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Announcements, Sept. 8, 2017

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we venture into Romans 6, one of the most important chapters on sanctification and the Christian life in all of the Bible. Up to this point, Paul has been establishing the central truth of justification by faith alone in Christ alone. No amount of good works or Law-following can save us. Rather, we are saved by God’s free gift o...

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Announcements, Sept. 1, 2017

Dear CrossPointe,We’ll pause our series on Romans this Sunday and spend some time in Psalm 67, a song about the nations’ need for joy in the one true God! Will Hawk will lead us through the text, and then we’ll gather around the Lord’s Table together for communion.Grace & peace,Brad*Church offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 4, for Labor Day...

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Announcements, August 25, 2017

Dear CrossPointe,Our text this week, Romans 5:15–21, is thick with glorious gospel truth. This is definitely a passage you don’t want to eat cold on Sunday. In it Paul concludes his tightly woven argument about how all people are either in Adam by sin or in Christ by grace. The logic is clear—if death reigned through one man’s sin, how muc...

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Announcements, August 18, 2017

Dear CrossPointe,C.S. Lewis once said that in order to understand the cure of the gospel, we must understand the disease of sin. The great English preacher J.C. Ryle wrote, “Dim or indistinct views of sin are the origin of most of the errors, heresies, and false doctrines of the present day.”Our text this week, Romans 5:12–14, is one of the most pivotal t...

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Announcements, August 11, 2017

Dear CrossPointe,If you can run a marathon, how much more easily could you run a mile? If you can do the harder thing, then how much more can you accomplish the lesser? That’s Paul’s reasoning in our text this week, Romans 5:9–11. If we can be sure that God has done the seemingly impossible task of reconciling his former enemies to himself, then how much ...

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Announcements, August 4, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, Our text this week, Romans 5:6–8, contains some of the sweetest words in the entire Bible. While we were still weak sinners, completely powerless and unable to do anything to change our situation, Christ died for us—the ungodly. What wonderful news. Embedded in these few verses is the very heart of the gospel. After our time in the Word, we&r...

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Announcements, July 28, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we will zero in on Romans 5:5, in which ​Paul explains that the basis of a Christian’s assurance is the indwelling Holy Spirit, who has been poured into our hearts. In other words, we can bank on our future as sure and certain because God has given us the down payment of his Spirit in us. The implications for the Christian life are en...

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Announcements, July 14, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, Where is God when life hurts? How does his sovereignty intersect with our suffering? These questions have been around since Genesis 3, and our text this Sunday, Romans 5:3–5, helps us answer them. My hope is that our time together in this passage will help us build a better theology of suffering so that we can actually rejoice in it when it inevita...

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Announcements, July 7, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we begin Romans 5 which serves as a transition in the Apostle Paul’s line of thinking. Up to this point, he’s been arguing forcefully that we are made right with God by the gift of faith and not by works. Now, at the beginning of chapter five, he lays out some of the results that truth brings about in the life of a believer. This ...

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Announcements, June 30, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’ll finish Romans 4 as we consider verses 22–25. It’s a short text, but power packed. Verse 25, in particular, is a kind of summary of the gospel in just a few words. It says that Jesus “was delivered up for our transgressions and raised for our justification.” Nearly every word is packed with theological signi...

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Announcements, June 23, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, Up to now, Paul's point in Romans has been that we are saved by faith, not works. As an example of this truth, he zooms in on the patriarch Abraham. If we are made right with God only because we have faith like Abraham, then it's really important for us to understand the nature of Abraham's faith. And that's the point of our text this Sunday, Romans 4:18...

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Announcements, June 2, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, This week we jump back into Romans 4, specifically vv13–15. Paul makes a spectacular statement in verse thirteen when he says the promise to Abraham and his offspring goes far beyond just the physical land of Canaan but rather encompasses the whole world! This may seem like an obscure thought in the middle of Paul’s argument about justificati...

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Announcements, May 19, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday our text is Romans 4:9–12, in which Paul continues to drill down into the life of Abraham as an example of justification by faith. In particular, he discusses Abraham’s circumcision as evidence that right standing with God has always been by grace rather than works. There are some meaty truths for us to chew on this Sunday. Lookin...

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Announcements, May 12, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’re back in Romans as we begin chapter four. In our text, Romans 4:1–8, Paul continues to establish that we are justified by faith in Christ, not by works of the law. To make sure his audience understands what he is saying, he zeroes in on the life of Abraham to hold him up as an example of this great truth. This would have been...

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Announcements, May 5, 2017

“One Another” Member Meeting (May 7, 6–7:30 p.m.) || Every other month, CrossPointe’s members gather to discuss matters pertinent to the life of the church. Non-members are welcome, and childcare is provided!Men’s Lunch Moved (May 9, noon) || The men of CrossPointe usually meet on the first Tuesday of the month but will instead gather next wee...

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Announcements, April 28, 2017

Dear CrossPointe,​ We finish up Romans 3 this week with a look at verses 27–31. In this passage, Paul summarizes his argument and reiterates that all people, whether Jew or Gentile, are made right with God through faith apart from works of the law. And yet, the law is not null and void, but rather it continues to instruct the Christian in how to live for God. Take...

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Announcements, April 21, 2017

CrossPointe, We’ve been marinating in Romans 3:21–26 for the last few weeks, and for good reason, as many consider this paragraph to be the very heart of Romans. This week, we zero in on the last two verses, which give us a glimpse into the God-centeredness of God. This idea—that God’s primary motivation is the display of his glory—is not on...

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Announcements, April 14, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, I’m looking forward to celebrating the Resurrection with you all this Sunday! In God’s kindness, we find ourselves in one of the clearest and most gospel-saturated texts in the Bible for this Sunday, Romans 3:22–24. Our plan is to stare deeply at the glorious truth of how we’ve been justified freely by his grace through the redemp...

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Announcements, April 7, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we arrive at one of the most concise and clear explanations of the gospel ever written—Romans 3:21–26—and it all starts with “But now,” two of the sweetest words in the Bible. In this passage, Paul transitions from the problem of sin to the glorious solution of Christ’s work for sinners. It will take us a ...

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Announcements, March 31, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, In our text this week, Romans 3:9–20, Paul wraps up his case against all humanity before a holy God. It’s a stunning indictment in which he concludes that all the world stands before God with their mouths shut and no excuses to make. Admittedly, the language of this passage may sound harsh to our ears, but that’s likely because we&rsquo...

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Announcements, March 24, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we have the joy and privilege of having as our guest Pastor Kaushal Kale of Kolhapur Bible Church in Kolhapur, India. I met Kaushal last year when Robert and I traveled to India to speak at a conference hosted by his church. This was all facilitated by Gareth Franks, who you’ll remember is the missionary church-planter for whom Logan Co...

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Announcements, March 10, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, I’m looking forward to this Sunday! Our text, Romans 2:17–29, furthers God’s case against fallen humanity. In particular, Paul takes aim at Jews who boast in the law and yet fail to live it out themselves. We may be tempted to cry, “Uncle!” and fast forward to chapter three, but there are some important truths for us to dwel...

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Announcements, March 3, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, Paul’s argument in Romans 1 is clear—no Gentiles can claim innocence because of ignorance. They are, as Paul says, without excuse, and their sins are obvious, shown by the list that concludes Romans 1. But in chapter 2, Paul now turns his attention to the religious, to those who think they are okay because they’re not like those sinful...

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Announcements, Feb. 24, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, We’ll finish Romans 1 this week as Paul continues to explain God’s case against sinful humanity. In particular, verses 26–32 explain how God gave mankind up to dishonorable passions—notably homosexuality. Obviously, homosexuality is a huge cultural topic and matter of debate. While this text is not exclusively about the sin of ho...

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Announcements, Feb. 17, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, One reason we are committed to working expositionally through books of the Bible is because it forces us to deal with difficult passages that we might otherwise be tempted to skip. Our text this Sunday, Romans 1:18–25, is one of those passages. In it, Paul moves from the righteousness of God in verses 16 and 17 to the wrath of God in verse 18. He t...

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Announcements, Feb. 10, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, India was a wonderful and fruitful time, but I’ve missed you! Looking forward to unpacking Romans 1:16–17 with you this Sunday. Martin Luther says this was the text that brought him to true faith in and understanding of the gospel. He called it the “sweetest word” and “truly the gate to paradise,” so I’m eager to...

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Announcements, Jan. 20, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, The introductions to Paul’s letters are so rich, and Romans is no exception! In our text this week, Romans 1:8–15, we get a glimpse of how Paul views the Christian life. It’s a life full of thankfulness to God for other people and their faith. It’s a life that is bound together with other Christians whom we serve and who serve us....

