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The Powerful Pen of Peter

 
Construction at Its Finest!

Have you ever shopped at Hall Brothers? Home Depot? Lowes? Menards? Or some other home repair-improvement type store?

If you have, you’ve most likely seen the piles of lumber tossed aside that are broken, cracked, warped, crooked, or just plain awful looking. These piles of lumber go ignored as faithful builders go for the ‘perfect’ building materials. After all, who in their right mind would ever use “bad,” seemingly “inferior” materials to build a house? You just don’t do that – and you never start with a bad foundation because you know everything else is acclimatized by it.

So, it’s funny that Jesus, the Master Carpenter, builds a very different way. He uses the crooked sticks, the broken sticks, the lame lumber, the stuff that everyone else is looking past and in many cases tosses aside. It’s almost like He gets excited about using materials that everyone else thinks are ‘useless’. It’s as if He’s loading up His proverbial cart with all the crooked, broken, and warped pieces of material that He can and He’s parading it around – inviting others to question His decision-making.

“How are you going to build a house with that!?!”

“Are you blind? That wood is warped, it’ll never pass inspection!”

“There is a huge pile of perfectly good material over there, why don’t you use that?”

You can almost hear Jesus’ voice, “No, I’m going to build My House. And nothing is going to stop Me. These crooked, warped, broken pieces of wood are perfect and they’re are all Mine.” And off He goes, building the Spiritual House, one broken stick at a time. One warped 2x4 at a time. One rotten floor joist at a time. And believe me, in Christ, we will all pass the inspection as we stand redeemed and justified in Him alone. What a beautiful picture of the grace of God through the redemption of His Son.

This Sunday as we begin our study in 1 Peter chapter 2, we’ll discover how Jesus is using us to build a Spiritual House that is more magnificent than any architectural structure ever conceived.

John

This Saturday!

The Men’s Ministry team is excited to invite the whole family to the 4th annual Father’s Day Fishing Classic, our second stop on the First Christian Fishing Fellowship tournament trail! This event will be held at the Matthews' farm outside of Leslie, Missouri on Saturday, June 19, 2021, from 7-2.

Prizes will be awarded for the largest and smallest catch. As always, we will be providing fresh fried fish with all the fixings as well, and everyone is invited to bring a side dish or dessert if you'd like. The best part is that this is all free of charge. So, gather the family, your friends, and your coworkers, and join us for what promises to be an awesome day of family, fishing, fellowship, and food. We’ll see you there!

Directions from Union to 4847 Hecht Road Leslie Mo, 63056

  • Highway 50 West through Beaufort
  • Turn left onto Highway CC go 7.9 miles (Antioch Christian Church is about halfway)
  • Left on Hecht Road - 1 mile, farmhouse on the left

This Sunday!

Hey, dad’s! You are not going to want to miss Father’s Day this June because we will be having a “Flash Corn Hole Tournament.”

What’s a Flash Corn Hole Tournament? We are setting aside thirty minutes before the first service and before the second service where you will get the chance to compete in a flash corn hole competition. You will get 8 bags to throw in under 30 seconds and the dad with the most points after all 8 throws, wins!

We will award the overall winner with a special T-shirt the following Sunday and in case of a tie, we will have a ‘throw off’ the following Sunday. It’s going to be a great time.

We will also have some soda pops for pops available after each service, so make sure to stop by, have some fun and worship with your family.

For more information click here.

JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE - FAMILY READING PLAN

Hi parents!  This week's Jesus Storybook Bible reading is week three for June, "The King of all kings".  You can find it on page 192 of your book.  Gather the kids around and have fun reading this story. 

Keep it simple.  Read the story and ask your kids what their favorite part of the story was?  Or what picture did you like the most?  And then say a short prayer. That's it!

We pray this is a blessing to you and your family. 

Last week, we continued our series by looking at Galatians 4:8-20, as Paul continued to point out the foolishness of embracing the works-based salvation being spread by the Judaizers, revealing the heart of a pastor yearning for the spiritual well-being of his flock as he was forced to confront the Galatian Church. This week, Paul concludes his series of seven arguments against the legalistic, false teaching of the Judaizers by building a metaphor based on Abraham’s 2 sons: Ishmael and Isaac. This comparison between 2 sons, 2 covenants, and ultimately between 2 different concepts of salvation - one based on works and one based on grace - is ultimately leading the Galatians, and subsequently, you and me, to a point of making a decision. Will we hold fast to the Gospel message, and the freedom we enjoy in trusting in what Christ has and continues to do for and in each of us, or will we, instead, hold onto a false-gospel message that insists Christ’s work was not enough?
 
I’d like to leave you with a Word from the Apostle Paul, “Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.” Galatians 4:28.
 
The story of Abraham and Sarah is full of life, with at least as many defeats as there were victories, all leading, pointing us to God’s faithfulness not just in fulfilling His promises to this couple but also His faithfulness in taking messy people like us, adopting them, and transforming them in truly remarkable ways.
 
The story of Isaac’s birth really is a miracle, and while we celebrate and admire the faith of Abraham’s faithfulness as he offers Isaac back to the Lord (all pointing us to God the Father offering His perfect Son one day for us), the story of Ishmael and Hagar certainly stands out as a blunder among blunders in the life of Abraham, and an incredible reminder of God’s grace in spite of our human failings.
 
