THEREFORE, IF ANYONE IS IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW CREATION;
OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY; BEHOLD, ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW.. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Message By : Pastor Cherian John Translation By : Pastor Rajinder Kashab

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Greetings!
Welcome 2016! The New year is all ready three days old. It is still a good time to begin afresh. A time to make some resolutions- called New Year Resolutions. Many of us were part of the watch night service on 31st when we entered the New Year with prayer and worship, surrendering everything to Him, remembering that HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR US IN ALL SITUATIONS. May the Lord help us as a Family to live every second of the New Year fulfilling his plans!
The theme for the New Year which the Lord is impressing on my heart is “Growing in Christ Likeness”. I believe our focus should be on inner transformation. We are all familiar with the verse in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold all things have become new”. This is a life-long process and can also be called the ultimate goal of every believer. Change of character begins when we receive the Lord as our savior. None of us grow from babyhood to adulthood overnight, it is a struggle. So it is in our spiritual lives. We must resist the temptation to give up and consistently make efforts to say no anger, jealousy , covetousness and all other sinful habits.
The New Testament calls believers saints, which is what we are all called to be. The life of Jesus our Lord is the greatest motivation to live a transformed life. He lived a sinless life in this sintoxic planet, earth. He was tempted like us in all ways yet he was without sin. He understands us and always there to help us. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are” Heb. 4:15
My greatest desire is to see a true transformation in every FCC member and all of growing increasingly in Christlikeness or in other words like the song writer wrote, “let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me, all his wondrous compassion, and purity….”
Let us pray for a Jesus revolution in FCC in 2016.
In His Bonds,
Pas. Cherian John( +91 9417360169)

AS WE GROW CLOSER TO JESUS OUR LIVES WILL REFLECT HIM MORE CLEARLY

Message By : Pastor Cherian John Translation By : Pastor Rajinder Kashab

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Greetings!
The message I shared last Sunday, 3rd of January has been repeatedly coming back to me. This is not something rare but this time the Holy Spirit of God has been constantly reminding me about the theme for the year 2016 “Growing in Christ likeness”. I am constantly talking about it in our home and it has become a un- written code of conduct. Friends, what a great privilege that each one of us as believers can imitate our Lord to some extent and can be like Him.
As we continue to meditate on the scripture 2 Cor. 5.17 “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation…… “We can ask ourselves, Why is this not a norm for all who have received the Lord as their personal savoir, why do we struggle? The reasons are many but I believe the biggest is our EGO. Someone defined EGO as ‘edging out God’.
Friends, I have a dream, a real desire, and I believe it is possible. Each one of us growing in Christlikeness, yes we will take this as a challenge this year. We as a church can truly begin that JESUS REVOLUTION. Imagine the impact it can have on our city and neighborhood. There will be a spiritual explosion. The devil defeated and Jesus glorified.
Let us get ready for that, I believe we are going to see great and wonderful breakthroughs this year. Let us keep the momentum going. We have to do it together and do it with faith even though others who do not know Christ will say “…we are out of our mind” 2 Cor 5.13.
I will be leaving for Kerala on Tuesday to attend a National conference, United Christian Prayer for India, (UCPI) which is a National level prayer and action movement for the revival in India. Do uphold me in your prayers.
Blessings!
Pas. Cherian John( +91 9417360169)

"BRING A CHRISTIAN ISMORE THAN JUST AN INSTANTANEOUS CONVERSION IT IS A DAILY PROCESS WHEREBY YOU GROW TO BE MORE AND MORE LKE CHRIST"

