Today is shaping up to be a glorious fall day! How kind of God to give us this day! May we approach today based on God's grace. May we relate to one another as recipients of God's grace. May you be ambitious today because you have God's approval in Jesus. All the approval Jesus has with the Father is now yours. WOW! Be ambitious today to show the greatness of Jesus!
1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity...
The words above are quoted by Paul in Romans 4.7-8. The second line of this Psalm, "Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity," is a great statement not only describing the grace of God toward us, but also a great example of the second promise we make, when we forgive another.
In our gospel reminders, we are in a series about forgiving others. When we forgive others sins against us, Ken Sande reminds us that we make four promises. The first promise is that we will not dwell on the sin committed against us. This promise is beneficial for the relationship being repaired and for our own heart, so that bitterness will not grow.
The second promise we make in forgiving another's sins is that we will not bring up the sin again and use it against the person. When we forgive another's sins, the temptation will be to bring up the sin in a future time and use it to tear the other person down, either in person, or in gossip. To fight against this temptation, we remember how God forgives us. God will not count our sins against us (Psalm 32.2/Romans 4.8). God does not bring up our sins and use them against us. Our sins are perfectly paid for by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
How do we keep this promise? We remember. We remember how God forgives us, and then we extend that forgiveness to others, when they sin against us.
This Sunday we will learn about “The Gospel and the Missional Church” (Romans 16.1-23). The Gospel creates a missional church which is diverse in culture, gifts, economic standing, race, and sex. And the missional church is united and working together, because we have peace with God, and we work to extend that peace to one another in our neighborhoods and across the valley in which we live.
As part of continuing to make our website a helpful resource for site visitors, we are in the process of adding more videos. We have a videographer coming this Sunday, October 22, to film what it’s like at Faith Community on a Sunday morning.
On Oct. 15, I preached on “The Gospel and Ambition,” and how we should be ambitious in our lives to show the greatness of Jesus. We do it not to prove ourselves, but because we have God's approval. We already have God's approval, because of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. A resource I used for the sermon is “Rescuing Ambition” by Dave Harvey. I highly recommend you check it out.
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.
Please see this note from FCC’s Early Childhood and Care Ministry Director, Karen Garden:
“We have an abundance of precious little ones coming to the first service in the toddler nursery. MORE HELP IS NEEDED. If you or your family member love children and can commit to one service a month, I NEED YOU!”
Please contact Karen via text or call at: 715-220-2507.
BRATS, POLKA & PRETZELS!
October 29 marks the 500th anniversary of Reformation Sunday. On Oct 31, 1517, Martin Luther began a reformation of the church by nailing 95 theses to the Wittenberg Door. This event sparked a recovery of the gospel of grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. As we bring our Romans series (a sermon series on Living and Breathing the Gospel) to conclusion on Oct 29, it seemed fitting to take an opportunity to gather together and have some fun together, while also reminding ourselves of the gospel of God’s grace.
On Sunday, Oct. 29, Faith Community is hosting Reformapalooza, a family Reformation celebration, following the 11 a.m. service. Come enjoy this fun, festive, fall picnic!
With the Romans series, we have a schedule for memorizing key verses—together as a church—which are crucial for helping us preach the gospel to ourselves and encourage one another as we seek to live out the gospel in all of life. The verses all come from Romans, and correspond to the preaching schedule. Pick up a memory verse card this Sunday to help you memorize the verses each week:
I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf...(Romans 15:30)
5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6)