Dear Faith Community Church Family,
In 1 John 4:1-6, the Apostle John emphasizes the importance of discerning truth from error in the Christian life. Apart from a firm commitment to the truth, we cannot live obediently and faithfully as God intends. In particular, John is concerned that Christians would be firmly committed to the biblical view of Jesus, to the commands and instructions of God’s Word, and to a life of love for our brothers and sisters in the faith. In order to this, however, we need to be guided by the Spirit of God and the Word of God. In a day and age where “truth” is frequently seen as matter of personal preference, John exhorts us to stay rooted in the gospel and to be discerning regarding the teaching that we hear, remembering that Jesus Christ, as he is presented to us in the Scriptures, is the litmus test for truth and error.
This Sunday, Joe Paglia will be sharing the Word of God from the opening of Mark’s Gospel (Mark 1:1-15) with a sermon entitled “The Beginning of the Gospel.”
Fall Cleanup Day: Saturday, October 10 (9am-Noon)
We encourage you to come out for a fall cleanup day on Saturday, October 10. From 9:00 am until noon we’ll be trimming bushes, pulling weeds, installing mulch, and eating free donuts! Mark Wissing, our Property Team leader, is organizing the event.
Men’s Bible Study Beginning this Saturday (8:00am-9:00am)
This Saturday, the men’s bible study will begin a series entitled “Out of Context” led by Larry LaBelle. This practical series will help develop our bible study skills by shedding light on passages of Scripture we often misinterpret, asking the question, “How can we better understand God’s Word by reading the Scriptures in their intended context?” For more information, contact Larry LaBelle.
Adult Sunday School Series Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit Begins This Sunday (Alternating Sundays; 11:30-12:30)
For those who would like to participate, our adult Sunday school series, based on the Christopher Wright book Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit will begin September 13 following the service. The class will take place every other Sunday. The first Sunday we will not yet have the resources; this will be an introductory week. If you would like to participate, please consider donating $5 to cover the cost of materials, and let Rosa Matos know of your intention to join us (630) 231-8230; firstname.lastname@example.org.