Message By : Pastor Cherian John Translation By : Pastor Rajinder Kashab

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Greetings!
The intense winter which had gone missing suddenly surfaced as if to remind us that the season has not all lost its flavour. Likewise the Word of God is forever constant. It does not change. Last week Br. Jose Thomas so aptly reminded about our theme of the year. In fact, more than a theme, it is transformation which God wants to see in every believer’s life. Stagnancy in spiritual life leads to complete decay of life. We are challenged as a believer in Christ to be like Him because:
1. We are ‘the’ people of God (1 Pet. 2:10) - God has made us - who were nobody, His people. God is our Father and we are His children. We have rights as His sons and daughters. Hence we must endeavour to live like His people each day.
2. We have received mercy (1 Pet. 2:10) - God’s mercy was neither upon us nor in our lives yet now it is has come to us through Christ. It is strictly God given and has nothing to do with our efforts or abilities. Thus we should be witnesses of God’s mercy by being merciful towards others, like Christ.
3. We have to abstain from fleshly lust (1 Pet. 2: 11) - We are created as sexual beings and sex is gift of God. Hence sexuality must be handled with great care. We need to constantly keep our sexuality especially in our relationship with the opposite sex under God’s scanner. The unholy, wrong motives of our sexuality wages war against our soul. It tends to cause life long suffering and ultimate destruction of lives. We have to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5 ).
4. We must keep our behaviour excellent (1 Pet. 2:12) - People may talk ill, slander or oppose us in various ways. However our conduct must be excellent before the non-believers. So, they may glorify God on the day of His visitation and will be put to shame. We ought to show Christlikeness in our behaviour. We must clothe and imbibe the colour of Christ into our lives (Gal. 3:26-27).
5. We must submit to authorities (1 Pet. 2:13-14) - All authority is instituted by God. They have been instituted to punish the wrong doers. Thus we need to submit to authority for the Lord’s sake. It is the will of God that by doing so we silence the ignorant talks of the foolish men (1 Pet. 2:15).
6. Our unjust suffering shows our conscience of God (1 Pet. 2:19-20) - It is commendable before God to suffer for doing right. If we are right with God, He will recompense us. Christ has set an example for us in this regard. We are called to the same kind of suffering. (1 Pet. 2:21-25) God wants us to be like Christ so that we show Him to this lost world - so that people can come to Him, know Him, accept Him and become the people of God.
Friends it is challenging to be like Christ but since it is God’s will for us, we need to be constantly recharged with the power of God through the Holy Spirit. All things are possible only through Him. Let us examine our hearts and be excited to become like Jesus day after day.
In His servitude,
The Editorial Board

DO YOU "REFLECT" CHRIST

Message By : Pastor Cherian John Translation By : Pastor Rajinder Kashab

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Greetings!
It is true that life still goes on in spite of whatever the condition maybe. There never is slowdown in the efforts of those yearning for a better tomorrow. They are constantly on the move. Growth is essential for everyone. It is an indicator of wellness. However it is important to have the right perspective about growth. Last Sunday, Pas. Prem wonderfully highlighted the ingredients of growing in Christlikeness. It requires spiritual cultivation which means:
1. Cultivating spiritual growth and maturity (2 Pet. 3:18, Col. 1:28): Christianity is not just a one-time decision which is made and put aside. There is something wrong about a Christian who never experiences Christian growth. Spiritual growth leads to spiritual maturity. The word translated “perfect” in Col. 1:28 is a word that means “mature, fully grown, complete, or finished.
2. Becoming like Jesus (Rom.28-30): As a Christian, God ultimately wants us to be “conformed to the likeness of his Son.” it is pointless knowing the Bible in and out or being a Christian for fifty years, and not becoming more like Christ in our character. God wants us to become more like Jesus in character. He does so through the Holy Spirit living us. The Bible calls this the fruit of the Spirit. (Gal. 5:22, 23). It is not about how far we have come in Christ, but how big is this fruit in us.
3. Bible, prayer, fellowship and service (Acts 2:42-47; Eph. 4:11-16): These four things that are vital in growing as a Christian. These were the marks of the early church. The Bible is a trustworthy guide for life which teaches about God and Christ and gives the wisdom for making right choices. Prayer is the lifeline to heaven. Prayer often changes things around us, but true prayer offered in faith always changes us. Christian growth cannot take place in isolation. Finally service builds up the body of Christ until we all reach unity in the faith and become mature.
Each of these areas requires us to grow daily in them. Friends, when rocky circumstances, misguiding teachings or crafty and deceitful schemes come our way, it is by being Christ -like, we would know how to stand our ground and lead others in the everlasting path.
In His servitude,
The Editorial Board

EVOLUTION A JOURNEY TO CHRIST LIKENESS

Message By : Pastor Cherian John Translation By : Pastor Rajinder Kashab

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Greetings!
The cold wave has not been able to dampen the theme and the passion for soul winning at all. Subsequently for the last four Sundays of this month, we have been constantly learning about Christlikeness. The key to this theme of the year lies in the will of God as expressed in Rom. 8:29 - “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son….” It is his will and is not an option for us. He wants us to mature from being just believers into disciples. A disciple is a copycat of his teacher. We are called to a transformed life so that we can be transformers in the life of others. As we saw last Sunday this conformation of life is a complete transformation from inside out. It is unlike what we have been.
We were reminded both in the Church and at the two day workshop at YWCA that people of God are called to one purpose i.e. to fulfil the Great Commission. Every one is called to be a disciple and to go and make disciples and not just be a believer. No one professing true faith in Christ can say no to this transformation process and ultimate purpose and responsibility. No one is excused and hence there is no excuse for not committing oneself to it.
It is easy to be a just a believer which results in becoming religious, but it is difficult to be a disciple which results in forever remaining relational with God through Jesus, His one and only Son. It involves a cost which is to carry the cross everyday. It does not mean to carry some kind of burden but willingness to die in order to follow Jesus. This is called “dying to self.” It’s a call to absolute surrender. Only then the character of Christ will begin to exhibit in our lives and people will get to see Jesus in us.
Friends, the evolution to becoming a disciple is vital to become Christ like. Do we love Him enough to be willing to do so? Praise God for the FCC evangelistic meeting on 26th Jan. 11 new people came to the meeting. Praise God also for the special workshop by conducted by Archarya Vikas Massey in YWCA on 29th and 30th of Jan. We thank God for the ministry of Archarya Vikas Massey. May God continue to use him for His glory and the extension of His kingdom!
In His servitude,
The Editorial Board

