Hello, FCC! Pastor Tim Porter is out of the office this week. This week’s Gospel Reminder is an article by Tim Porter republished from the summer edition of “FAITH Hudson” magazine. There’s a lot happening at FCC this month, so check out all the info below!
Our mission as a church is to make more and better disciples of Jesus Christ. This mission was given to the church by Jesus himself, when he told the first disciples, “Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28.18). What is a disciple of Jesus Christ? A quick answer is someone who gives their life to follow Jesus. To drill down a bit more, we could ask, what does it look like to follow Jesus? Ah! I am glad you asked!
Being a disciple of Jesus and following him is comprised of three elements. First, is knowing Jesus. This knowing is both personal and theological. What I mean is this: because Jesus is risen from the grave and alive, we can know him. Really know him. This is the personal aspect. We don’t just know the teaching of Jesus, we can know him personally. But there is also a theological side, a teaching aspect. That is, we know Jesus, as we know his teachings. We come to know Jesus more and more by reading about what he said about himself, and God, and what he came to do.
As we know Jesus, we start to trust him enough to do what he says to do. This is the second element. We start obeying Jesus’ commands. He commands us not to worry. He commands us to be humble. He commands us to love others, even enemies. He commands us to forgive. He commands us to pray. You get the picture. His commands are for our good and for our joy. And like I said earlier, as we begin to trust him, we obey him. We don’t obey perfectly, but we take steps of obedience.
What is beautiful is that as we start to obey Jesus, we know him more. And as we know him more we trust him more, we are obeying him more. As this relationship between knowing and doing continues to grow, we become more and more like him. Our identity, our heart attitudes, our desires, our thoughts, become conformed to Jesus, and we start to look more and more like Jesus in all areas of our lives. This is the last aspect of discipleship, and it’s the goal of discipleship, that we would be like Jesus, conformed to his image. May God graciously help us fulfill our mission together.
Pastor Tim Prince will conclude the Faith In a Faithless World sermon series this weekend with “Elijah and the Victory of God” (1 Kings 18.20-40).
HEART FOR THE VALLEY is a student-led service event that seeks to provide a Christmas meal for those in need during the holidays, as well as giving extra food to stock their cupboards. Students will be packing and delivering meals on Wednesday, December 20. A $60 donation will provide a meal and additional pantry items for one family. Please DONATE online at fcchudson.com/hftv before November 30th!
Some topics are so crucial, current, debated and/or divisive, they require focused attention in addition to sermons. Faith Community introduced Faith Forums in 2015 as an additional way to offer biblical perspective on culturally relevant topics. Forums include a time of Q & A, and opportunities for respectful dialogue with other believers.
FCC will be hosting our next Faith Forum on “The Gospel and the Sanctity of Human Life,” on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. We’ve invited Brian Gibson, a national leader in the pro-life movement, to speak. Since 1986, he has served as executive director of Pro-Life Action Ministries. Under Brian’s direction, Pro-Life Action Ministries has grown from a small activist group in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota into the nation’s largest and most organized sidewalk counseling ministry. Over the years, Pro-Life Action Ministries has documented more than 3,200 babies saved directly from abortion. Brian has led 40 Days for Life (a prayer movement to end abortion) in the Twin Cities since the first national Lenten campaign. Brian & his wife, Julie will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary in October. They have two adult children.
Baptism is an act commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ as an expression of faith and a symbol of our union with Christ, especially in his death and resurrection. We are planning for baptisms in the services on Sunday, November 19. Pick up a “Believer’s Baptism” brochure at the Info Center for more info or contact Becki at bhedstrom@fcchudson or 715.386.4070 by SUNDAY, NOV. 12, if you are interested in being baptized.
Everyone is invited to a special worship service on the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 19, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the auditorium. We’ll be singing hymns from hymnals, and stories about the hymns will also be shared. Please invite your friends and neighbors, too!