Happy Wednesday, FCC! Hope you are able to enjoy a beautiful day today! I’m hearing rumors of some snow arriving this weekend. Regardless of wind, snow, sleet, rain or beautiful sunshiny weather, we’ll be ready to meet together this Sunday morning and meet with God. I can’t wait for Sunday, and I can’t wait to see you!
by Pastor Pat Stream
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence – 1 Peter 1:3
God has given Christians an amazing gift of life. All because of his grace. The reach of his grace grants you eternal life and life before death. Peter wants to make it clear that the grace of the gospel of God’s divine power in Jesus has major practical implications for the everyday details of your life.
Peter encourages you to not ignore God’s power in your everyday life. Rather, you are called to remember God’s powerful transforming grace and to take responsibility to apply it to actively pursuing change and growth in your live. Remembering and practicing grace are two essential elements needed to progressively become more like Christ in your life.
Remember that God’s grace can be worked out in your life, by being like a plant. A plant grows both ways – downward and upward. Growing down is humbly admitting your need for change, accepting your weaknesses, facing into your sin that keeps you from growing. While growing up is remembering and cherishing God’s precious gift of your salvation and your identity as a person given God’s divine power to live every day.
Practicing God’s grace is to focus on growing in Christian virtue. Peter tells you to persevere in your identity in Christ and be consistent in becoming who you already are. Because of grace, there is no judgement for failure, there is no being benched for lack of performance. When you practice Christ-like virtues your relationship with Christ will deepen.
In Christ there is only grace, his favor is upon you always, no matter what you do. Yet, there is the expectation that you respond and act and practice biblical virtues. Not in a sense that you earn salvation, but in responses motivated by gratitude. Become who you already are in Christ – your given identity. It is about who you become not what you accomplish.
Watch or listen to Pastor Pat Stream's related sermon, "Grace for Spiritual Practice" (2 Peter 1:1-11), onfcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.
Do you remember that miraculous moment, when you knew you were meeting Jesus? Your life hasn’t been the same since. We long for our neighbors and friends in the St Croix to meet Jesus as well. So, as a church we are doing everything we can to help everyone meet, know, and follow Jesus.
Every Sunday is a great Sunday to invite someone to a service. But there are times when it is a really great time to invite someone to a service. And this Sunday and this sermon series is one of those times. This Sunday we are beginning a new series called “Encounter.” It’s seven sermons on seven encounters that ordinary people had with an extraordinary Jesus. Jesus meets ordinary people in ordinary life, and he treats them in extraordinary ways. Guess what? We are all ordinary, but Jesus will treat us in extraordinary ways.
This Sunday we’ll learn from an encounter that a man named Simon Peter had with Jesus. He was an ordinary small business owner whom Jesus treated in an extraordinary way. Simon learned that he was fully known—even all the bad stuff about him—and he was fully loved by God.
Remember: Be honest in your relationships about the impact Jesus has on your life. Pray for the people in your life to meet Jesus. And invite the people in your life to meet Jesus for themselves.
Come and hear an update in the services on the Szymans’ ministry, as they seek to play their role in making disciples among an unreached people group in the Twin Cities. After three years of ministry experience among an unreached people group in the Twin Cities, Zack, Angie and Jadon Szyman have recently joined the SALT team with Arrive Ministries. This team is seeking to obey Jesus’ Great Commandment (loving God and our unreached neighbors as ourselves) and His Great Commission (to make disciples of all peoples). The Szymans’ role will be focused on gathering a “Disciple Making Team” in their neighborhood, centered on building friendships with their unreached neighbors as they share their lives and God’s word, through oral Bible stories. They are investing in this people group and equipping other believers to do the same. Zack also has a unique job selling camel milk, which allows him to bless and meet more people within this group!
There are two additional opportunities on Oct. 20, to meet the Szymans to learn more about partnering in prayer, volunteering and financial giving.
Facility maintenance at FCC will require the water to be turned off from 3:30pm on Monday, Oct. 14, through Tuesday evening, Oct. 15. The church building will be closed during that time. Check fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app for updates. If you have any questions, please contact Josh Graham, Facilities and Events Manager, at 715-386-4070, ext. 232.
Romans 11:34-35 (God’s Character)
34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”
We look more like Jesus and experience the joy of community when we serve each other, our neighbors, and our city. Check out these new service opportunities (and more) at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app:
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