Hello, FCC! I trust your Wednesday is going well, and you are resting in the gospel as you face various circumstances! I’m back from vacation, and I am working on sermon prep today. I am excited to be with you all on Sunday morning!
Give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5.18
Intuitively we know we should give thanks for the blessings and good things of life. This is one of the reasons why as a nation we have a day of Thanksgiving set aside to count our blessings. But the gospel gives us the power to give thanks in all circumstances, in times of ease and in times of difficulty. To do this, we don’t have to look at the world through rose-colored glasses. Nor do we have to lie to ourselves and say a difficulty really isn’t that difficult. Instead, the gospel reminds us of some powerful realities, so we can thank God at all times, even difficult times.
The gospel reminds us that even in difficult times, we are not under God’s wrath, and so the difficulty is being subjected by God and forced to do us good. We have been delivered by God from wrath. And, because we are united with Jesus, all the favor of God that Jesus deserves, we receive. By grace we have pure favor with God. So our difficulties are not because God is wrathful against us. The wrath is absorbed by Jesus on the cross. So, in our difficulties we are thankful, because God is with us and for us, and he will never forsake us.
In the midst of good times, we are thankful because the good times tell us of God’s kindness and grace as well. We didn’t earn the good times. The good times are a gift to us. The gospel reminds us that everything we have from God is a gift. So we thank God continually. We don’t look at our own strength and puff ourselves up with pride, believing that we have earned the good things we experience in life. Instead, we are thankful because God has given us everything we have.
So, today as we live our lives, live in your circumstances from the center of the gospel of God. Live today remembering that all the wrath we deserve was placed on Jesus. Remember that all the glory Jesus deserves is given to us. Remember that in the midst of difficulty God is for you—he’ll never forsake you. Remember in the midst of good times, all the blessings are because of God’s grace. Today, God’s will for you is to be thankful in all of your circumstances. You are dearly, personally, extraordinarily loved by God.
After Pastors Tim Prince and Steve Holsteen led us through Romans 5 the past two weeks, I will be leading us through Romans 6.1-14 in a sermon called “The Gospel and Power to Obey.” In this section of Romans, Paul gives us reminders and instructions for how to change with the gospel. This is one of my favorite sections of Romans. It is here that we are reminded, that though we still sin, the power of sin is absolutely broken, and we are freed by God to live for him. This is human flourishing—to obey God and not be slaves to sin anymore. The irony of the gospel is that true freedom—true human freedom—is found in slavery to the gracious, good, awesome and holy God who made us and saves us.
The FCC Office will be closed on Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4, as pastors and staff enjoy the holiday with family and friends.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 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.
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!
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)
Loving adult child care volunteers are needed in the nurseries. If this is an area in which God has gifted you, please contact Karen Garden at 715.220.2507 or Karen_garden@yahoo.com.
The nurseries continue to serve our families with children from newborn through age 5 during the summer. Summer leaders and assistants are needed in both the 9 and 11 a.m. worship services for the LifeShaping class for four- and five-year-olds.
Everything is planned, prepared and ready for you to teach the lesson. The class time includes a story, small craft, color sheet, snack and play time. Consider helping one time, once a month, or for the entire summer. If this is an area in which God has gifted you, please contact Karen Garden at 715.220.2507 or Karen_garden@yahoo.com.
[B]ut God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
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