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Announcements, Jan. 13, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’ll look at the second half of Paul’s introduction, Romans 1:5–7. It’s amazing how much truth Paul could pack into a few sentences. In particular, he says that the purpose of his ministry was “to bring about the obedience of faith.” Then, sixteen chapters later, he ends with this same phrase—“...

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Announcements, Jan. 6, 2017

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we begin our series through Romans. I can hardly wait! Martin Luther described this letter as “really the chief part of the New Testament” and “truly the purest gospel. It is worthy not only that every Christian should know it word for word, by heart, but also that he should occupy himself with it every day, as the daily bre...

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Announcements, Dec. 16, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’ll finish up our brief Advent series in Isaiah with a look at the Anointed Servant in Isaiah 61. This text is a beautiful portrait and explanation of Christ and his mission. In fact, Jesus directly applies this passage to himself in Luke 4:16–22. Take some time to read through Isaiah 61 and Luke 4 before Sunday and come ready t...

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Announcements, Dec. 9, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we continue our Advent series, “Seeing Christ in Isaiah,” with a look at one of the mountain peaks of the Old Testament, Isaiah 53. In this chapter about a suffering servant, the prophet Isaiah points his people to one who is coming to finally bear their sin and take it away. There is much for us to feast on in this chapter, so ta...

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Announcements, Dec. 2, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, Will kicked off our Advent series, “Seeing Christ in Isaiah,” last week with an excellent overview of Isaiah and a look at the wonder and importance of the Incarnation and virgin birth of Christ. We’ve had some technical difficulties but the sermon should be uploaded soon, and I hope you’ll listen to it then if you weren’t h...

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Announcements, Nov. 18, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, Every time we end a series through a book of the Bible I feel like I go through a kind of withdrawal. I’ll miss 1 Timothy and hope it has been beneficial to us as a church. On that note, I feel a pastoral burden to share with you some of my reflections from 1 Timothy about our life together as a local church. So, this Sunday will be a bit unique in...

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Announcements, Nov. 11, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, Our text this week, 1 Timothy 6:11–21, brings us to the close of our 1 Timothy sermon series. I hope our journey through this epistle has been an encouragement to us as a local church entrusted with the good news of the gospel. In his closing words to Timothy, Paul exhorts his protégé to fight the good fight of the faith. Of course, P...

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Announcements, Nov. 4, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, I’m really looking forward to diving into our text this week, 1 Timothy 6:1–10. The primary thrust of this passage is contentment in Christ in a culture of consumerism. If that was an issue for Christians in the first century, how much more so for us! Take some time to read the text before Sunday. Be careful not to think about other people w...

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Announcements, Oct. 28, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, Our text this Sunday, 1 Timothy 5:17–25, contains Paul’s instructions to Timothy about honoring leaders while keeping them accountable. There is a beautiful gospel-balance in Paul’s words: leaders are to be respected, but they are in no way above anyone else. In fact, they are to be held to a stricter standard in many ways. And, because...

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Announcements, Oct. 21, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, If you missed Dr. Crawford Loritts last Sunday, I highly encourage you to listen to his sermon here. In a our current climate of racial, cultural, and political strife, it was a very helpful message on how the gospel calls Christians to a life of reconciliation. May the Lord help us be a light in this area for our broken world. This Sunday we’ll l...

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Announcements, Oct. 7, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, I’m looking forward to this Sunday! Our text this week, 1 Timothy 4:6–16, is one of those passages that has been life-shaping for me in pastoral ministry. In an age dominated by pragmatism and gimmicks, Paul exhorts Timothy to faithfully plod along, striving and toiling to make much of Jesus and teach all the good doctrine that flows from the...

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Announcements, Sept. 30, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, This week we’ll be in 1 Timothy 4:1–5, in which Paul turns his attention again to false teachers who are troubling the church. In this case, some are forbidding marriage and the consumption of certain foods in order to attain a higher form of spirituality, which has led some to depart the faith. In the end, Paul condemns this false teaching a...

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Announcements, Sept. 23, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, “Imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us.” This is how Charles Spurgeon described the church in a sermon preached in 1861. Our text this week, 1 Timothy 3:14–16, gives us a glimpse of why the church should be so dear to Christians. Paul describes it as the household of God, where the living God dwells, upon which the ...

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Announcements, Sept. 16, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, Our text this week, 1 Timothy 3:8–13, is a continuation of Paul’s qualifications for church leadership, specifically the role of deacons. A deacon is a servant of the church, tasked with caring for the logistical and physical needs of the congregation, which in turn paves the way for the ministry of the Word. While this text addresses the sp...

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Announcements, Sept. 9, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, Paul’s first letter to Timothy is more than just instructions on how to organize and lead a local church. Beyond the practical instruction is a glimpse into the purpose and plan of God to display his glory to an onlooking world through the church. So, the ‘how’ and ‘who’ of church leadership is critically important. That is ...

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Announcements, Sept. 2, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we tackle a controversial text, 1 Timothy 2:8–15, which deals with the role and comportment of men and women in the life of the local church. To say this text is disputed is an understatement! Much ink has been spilled over this paragraph. But just because something is controversial does not mean we should avoid it. In fact, the truths...

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Announcements, Aug. 26, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, I can hardly wait to study and unpack 1 Timothy 2:1–7 with you this week! It's so full of gospel truth, and, when rightly understood, serves as fuel for assurance in the Christian life and motivation for evangelism and missions. Read it several times before Sunday. Invite an unbelieving friend. Pray for God to open blind eyes and put steel in our s...

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Announcements, Aug. 19, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’ll finish the first chapter of 1 Timothy, in which Paul recounts God’s grace to him in his own salvation and call to ministry. In verse 15, we read one of the most succinct and powerful gospel statements in all of Scripture. Paul says, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” Th...

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Announcements, Aug. 12, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we start our series through 1 Timothy, one of my favorite books in the Bible. This short letter reads like an instruction manual for the local church from the Apostle Paul to his young ministry protege, Timothy. It not only gives us much practical teaching about life together as a body, but it also points us to a deeper understanding of God&r...

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Announcements, Aug. 5, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, I trust you are doing well! As summer winds down and school starts back up I want to give you an idea of where we’ll be heading on Sundays this Fall. Will Hawk will preach a stand-alone message this Sunday, after which we’ll celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. Then, on the following Sunday, we’ll begin a series through 1 Timoth...

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Announcements, July 29, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’ll conclude our Daniel series by covering the last two chapters, in which God gives Daniel a comprehensive vision of the future—including even the return of Christ! These two chapters are breathtaking in their detail, especially of the rise and fall of worldly rulers, but the point is not to have us guessing what modern-day em...

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Announcements, July 22, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, What a joy it was to have Doug Van Meter, pastor of Brackenhurst Baptist Church in Johannesburg, South Africa, with us last Sunday. He preached an excellent message on the traits of a world-impacting church from Acts 11:19–30. If you missed it, I highly encourage you to listen to or watch it here. This Sunday we pick back up with Daniel 10 where w...

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Announcements, July 15, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we take a break from our Daniel series to welcome and hear from Doug Van Meter, pastor of Brackenhurst Baptist Church in Johannesburg, South Africa. Brackenhurst is the home church of Gareth Franks, our missionary friend and partner in India. I’m really looking forward to hearing from this dear brother as he shares with us from God&rsq...

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Announcements, June 24, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, Our text this week, Daniel 9, contains one of the most debated and complex passages in the Bible. Most of the chapter is a prayer of repentance and lament by Daniel for his people. It is a beautiful example of intercession by Daniel as he pleads to God for mercy on Israel. And then, in verses 24–27, the angel Gabriel brings a prophecy about &ldquo...

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Announcements, June 3, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, Our text this week, Daniel 7, is going to be fun! The first half of Daniel (ch. 1–6) has been for the most part historical narrative and relatively straight-forward. From here on out (ch. 7–12) the genre changes to what is called apocalyptic literature. The word “apocalyptic” implies revelation, and in the Bible this genre is used...

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Announcements, May 27, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, Our text this week, Daniel 6, is one of the more well-known scenes in the Bible. Daniel, likely in his eighties at this point, is thrown into the lions’ den for disobeying the king’s decree. But once again, God miraculously preserves Daniel and shuts the lions’ mouths. You’re likely familiar with this story, but I encourage you to...

