If you’re reading this then you must have survived the weather last week! I am glad that nearly fifty of us were able to get out on the roads and make it to church, and I know that we also had about 20 people join us online. I say I am glad, not only because I want you to be in church (which I do), but because I think the message last week is a very important one for us to all hear. I asked us to ponder the questions, “What does it mean to live as Christians in our world today? What does God expect of us? What role do we play?” I believe the answer Jesus laid out for us is clear- we are called to be peacemakers.
Peacemaking is counter-intuitive to how we are taught to live. We are expected to be winners… at all costs. We reward leaders who deliver the results that we want without questioning the process they used or who may have been hurt. And still, we profess to serve a Lord and Savior who clearly proclaimed, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9). If you missed the sermon, you can always catch it on our website under “Watch the Service,” or by clicking HERE.
Join us this week as we continue to explore what Jesus meant when he told us that Christians are to be the “salt and light” of the world. (And if you’ve ever been told you’re a bit “Salty”… that’s not what Jesus is talking about!)
Full Gospel Project
Our reading this week for The Full Gospel Project is Luke chapters 22-23. As you read this week, consider the following:
1. Take a look at the story of Peter’s denial in Luke 22:54-62. It strikes me as interesting that there is only one person in this story who would have known about it. There’s only one person who could have retold this story- and that’s Peter. And this story is one of the few that are told in all four of the gospels, which leads me to believe that Peter told this story a LOT and that it was very important to the early Christians. Why do you think Peter would retell such an embarrassing story over and over again? 2. Luke 23:6-12 is a story about Jesus and political power. The Bible tells us that Herod was excited to meet Jesus, perhaps because he hoped Jesus’ popularity and support could help Him gain more political power. When Jesus refuses to give him what he’s looking for, Herod humiliated Jesus, sent Him back to Pilate, and in so doing Herod was able to cement a political friendship with Pilate (23:12). This story begs the question, what are YOU willing to sell Jesus out for in your life? What choices have you made that put power, status, finances, or other relationships before truly following Jesus?
By our Prayers…
Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:
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.)
Connect, Grow, & Serve
Having a better marriage can seem confusing and complicated. But what if marriage was just about taking one step closer to your spouse? We believe the small steps can make a huge difference, and we want to help.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 22nd for our next “Date Night.” More details will be announced soon.
Ladies Bible Study
Mission Project – Join us next 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 email@example.com. This group is open to all Faithbrdge ladies and invited guests.
2019 Year-End Giving Statements
Faithbridge Church giving statements for 2019 are available for pick up in the church lobby. Any statement not picked up by the 30th will be mailed.
Jubilee Rising Concert
Join us at Faithbridge this Sunday, January 19th, at 2:00 PM for a musical concert by many familiar faces.