Happy Wednesday, FCC! Warmer temps are on their way. So is Sunday! Let’s get ready to worship together!!!
I’m not much of a car guy. I drive a Chevy Trailblazer, and I enjoy it for the most part. But I once owned a really nice and fun sports car. It was a 1991 cherry red Toyota Celica. It was a 5-speed manual with leather seats, sun roof, spoiler, and a great stereo. It was fun, fast, and reliable. And I did pay for it. And I didn’t steal it.
It was my wife’s car. DJ owned the car, and the day she said, “I do,” the car was all mine—I mean it was “ours.” Our union together as husband and wife on June 25, 1994, meant that all that belonged to DJ became mine, and all that belonged to me became DJ’s.
I mention that because one of the themes in the Bible is union with Jesus. A relationship with Jesus is a described as a “union.” Paul likes to talk about this union with phrases like “in Christ” or “in Jesus” or “with Christ Jesus.” He says in Galatians 2.20 that he was “crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me.” This verse is saying a lot of things, but one truth I’d like to pick up and emphasize, is that of union with Jesus. As a follower of Jesus, you are united to Jesus in such a dramatic way, that all that is true of Jesus becomes true of you. Jesus got what you deserved, and you get what he deserves. That’s what union means. Jesus received all the penalty for the guilt of our sins, and you get all that Jesus earned with his obedience. He received condemnation, so we can receive justification. He was forsaken, so we will never be forsaken. He died, so that we can live. He became poor, and he makes us rich. He was rejected, and we are accepted.
Remind your heart today. That because of Jesus you are accepted, approved, clean and pure before God. It’s a gift, your possession in relationship with Jesus.
This Sunday, Pastor Tim Prince will be teaching about work. This is the second sermon in the Anchored series. He’ll be teaching about how having our identity in Christ anchors us in grace in a way where we can do meaningful work without making it our meaning in life. We will also be commissioning and praying for Eric Lent as a new leader (one of the biblical titles for a church leader is “elder,” and Eric will be a faithful one!) for our church.
You can listen to the first sermon in this series online at fcchudson.com or on the FaithBase app.
Consider memorizing the verse from last Sunday’s sermon:
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
There are two resourcesI recommended last week for learning about building your identity in Christ. One is “Who Am I?” By Jerry Bridges and the other is “Found in Him”by Elyse Fitzpatrick. They are both available on Sundays in the resource areaby the café in the lobby. I highly recommend picking one of them up and working through it.
Child care is available for children through age 4.
We will not have Awana Clubs or The Refuge tonight.
Ash Wednesday is an opportunity for us to specifically remember our mortality as a penalty for our rebellion against God.Remembering our mortality helps us to be wise, to number our days, and to increase our humility. But it is also an opportunity to remember God's gospel and let the gospel shape our identity. Because we are in Christ, we will be raised from the dead.
In this service, Pastor Larry will remind us of the good news of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, and how his resurrection gives us hope and helps us to consider our mortality and gain wisdom for living as we wait for Jesus to return. We will sing and reflect together.
Sunday, March 24 | 10:15 to 11:00am in The Refuge Room
Parents, do you feel stuck, confused, frustrated, or simply at a loss for how to handle the rapidly transforming technological world your child is living in?
Dan Buckle (middle school counselor), JakePierson (MS Student Director), and Ben McMullen (HS Student Director) will be leading a training, “Teens and Tech,” to help parents better navigate the technological world we are drifting in. This training is geared towards parents of 6th- 12th graders, but is open to parents of younger children. Teens and adults welcome – anyone who is facing the complicated issues related to the broadening world of technology.
Please sign up each attendee in advance—this is not required, but helpful as we prepare for the seminar. This also allows us to send follow-up material and resources after the seminar. REGISTER at fcchudson.com or on the app.
Galatians 6:1 (Church Life)
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
We’re excited to offer a new role on our staff: communications and administration assistant. This full-time position offers a person the opportunity to apply his or her administrative and creative gifts and skills in support of our mission to make more and better disciples of Jesus Christ. You can find the job description at this link.For more information, please contact Leanna Hafften at fcchudson.com or715-386-4070, x124.
LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com or the app. Search for “Faith Community Church Hudson” on the App Store orGoogle play to download the app.
PRAYER REQUESTS + CARE NEEDS are now posted on the Prayer + Care wall on the app. You can also signup on the app under “Emails + Registrations,” if you would like to receive anemail when new prayer requests and care needs are posted.
Wondering if something at FCC is cancelled? Check fcchudson.com or the app.