hear. But this isn’t just for sports fans,because every human heart desires victory. Let’s learn to boast not in our own victories but in the Lord!
We are excited to announce that in 2019, we will have some new courses offered onThursday nights at Faith Community Church, including a course about life’s most important questions, called “Christianity Explored.” It is a seven-week class designed to create space for us to think through our biggest questions aboutLife, Meaning, Faith and Jesus. We will also be offering a new marriage class, called “Marriage on the Rock.” The “What Did you Expect” course by Paul Tripp is a prerequisite for “Marriage on the Rock.”
For many years, Thursday evenings have been called “ALPHA Community Night” because ALPHA was the first class offered. Since Christianity Explored will be replacing ALPHA we thought this would be a good opportunity to update the name to “FCC Community Night.”
After 18 years as the ALPHA Community Night team leader, Gary Nourse will be stepping down from that role in the fall of 2019. To prepare for the transition, Rick Gimpel was invited to serve under Gary’s leadership last year. Rick will be teaching Christianity Explored this winter and then transitioning into Gary’s role this fall. (Read more about Rick and FCC Community Night in the latest FCC blogpost.)
Learn more about all the courses starting in January at FCC at fcchudson.com or at Events/Registrations on the new FCC app.
Workshops take place after both services in the Refuge Room. Find more info at fcchudson.com or at Events/Registrations on the FCC app.
With the new FCC app, we now have new ways to share prayer requests and care needs.
Colossians 4:2 (Prayer)
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Go to the App Store or Google Play, then search for the “Faith Community Church Hudson” app and download it to your device. You’ll find quick links to discipleship resources, plus FCC news and event information.
FCC has the opportunity to serve our community at the Hudson Area Food Shelf this February. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Shirley Root at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-410-2976.
LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com.