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Announcements, May 20, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday, we’re in Daniel 5 in which we’ll see another spectacular display of God’s sovereignty over all men and nations. A new king is on the throne and he’s, well, an arrogant fool. This king throws a party that mocks God and his people, so God decides to put an end to his brazenness. He causes a hand to mysteriously appear a...

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Announcements, May 13, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, Some dreams do come true. And as we’ll see in Daniel 4 this Sunday, unfortunately that was the case for King Nebuchadnezzar. In this remarkable scene, we see God humbling a proud man and bringing him to his knees. There’s much for us to glean from this chapter which includes one of the clearest proclamations of God’s power in the Bible&...

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Announcements, May 6, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’ll be in Daniel 3—one of the more well known stories in the Bible—in which three Hebrew men are thrown into a fiery furnace. It's an intense story of idolatrous pride, other-worldly confidence, and a miraculous rescue. You may be familiar with the story already, but take some time to read this chapter again a few times be...

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Announcements, April 29, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’ll be in Daniel 2, in which Daniel interprets the king’s dream. It’s an incredible and intense scene where God once again miraculously provides for and preserves his people. This time, he works through the prayers and boldness of his people to be the means by which he provides. And then he uses the dream (which he gave t...

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Announcements, April 22, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we begin a new series through the Old Testament book of Daniel. When people think of Daniel, they often think of the lions’ den or mysterious visions that dominate the second half of the book. As a result, it is tempting to focus on Daniel’s heroism or various end-times views. But when we do that we miss the larger point of the bo...

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Announcements, April 15, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, The pastors were greatly blessed by our trip to Louisville and Together for the Gospel. (I think they’ll be uploading videos of all the messages online soon. You can find them here!) As much as we enjoyed singing and hearing the Gospel with 10,000 other pastors, we’re even more eager to worship with you this Sunday at CrossPointe. Will Hawk ...

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Announcements, April 8, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’ll be in Matthew 11:28–30, where Jesus invites the heavy-laden to come to Him for rest. My hope is that this text and Jesus’ words to us will be a great encouragement for weary souls. Take some time read the text before Sunday and ask the Lord to do wonderful things among us. Also, this upcoming week (April 11–15) ...

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Announcements, April 1, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, What a glorious Resurrection Sunday we had last week. The Lord is good! This Sunday I will preach about the importance of what we are doing when we gather together for worship each week. In short, I want to help us have a good theology of worship as a church family. Now, when we use the word 'worship,' we should be careful to say that all of life is wor...

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Announcements, March 25, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, Our text this Resurrection Sunday will be Ephesians 2:1–10, one of the most straightforward and succinct explanations of the gospel in the Bible. I chose this text realizing there will likely be an unusually large number of unbelievers present this Sunday and my heart is that they would hear the Good News clearly. Pray with me that God would use H...

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Announcements, March 18, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, We tend to have a narrow view of history. We think the times we are facing are surely the worst ever. But when we read the Bible, we realize that the world has been in chaos since the fall of mankind in Genesis 3. And yet God has been providentially moving human history toward his good and redemptive purpose. This Sunday we are going to look at Psalm 2,...

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Announcements, March 11, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, Several months ago we started a journey through the Sermon on the Mount, and this Sunday we'll bring it to an end as we look at Matthew 7:24-29. I hope you've benefitted from this as much as I have. It has been challenging, encouraging, and convicting for me. Jesus ends the sermon by contrasting two types of builders, one wise and one foolish. This illu...

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Announcements, Feb. 26, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, How I’ve missed you! Robert and I had a great time ministering alongside some dear brothers and sisters in India, but I’m really looking forward to seeing you all Sunday. We’ll pick back up where Will left off (by the way, great work by him last two weeks!) as we look at Matthew 7:12–14. The first verse in this text is one of the...

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Announcements, February 5, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’ll hit the pause button on our series through the Sermon on the Mount to look at the purpose, practice, and importance of communion. To do this, we’ll work through 1 Corinthians 11:17–34, where Paul instructs the church on how we should approach “the Lord’s table.” Communion and baptism are pictures of ...

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Announcements, January 29, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we cover one of the more well-known portions of the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 6:25–34. In this passage, Jesus exhorts us to not be anxious but to entrust ourselves to God’s fatherly care. What a timely text for us as we live in a world full of uncertainty. This is one of those passages that needs a slow bake, so read it severa...

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Announcements, January 15, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, A strong thread running through Matthew 6 is Jesus' exhortation to seek the reward of the Father rather than the reward of this world. This Sunday that thread continues as Jesus instructs us on fasting in Matthew 6:16-18. Fasting is one of those topics that doesn't get discussed that much and is often misunderstood. What is the purpose of fasting? Should...

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Announcements, Jan. 8, 2016

Dear CrossPointe, If you stop and think about it for a moment, the idea of prayer is staggering. The Almighty Creator of the universe not only allows, but beckons his people to speak to him as Father. This is incredible! And, through Jesus, he has given us instruction on how to pray (and how not to pray). I'm really looking forward to diving into our text this week, Matth...

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Announcements, Dec. 18, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, On this Sunday before Christmas, we’re going to pause The Sermon on the Mount for a look at Matthew 1 and the implications of Christ’s incarnation. About the Incarnation, C.S. Lewis says it is the “central miracle” of the Bible. “Every other miracle prepares for this, or exhibits this, or results from this.” That's a s...

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Announcements, Dec. 11, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we finish up ch. 5 of the Sermon on the Mount as we look at verses 43–48. In this well-known text, Jesus pushes us beyond the non-resistance of last week’s text to actually love our enemies and pray for them. It’s easy to see why John Stott said this is one of the most challenging passages in the entire Bible. Much for us to...

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Announcements, Dec. 4, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we'll tackle one of the more well-known and yet challenging passages in the Bible, Matthew 5:38–42. In this text, Jesus tells his followers to turn the other cheek when they're slapped. Obviously, this is a difficult text to apply and work through. Take some time to read through it a few times and pray for understanding. Pray also that ...

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Announcements, Nov. 20, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, We’re back in The Sermon on the Mount this Sunday as we look at what Jesus says about divorce in Matthew 5:31–32. To say this is a tough subject is obviously an understatement. John Stott, a very faithful English pastor who never dodged hard topics, said this about Sunday’s text and subject: “I confess to a basic reluctance to att...

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Announcements, Nov. 13, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, We're extending our break from The Sermon on the Mount to think about our responsibility as a local church to care for the fatherless. For the past several years in November, CrossPointe has participated in Orphan Sunday. This is a worldwide movement aimed at helping churches consider how they might live out the implications of the gospel by caring for t...

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Announcements, Nov. 6, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’ll hit pause on our series through “The Sermon on the Mount” to consider the meaning, significance, and importance of baptism in the life of a Christian and in the local church. I encourage you to read Romans 6:3–4, which will serve as our primary text. And, after the message, we’ll celebrate the gospel as thr...

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Announcements, Oct. 30, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, In our text this week, Matthew 5:27–30, Jesus deals with the weighty topic of lust and sexual sin. I think we all realize that our culture is a cesspool of sexual brokenness. It goes without saying that fighting sexual sin, resisting temptation, and finding the hope that the gospel holds out are massively important for us to consider as a church. ...

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Announcements, Oct. 23, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, In one of the Bible’s greatest promises God tells his people that He will take his law (up to that point written on tablets) and write it on their hearts by putting His Spirit in them so they can walk in His ways. Through the work of His Son this becomes a reality. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus declares that the righteousness required in this ...

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Announcements, Oct. 16, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, I've been looking forward to our text, Matthew 5:17–20, for a while now. In it Jesus announces that he has not come to abolish the Law and the Prophets but to fulfill them. This brings up several very important questions. How exactly does he fulfill them? What, then, is Jesus’ relationship with the Old Testament? What is the Christian’s...

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Announcements, Oct. 9, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, If you missed last Sunday’s message on fighting temptation by Will Hawk I highly encourage you to listen to it here. Very good! This week we’ll be back in the Sermon on the Mount and one of the more recognizable passages in the Bible, Matthew 5:13–16. In this text, Jesus says Christians should be like salt and light in a world that is ...

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Announcements, Oct. 2, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’ll take a break from the Sermon on the Mount as Will Hawk preaches on Matthew 4:1–11. Understanding the truths in this text about Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness are essential to our fight against sin and pursuit of holiness. Read it a few times before Sunday and come ready to lean into God’s Word. Also, rememb...

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Announcements, Sept. 25, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, In light of reports around the world of Christians suffering at the hands of brutal regimes and terrorist groups, and the increasing hostility of our own culture, our text this week, Matthew 5:10–12, is timely for us. In this last Beatitude, Jesus says that when his people are mistreated and hated by the world because of him, it is a sign of being ...

