What an absolutely glorious week! God controls the weather patterns; he brings the rain and the sun. What kindness he has shown us this week! May we receive these days with gratitude and delight!
Whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.
Why did Jesus come to die? What was Jesus accomplishing, while he looked defeated, hanging on a Roman cross? These questions and many others are answered in this verse. God put Jesus forward as a propitiation by his blood. What does that mean?
By his blood
When the Bible talks about Jesus' blood, it is not trying to emphasize some kind of magical powers Jesus' blood has. Rather, “blood” references Jesus' death, his death on a Roman cross, where his blood was spilled for us. Paul is telling us that though it looked like Jesus was defeated by Rome and the religious authorities by being crucified, he was actually accomplishing God's plan and purpose. Jesus' death was God's idea, carried out by sinful humans as a horrifically rebellious act. Though the crucifixion of Jesus was sinful rebellion by humans, it was also God's good purpose to provide a basis for us to be forgiven and justified by God. How?
Propitiation describes the act of appeasing someone who is angry. Remember that Paul introduced us to God's wrath in Romans 1.18. He told us that God's wrath is revealed against all ungodliness and wickedness. Because all have sinned, we are under God's wrath. But because of God's love, he has made a way for us to not experience his just wrath against us. That way is for Jesus to absorb all of God's wrath on our behalf. According to v. 25, this is what God was accomplishing on the cross. Jesus was absorbing wrath for us. God did this out of love for Jesus and for us. Jesus did this out of love for God and for us. Because Jesus absorbed all of God's wrath, all who believe in Jesus, who are in Jesus, experience only favor from God. There is no admixture of wrath whatsoever in Jesus. God's just wrath is appeased, and all we experience is favor. It's all because of God's work in Jesus!
No matter what we experience today, the gospel reminds us that if we are in Jesus, the good is from God's favor that Jesus secured for us. The trials are from God's favor, as well. Because he is favorable to us, trials come from God to refine us and purify our trust in God alone.
In the midst of your circumstances today. Remember all the good you experience is a gift, nothing you earned. All the difficulty is under God's kind control, intending to purify us. Place your heart and life into God's favor, God's power, God's unfathomable love.
After learning from Paul about God's righteousness, human wickedness, and how God has remarkably, surprisingly, lovingly, and sufficiently remedied our sin problem, we begin to learn from Paul about what we are to do in response. At the core of our relationship with God—it's always been this way in human history—is to trust God. Trust what he has done, trust what he says is right, trust how he says to live, trust God's evidence over competing evidence, trust. This Sunday, we will look at Abraham's life of faith and learn from him about how to be right with God and glorify God. This Sunday will be about “The Gospel and Faith” (Romans 4:1-24)
The Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent articulates the whole gospel storyline, and it is a tool we can use to help us become fluent in the gospel—both in preaching the gospel to our own hearts throughout the day, and in giving it to others. It’s available for purchase for $10 near the café area in the commons. You can also purchase hard copies and kindle versions here.
This Sunday, we’re offering two opportunities to learn more about using The Gospel Primer in everyday discipleship through a 20-minute practical Gospel Primer Walk-Thru. Jim Duffy, a FCC elder, will lead the walk-thru following the 9 a.m. service, and Pastor Tim Prince, will lead the walk-thru following the 11 a.m. service, in The Refuge Room.
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.
FAITHWORKS (JUNE 19-23) is a week dedicated to helping our neighbors with short-term projects across the St. Croix Valley. It is a cross-generational experience that brings together the entire family of families of Faith Community to work together in support of our community through painting, yard work, home maintenance, prayer team, preparing daily meals for workers, child care AND MORE! More than 100 workers are needed daily during FaithWorks!
VISIT FCCHUDSON.COM TODAY TO:
ELDER RECEPTION FOR STEVE BRADT – SUNDAY, JULY 2
Steve Bradt has faithfully served the FCC family of families for many years as an Elder. Please save the date for a reception to honor him as he retires from this role. Watch for more details coming soon!
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:
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, Through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus... (Romans 3:21-24)
COVENANT MEMBERSHIP CLASS – JUNE 15 & 22
Are you interested in becoming a covenant member of FCC? The Covenant Membership Class is our introduction to membership at Faith Community Church and is required for anyone wishing to pursue membership. This FREE class will cover our purpose, mission, vision, discipleship paths, Missional Community, covenant and statement of belief.
SERVICE OPPORTUNITY – SUMMER CHILDREN’S CHURCH LEADERS & ASSISTANTS
The nurseries continue to serve our families with children from newborn through age 5 during the summer. Summer Children’s Church leaders and assistants are needed in both the 9 and 11 a.m. worship services.
Everything is planned, prepared and ready for you to teach the lesson. Children’s Church includes a story, small craft, color sheet, snack and play time for the four- and five-year-olds. 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.
MEMORY VERSES FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 28
19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law,
so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God.
20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:19-20)
Let’s Make it Impossible to Ignore Jesus,
Faith Community Church