Hi, Faith Community! As May is quickly coming to an end, here are a few highlights of what’s coming up at Faith Community Church in June.
The (dis)content of “If only …” in our relationships by Pastor Steve Holsteen
The strength of contentment is found in someone, not some situation. That is the lesson we learn as we consider the Apostle Paul’s message in Philippians 4:10-20. But there’s only one Someone who can provide all the physical, experiential and relational elements of life that are part of the human hunger for true satisfaction. Only Jesus has the divine capacity to be the object of such a relationship. Only he can bear the weight of our interpersonal weaknesses.
Because God created us in his image, we are, at the core, relational beings. God enjoys within the unity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit the kind of loving, fulfilling and complete interaction that can only be described as “Oneness.” As humans we long for and pursue that kind of relationship with each other. As sinners, however, we tend to relate to each other in the limitations of our weaknesses.
As a result, we’re often disappointed with our spouses, parents, children, friends and co-workers. Much of that disappointment originates in presumption that our relationship with them should make us content. We express that presumption with our “If only’s!”
“If only my husband was more …” – you fill in the blank – “Then I’d be content.“ “If only my wife didn’t …” “If only my parents had been more…” “If only my kids were less…” “If only my co-worker didn’t always …”
The “If only …” we need to substitute for our laundry list of interpersonal discontent is this: “If only I’d turn to Jesus in my moments of relational dissatisfaction, I’d find Someone who is strong enough to provide the core of what I hunger for in all my other relationships.” Then I wouldn’t make someone the source of my satisfaction who, just like me, is flawed and weak. No one but Jesus can carry that weight.
Saying, “Yes” to Jesus in those moments will shift the weight of our expectations from someone who could never fulfill the expectations that only God can meet to the Someone who can. It will also provide us a surplus of satisfaction in Christ so that we can more selflessly love the people in our lives, instead of making them instruments for the pursuit of our own happiness OR excuses for our discontentment.
In God’s absence we can never achieve that kind of relationship with each other. In Jesus, we can have the relationship with God that we were made for and bring the strength of that relationship into all our other relationships.
May it be so in our lives!
The Bible tells us in Philippians chapter 2 that following Jesus is costly. This passage directs us to have the same mind as Christ—a mind-set that compels us to lay down our lives and consider the interests of others as more important than our own interest. On Sunday, Kevin Christopher, FCC’s Director for Missional Worship, will conclude the Eclipse series with “The Mind of Christ” (Philippians 2).
You can listen to sermons in the “Eclipse” series here.
Did you know you can find Sunday’s bulletin/worship folder on the app? Just open up the app, click on “News, Blog + Bulletin,” then click on “Bulletin/Worship Folder.”
Matt. 18:15-16 (Church Life)
15“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
Pastor Tim Porter is currently on sabbatical until August 25 to rest, refresh, recharge and learn. Please pray for him and his family. Thank you!
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PRAYER REQUESTS + CARE NEEDS are now posted on the Prayer + Care wall on the app. You can also sign up on the app under “Emails + Registrations,” if you would like to receive an email when new prayer requests and care needs are posted.
Wondering if something at FCC is canceled? Check fcchudson.com or the app.