Hip, hip, Hooray! It’s May! Hip, hip, Hooray! It’s almost Mother’s Day! And Mother’s Day is always on a Sunday, and Sunday is when we get to gather for worship! Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday! God be praised for the 12 people who were baptized in the services last Sunday!
by Pastor Tim Prince
9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
In Sunday’s sermon, I said something to the effect of: “Jesus is Lord. This means that he is Lord over our bodies, over our feelings, over our desires. He is Lord over everything. And you can trust Jesus. No one has ever loved you the way that Jesus has loved you. No one has earned the right to your allegiance like he has. He never gives a command except for your good.”
Within the context of Philippians 2:1-11, what specifically does Paul say is the application of this vision? Paul says in Philippians 2:3-4: “3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
We can put others’ needs ahead of our own, because we have seen that this is what Jesus did and God honored it.
Although it will be difficult, I can trust Jesus to provide the grace I need to obey, and I know that God has promised to honor my obedience, no matter the outcome.
I obey because I trust him, and I lean on him to teach me to do this. I ask for grace to speak when I should speak, listen when I should listen and endure rejection if necessary, because I belong to Jesus.
So I follow where he leads me – into foreign mission fields, into my school, into my family… wherever. I know that he has promised to work all things together for my good and that he is at work. So I keep following no matter what.
This week as you consider the Lordship of Jesus, remember Paul’s specific application of the doctrine for the Philippians: that Jesus is greater than everything including me. I can put others ahead of myself because this is what Jesus does. This is what greatness in the kingdom looks like.
I don’t know if you have ever consciously tried to bargain with God, but I have. I’ve promised to do certain things for God, if he would give me my requests. Bargaining with God is pretty common, even if it isn’t always recognized. It’s pretty much the default condition of our hearts. We do certain things for God, and we expect him to come through for us. Of all people, the apostle Paul had all kinds of opportunity to try and bargain with God. He was extremely religious. But when he met Jesus, he quit trying to bargain with God. He gave up his attempts to gain a good relationship with God based in his religious achievements. He gave it up, because he found something better. He found acceptance with God in a relationship with Jesus. This Sunday, I will be teaching on how we get acceptance with God. It’s not by being religious. Acceptance with God comes from a relationship with the living Jesus! This Sunday, I will teach from Philippians 3.2-11. The sermon is called “Religious Rubbish.”
If you know someone who is wondering about the difference between Christianity and the other religions, this is a great sermon to invite them to hear or to send to them, when it is posted online.
You can listen to sermons in the “Eclipse” series here.
FCC covenant members will meet to affirm new covenant member candidates on Sunday, May 19, following the 9 a.m. service (starting approximately at 10:30 a.m.) in the Refuge Room.
FCC’s Marriage Enrichment Weekend is designed to deepen and enrich the joys you share together in a Christ-centered marriage. The weekend is for all marriages, whether you are new to marriage or well-seasoned. Couples come for a variety of reasons, from setting aside time away to focus on their relationship, to setting goals for the next year, to reconnecting with other couples. The weekends are planned around a mixture of solid biblical teaching, social interaction, time alone as a couple and good meals. This year's theme is “Glorifying God Through Your Marriage” with Pastor Tim Haugen as the featured speaker. Watch a video, find more information, and register today at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app. Stop by the ministry booth on Sunday to talk with leaders for the Marriage Enrichment Weekend.
Part of the vision of Faith Community is to empower global missional leaders. One way we live that out is through partnership with SERVE India, which supports the expanding missionary effort in India, specifically in Andhra Pradesh, a state in South East India. You can stop by their booth in the lobby on Sunday to learn more about SERVE India. There will also be Kwik Trip cards available to purchase in support of SERVE India.
James 1:19-20 (Anger)
19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Because of some of the unique challenges of pastoral ministry and to provide a focused time for growth and leadership development, Faith Community has a Sabbatical Policy for our pastors. So periodically a pastor will go on sabbatical to rest, refresh and recharge and learn. Last year, Pastor Larry Szyman was on a three-month sabbatical. This year the elders approved for me to go on a three-month sabbatical. This comes at a great time for me and for FCC. I have been pastoring since 2001. I haven’t had a sabbatical yet, and I could use the rest and recharge. Our oldest son is going to college in the fall, and I am excited to spend a little more time with him before he leaves. And, lastly, we are a little over halfway through our five-year strategic plan, with which we are seeking to create a culture of discipleship with an evangelistic ethos. I want to grow in my evangelistic abilities and skills. I, also, want to learn from evangelistic churches around the country on their best practices for ways we can do everything we can to help everyone meet, know, and follow Jesus. I will start my Sabbatical on May 13 and will return to preaching and leading again on August 25.
During the summer, we will have other FCC pastors and guest preachers lead us through the book of Psalms. This series will be teaching us how to bring the real you to the real God in prayer and praise. This is going to be a great teaching series. I am very excited for it.
Please pray for me and my family. Pray that I get rest during the sabbatical and that I am able to recharge for the next steps in our strategic plan. I have been praying that God would help me become more evangelistic, that our leaders would grow in evangelism, and that sharing the gospel would be the air we breathe. Please pray that I would learn and grow and be equipped.
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