We are halfway through our February look at Thom Rainer's book I Am a Church Member - yesterday brought a message on the importance of UNITY in the life of a church - in the life of OUR church! Here are a couple of the teachings from the New Testament we looked at yesterday:
Jesus said in John 17 - "I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete UNITY to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me." Jesus desires complete UNITY so the world will know the name of Jesus.
The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4 - "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. May every effort to keep the UNITY of the Spirit through the bond of peace." Paul is telling his friends in Ephesus have important UNITY is for the local church, and shares a great paradigm to operate within: HUMILITY, GENTLENESS, PATIENCE and LOVE.
We also looked at one of the early slogans of the Restoration Movement - FCC's heritage: “In matters of FAITH UNITY; in matters of OPINION LIBERTY; in all things LOVE.”
We each play a part in moving toward this COMPLETE UNITY Jesus and Paul shared about. We can do this Clinton FCC! And hopefully, some day, John 13:34-35 will ring 100% true in our community: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all people will know that you are MY disciples, if you have LOVE for one another”
This Sunday brings week 3 of our study, and message entitled "The Church is NOT about ME!" Please read chapters 3 and 4 as you prepare for church on Sunday!
We are in a busy and important season in the life of our church - here are multiple reminders to be aware of:
** TONIGHT - Wild Game Potluck at 6pm in the Family Life Center - all are welcome!
** Beginning next Sunday morning, we will host Dr Tom Ewald from Lincoln Christian Seminary for three consecutive Sunday mornings at 9:30am in the Family Life Center - he will be teaching lessons from his recently published book on the life of Judas. ALL are welcome - please join us!
** RELOAD for Men - this FRIDAY Feb 15 at 6:15am at the Clinton Y - please read chapter 11 for this gathering.
** COFFEE BREAK for Women is this FRIDAY Feb 15 at 9:30am at FCC
** Our church is providing workers for the MOBILE FOOD PANTRY this Saturday at the American Legion - if you can help, call the office - 935-3139 or connect with Cody Monkman.
** Christian Practices retreat at FCC is Friday evening and Saturday Feb 22-23 - please find a registration form at the Welcome Center or contact the office - 935-3139.
** Our Pancake and Sausage breakfast fundraiser for UNDERGROUND student ministries will be Saturday March 16.
** We continue to raise money for the New Life Pregnancy center in Decatur by participating in their Change for Life baby bottle campaign - our goal is $5,000.00 as a church - let's make this happen FCC!
Have a great week - see you Sunday!