News and Resources (Page 2)

News and Resources (Page 2)

Midweek Update: July 7, 2021

Brothers and Sisters, On Sunday, we read these words from the Apostle Paul: “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3). This is one of the most comforting passages in the New Testament that speaks to our security and protection in Jesus Christ. As a church, we have been partnering with Chicago Friends of Haiti and the Haitian…

June 23 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church Family, This Sunday, we’re looking forward to welcoming Phil Smith to share God’s Word with us from Matthew 21:12-17, a powerful passage which beautifully portrays Jesus’ heart for the lowly and downcast. Phil, an FCC-supported missionary, will also be updating us on his transition from WordPartners (Leadership Resources International) to…

Midweek Update: June 16, 2021

Dear Faith Community Church Family, This Sunday we come to a turning point in the book of Acts. A wave of persecution toward Christians arose in Jerusalem following the death of Stephen. Many of them fled north to Samaria, but they kept speaking about Jesus. Luke makes a point of telling us that “those who were scattered went about preaching the word.” (Acts 8:4) One of…

June 9 Covid-19 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church Family, This year has felt like a rollercoaster to say the least. We’re thankful to our great God for his continued faithfulness and goodness to our church over this last year. Despite the hardships we have experienced, his blessings have been abundant toward us. This Friday, the state of Illinois will be moving into Phase 5 of the Illinois…

Midweek Update June 2, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Over these last weeks we have seen that the early followers of Jesus were frequently bombarded by challenges and temptations as they sought to live obediently as God’s redeemed people. These threats came from the outside, as they were opposed by the powerful religious elites in Jerusalem. They also, however, came from the inside, as Ananias and…

May 26 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Each one of us desires to be deeply joyful in our lives. Not just happy when things are “going our way,” but truly joyful. This is because God has created us with this desire for joy. In fact, the first question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism addresses just this: “What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to…

May 19, 2021 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last Sunday’s sermon text demonstrated how the early followers of Jesus “were of one heart and soul” (Acts 4:32). We saw that both their convictions and their actions were unified. They were convinced that Jesus is the resurrected King and that they were called to bear witness to his rule even in view of threats and persecution. The…

May 12 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church Family, As the gospel bears fruit among God’s people, the work of God’s grace begins to infiltrate every area of our lives, including our possessions and pocketbooks. In this Sunday’s sermon text, Acts 4:32-5:11, we are presented with a contrast between the generous landowner Barnabas and a married couple, Ananias and Sapphira, who…

May 5, 2021 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The early Christians knew that Jesus had given them a calling: “You will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). They also knew that they didn’t have it in themselves to meet the demands of this call. When Peter and John are told not to speak in the name of Jesus anymore, they boldly tell the leaders that they must obey God rather than men. They then…

April 28, 2021 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The sermon text for this Sunday (Acts 4:1-22) continues the powerful story of the healing of the lame man at the temple in Jerusalem. While Peter and John are still speaking to the amazed onlookers, the temple leadership arrest the apostles specifically because they are offended by the message of the resurrection and the teaching about Jesus.…

Midweek Update: April 21

Dear Faith Community Church Family, Our God does great things we sometimes simply don’t expect. He works surprises that lead to great joy. In Acts 3:1-26, Peter and John come upon a man, lame from his birth, begging for money. Peter and John stop to help this poor man by giving him something even greater than a little cash. By the power of the resurrected Jesus, Peter…

April 14, 2021 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church Family, On the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples, three thousand people became followers of Jesus. What a day! As a diversity of pagans and Jewish people alike joined the people of God, certain common features began to distinguish these ethnically diverse followers of “the Way” (Christianity). In Acts 2:42-47,…

March 31, 2021 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The events of Passion Week changed the world forever. It began with the entrance of the humble King into Jerusalem and concluded with his death on a cross outside the walls of the city and his burial in a newly hewn tomb. On that cross “the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6). But death could not defeat him. Jesus dealt…

Midweek Update: March 24

Dear Faith Community Church Family, Our recent Called to Community sermon series answered the question, “Who are we as Faith Community Church?” Our church’s identity statement spells this out: We are a people called out by the gospel and called into community with the triune God, who share a common King, a common authority, a common Spirit, a common life, and a common…

March 17 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Does the gospel cut you to the heart? This is how Luke describes the response of those who heard Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost. “Now when they heard this,” Luke says, “they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’” (Acts 2:37). The crowd realized that they were responsible for…

Midweek Update: March 10, 2021

Dear Faith Community Church Family, At several key points in the book of Acts Luke tells us that the Word of God was continuing to “increase” or “multiply” (Acts 6:7; 12:24; 19:20). In other words, the Word of God was powerfully drawing people to faith and transforming lives as the Gospel spread from community to community throughout the ancient world. The Word of God,…

March 3 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, We serve a God who keeps his promises. Before Jesus ascended, he told the disciples to return to Jerusalem and wait for the “promise of the Father” (Acts 1:4). The disciples obeyed. They spent the next ten days in prayer, preparing for the arrival of the Spirit. On Pentecost (one of the Jewish festivals), the Holy Spirit descended, and was…

Midweek Update: February 24

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Consider this quote from A.W. Tozer, a writer and pastor: The popular notion that the first obligation of the church is to spread the gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth is false. The first obligation of the church is to be spiritually worthy to spread it.  (From A.W. Tozer, Of God and Men). Now Tozer is not saying, “Get your spiritual…

Midweek Update: February 17

Dear Faith Community Church Family, This evening we will hold our Lenten Prayer Service (6:30pm; no livestream, see below). Whereas during the season of Advent we prepare our hearts for the arrival of Jesus Christ, it is during the season of Lent that we prepare our hearts for the celebration of his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Our time together will in large part…

February 10 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church Family, The book of Acts tells the exciting story of the early days of the church after Jesus’ ascension. It details everything from the conversion of the masses on the day of Pentecost to the martyrdom of Jesus’ disciples, such as Stephen and James. It follows the early Christian community as they bear witness to the truth of the Gospel. In…
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