Yeah! Fall has begun! Grab a cup of coffee, sit somewhere outside, and enjoy this edition of TheUpDate.
The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passion, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age. (Titus 2.11-12)
When I hear the phrase “grace of God,” I tend to think primarily of forgiveness of sins. To be sure, grace includes the forgiveness of sins, but grace is bigger than just that (as great as it is).
“Grace of God” is a banner phrase describing all that God has done for us in Jesus. This is why Paul says, “the grace of God has appeared.” The phrase describes the motivation for Jesus coming to us to be one of us, to live for us, to die for us, to give us the Spirit of God. All of this is “The grace of God!”
The grace of God is also a trainer. If you have ever worked with a personal trainer, or physical therapist or a coach of some kind, you have a glimpse of how grace can work in our lives. Grace, Paul says, trains us. Grace trains us to renounces ungodliness and worldly passion and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives.
With this gospel reminder, I want to begin a five-part series on how grace trains us to renounce and to live.
Today, I just want to remind you that just as a coach or personal trainer has a vision for what you can do and what you can become, God’s grace is like that. God’s grace has a vision for you living a self-controlled life, which treats others with integrity (that’s what upright means), and honoring to God (that’s what godly means). Just like a coach, grace will empower you, encourage you, challenge you to live in a way that you never thought possible.
So, today, as you seek to live a life in obedience to God, remember you have all the resources of heaven on your side. God’s grace is committed to training you to be all that God has saved you to become.
This Sunday, Pastor Tim Prince will teach about how a regular rhythm of reading the Bible on our own and in community connects us with the grace of God, which we need for daily living. The Bible contains a message that no other book in human history contains, the central feature of the Bible is God, and the core message that the Bible communicates about God is that he is gracious. Pastor Prince will be teaching from 2 Timothy 3.16-17.
Every human heart is hungry to hear of the grace of God. Pray about who you can invite, and invite a friend! See you on Sunday!
Watch or listen to sermons in the “Rhythms of Grace” series at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.
Women, stop by the Refuge Room (after both worship gatherings) to learn more about what's happening this year in the various Women's Ministries. Discover places where you belong as you learn more about our events, Bible studies, activities and mentoring opportunities. You can also learn more at fcchudson.com and the FaithBase app.
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 table in the lobby on Sunday to learn more about SERVE India. Kwik Trip cards will be also be available to purchase in support of SERVE India. Read the latest ePray newsletter from SERVE India at fcchudson.com or on the FaithBase app.
Join with other adults across the spectrum of life at FCC to gather for a great meal, great fellowship and receive some of our best training!
FALL COURSES starting on Sept. 12, include the courses listed below. You’ll find the course description, related costs, and online registration at fcchudson.com and the FaithBase app. Contact Rick Gimpel, FCC Community NIght Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Pastor Larry Szyman and FCC Elder Dan Fosterling are in Uganda, training local church leaders to ensure that FCC's goal of seeing an African-led, disciple making, church planting movement takes root in northern Uganda. Read blog posts from their trip at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.
Romans 8:5-6 (Gospel)
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
As a follow up to Pastor Tim Porter’s sermon, “AWE” (Psalm 67), Caleb Johnson, a leader in the River Falls Missional Community, will be leading a discipleship workshop entitled: Tell Your Story as a Gospel Story. What do we do, when we’ve met Jesus and he becomes our awe? We tell our story as a Gospel Story! Come to the workshop to learn more! (Please note that childcare will not be available for the workshop.)
Faith Community’s K-5 and middle school and high school ministries partner with parents as you disciple your child. Our goal is to help children and students Know God, Do (act on) what they know, and ultimately Be (become) Christ followers who bring honor and glory to God. Fall registration is now available online at fcchudson.com and the FaithBase app for FaithKids LifeShaping (Kindergarten through 5th grade), Awana Clubs (age 3-years to 6th grade) and the Refuge (6th-12th grade).
LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com or the app. Search for “Faith Community Church Hudson” on the App Store or Google play to download the app.
PRAYER REQUESTS + CARE NEEDS are posted on the Prayer + Care wall on the FaithBase app. You can also sign up on the app under “Emails + Registrations,” if you would like to receive an email when new prayer requests and care needs are posted.
Wondering if something at FCC is canceled? Check fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.