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Midweek Update: May 22, 2024

Dear Faith Community Church Family, On Sunday, Wade Urig challenged us to carry the glory of God outward, instead of moving inward and pursuing our own glory (Gen 11:1-9). By God’s kindness, our church continues to grow in becoming “fishers of men.” The foundation for this fruit has been Kingdom Prayer. Some of the avenues by which we’ve been pursuing…

Midweek Update: May 15, 2024

Dear Faith Community Church Family, In the opening eleven chapters of the Bible, we read the foundational stories of creation, the fall, the flood, and also that brief, but critical narrative about a people who settled on a plain in the land of Shinar. It’s the story we call “The Tower of Babel.” The people said together: “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a…

May 8, 2024 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Parable of the Sower may be the most famous of Jesus’ parables. It is, on one level, easy to understand, but on a deeper spiritual level, we can only receive and obey its message when the Spirit is working in our hearts and giving us the ability to do so. In this parable Jesus teaches about the nature of the Kingdom of God. It is a…

May 1, 2024 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Our passage for this Sunday explores the question of what it means to belong to Jesus’ family. Jesus explains that those who do the will of God are the true members of God’s family, and not simply those who can claim genetic kinship. As we’ll see on Sunday, God’s will is for all people to repent of sin and to place their hope in Jesus.…

Midweek Update April 24, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In February we held our first ever Prayer Drive. We had over twenty people pile into cars and caravan around West Chicago to pray for the advancement of the gospel in our community. The Lord is making us more and more into a church of kingdom prayer warriors! This Saturday from 10:00am to 11:30am, we’ll hold our second Prayer Drive. If you…

Midweek Update: April 17

Dear Faith Community Family, When I was in elementary school I always looked forward to the day when I got to do “real” science experiments in class. Finally in high school we had the opportunity to use a Bunsen burner and “high school level appropriate” chemicals to carry out experiments. Of course, the aim of most senior high experiments is to observe and record how…

Midweek Update: April 10, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters, When you hear the word “Sabbath,” what comes to mind? Does it evoke a sense of joy and thankfulness in your heart? Or does it–as it does for many Christians–conjure up ideas of rules, regulations, and restrictions (“I can do _____ on the Sabbath, but not _____.”)? In our passage for Sunday, Mark 2:23-3:6, Jesus says, “The Sabbath was made for…

Midweek Update: April 3

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In Christ, we are a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). We have died with Christ and have been raised to new life to serve him as our Savior and King. Praise God that all our sins have been nailed to the cross! It was a joy to worship with you at our Holy Week services. As disciples of the risen Lord, we are called to bring the good news of…

Midweek Update: March 20, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters, “Christ” is not Jesus’ last name. When we refer to our Lord Jesus Christ we are saying Jesus is the Anointed One, God’s Messiah. In the Old Testament (2 Samuel 7), the Messiah is God’s promised coming king–a descendant of King David, who will reign as king over Israel forever. Scripture shows us that Jesus Christ is…

Midweek Update March 6, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Sunday evening I had a wonderful time joining you for pizza and prayer at our Kingdom Prayer Gathering. It was such an encouragement to pray with you as brothers and sisters in Christ that the Lord would transform our community by the power of the gospel and would use our church to reach our neighbors for Christ. Our sermon passage for this…

Midweek Update February 21

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Has there been a time in your life when you were struggling, and you knew Jesus was able to help you, but you wondered “Is he willing to help me? Does he want to help me?” This is an important question, and the Gospel of Mark shows us how Jesus responds to those who come to him with their needs. In our sermon text for this Sunday, Jesus heals a…

Midweek Update February 7, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters,  “A prayerful Church is a powerful Church.” Charles Spurgeon once spoke these words to his congregation at the Metropolitan Tabernacle. And the London pastor was absolutely right. The flipside to Spurgeon’s statement is also true: a prayerless Church is a powerless Church. Why is this the case? Because prayer is the God-ordained means to bring…

Midweek Update January 31, 2024

Dear Faith Community Church Family, In Mark 1:17, Jesus says to Simon and Andrew, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men” (Mark 1:17). We saw on Sunday that the word “become” entails a deep change or transformation, not wrought by our own strength but given to us as a part of our identity. This is why Jesus says, “I will make you become fishers of men.” As…

Midweek Update January 24, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In this Sunday’s passage, Mark shares with us the message that Jesus was preaching as he began his public ministry: “Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel’” (Mark 1:14-15). Following the…

Midweek Update: January 17, 2024

Dear Faith Community Church Family, The word gospel means “good news.” We saw on Sunday how the arrival of this good news was prophesied all the way back in the time of Isaiah: Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”…

Midweek Update: January 10, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The new year has arrived and with it we begin a new sermon series for Sunday morning worship: Follow Me: The Gospel According to Mark. I’m excited to embark on this new journey in Mark’s Gospel with you, and to spend an extended time as a congregation beholding Jesus, our living King. The sermon text for this Sunday will be Mark 1:1-13.…

Midweek Update: January 3, 2024

Dear Faith Community Church Family, It is officially the fiftieth anniversary year of Faith Community Church! Praise God for his faithfulness to our congregation. He has proved himself over and over to our church and he continues to work in and through our congregation! I am excited, as I know you are, to celebrate 50 years of God’s faithfulness in 2024. The celebration…

Midweek Update: December 31, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters, It was a joy to worship with you on Christmas Eve at both our Sunday morning and Sunday evening services. I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas celebrating the coming of our Savior while being with family and friends. This Lord’s Day we will have a guest preacher, Rev. Brian Martin. Brian is Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care at our sister…

Midweek Update: December 20, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Christmas is upon us! This coming Sunday is both the fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve. On Sunday morning, we’ll light the fourth candle in our Advent wreath, remembering the love that motivated God the Father to send his Son into our world as a human to be our Savior and King. Our text for Sunday morning’s worship is Haggai…

Midweek Update: December 13, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The theme for the third Sunday of advent is joy. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 the Apostle Paul writes, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Advent offers us the opportunity to exercise the disciplines of joy, giving thanks, and prayer. You might be…