News and Resources (Page 2)

News and Resources (Page 2)

Midweek Update: November 1

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Every nation and every kingdom will one day come to an end, but the kingdom of God is everlasting. “Therefore,” says the author of Hebrews, “let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken” (Hebrews 12:28). The kingdom of Jesus will not falter or fail, and the King of this kingdom reigns forever and ever. As believers in Jesus,…

Midweek Update Oct. 18, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The book of Hebrews is one of the most theologically rich books in all the New Testament, but it is also a book that is immensely practical. In our passage for this Sunday, Hebrews 12:12-17, the author is very specific about how we are to put into practice what he has been preaching. He calls us, for example, to “[s]trive for peace with…

Midweek Update: October 4, 2023

Dear Faith Community Church Family, One of the clearest and theologically rich passages on generosity in the Scripture is found in 2 Corinthians 8-9. Paul writes 2 Corinthians for two main reasons: First, to respond to people who were saying Paul had suffered too much in his ministry to be a true Apostle (Paul responds by saying that suffering is the means by which God…

Midweek Update: September 27

Dear Faith Community Church Family, In Ezekiel 17:22-24, we read these words: “And all the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord; I bring low the high tree, and make high the low tree, dry up the green tree, and make the dry tree flourish. I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it.” God makes the dry tree flourish in order to make his name and glory known…

Midweek Update: September 13, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The dominant theme that ran through Sunday’s worship service and Vision Campaign presentation was the faithfulness of God. Our God is faithful at all times and in all circumstances. During the Vision Campaign presentation, I shared from Lamentations 3:22-23: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are…

Midweek Update: September 6, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters, A year ago we launched our Called to Flourish three year vision. The primary aim of this vision is to put into practice in a very concrete way our church’s purpose statement. Over these last twelve months I’ve seen the Lord transforming our congregation and causing us to flourish in multiple areas. In fact, many of you have shared with me how…

August 31 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This week I had a conversation with our son, Charlie, about what the word “church” means. In the Bible, the word “church” doesn’t refer to a building, but rather the people of God; the people God has called out of the world to be members of his family. The church includes all believers everywhere, from the era of the Old Testament and all those…

Midweek Update: August 23, 2023

Dear Faith Community Church Family, Hebrews chapter 11 is sometimes called the “Hall of Faith,” and for good reason. It includes many godly examples of faithful believers from the Old Testament; people like Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Joseph–and the list goes on. These persevering believers were anything but perfect; however, through difficulties, disappointments, and…

Midweek Update: August 16, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters, God never intended that we would live the Christian life alone. We need one another for support and encouragement in our spiritual journey. This is why the author of Hebrews says in last Sunday’s passage, “let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24). In fact, the author of Hebrews immediately “practices…

Midweek Update – August 9, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters, One pattern that we see in several of the New Testament letters is the movement from explanation to application. Another way you could put this is the move from indicative to imperative, or, perhaps, from precept to practice. In the passage for this Sunday in our series The Glory of Christ, there is a grand transition in Hebrews from focusing on…

Midweek Update – August 2, 2023

Dear Faith Community Church Family, Thank you for your prayers for our family’s safety as we traveled. We enjoyed our time with my parents and siblings and were refreshed as we had the opportunity to take in the beautiful views of the gulf coast. I am looking forward to worshipping with you this Lord’s Day. On Sunday, we will turn our attention to Hebrews 10:1-18, where…

Midweek Update July 19, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters: This past Sunday Pastor Rhett preached from Hebrews 9:23-28 about the sacrifice Christ offered once and for all. Through His sacrifice we are guaranteed that Jesus intercedes for us, we are guaranteed forgiveness of sin, and we are guaranteed that Jesus will return for His people. Pastor asked us the question: “Are you longing for the return of…

Midweek Update July 12, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters, On Sunday we heard about the great things Jesus has accomplished on our behalf through his death and resurrection. Hebrews 9:11-22 tells us that the blood of Jesus has opened the way to the heavenly sanctuary, purchased eternal life, purified our conscience, inaugurated the New Covenant, and provided for us an eternal inheritance. In our passage…

Midweek Update July 5

Hebrews 9:12 states the following regarding Jesus’s work on our behalf: “[H]e entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.” The author is emphasizing the contrast between the limited effectiveness of sacrifices under the Old Covenant (which had to be made…

Midweek Update June 28, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters, On Sunday, I shared this quote with you from Charles Spurgeon, the 19th century English preacher: “When God writes His law in our hearts, He writes that which will never be blotted out. Once let Him take the pen in His hand, and begin to write, ‘Holy to Yahweh’ (Zech 14:20), right across a man’s heart, and the devil himself can never remove that…

Midweek Update: June 21, 2023

Dear Faith Community Church Family, Do you ever sense that there are multiple versions of “reality” in our culture? Let me explain what I mean. News outlets, the media, the places we shop, the restaurants where we eat, and even our friends and colleagues will bombard us with messages that say things like, “Follow your truth,” or, “We all know that the only viable view of…

Midweek Update: June 14, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Do you know how Hebrews 7 describes the salvation Jesus provides for his people? Hebrews describes it as a thoroughly complete salvation. We are told in Hebrews 7:25 that Jesus is “able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” This is an “uttermost”, unlimited…

Midweek Update: June 7, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Our God is holy and perfect and all-powerful. He is the God who created the sun, moon, and stars, and who owns “the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10); and yet, he is the God who invites us to draw near. This Sunday we turn our attention to Hebrews 7:11-22, where we are told that Jesus alone is the perfect sacrifice. What the priests of…

May 31 2023 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church Family, There are many characters in the Bible that stand out to us: Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon, Peter, and Paul (to name a few). One character that probably doesn’t spring to the forefront of your mind is Melchizedek, though Melchizedek is obviously important to the author of Hebrews. This mysterious man was simultaneously a king and…

May 24 Midweek Update

Rev Don Johnson led us in a study of 2 Peter 1:3-15 this past Sunday. Peter was nearing the end of his life as he wrote these words, and he was motivated to teach and encourage the believers. Pastor Don encouraged us to live a life of intimacy with God through faith in Jesus, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love. Let us…
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