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Announcements, Sept. 18, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’ll zero in on the Beatitudes, specifically Matthew 5:1–9. As we established last week, the Beatitudes and the rest of the Sermon on the Mount are not ethical laws that we must keep so that God will accept us, but rather they are what the Christian life should look like because God has made us alive in Christ. But beyond just ha...

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Announcements, Sept. 11, 2015

Dear CrossPointe If you missed last Sunday’s sermon by Robert Ward on Ephesians 5:15–21, I encourage you to listen to it here. It was a very timely and helpful message on how Christians should walk wisely amidst evil days. Great message! This Sunday we begin our series through the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7). This first week will be a sort of intr...

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Announcements, August 28, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we finish up our series through 1 Thessalonians with a look at how and what it means to grow as a Christian—the doctrine of sanctification. In 1 Thess. 5:23, Paul prays that God himself would sanctify his readers completely and keep them blameless until he returns. That is a huge statement! What does it mean and how does that happen? Wh...

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Announcements, August 21, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, We are winding down our series on 1 Thessalonians this Sunday with a look at 1 Thessalonians 5:12–22. As he often does in other epistles, Paul wraps up his letter to the church with a smorgasbord of practical instructions on how Christians should relate to the their leaders, to one another, to God in their gathered worship, and to the world. On th...

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Announcements, August 14, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, Our text this Sunday is 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11, in which Paul continues his teaching about the return of Christ. His purpose in these verses is to encourage the Christians in Thessalonica to be sober-minded, spiritually awake, and ready for the day of the Lord when Jesus returns. In a culture that lulls us to sleep in so many ways, Paul's numerous...

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Announcements, Aug. 7, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:17 that if Christ has not been raised our faith is futile and we are still in our sins. In other words, Paul is pinning every Christian’s hopes on the resurrection of Christ. Because Jesus rose, we will rise. Because Jesus got up from the grave and has defeated death and sin, we can be confident that he will return a...

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Announcements, July 24, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, Our text this Sunday, 1 Thessalonians 3:6–13, gives us a glimpse into Paul's warm pastoral heart for the church. The emotion expressed is especially significant in view of the fact that Paul only spent about a month in Thessalonica. I think this text has much to teach us about God's intention for life in the local church, and how we should abound i...

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Announcements, July 17, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday our text, 1 Thessalonians 2:17–3:5, gives us a glimpse into the often difficult doctrine of God’s providence and how all things, even Satan, are under his complete control. In a culture that seems to be getting more hostile and evil by the day, I hope the truths in this text will be a great encouragement to us. Take some time to ...

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Announcements, July 10, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday our text will be 1 Thessalonians 2:13–16, in which Paul gives thanks for how the Thessalonians have received the word of God and how clearly it is at work in them. I think this brief text gives us a very important insight into the power and primacy of the word of God in the life of a Christian and the local church. Our plan will be to u...

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Announcements, June 26, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, I'm really looking forward to this Sunday. We'll be in 1 Thessalonians 1 again, specifically verses 6–10. I've been studying this text all week and there are some beautiful truths and connections I want us to see. Specifically, we'll be thinking about what true discipleship looks like, how it is linked to joy, and how it should lead to evangelism a...

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Announcements, June 5, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, This afternoon I will be traveling to Uganda with a team from CrossPointe to partner with the ministry of (un)adopted alongside Pastor Raphael and King Jesus Church. I encourage you to take a moment to watch this short video about the ministry, Pastor Raphael, and his church. Pray for our team's outreach in this community, particularly among these vulner...

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Announcements, May 15, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, After our long journey through Genesis, it looks like the next book we’ll work through is 1 Thessalonians. The plan is to start that mid-June after I return from the Uganda mission trip. Until then, we’ll do a few individual messages. This week we are going to look at John 12:42–43 and what I believe is one of the greatest obstacles in...

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Announcements, April 10, 2015

Dear CrossPointe, I’m looking forward to returning to Genesis this Sunday with a look at the story of Joseph resisting the advances of Potiphar’s wife (Genesis 39). In short, the example Joseph sets for us in this chapter is incredibly important to consider. We live in a world full of counterfeit carnal pleasures that seek to drag us into destruction, and we n...

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40 Days for Life Today, Genesis 37 on Sunday

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday, our study of Genesis begins to focus on Joseph, the favored son of Jacob. Our text will be Genesis 37, and from here until the end of the book we will zero in on how God uses the envy and betrayal of sinful brothers to bring about the rescue of those same brothers. Ultimately, these chapters are not just a morality tale about one particular ...

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This Sunday: Defilement, Passivity, Deception and Revenge

Remember to “Spring” forward one hour on Saturday night!Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’ll look at Genesis 34 and consider one of the worst scenes in the Bible—the rape of Jacob’s daughter, Dinah, and the vengeance of her brothers. It’s a sad and dark chapter, to put it bluntly. Take some time to read through it several times and consi...

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Back in Genesis 28!

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’ll jump back into Genesis after a few months away. Specifically, we’ll be in Genesis 28, which tells us about Jacob’s dream and encounter with God—an incredible scene that has much truth for us to consider! Since it has been awhile since we’ve been in Genesis, I’d encourage you to watch these two short ...

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Seven Prayers for CrossPointe for 2015

A summary of Brad's message from Colossians 1:1-14 on December 28, 2014 entitled, "Seven Prayers for CrossPointe for 2015."...

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This Sunday (Rom. 8:31-32) + Announcements

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’ll inch a little further up the summit of the greatest chapter ever written as we look at Romans 8:31–32. In these two verses, the Apostle Paul’s logic is simple, yet monumentally powerful for the Christian. God did not spare His Son, the greatest treasure in the universe, in order to redeem a people for His glory. If He ...

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This Sunday: “The Golden Chain”

Dear CrossPointe, I’ve been saying that Romans 8 is the greatest chapter in the Bible—more than that—the greatest chapter ever written. If we were to think of the Bible as a mountain range, Romans 8 would be the Mount Everest that towers above all others. And if Romans 8 is the Mount Everest, verses 28–39 would be the summit. This Sunday we’l...

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Rom. 8:26-27 + Announcements, Oct. 31

Romans 8:26–27, “The Spirit Helps Us Pray” Dear CrossPointe, Last week’s text was both encouraging and sobering—encouraging because we can be sure that God’s suffering children have an incomparably glorious future, but also sobering because we are in the middle of dealing with the reality of suffering in this life. So, our future is c...

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Fountain City Church + David Baum

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’ll take a break from Romans 8 to hear from David Baum about the upcoming church plant. David has been part of our team for the past year or so and has been preparing and gathering a core group from CrossPointe to launch another Christ-centered, Bible-believing, gospel-cherishing, mission-oriented church in our city. David has preach...

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Sunday Morning Classes + Romans 8:5-8

Dear CrossPointe, We continue our journey through the greatest chapter ever written this Sunday with a look at Romans 8:5–8. In much of Paul’s letters and writing we see clear imperatives and instruction, though these verse are more descriptive than prescriptive. It is an explanation of the contrast between the regenerate mind of a Christian, who is led by the...

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A Bride for Isaac [Announcements, too!]

Genesis 23–24, “A Bride for Isaac” Dear CrossPointe, Super solid message by Wayne last week on Genesis 22. If you missed it, I encourage you to listen to it here as Wayne guided us through one of the most important chapters in Genesis. This week we’ll cover a large chunk as we look at Genesis 23–24. These two chapters form a transition from...

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Announcements, July 25

“God Fulfills His Promise,” Genesis 21:1–34 It’s been a rough few chapters for Abraham, but this week in Genesis 21 we celebrate the fulfillment of God’s promise to him years ago. There is much for us to mine from this chapter as this becomes a picture for us of God’s faithfulness and his ability to bring his promises to pass. As alway...

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Announcements, July 11

Dear CrossPointe, As always, that was a superb message by Will Hawk last week on Genesis 18. Full of convicting and encouraging truth. If you missed it, be sure to listen to it here. This week we continue with a look at Genesis 19 and the heart-wrenching account of Lot’s rescue and Sodom and Gomorrah’s destruction. Probably one of the most distorted and misun...

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This Sunday + Announcements

Dear CrossPointe, Our text this week is Genesis 16:1–16 and the story of Abram and Sarai’s impatience and attempt to help God fulfill his promise through Hagar. Their compromise inevitably leads to strife, and yet God is merciful to all parties involved. The implications for us are numerous and point us to a God who hears us in our distress, sees us in our pai...

