Faith Covenant Church

By All Possible Means

Posted on Jan 18, 2018 in Faith Updates

I have a question: How much would you be willing to give up to reach your sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces or nephews for Christ? While you could never control their faith decisions, if there is something you could do, wouldn’t you?

I pose this question born out of a book our church council has been studying called Growing Young. On Tuesday night I read the opening sentence from chapter 6 to the council: “How much would you and your church give up to reach young people?”

It is no secret our Faith family is blessed to be a multi-generational church, and it is on the shoulders of our seniors that Faith Covenant Church has been built, but one our growth areas has to be the next generation. Why? Two reasons:

  1. We can’t fulfill our mission to make disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus if we don’t make disciples of the next generation.
  2. Young people are leaving the church in America in droves.

Just two years ago the Pew Research Center did a study of American Christianity and found that “barely a quarter of ‘millennials’ (born between 1981 and 1996) attend church services on a weekly basis, compared with more than half of U.S. adults born before 1946. Only about 4 in 10 millennials say religion is important in their lives, compared with more than half of those who are older, including two-thirds of those born before 1946.”

What would the Lord have us do? The Apostle Paul gives us counsel:

I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law…so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law…so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.   1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Faith, are we willing to make ourselves slaves to the next generation so we might “win as many as possible?” What would that even look like? Paul indicates it looks like us finding solidarity with those we’re trying to reach to “win” those we’re trying to reach. What is the win? The win is a son or daughter, grandchild, niece or nephew putting their faith in Christ and becoming His disciple.

Why would we even do this? Their today and forever depends on it. We do it for the “sake of the gospel” so that we might “share in its blessings.”

By all possible means,
Pastor Brad

Here’s What’s Happening at Faith

Learning to Pray with Authority

Join us for a one-day workshop, Saturday, February 10, 8:30am-3pm, featuring indispensable Truth from the Word of God about the marvelous gift of prayer! Come and learn how to claim the authority of Jesus and to pray with confidence through the everyday circumstances of life, as well as those seemingly insurmountable battles that threaten to take us down. The victory belongs to Jesus! Register HERE. Coffee, refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

Weekend to Remember

Attention all married couples or those considering marriage! FCC is again gathering a group to attend this year’s “Weekend to Remember!” A number of us attended last year and were so blessed by the opportunity to spend intentional time with our spouse/spouse-to-be, and we’d strongly encourage you to consider attending this year’s weekend! Dates are February 23-25. Location is the J.W. Marriott, Mall of America. Cost is $100 off per couple if you register through FCC’s group at http://groups.familylife.com/ (FaithCovenantWTR). If you have questions, please contact Bob and Jaymie at bob4mcnamara@gmail.com or see the McNamaras in the lobby on January 14 and 21.

Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack

Looking for a way to tangibly serve those in need, in Jesus’ name? Join hundreds of others at Feed My Starving Children’s annual Mobile Pack! This year’s Mobile Pack is at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church January 29-February 3. FCC has two group slots reserved, but if you’re unable to pack at one of those times, sign up any time during the week that’s convenient for you. To register for FCC’s times, click on one of these dates: Monday, January 29, 6-8:30pm or Saturday, February 3, 11am-1pm. Ages 5+ are welcome to pack!

Twenties and Thirties Super Bowl Party

If you are in your twenties or thirties, we want you to join the Faith Twenties & Thirties group for Super Bowl 52, Sunday, February 4, starting at 5pm! Pizza and soda will be provided but please bring a side dish to share. For the address and to RSVP, email Ryan at rnyquist@faithcovenant.org.

Infant Baptism/Dedication Parent Class

Attention parents: If you are considering either baptism or dedication for your little one, you are invited to attend a one-hour parent class (required) to prepare your family for this special day. A parent application needs to be completed and returned to the office by the Monday before class. Next class: Sunday February 4 at 9am in the library. Baptism/dedication Sunday will be on February 18. Contact Ellen at eresh@faithcovenant.org.

Covenant Pines Summer Camps

It is never too early to start thinking of summer camp for your kids, so check out the 2018 summer camp calendar. Bonus: if you register at covenantpines.org before Feb 1 you can get a great discount. Under the CAMPS icon is a special section for parents. Questions, call camp at 218.768.2610 or connect with Faith’s camp rep, Terry Langmaack at langmaack2@frontiernet.net.

Memory Verse of the Week

Pastor Brad issued a challenge to our faith family in the December 28 blog post: to memorize 52 Bible verses in 52 weeks for 2018. These verses will be posted each week in this Faith Update blog and will be in the worship folder each Sunday. Here is the verse for the third week of 2018: Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1