FOR US TO DEVELOP CHRISTLIKE ATTRIBUTES.
WE MUST LEARN ABOUT THE SAVIOR AND FOLLOW IN HIS WAY

Message By : Pastor Cherian John Translation By : Pastor Rajinder Kashab

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Welcome the leap month of the leap year-a year for a big spiritual leap. Last week we were encouraged from the book of Colossians to pray to be filled with the “knowledge of God’s will” which will result in an abundant harvest of Christ like virtues and good works done in the name of the Lord by believers. Our focus will continue to be growing in the likeness of our Lord as we begin our study from the book of Ephesians.
Unlike several of the other books Paul wrote, this epistle does not address any heresy. Paul in this letter wanted his readers to understand the great depth of God’s eternal purposes and the high goals he has for the Church. Apostle Paul in this letter explains that we have not just received salvation for our personal benefit but to bring praise and glory to God. The climax of his purpose “is to bring all things in the universe together under Christ”. I am really excited to study and teach from this book for the next several weeks.
I suppose all of us a body of Christ and FCC family is extremely serious about our spiritual walk with the Lord. We are still in the beginning of a new year and sincerely want to see great and mighty things. One sure way to grow as a disciple is by sincerely studying the word of God and teaching it to others. So I need a commitment from all of you that you will not miss a Sunday and you will spend time reading and meditating and teaching from the book of Ephesians as we study this book together.
Let us pray for something fantastic to happen in the life of every individual.
In His Service,
Pas. Cherian John

BUILDING A BIBLICAL MARRIAGE

Message By : Pastor Cherian John Translation By : Pastor Rajinder Kashab

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Greetings!
Today is World Marriage Day. Scripture reminds us that marriage is a covenant between man and woman-approved, blessed and sanctioned by God. “……..therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate”. Matt 19:6. When a couple is united in marriage in obedience to the Holy Scriptures, they are joined together in God’s plan of unity. ‘Joined together’ means becoming one flesh. This unity is only possible through the enabling of the Holy Spirit. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that husbands and wives can walk in unity and harmony (Eph. 5:22, 23)
The enemy has tried his best to destroy the divine institution of God honoring marriage in the body of Christ; he has been attacking the families of believers all over the globe. By the grace of God, the Church has resisted this venomous attack in the name of the Lord to a large extent.
Today we want to celebrate the institution of marriage and reiterate our commitment to our spouses and children for the glory of God. By repeating/saying the marriage renewal vows, all believing couples are recommitting themselves to make God the foundation of their marriage and fulfill all obligations and responsibilities as husbands and wives.
Lord Jesus came to redeem mankind back to original relationship with God that Adam had lost. Jesus also redeemed the Christian marriage. Only in Jesus can we receive all that God has for our marriages, because He is the only one who has purchased back that which was lost through Adam and Eve.
Without Jesus marriage can only be a counterfeit of what God intends.
Wishing you all a very blessed family life,
Pas. Cherian John

MARRIAGE IN CHRIST EPHESIANS 5:21-33

Message By : Pastor Cherian John Translation By : Pastor Rajinder Kashab

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Greetings!
The renewal of marriage vows by several couples last Sunday was a wonderful and blessed experience. It was a great privilege for Tara and me to help the couples to make a fresh commitment and rededicate their marriages to God almighty, surrendering everything to His Lordship.
Pas. Vital Prasad reminded us from the book of Ephesians Chapter 5, keeping the focus on Christ as the Bridegroom that - - Both the couples must first unconditionally submit to the Lord and because of that submission must submit to one another. A wife could willingly submit to her husband and the husband could sacrificially love his wife if both have unconditionally submitted to the Lordship of Jesus.
- Christ shed his blood for the Church who is his bride and cleansed with her the word to make her holy. Thus husbands are to love their wives unconditionally with their whole being by giving up themselves and commit to the daily walk of sanctification of their wives and spiritual growth and aid them to grow in the Word of God.
- No one hates his body. Thus a husband ought to love his wife as his own body. Therefore there is no place for hatred between believing couples.
We are the bride of Christ. Christ gave his everything for his bride. He loves the bride unconditionally and he is preparing us for the day of the marriage.
This year we will take every effort to build our marriages. Let us pray that we will continue to focus on having Biblical values without any compromise in our families and establish God’s kingdom in every marriage. Every believing family should resist conforming to the principles of this world, and be a strong witness for the Lord, resisting the attack of the enemy.
In this bonds,
Pas. Cherian John