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Announcements, June 13

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’ll look at Genesis 15:1–21, one of the mountain peaks of the Old Testament (and, really, all of the Bible for that matter). In this text, we see God counting Abram righteous because of his faith and confirming his covenant with Abram through a striking and vivid sacrifice. Genesis 15 then becomes the basis of Paul’s argum...

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Back in Genesis!

Dear CrossPointe, What an excellent message from David Baum last week on Ephesians 4:11–16 and “Six Ways God Gets Glory from the Local Church.” If you missed it, watch or listen to it here and continue to pray for the Baums as they prepare to plant a church soon! This week we’ll pick back up in Genesis for the balance of the summer. The text this ...

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David Baum Preaching + Announcements

Dear CrossPointe, I enjoyed our month in Titus and hope it was helpful for you. We’ll pick back up in Genesis next week for the remainder of the summer, but before we do that David Baum will be preaching this Sunday out of Ephesians 4:11–16. As I’m sure you are aware, David Baum and his wife, Marie, are planting a church with CrossPointe’s support ...

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Easter Sunday PLUS Upcoming Events

Dear CrossPointe, I’m really looking forward to this Sunday! Our text will be Romans 3:21–26, one of the most important passages in the Bible. One theologian calls it, “the greatest paragraph ever written,” because in this short passage Paul unpacks the heart of the gospel and how God is both just and the justifier of those who have faith in Jesus....

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The Folly of the City of Man + Announcements

Dear CrossPointe, Hope you’re having a great spring break! If you missed last week, I encourage you to listen to Wayne’s excellent message on God’s covenant with Noah from Genesis 9:1-17 (click here). This Sunday we’ll tackle a longer than usual text as we look at Genesis 9:18–11:26, a passage which shows how God repopulates the earth after ...

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The Flood: Judgement and Grace

SundayDear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’ll tackle one of the most popularized scenes in the Bible—the flood account in Genesis 6:9–8:22. It’s a longer passage than we usually cover in one sermon, so I really encourage you to read it before we gather on Sunday. The challenge in studying such a familiar passage is that we are prone to sanitize the sce...

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The Fall of Mankind

Dear CrossPointe, This Sunday we’ll look at Genesis 3, maybe the most depressing chapter in the Bible. And yet, even in the midst of the despair that Adam and Eve’s rebellion has caused, we see the first glimmer of gospel hope and the beginning of redemption. As I said when we started Genesis, understanding these early chapters is foundational for understandi...

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God Creates Man in His Image

Dear CrossPointe, While last week was a wide-angle look at God’s creation of the universe, this week we’ll zoom in on God’s special creation of mankind. To do this, we’ll start by reaching back into chapter one and looking at Genesis 1:26–2:25. Once again, the truths in these first few chapters of Genesis are essential for rightly understandi...

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The Beginning

Dear CrossPointe, I hope you were encouraged and challenged by David Baum's message last week on the church. I certainly was. If you missed it, you can listen to it here. Please pray for David and the leadership of CrossPointe as we plan and prepare for the church plant. If you are interested in hearing more from David about this church plant, there will be an information...

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David Baum Preaching This Sunday

Dear CrossPointe, What a fantastic missions conference last weekend! (If you missed any of Dr. Murray's messages you can find them here.) This Sunday we will continue our missions theme as David Baum preaches from Matthew 16 about church-planting. Most of you know that David is planning a church-plant in the Columbus-area, and we at CrossPointe are excited to partner with...

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Mission, Proclaiming the Surpassing Worth of Christ

Dear CrossPointe, The Gospel is the good news that God has redeemed a people for himself through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. He then places his redeemed people into a family, a new community called the church. And then he sends this redeemed community into the world to be a witness of his saving grace. So, to be a Christian is not merely to receive but to a...

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Resisting the Devil

Dear CrossPointe, In his book The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis warned that Christians are often prone to extremes when it comes to spiritual warfare: either we think there is a demon behind every tree, or we think too little of Satan and don’t really believe he exists. We end our series in 1 Peter this Sunday with a look at 1 Peter 5:6-14 in which the apostle instr...

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Suffering According to God's Will

Dear CrossPointe,One consistent thread throughout 1 Peter is the role of suffering in the Christian life. Our text this week, 1 Peter 4:12-19, zooms in on what it means to suffer as a Christian and actually rejoice in the God-glorifying results that come from it.One of the most important things an individual Christian or church community can do is develop a good theology o...

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Suffering for Righteousness' Sake

  Dear CrossPointe,I’m really looking forward to the text this week, 1 Peter 3:8-22. The main thrust of it is Peter’s instruction on how Christians should view suffering that comes along with being a witness for Christ in a hostile culture. Peter is being a good pastor here and showing his readers that when they suffer for Jesus they are in a unique posit...

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Sanctification in Marriage

Dear CrossPointe,This is one of the weeks when I'm reminded why we preach through books of the Bible rather than cherry-pick topics and popular passages...because otherwise I might be tempted to skip this one! In 1 Peter 3:1-7 Peter explains the implications of the gospel for the Christian life. Here he zeroes in on marriage.How should wives interact with unbelieving husba...

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Following Christ in a Fallen World

Dear CrossPointe,What a wonderful message David Wooten preached last week as we observed Orphan Sunday. Convicting, encouraging, and full of gospel truth and application. If you missed it, carve out some time and listen to it here. You will be edified.This week we’re looking at 1 Peter 2:13-25, as Peter continues encouraging his readers to remember that in light of G...

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Orphan Sunday: David Wooten Preaching

Dear CrossPointe, For the past several years, our church and many others around the world have celebrated Orphan Sunday. On this day, we consider how we as a church should seek to make the gospel visible, reflecting God's heart for the fatherless through adoption and foster-care.While every Christian may not personally adopt or foster a child, we are all called to defend a...

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Once You Were Not, But Now You Are

Dear CrossPointe,Our text this week, 1 Peter 2:1-12, is one of the mountain-peaks of this letter. In these verses, Peter paints a beautiful picture. To be a Christian is to be chosen by God, placed among the people of God, in order to proclaim God.We use the words gospel, community and mission a lot at CrossPointe, and here we find a passage that weaves all three together....

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Gospel-Fueled Sanctification

Dear CrossPointe,We’ll unpack yet another rich and gospel-packed passage this Sunday in 1 Peter 1:13-25. Peter’s logic in these verses is really important for us to see. Essentially he is saying that in light of what God has done for his people in Christ, and in view of their inheritance that lies ahead, they are free to fight sin and be holy with a tenacious h...

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Born Again to a Living Hope

Dear CrossPointe,Our text this week, 1 Peter 1:3-12, is one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible. Packed full of gospel truth and hope, it’s actually one long sentence in the original language (Greek). And what a great long sentence it would be to memorize in English! It breaks down into three parts—the hope of our future inheritance (vv3-5), how the gua...

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This Sunday: 1 Peter 1:1-2

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we’ll begin our study of First Peter. Why this letter? Four reasons come to mind: The gospel is held up so clearly and beautifully. Major chunks of 1 Peter are simply some of the most beautiful gospel-saturated passages in the Bible. It’s as if Peter can’t get through a few sentences without getting back to what Jesus has d...

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This Sunday: David Baum Preaching

Dear CrossPointe,I am really excited about this Sunday! Back in July I mentioned that David Baum, a retired chaplain and member of CrossPointe, will be planting a church in the Columbus area hopefully sometime in 2014. David's call to plant a gospel-centered church in our area is an answer to prayer, and one we hope God answers numerous times through the years.This Sunday,...

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The King Forsaken and Crucified

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we’ll zoom in on the crucifixion of Jesus as we study Mark 15:21-47. The center of this passage is verse 34, which some have called the most important and terrible question ever asked, as Jesus cries out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Up to this point we’ve seen Jesus forsaken by his friends and foes, but h...

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The King Condemned and Mocked

Dear CrossPointe,If you missed Will Hawk’s excellent message last week on Mark 14:53-72, take a moment to listen to it here. This week in Mark 15:1-20, the trial of Jesus moves from the Jewish Sanhedrin to Roman governor Pilate. What follows is a striking scene of the Judge of all the earth being judged by his creation.These are not easy words to read, and yet, many ...

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This Sunday: Mark 14:53-72

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday Will Hawk will be preaching on Mark 14:53-72, in which we see Jesus before the council followed by Peter’s denial. It is a stark and vivid scene as Jesus endures the false witness of the religious leaders and the desertion of one of his closest friends. Be sure to read the text a few times before Sunday to prepare your heart.We’ll s...

