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7/5/17

TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - July 5, 2017

Happy Day after Independence Day! I hope you all have your fingers and toes. The weather was beautiful. I trust your day was fun and restful!

GOSPEL REMINDER

So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin
and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Romans 6.11

The good news of the gospel is that our sins are forgiven, because God has presented Jesus as a substitute for us, dying in our place, swallowing up the wrath of God against our sins (Romans 3.21-26).  And there is even more good news. The death and resurrection of Jesus, has given us the power to obey God. Right now, in Christ, we have already experienced resurrection—a spiritual resurrection that will be fulfilled as a physical resurrection, when Jesus returns. Our spiritual resurrection means that we are dead to sin (Romans 6.1-4). This is astounding news! Right now, we are free to obey God, because our relationship to sin has changed. We are dead to it.

We put this good news to work, by reminding ourselves that we are dead to sin. Today, as you are involved in discipleship, remind others that they are dead to sin. As you are tempted throughout the day to sin, remind yourself that you are dead to sin. Start your day and end your day by reminding yourself that you are dead to sin. As we remind ourselves of the good news of being dead to sin, we are empowered to not live in sin any longer.

WORSHIP GATHERING

Pastor Larry Szyman will be preaching on “The Gospel Creates Servants of God” (Romans 6.16-7.6).  True freedom is ironically achieved by becoming servants of God.

THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSES

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:

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)

WORTH REPEATING

CHILD DEDICATIONS – SUNDAY, JULY 16

The next child dedications will take place on Sunday, July 16, during the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services. Please contact Becki Hedstrom at bhedstrom@fcchudson.com by this Sunday July 9, if you are interested in taking this step with your child. For more information and the remaining 2017 dates, please pick up an information card at the Info Center.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS) – Monday, JULY 24 THROUGH Friday, JULY 28

Watch this video to learn more!

 

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 family. To register a child or sign up to volunteer go to fcchudson.com today!

MEMORY VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 25

Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more...

Romans 5:20

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission

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