A Remarkable Faith Covenant Church
Posted on Feb 16, 2017 in Faith Updates
re·mark·a·ble (rəˈmärkəb(ə)l), adj. worthy of attention; striking.
- synonyms: extraordinary, exceptional, amazing, astonishing, astounding, marvelous
- antonyms: ordinary
When something is remarkable, it’s worthy of our attention, our notice. Simply put, it’s worthy of our remarks! We had a remarkable Super Bowl a couple weeks ago. How do we know that? People remarked about it the next day.
Jesus was remarkable. Large crowds gathered around Him and remarked about Him:
- “Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.” Luke 5:15
- “The news about Jesus spread quickly throughout the entire region of Galilee.” Mark 1:28
- “Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, ‘We have seen remarkable things today.’” Luke 5:26
Why did people remark about Jesus? He wasn’t ordinary! He was extra-ordinary, exceptional, amazing, astonishing, astounding, marvelous…REMARKABLE!
We are called to be a remarkable church! Why? Because Jesus was remarkable and we are His body on earth. So how do we build a remarkable Faith Covenant Church?
In Jesus’ prayer in John 17:21, He prays to the Father, “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one…And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.” In essence Jesus here prays our oneness in the Father, Son, and Spirit would be so remarkable that the rest of the world believe the Father sent the Son!
Let us pray for remarkable oneness!
Listen to how the Apostle Paul remarked about the church at Thessalonica: “…for wherever we go we find people telling us about your remarkable faith in God” (1 Thessalonians 1:8). He then goes on to say how others were talking about how these early Christians “turned away from your idols to God so that now the living and true God only is your Master” (1 Thessalonians 1:9. Simply put their trust in God was so extra-ordinary, people were talking about it!
Let us pray for remarkable faith!
There are many things people find remarkable about churches—remarkable music, remarkable light shows, remarkable preachers. This is not our calling. 1 Corinthians 1:31 says, “If anyone is going to boast, let him boast only of what the Lord has done.” We are called to grow remarkable disciples of Jesus who boast only in what the Lord has done.
It is my prayer Faith Covenant Church would be so Christ-centered that we would resonate Galatians 6:14, “Far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”
So let us pray for less of us and more of the remarkable Christ marking His remarkable church!
In His remarkable Name!
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Hey! Are you, as part of our Faith Family, looking for a way to serve our neighbors? We are taking volunteers to serve on Tuesday, February 21, 6-8pm by bagging groceries for free at Cub Foods (300 E. Travelers Trail, Burnsville). Please sign up with Nick at the Welcome Desk if you’re able to attend, and share the love of Jesus with our local neighbors. Email Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org
Small Group Launch
Even if you missed the opportunity to connect last Sunday at Faith’s Small Group Kick-off in the lobby, it’s not too late to check out and/or join a group! Small group booklets will be available in the lobby at the welcome desk with all the information you need to get in touch with each group leader. We also have a digital copy online HERE. If you do not find exactly what you are interested in, please reach out to the Small Group Leadership Team also listed in the brochure so you can get involved!
Infant Baptism/Dedication Parent Class
Attention parents: do you have a little one that you’d like baptized or dedicated? If so, plan to join Pastor Char for a conversation regarding the sacrament of baptism and the rite of dedication. Class is Sunday, February 26, 9-10am, and is required for families desiring to participate. Baptism/dedication celebrations will be held on Sunday, March 12. Contact Ellen, email@example.com by February 19 to register. Childcare available by request.
Ash Wednesday Service
Join us for a reflective time of worship as we pause to prepare our hearts, our community(ies), and our world to receive in a fresh way the final week of Jesus’ life, including his suffering and betrayal, death and despair, and the miracle of LIFE ushered in with His resurrection on Easter morning. Service will be Wednesday, March 1 at 7pm in the Legacy Chapel.
Twenties & Thirties Bowling
Join Faith Twenties & Thirties for a night of bowling March 11 at Brunswick Zone in Lakeville! All who are in their twenties and thirties (and their friends and kids) are invited! We are planning to bowl from 6-8pm, and cost is approximately $14 (includes two games and shoe rental). Please RSVP by Sunday, March 5 to Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Fruitful Harvest: Age, Loss, & Transforming Life in Christ
Getting older is not for wimps! If you’re in the autumn or winter seasons of life (which begins in our 40s and/or when the kiddos leave home), it may seem like life is closing in. But did you know that the “losses” of aging can hold the hidden gift(s) of a wide and deep new reality in Christ? Join us as we lovingly share together the wisdom we are learning on the way and look at a key biblical figure who has lots to say about this beautiful, maturing and generative season of life. Saturday, March 11, 8:30am-12:30pm. Cost: $30. Contact Pastor Char for questions and to reserve your spot, email@example.com.