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The Cup of Christ

Dear CrossPointe,We live in a fast-paced and information over-loaded world in which skimming has become an art-form—think of all the TV channels, let alone the Internet! Regrettably, our tendency to skim doesn’t stop there but even affects our reading of the Bible and willingness to delve into the deep truths of the gospel.Our text this week, Mark 14:32-52, giv...

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The Lord's Supper

Dear CrossPointe,Sunday’s text is Mark 14:12-31, which recounts Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. Once again there is much in this text for us to work through—Jesus’ utter control, Judas’ betrayal, a prediction of Peter’s betrayal, and, most importantly, the cross that this meal points to.In addition to reading the text before Sunda...

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A Beautiful Thing

Dear CrossPointe,Hope you’re all having a great week! This Sunday we’ll be in Mark 14:1-11 which recounts the poignant scene of a woman anointing Jesus with a very expensive flask of ointment. Her actions are roundly criticized by the disciples, but Jesus quickly corrects them and calls what she did a “beautiful thing.” In a moment of intentional co...

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Stay Awake

CrossPointe,This Sunday we’ll finish out Jesus’ teaching on the last days with a look at Mark 13:24-37. As I mentioned last week, although earnest and sincere Christians have different opinions about eschatology (study of End Times), I don't want us to miss what I think is the larger point—Jesus' return and certain victory should produce longing and confi...

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Enduring to the End

Dear CrossPointe,If you missed last Sunday’s message on “The Gospel & Homosexuality,” I really encourage you to download or listen to it here. The message was not just about the specific issue of homosexuality, but really touched on what the Bible says about all sin, who Jesus is and what hope the gospel holds out for sinners. Block out some time if y...

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The Gospel and Homosexuality

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we’ll take a break from Mark to look at what is currently one of the most explosive and hotly debated cultural issues--homosexuality. In this message, my aim is help us see clearly what the Bible says about homosexuality, the hope it holds out for those struggling with same-sex attraction, and how we as the church should think about and e...

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Jesus on the Resurrection

CrossPointe,In Mark 12:18-27, Jesus is questioned by the Sadducees (a Jewish sect) about life after death. Because they don’t believe in resurrection themselves, they challenge Jesus’ claims with a hypothetical story about a woman with seven (now dead) husbands. They ask, “Whose wife will she be in the resurrection?” hoping to undermine Jesus by mak...

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Jesus on Politics

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we’ll look at Mark 12:13-17 and another confrontation between Jesus and some religious leaders. The issue this time is whether or not the Jews should pay taxes to Caesar, the pagan emperor of Rome. Jesus’ brief response has many very important implications for us as Christians who live in a broken society governed by a secular gover...

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The Authority of Jesus

Dear CrossPointe,I missed you all last week, but I was able to listen to Robert’s sermon on Mark 11:12–25 and it was excellent! Such a clear and thorough explanation of Jesus cursing the fig tree, cleansing the temple, and what it means to have faith in God. I really encourage you to listen to it here if you missed it.This week we’ll look at Mark 11:27&nd...

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Jesus, the Humble, Triumphant King

Dear CrossPointe,The next few chapters in Mark (11-15) cover the last week of Jesus’ life before his death and resurrection. This week we will look at Mark 11:1-11 where Jesus rides a donkey into Jerusalem amidst shouts of "Hosanna!"On the surface, this may seem like merely a good text for Palm Sunday and not much else. But it is packed full of connection to the Old ...

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Jesus, a Ransom for Many

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we’ll study Mark 10:32-52 which contains the high point of Mark’s gospel, verse 45, in which Jesus says, “For even the Son of Man came not be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” By his death Jesus purchased our freedom by substituting himself in our place to bear our punishment. John Stott wr...

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Empty Riches and Eternal Life

Dear CrossPointe,I’m writing this from Louisville, Ky., where I've been at a retreat for a small group of pastors connected with the ministry of 9Marks. It's been a very refreshing and encouraging time to be around these brothers. Thank you for making it possible for me to participate in this gathering!I’m looking forward to being with you all on Sunday as we l...

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Jesus on Marriage and Divorce

CrossPointe,This week we will look at Mark 10:1-12 where Jesus teaches on marriage and divorce. Much like last week’s passage on the seriousness of sin and horror of hell, this is a sensitive and difficult topic. Pray the God would give us humility as we look at the Scriptures and a sensitivity and graciousness toward one another as we consider Jesus’ words.Gra...

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Sin, Hell and the Love of God

Dear CrossPointe,The seriousness of sin and the utter torment of an eternity in hell—Mark 9:42-50 is an example of why we make a habit of preaching through books of the Bible. Otherwise, I’d be prone to skip over difficult passages like this. But the truths we’ll think about Sunday are very important if we are going to be biblical Christians.John Piper sa...

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Doubt and Grace

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we resume our journey through Mark as we look at an intense yet tender scene in Mark 9:14-29. In this passage, Jesus, Peter, James and John descend from Christ’s transfiguration on the mountain to find the other disciples arguing with the scribes over their inability to heal a boy with an unclean spirit.What follows is a poignant and comp...

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The Good News of Easter

Dear CrossPointe,On this Easter Sunday we’ll take a quick break from Mark and look at one of the clearest explanations of the gospel in the Bible from Ephesians 2:1-10. This would be a great Sunday to invite an unbelieving friend as we hear the good news and remember what it means to follow Christ. We’ll also celebrate the gospel as we witness the baptisms of t...

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Jesus, the King on a Cross

CrossPointe,This Sunday we arrive at the pivot point of Mark’s gospel, 8:27–9:1. Up to this point Mark has been concerned with demonstrating who Jesus is. And, in this text Peter rightly confesses that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah from heaven. While the disciples show signs of understanding Christ’s identity (although not yet fully), Jesus begins to t...

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Jesus Opens Blind Eyes

Dear CrossPointe,We are approaching a turning point in our study of Mark this week as we look at Mark 8:22-26. In this text it seems like Jesus’ first attempt to give sight to a blind man doesn’t quite get the job done, so he tries again and gets it right the second time. If nothing else, Mark has established that Jesus has all power and authority over sickness...

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Member Meeting + Sunday's Sermon

Dear CrossPointe,This week we’ll look at Mark 8:1-21, in which Jesus miraculously feeds a huge crowd (sound familiar?). Yet, shockingly, the disciples seem remarkably dim-witted as they’ve apparently forgotten about that time just a few chapters ago when Jesus fed five thousand (Mark 6:30-44).The temptation for us is to shake our heads in wonder at how slow the...

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Jesus, Severe and Compassionate

Dear CrossPointe,This week’s text, Mark 7:24-37, is quite an interesting one! In back-to-back encounters, Jesus calls a Gentile woman a “dog” and then, in order to heal a deaf man, sticks his fingers into his ears and spits. This hardly seems like the most convincing argument for following Jesus.What is going on in these two encounters? I think this passa...

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The Heart of Man

CrossPointe,If you missed last Sunday’s message by Wayne on Mark 7:1-13, I encourage you to listen to it here. It was a very helpful reminder of how prone we are to try and make ourselves clean rather than trusting in Jesus who alone can make us clean.This week we’ll look at Mark 7:14-23, which really continues last week’s theme of religion vs. the gospel...

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Jesus Walks on the Sea

Dear CrossPointe,What a tremendous missions weekend! I encourage you to listen to the Sunday morning sermon if you missed it. (CD copies will be available Sunday morning, though we cannot put the sermon online due to the sensitive nature of their work.)This Sunday, we are back in Mark with a look at one of Jesus’ more notable miracles in Mark 6:45-56. In this passage...

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Satisfied in Jesus

Dear CrossPointe,This week we’ll look at the well-known account of Jesus feeding the five thousand in Mark 6:30-44. The miracle itself is obviously quite a scene: Jesus takes just five loaves and two fish and multiplies it to satisfy the hungry stomachs of thousands.But what makes it all the more striking is that it follows Mark’s account of the murderous and l...

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Folly and Faithfulness

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we tackle a very interesting text in Mark 6:14-29. In this passage, Mark recounts for us the death of John the Baptist at the hands of Herod. It’s no coincidence that this story comes after Jesus sends his disciples out on mission. The connection is clear—faithfulness to Jesus will be opposed, and in this case, John was murdered for...

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Jesus Sends

Happy New Year!In Mark 6:7-13, Jesus remarkably sends out what still seems to be a very unprepared group of twelve on a mission. Earlier in Mark’s gospel Jesus called these men so that they might be with him and that he might send them out to proclaim the gospel. Likewise, to be a Christian is to be on mission. Our plan this Sunday is to think deeply about how we are...