Isaac was the promised child from God to Abraham and Sarah, though carrying a deeper fulfillment of Christ as mentioned above. Ishmael, on the other hand, couldn’t have been more of a child of the flesh. In a moment of weakness and doubt, Sarah suggests to Abraham that he should sleep with his servant girl in order to produce an heir. In a moment of weakness, doubt, foolishness, and we could suspect even lust, Abraham does just that. The weakness of the flesh couldn’t have been more of a driving force behind this sinful act, and the world still bears the consequences of Abraham’s lack of faith here. While Ishmael may have been the first-born child, he was never meant to be the child of promise, the heir to God’s promises to Abraham, and the enmity that created has rippled through history ever since.
 
As Paul wraps up the case he has built against the legalism of the Judaizers, he uses this familiar Old Testament history to point out the contrast between the outcomes of those who place their faith in Christ alone for salvation, and those who would try and earn their salvation through works. For the children of promise, an inheritance greater than anything we as human beings could ever conceive awaits us as sons and daughters in the Kingdom of God. For the children of the flesh, a different fate altogether awaits, one eternally separated from the Lord our God.
 
My question to you is this: which Kingdom do you belong to? Are you a child of the promise, or a child of the flesh? My hope and prayer is that each and every one of you would be counted as heirs, disciples, and as those whom the Lord calls His.

Grace and peace to you friends!  God bless and keep you in the week ahead.
 
For more information, click here.

Shaun

 

We Need You
As I Am Music, our student-led worship band and music ministry, has grown so has our need for leaders and teachers. If you are musically gifted and would be willing to spend Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30 PM pouring into our students, I Am Music is looking for you. Even if you could only spare one Tuesday a month, please contact Shaun at shaunratcliff@fccunion.org so we can work together to help our students grow as musicians, Christians, and leaders.

For more information click here.

Bible Study

Tuesday mornings from 9-11 AM. The Bible is always applicable, so even if you can't make it at the beginning, you are always welcome!  The gathering is in the Fellowship Hall downstairs.

Bible Study
NO BIBLE STUDY THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 19.

Join us next Saturday, June 26 @ 7 AM for a men's Bible Study at Red, White, and Brew coffee house in Union.

 

Needs arise more than just on a Sunday morning. If you need prayer at any time, please know you can text ‘prayer2fcc’ to 94000 and a staff member will receive your request any time and be praying for you.

You can also email your request or call the church office to be placed on the prayer list. There is a prayer table in the lobby where you can place a prayer request in the box and we will pray for you! 

We are family, and we want to support you in any way we can and prayer is always the first and best place to start. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time.

 

Join us in the Fellowship Hall downstairs for Celebrate Recovery.  We will start with a time of food and fellowship at 6:00 PM.  We have childcare starting at 6:30 PM. Please sign your child in at the welcome desk and a team member will assist you in helping them to their class.  We want to spread the love of Jesus to everyone in recovery from life's hurts, habits, and hang-ups. 
 
Check out our Facebook page at @FCCUnionCR. If you have any questions, comments, or requests feel free to email us.

TAI CHI FITNESS  

Tai Chi Fitness Fun for All!

Monday's from 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM, First Christian Church, Union will be a place to participate in a free class for (mostly) senior citizens, but anyone pursuing a healthier life is welcome.  Tai Chi fitness is a program developed by Dr. Paul Lam, a Chinese physician living in Australia.  It is used worldwide for anyone who wants to improve their physical health and strengthen themselves for fall prevention.

Tai Chi originated in the orient, but the emphasis will be on Christ, beginning and ending each session with prayer.  Any reference to any kind of oriental philosophy will be turned toward Christ and His sovereignty.

The medical field and Medicare recognize its effectiveness in improving health and vitality. It is a slow-moving exercise designed to deliberately make a mind/body connection, enabling awareness of our center of gravity, weight distribution and where our balance lies.  It is not rigorous, and we don’t get down on the floor.  If necessary, this program of Tai Chi can be done by holding onto a chair or even sitting in one.  So, if people can get into the building, they can do it!  Sessions will be held downstairs in the large, blue room nearest the glass double doors.

Questions?  Call the church office, ext 5, or Jenny Hannaford.

 

Have you ever wanted to do a Bible study with your spouse, kids or maybe a group of friends but you didn’t know where to start? Leading a Bible study can seem like such a big task. Planning what to say and what questions to ask can be one of the reasons people are so hesitant to lead a study. Well, what if we took all the planning and prep work out of it and made it easy for you to do right in your own living room?

As someone who attends First Christian Church you have access to RightNow Media, a website with hundreds of video-driven
studies. There are studies on just about every topic you may want; from parenting to having “the talk” with your older kids, marriage, studies on books of the Bible and so much more. There are even cartoons for the kids that teach Biblical principles. And the best part is, it costs you nothing! If you would like to check out this incredible resource you can sign-up here.

 

Union Firework Festivities

  • July 3, 2021 
  • Veterans Memorial Park (600 Progress Parkway)
  • Approximately 9:30 PM.
  • Bring lawn chairs, coolers, blankets and yard games to make an evening of it at the park!
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