Happy first Wednesday of October, FCC! I can’t wait to be with you all in church on Sunday!
By Pastor Tim Porter
“Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” (John 4.29).
I love the story of the woman from Samaria, who met Jesus and was transformed by an encounter with him. She honestly invited her friends, family and co-workers to meet Jesus with the phrase: "Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did." Her encounter with Jesus all came down to Jesus letting her know that he knew all about her, especially the darkest places of her life.
The Samaritan woman had five husbands and the man she was living with wasn’t her husband. Jesus brought up her history of failed relationships to show that he was a more than a prophet. He knew things about her that no outsider should know. Think about what it would be like to be in line at Caribou, and a stranger comes up to you and tells you that he knows your deepest, darkest secret. This woman is confronted with Jesus’ knowledge of her.
Not only does Jesus know everything about her, he also offers her eternal life, and I think this is why Jesus’ knowing her dark side is so important to her. Knowing everything about her, and especially her sins, Jesus still offered her eternal life.
Let that sink in for a moment. Many people live with the illusion and myth that if they do more good than bad, then they will go to heaven when they die. That’s religion. Again, that is a myth.
But Jesus offers us relationship. Eternal life is not just about dying and rising again, it’s about a relationship with God that not even death can take away (John 17.3). Jesus offers us a relationship that is based in grace. We can’t earn it, and the good news is we don’t have to try to earn it, because Jesus has already earned it for us. Jesus offers us eternal life as a gift.
Let it sink in to your heart today. Just as Jesus knew everything about the Samaritan woman, and went to great lengths to bring her eternal life, Jesus knows everything about you, even the darkest places, and he has gone to great lengths to bring you eternal life. With Jesus, you are fully known, and you are fully loved. Let that sink in...
One of our key discipleship principles is mentoring. We model, encourage, equip and empower one another to take steps of obedience and also steps of leadership development. Because of this, I am really excited that Pat Stream, our new Pastor for Biblical Counseling, will be preaching this Sunday. He will be closing out our Rhythms of Grace series, equipping us to become more like Jesus by grace. It is amazing to remember that we have all of God’s resources directed toward our change. We don’t have to stay stuck. God wants us to change and helps us change. This Sunday, we will learn together how to be fruitful in life in the most important things. We’ll learn from 2 Peter 1.1-13.
Every human heart is made to experience the grace of God. And too many people believe we have to clean ourselves up before God accepts us. But the truth is, God loves us just as we are, but loves us so much he won’t leave us just as we are. Pray about who you can invite, and invite a friend! This will be a great time together. See you on Sunday!
Watch or listen to sermons in the “Rhythms of Grace” series at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.
In the fall edition of "FAITH Hudson" magazine, you'll find personal reflections from people at FCC on each of the spiritual disciplines highlighted in the current sermon series: Bible reading, prayer, rest and witness. As a follow up to last Sunday’s sermon, “Story of Grace,” check out Glenn Herschberger’s reflection on sharing our stories of grace. Pick up a complimentary copy of the magazine on Sunday, or you can also read it on the FCC blog at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.
When Jesus stepped into this world, He changed everything. He brought hope and eternal life to people of every kind of life. Encounter after encounter, the Book of Luke in the Bible shows that when we come face to face with Jesus, we are changed. On October 13, we’ll be starting a new sermon series called “Encounter.”
This is a great series to invite someone to come to. So could you be praying about someone you know who you could invite to the series? Do you remember that miraculous moment when you knew you were meeting Jesus? We long for our neighbors and friends in the St. Croix Valley to experience that moment and meet Jesus, too. This series could be that moment. Let’s pray and put purpose to our time with others and invite.
Romans 11:33 (God’s Character)
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
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