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Regret, Resolve and the Gospel

  Dear CrossPointe,I hope and trust you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the new year! In one sense, I look forward to the fresh start and hope a new year brings, but I also wrestle with regret over my shortcomings in the previous year. I find myself fluctuating between regret and resolve. In January we’ll pick back up in our study of Ma...

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Mark 6:1-6, The Offense of Jesus

Dear CrossPointe,What a tremendous message by Will Hawk last Sunday on Mark 5:21-43! If you missed it, I highly recommend you to listen to it here. You will be very encouraged by it!This Sunday we move on to Mark 6:1-6 and a curious scene in which Jesus returns to his hometown of Nazareth. Initially, the people seem impressed with his teaching and mighty works, but the moo...

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This Sunday, Mark 5:21-43

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday Will Hawk will preach on Mark 5:21-43, in which Jesus shows just how ultimate his authority is—even over death itself. And yet, Mark is careful to note the exact chronology of events. Instead of rushing to save a young girl from death, Jesus stops to heal a woman hemorrhaging blood, and the girl he was asked to save in fact dies. Whenever...

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Building Update Letter

The following letter was mailed to CrossPointe's members and friends on Friday, November 30, 2012:Dear CrossPointe, Praise God from whom all blessings flow! The Lord has been abundantly gracious to us as a church family as we were able to secure our physical location for many years to come. The purpose of this letter is to update you on where we stand and the direction we&...

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Jesus, the Strong and Merciful Master

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we’ll look at Mark 5:1-20, in which Jesus exercises his authority over a demonic legion by casting the troop of demons out of a shackled man, into a herd of pigs, over a cliff and into the sea.What a scene! But maybe even more striking than the pig slaughter are the various reactions to Jesus’ authority by the demons, the townspeopl...

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The Wind and Sea Obey Him; Announcements

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we’ll look at Mark 4:35-41 and the very familiar scene of Jesus calming the storm while on a boat with the disciples. This passage has much to teach us about the relationship between “storms” in our own lives and Jesus’ power over them and purpose in them for our good. I encourage you to take some time over Thanksgiving ...

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The Humble, Persistent, and Certain Kingdom

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we’ll look at Mark 4:21-34, which is connected to Jesus’ parable of the sower that we looked at last week. Lest his disciples be discouraged that 3 out of 4 “types of soil” don’t bear fruit, Jesus teaches them that the Kingdom, although it starts very small, will most certainly grow—even if that growth is too...

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He Who Has Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear

Dear CrossPointe,This week we are back in Mark’s Gospel, looking at the parable of the sower (Mark 4:1-20). This is likely one of the more familiar passages in Scripture and one that has many implications for us if we are to understand salvation biblically. I encourage you to read the parable slowly several times before Sunday and ask the Lord to give us humility and...

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Adoption and Orphan Care Sunday

Dear CrossPointe,James 1:27 reads, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” We’ll focus on the first object of this text—orphan care—this week as we participate in Orphan Sunday, and next Sunday as we host a roundtable d...

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God's Sovereign Rule Over the Nations

Dear CrossPointe,This week we’ll pause our Mark series to think biblically about God’s sovereign rule over the affairs of the nations, especially ours. I pray that this Sunday will help prepare our hearts for the upcoming presidential election.We are prone to do one of two things when it comes to elections: put too much hope in a political party or cynically di...

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The Family of Jesus

Dear CrossPointe,In Mark 3:20-35, Mark sandwiches a story within a (seemingly unrelated) story. Jesus’ family thinks he’s crazy and wants to seize him; meanwhile, the scribes accuse Jesus of being in league with Satan. The combination of these two scenes shows us how Jesus’ enemies and even his own family wanted to subdue or limit Jesus.But, as Jesus hims...

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Life as a Disciple of Jesus

Dear CrossPointe,In Mark 3:7-19, Jesus begins forming a new community. Up to now we’ve seen Jesus’ power and authority demonstrated, but now Jesus begins gathering disciples, teaching and sending them out to imitate him—calling people to repentance, healing, casting out demons, etc.We see that Jesus’ ministry is not just about the individual’s...

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Lord of the Sabbath

Dear CrossPointe,This week we are going to look at two scenes from Mark 2:23–3:6, which both involve Jesus being criticized by the Pharisees for his actions on the Sabbath, the day of rest. On the surface, it might seem like this dispute is just another example of nitpicking religious leaders, irrelevant to our lives today. But, as I hope we’ll see, the issue u...

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Shattering Paradigms

Dear CrossPointe,This week we’ll look at Mark 2:18-22, in which the people question Jesus about why his disciples don’t fast like John’s disciples and the Pharisees. In his answer, Jesus completely deconstructs their religious paradigm (which they don’t appreciate, as we’ll see in the coming weeks).It’s always been easy for me to notice ...

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Jesus, Friend of Sinners

Dear CrossPointe,Last week we saw that Jesus’ grace is ferociously aggressive. This week we’ll see how scandalous it is.In Mark 2:13-17, we find Jesus hanging out with people which no good religious Jew would have been caught dead with; yet, these sinners and tax collectors—the dredges of society—are the among the people Jesus came to save. As you m...

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Sovereign, Compassionate Aggressive Grace

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we’ll look at Mark 2:1-12, one of my favorite scenes in the Gospels. In this text, four desperate friends bring their paralytic friend to Jesus, and, because of the crowds, they have to dig through the roof and lower him down to Jesus. That doesn’t happen everyday!The exchange that follows among Jesus, the paralytic, and the protest...

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The King's Authority

  Dear CrossPointe,After the announcement of Jesus’ Kingdom in Mark 1:14-15, Mark now sets out to establish the King’s authority in Mark 1:21-34. As a teacher, Jesus boldly asserts truth in the synagogue. As the cosmic ruler of all things, he commands evil spirits and rescues human beings from their control.The concept of authority can be difficult for Am...

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This Sunday: The King and His Kingdom

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we’ll look at Mark 1:14–20 and a concept at the very heart of Jesus’ teaching in the Gospels, the kingdom of God. In this short text, Jesus announces that God’s kingdom is at hand, and that the only proper human response is to repent and believe the gospel.Understanding the totality of what Jesus is saying is massively i...

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This Sunday: Mark 1:9-13

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we’ll look at Mark 1:9-13 and two very important scenes in the life of Jesus—his baptism and temptation. If you’re at all familiar with these two early events in his life, you probably understand their basic details. But we’re often in danger of missing their significance if we merely skim these accounts for “more ...

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Prepare the Way of the Lord

Dear CrossPointe,About four years ago I started a series through Mark and made it through a few chapters before we paused to teach on a few pressing issues. Well, one thing lead to another and we never got back to Mark. So, for sometime I’ve had it in the back of my mind to do so. But instead of picking back up where we left off, I think it would be best if we hit re...

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This Sunday: Psalm 67

Dear CrossPointe,Thank you for your prayers and encouraging words during my sabbatical. Jennifer, the kids and I had a wonderful month of rest, and I am eager to see everyone this Sunday!I’m so thankful for the many reports of how fantastic all the sermons were during my absence. What an encouragement to be reminded how good God has been to us in giving us faithful p...

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This Sunday: "Bless the Lord, O My Soul"

CrossPointe,This Sunday we’ll be in Psalm 103 (one of my favorites). Charles Spurgeon called it a “Bible in itself” because it is such a rich and full account of God’s glory in saving his people.It will be especially poignant this Sunday to think about God’s saving power as we witness the baptisms of four people. Seeing the Gospel on display i...

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This Sunday: "From Everlasting to Everlasting"

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we kick off a summer in the Psalms. This collection of 150 songs was in essence the hymnal for God’s people in the Old Testament period. So, although we generally think of Psalms as a book, it was first a collection of songs meant to be sung rather than chapters meant to be read. And it is a collection of songs that covers a wide range of...

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This Sunday:

Dear CrossPointe,This week we’ll cover Habakkuk 2:6–20 which is an intense scene of judgment in which God speaks woe over the Chaldeans for their wickedness and idolatry. Scriptures like this don’t usually make it on to coffee cups or t-shirts, but they are really important in helping us to understand God’s character and glory.To prepare your heart ...

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This Sunday: "Yet I Will Rejoice in the Lord"

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we conclude our study of Habakkuk with a look at chapter 3. In these verses, Habakkuk utters a prayer for God to be merciful and then breaks out into a sort of praise song in which he recounts God’s history of saving his people by his great might and power. All this leaves Habakkuk humbled and quiet, yet confident that God is worthy of hi...

