Happy Wednesday, FCC! What a glorious day we have been given! Let us rejoice and be glad in it! This day belongs to God. Let's offer ourselves to him today. Let's serve him and none other!
If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1.9
A lot of our energy goes into refusing to sin. But when we do sin, what should we do with our sin? In the opening sentences of John's letter he says there are three options for us. Two are deceptive and one is the way of walking in the light. The first deceptive way is to try to show others and tell others that we have fellowship with God, while at the same time persisting in sin (v. 6). The other deceptive way is to say we have never sinned (v. 10).
The way of walking with God though is to confess our sins. When we confess our sins, we acknowledge what we have done, we acknowledge it to God and we acknowledge to those we have sinned against. We admit the wrong, we accept responsibility for our sin, we acknowledge the hurt, and we turn away from our sin and toward righteousness (See Ken's Sande's Seven A's of Confession for all the 'A's).
What is remarkable about the gospel of God, announced and accomplished by Jesus, is that if we confess our sin, God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us. I don't know about you, but “faithful and just” language usually connects to discipline or punishment in my mind. But here, “faithful and just” is connected to forgiveness. Have you thought of God as faithful and just to forgive? Amazing isn't it?!
Why does John say that God is just to forgive us? The answer is found in 1 John 2.2, where John says that Jesus is the propitiation for our sins. What is “propitiation?” Propitiation is the act of becoming favorable. In the context, what this means is that Jesus is the sacrifice that is offered in our place to remove our sin and to swallow up God's wrath against our sin, so that God is now favorable to us. Putting this together, Jesus' sacrifice in our place was sufficient to remove our sin and to absorb God's wrath, so that it would be unjust for God to punish us for our sin. Why unjust? Because Jesus sufficiently paid for us. There is no more wrath for us in Christ Jesus.
This is a profound reason why we can be honest with our sins. Why? The greatest news in the world is that Jesus death and resurrection have sufficiently made it possible for us to be forgiven our sins.
Let us confess our sins. Also, let us encourage our neighbors and friends to confess their sins! Why? Because there is forgiveness!
I am so grateful that we have pastors and elders who are gifted at preaching. I heard great things about Pastor Larry's sermon on July 9, and I expect to hear the same as Pastor Tim Prince will preach on “The Gospel and Deliverance” (Romans 7.7-25) this Sunday. Like last Sunday, I will be done at The Torrent Church on Sunday, preaching the gospel with them. Please pray for gospel fruit in Prescott, as we also pray for gospel fruit in Hudson!
We always have guests with us, but this Sunday in particular, we will have many visitors with us on Sunday morning because of Child Dedications. Please look around you and look for others you don’t know and welcome them so they feel noticed and loved.
At FCC we want to see Christ empowering global leaders. One way we live that out is through partnering globally with Steve and Nopaluk Cable and the Santisuk English School in Bangkok, Thailand. We are really excited because one of the teachers at the Santisuk School will be here in the services at FCC on Sunday morning. Her name is Kwan, and she’ll give us an update on how the school is serving the community and sharing the gospel. Kwan will also be sharing information on the short-term mission opportunities available with Santisuk English School.
With the Romans series, we have a schedule for memorizing key verses—together as a church—which are crucial for helping us preach the gospel to ourselves and encourage one another as we seek to live out the gospel in all of life. The verses all come from Romans, and correspond to the preaching schedule. Pick up a memory verse card this Sunday to help you memorize the verses each week:
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
At FCC, we want to see Christ renewing neighborhoods and the St. Croix Valley. One way we live that out is through FaithWorks, a week we set aside each summer to help our neighbors with home and yard projects, as well as community projects at schools and parks. Thank you, FCC, for another great year of FaithWorks, for all your prayers and donations and for serving! Watch the recap video played before the services last Sunday at this link:
Gear up for an over-the-top underground adventure! At Cave Quest VBS, we’ll ground kids in the rock-solid foundation of God’s love, a love that carries us through life’s dark times. Kids will sing, have fun and experience Jesus.
VBS is open to children entering Kindergarten through entering 5th grade in the fall of 2017. Cost is $15 per child. Registration includes a t-shirt, sciency imagination station equipment, snacks, and one “Cave Quest” CD per faily. To register a child, go to fcchudson.com today!
VBS volunteer registration is currently closed. We have received an outpouring of loving and faithful volunteers already, but thank you for your longing to be a blessing to the children of the St. Croix Valley!
If you have any questions, please contact Brigitte Feia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715.386.4070.
3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4)
Let’s Make it Impossible to Ignore Jesus,