News and Resources (Page 2)

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Midweek Upate: April 19, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters, On Sunday, we reflected on how the ongoing priestly ministry of Jesus allows us to draw near to God’s throne with confidence and boldness in prayer. This Sunday, we continue with learning more about Jesus’ priestly ministry on our behalf as we reflect on the uniqueness of his priesthood, according to “the order of…

Midweek Update: April 12

Dear Brothers and Sisters, It was a joy to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior with you on Sunday. Because of the resurrection of Jesus, we have been freed from our sins and have been given an unfailing hope. We serve a living Savior, who is “the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth” (Revelation 1:5). This Sunday we return to…

Midweek Update: April 5, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are the most important events in all of history. In the last week of his earthly life, our Savior entered Jerusalem as Israel’s King and was crucified for the sins of the world. In his death, Jesus bore the wrath of God for our sin, and in his resurrection, he defeated death as our conquering King.…

March 29 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In Romans 8 the Apostle Paul writes, “[T]he Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (v. 26). After the horrific and depraved shooting incident on Monday at Covenant School in Nashville, a ministry of Covenant Church PCA, I…

March 22 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This Sunday, we have the privilege of welcoming Ted Powers back to the Faith Community Church pulpit. Ted is the director of the Midwest Alliance, a movement dedicated to planting churches throughout the Midwest. He is also the director of Chicago Friends of Haiti, which connects our denomination and local churches to God’s work in Haiti.…

March 15 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, How important is prayer really for the Christian life and the life of the church? In his book A Praying Church, Paul Miller says this: “[P]rayer is not one more activity of the church–it lies at the heart of all the church’s ministry . . .. Prayer is not an option; it’s the engine.” Oftentimes we treat prayer as something supplementary to the…

March 8 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church Family, In Hebrews 4:9-10, we are given a beautiful summary of the gospel message: “So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.” The gospel message calls us to stop trying to impress God with our “good works”, and to rest instead in the…

March 1 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church Family, God never intended the Christian life to be lived alone. When we believe in the gospel, God makes us members of his redeemed family. It is easy to seal ourselves off from God’s people, but this leaves us spiritually exposed, vulnerable to sin and the attacks of the devil. Instead of trying to make it on our own, we are to “exhort one…

Midweek Update: Wednesday, February 22

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In his letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul gives us a glimpse of how he prays for his brothers and sisters in Ephesus: For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your…

February 15 Midweek Update

Brothers and Sisters, Have you ever set off on a trip that ended up looking very different from what you had initially expected? Perhaps you left your house with expectations of making your arrival in record time, only by the end of the day to find yourself on the side of the road with a flat tire. God’s ways are often different than our ways. In fact, in our passage for…

Midweek Update: Thursday, Feb 9

Dear Faith Community Church Family, As Pastor Don Johnson shared with us this past week from Psalm 85, we may weep over what is lost but we also can find joy, hope, restoration, and healing in the future God has for us. It starts with the birth of the reformation of our heart as we commit to one another, we resolve to delight in God, and the assurance of God’s unfailing…

Midweek Update: Feb. 2, 2023

Dear Faith Community Church Family, One of the most comforting truths that we see in the book of Hebrews is that Jesus is with us and for us in the Christian life. In other words, when we believe in Jesus, we are given a Savior who not only covers our sin with his own blood, but also actively helps us and aids us in every part of our Christian journey. Hebrews 2:18 says,…

Midweek Update: January 25

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our sermon series in Hebrews, we’ve talked about the importance of staying faithful by staying focused on Jesus. In this week’s sermon text the author emphasizes the critical nature of not drifting away from the foundations of the Gospel: “we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from…

Midweek Update: January 18

Our God supplies everything we need to remain faithful in the Christian life. In reference to angels, Hebrews 1:14 says, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” The angels are called here “ministering spirits,” but who are those “who are to inherit salvation”? The answer is us! Here we see that our God…

Midweek Update: January 11

Dear Faith Community Church Family, I am excited for us to begin our new sermon series in the book of Hebrews entitled The Glory of Christ.  In Hebrews, the author calls his audience to stay faithful by staying focused on Jesus. Jesus is “the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). In the midst of suffering, hardship, and struggles in the Christian life, the…

January 4 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church Family, Psalm 133 begins with the words “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” The death and resurrection of Jesus not only brings reconciliation between us and our Creator, it also brings reconciliation on a “horizontal” level–between us and others. The unity of God’s people is both a gift that we have been given…

Midweek Update: December 28

Dear Faith Community Church Family, It was a joy to worship with you at our Christmas Eve and Christmas morning worship services. What a wonderful Savior we have been given in Jesus Christ, the light of the world. As we read in Isaiah: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.” (Isaiah…

Midweek Update: December 21

Brothers and Sisters, The Apostle Paul says in Romans 5:1-2: “[S]ince we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” As followers of Jesus, we can rejoice in hope. This is a better hope–better than the…

Midweek Update: December 14

Dear Faith Community Church Family, Our God is a covenant-making, covenant-keeping God. In fact, you could say that God’s covenant with his people has a motto: I will be your God, and you will be my people (Leviticus 26:12). Our God can always be counted on to do what he has said he will do. He has bound himself to his people by a special agreement, a covenant. He did so…

Midweek Update: December 7, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This Sunday we have the special opportunity to invite family, friends, and neighbors to join us for our Christmas Community Lunch. Our lunch will begin at 11:00am in the Mission Center. Besides enjoying a delicious meal, we will share a little about the vision of Faith Community Church and the hope of Christmas found in Jesus Christ, our Savior.…