Christmas has come and gone. We opened all the packages, said goodbye to our loved ones, and taken down the lights. We waited and celebrated the coming Messiah. We lit candles longing for the hope, peace, joy, and love of Christ. Christmas has come and gone- and it seems that the world didn’t notice. The headlines are still full of pain, fear, rumors of war, injustice, oppression, corruption, scandal, fighting, and tears.
Christmas has come and gone. What does it mean to live as Christians, as ones who carry the Light of Christ, in our world today? What does God expect of us in the midst of all of this? What role do we play? Join us Sunday as we explore what it means to show and share the Light of Christ in our world today.
Our reading this week for The Full Gospel
Project is Luke chapters 20-21. As you read this week, consider the
- The entirety of Luke’s 20th chapter is filled with story after story about people who tried to use a legalistic interpretation of the scriptures to trip up Jesus. The Pharisees and legal scholars always had a sound argument and scripture to back them up, but Jesus interpreted and applied the scriptures differently. Repeatedly, Jesus rebukes them for speaking as if they knew God’s will better than Jesus. All of this begs the question: how should we interpret and use scripture in our daily lives? What does it mean to read holy scripture the way Jesus does?
2. There are some pastors who preach that Jesus died so that you could be happy and wealthy. Unfortunately, that is… well, it’s not at all what Jesus preached and taught. Some of what Jesus had to say just wasn’t all that joyful or promising! For example, take Luke 21. Jesus actually paints a gloomy picture of what life will be like for those who follow Him. What would you say to a friend who asks, “If Jesus doesn’t fix all your problems, what use is faith?”
By our Prayers…
Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:
George Grateke and family – George passed away. No services are scheduled at this time. Please keep his family in your prayers.
Natalie Guzman – 1-year-old recovering from a liver transplant
Sigmund & family – Linda Johnson’s 11-year-old grandson, as he battles health concerns.
Christy McField – Debbie Geasley’s sister-in-law who has breast cancer
Marilyn Sherfield – Undergoing treatments as she continues to battle lung cancer
(To be included in this list, please reply to this email or fill out a prayer request card during the service on Sunday.)
The church office will be closed this Thursday. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Connect, Grow, & Serve
Covenant Bible Study
Pastor Andy will be leading the Covenant Bible study in 2020. The first module will begin this Tuesday, January 7th at 6:00 PM. For more information email Pastor Andy at email@example.com.
Wednesday Night Bible Study
Every adult is invited to join a book study beginning this Wednesday, January 8th from 7-8 PM. They will be studying the book, “New Testament Stories From the Back Side” by J. Ellsworth Kalas. Everyone is welcome.
Ladies Bible Study
Mission Project – Join us on Tuesday, January 21, at 9:30 a.m. for another Prayer Bead making session. We use the prayer beads to minister to our congregation as well as others in our community.
Bible Study – We will resume meeting on Tuesday, January 28 at 9:30 a.m. with a Bible Study based on the movie War Room. This is a 5-week study that explores how the power of prayer can make an impact on all areas of your life. Sign up sheets are in the church lobby or e-mail Betty McAdams at firstname.lastname@example.org. This group is open to all Faithbrdge ladies and invited guests.
2019 Year-End Giving Statements
Faithbridge Church giving statements for 2019 will be available for pick up in the church lobby the last two Sunday mornings in January. Any statement not picked up by the 30th will be mailed.
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Jubilee Rising Concert – Sunday, January 19th, 2:00 PM