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This Sunday: "The Righteous Live by Faith"

CrossPointe, If you missed the beginning of our sermon series through Habakkuk, I encourage you to catch up and listen to it here as the first eleven verses really set the stage for the rest of the book. This Sunday we’ll look at Habakkuk 1:12–2:5, the prophet’s second complaint and the Lord’s answer. In this passage, Habakkuk wonders wh...

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Habakkuk Series Starts Sunday

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we’ll begin a series of sermons on Habakkuk, a short book recording the words of the “minor” prophet (so-called not for his relevance but for the brevity of his book!). Naturally, you might wonder what his 2600-year-old message to Israel has to do with us, but this often disregarded Old Testament book relays truths immediately...

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This Sunday: "Satisfied in God"

CrossPointe,This Sunday we'll wrap up First Corinthians 7, exploring what it means for us as Christians to live on this earth while anticipating eternity with Christ. Our culture beckons us to be satisfied merely with "the here and now," but longing for Jesus is far superior! Here are a few things you can do to prepare for this Sunday: Read 1 Corinthians 7:17–40 ...

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The Good News of Marital Intimacy

Tribe, What a great weekend we had with our missions conference. If you missed Paul Tokunaga's talks you can listen to Sunday's sermon here, but be sure to check the website for Friday night's message when it's posted, too. The next few Sundays we'll work through First Corinthians 7, which gets into some very sensitive and often heavy subjects—marriage, d...

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More About Sexual Redemption

If you missed last Sunday's very important message about sexual sin and glorifying God with our bodies, please listen to it here (video to be uploaded soon). Of course, it would be foolish to think that one sermon is enough to defeat sexual temptation, which absolutely saturates our culture. Here are some additional resources to help: Accountability Software...

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This Sunday: Eph. 4:1–10

Dear CrossPointe Tribe, If you missed Wayne Shealy’s message last week on Ephesians 3:14-21, you can listen to or watch it here. I was very helped and encouraged by his clear explanation of and practical exhortation to experience God’s love as I listened to the podcast. I cannot tell you how thankful I am that the Lord brought Wayne and his family to CrossPoin...

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This Sunday: Eph. 3:14-21

Dear Tribe,   As I mentioned last week, I’ll be out of town the next two Sundays, first officiating the wedding of a soldier who came through CrossPointe while at Fort Benning and then traveling to Haiti with our mission team.   Wayne Shealy will preach through Ephesians 3:14–21 this Sunday, and I’m excited the church will get to hear from him. ...

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This Sunday: Eph. 3:1-13 &

Dear Tribe, This Sunday we’ll return to Ephesians and look at 3:1-13. Paul’s statement there really serves as one big parenthetical statement about the cosmic importance of the church, something he’ll elaborate on through the rest of the letter. Go ahead and read the text before Sunday. Also, there’s a “One Another” meeting at 6 p.m. o...

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"Joined Together" (Eph. 2:19-22)

Dear Tribe, Last week I emphasized that Jesus has reconciled not just man to God but man to man. This week, as we complete Ephesians 2, we will more closely think about how God has reconciled us to each other in Christ. Not only that, but he has called us to live out this reconciliation as a local body of believers. Ephesians 2:19-22 makes a strong case for the value of ...

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Robert "The Intern" Ward & other important stuff

Tribe, A few quick things:    ROBERT "THE INTERN" WARD I recently mentioned that Robert Ward is interning at CrossPointe again this summer. Like last summer’s internship, he will be writing articles, developing the website and performing general administrative duties, but I’ve given him some additional responsibilities for this summer. As my ...

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“He Himself Is Our Peace” (Eph. 2:11-18)

Dear CrossPointe Tribe,This week we’ll look at Ephesians 2:11-18, and then next week we’ll finish out the remaining three verses of chapter 2. This second half of Ephesians 2 is one of the most important passages about the church and what it means for us to be the body of Christ.If you’ve been around CrossPointe for awhile you know that there are three wo...

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“Fullness in Christ” (Eph. 1:15-23)

Dear Tribe,The last three sermons from Ephesians have focused on its first 14 verses, a single sentence in the original Greek. Get ready for the next sentence, Ephesians 1:15-23!Here, Paul prays that the Ephesians would see the depth and power of the Lord’s work on their behalf. Since all of it is accomplished through Christ, Paul  desires that the Ephesians sho...

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“The Wonder of the Trinity” (Eph. 1:1-14)

Dear Tribe,After a two week break in which we celebrated the gospel through baptism and adoption, we’ll be back in Ephesians this Sunday. Specifically, we’ll marvel at the beautiful picture of the Father, Son and Spirit displayed inEphesians 1:1-14.Some may wonder if we really need to think deeply about the doctrine of the Trinity. I think we must! Seeing God a...

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“Adoption: The Heart of the Gospel” (Gal. 4:4-7)

Dear Tribe, This Sunday we’ll take another detour from Ephesians to participate in Orphan Sunday, an international movement among Christian churches to consider our responsibility to care for orphans and promote a culture of adoption in our church.This Sunday I will preach about the theology of adoption and why it is so central to the gospel. The Bible is clear that...

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“Predestined According to His Purpose” (Eph. 1:3–14)

Tribe,Last week’s sermon simply wasn’t enough to cover all of Ephesians 1:1-14. So this Sunday, get ready to retrace our footsteps, this time looking at the text from another angle—the doctrine of predestination.Undoubtedly this is one of the most complex and controversial but crucial doctrines in the Bible. Let me say two things. First, we must approach ...

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“In Christ” (Eph. 1:1–14)

Tribe,We’re set to study Ephesians beginning this Sunday. As we look at Paul’sletter to the Ephesian church, I think you’ll find this to be one of therichest and most beautiful books in the Bible.It’s filled with deep, monumental truths—every sentence could be a sermon.(In fact, this Sunday’s text really is one sentence in the Greek!) We...

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Acts 19: “The Gospel Disrupts Ephesus”

Dear Tribe, We were going to take a break between the book of Ruth and Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. But instead I’m exercising my ability to change my mind—Ephesians it is! This week, we’ll look at the Ephesian church’s beginnings, how the Gospel took root in a city along one of Paul’s missionary journeys. Acts 19 records this acco...

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Ruth 4: “Bought with a Price”

Dear Tribe, After his resurrection, Jesus met two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus. They didn't recognize him at first, but as they walked together Jesus began taking them through the Old Testament, showing the disciples example after example of people, events and words pointing to the Gospel. Jesus helped these men recognize him in the Old Testament Scriptures befo...

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Ruth 3: “Unfailing Love”

  Dear Tribe, A desperate mother-in-law’s schemes, a young foreign widow’s risky boldness, a steamy nighttime scene and a man’s righteous restraint—all these converge in Ruth 3, a chapter that presents us with an incredible picture of God’s unfailing love toward His people.The tagline for our sermon series through Ruth has been &ldq...

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“Refuge Under the Wings of the Lord”

Dear Tribe, This Sunday we'll be in Ruth 2 in a sermon I'm calling "Refuge Under the Wings of the Lord." Like last week, throughout this chapter we see the continuing refrain of God's providence for his people, his grace towards those he loves even in "bitter" circumstances. In particular, we'll look at a few aspects of God's kindness, mercy and steadfast love this week....

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This Sunday: “The Hand of the Lord”

Dear Tribe,   This Sunday we begin our study of Ruth, a short but incredibly rich Old Testament story about God’s kindness, redemption and providence. I anticipate we’ll be studying Ruth for four weeks, covering a chapter each Sunday. I’ve greatly anticipated this series for several reasons. The book of Ruth paints a beautiful picture of how God w...

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“The Message of the New Testament”

Dear Tribe,   Mark Dever, in his very helpful book What Does God Want of Us Anyway, describes the OT as “Promises Made” and the NT as “Promises Kept.” I like that description because it helps us to see the connection and continuity between the Old and New Testaments. This week we will examine how the NT fulfills the promises of the OT in the...

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Gospel seeds in an ultrasound room

Below is a very encouraging note below from Carol Henschel of Sound Choices Pregnancy Clinic and a great reminder to pray for this incredibly important ministry.   I am writing to say a big thank you.  Today started out wrong at my house and I arrived at Sound Choices with less than a heart to see God do much but that changed w...

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“The Message of the Old Testament”

Dear Tribe, As (I hope) you’re aware, CrossPointe is committed to expositional preaching, making the sermon’s point the point of the biblical text. We usually do this by working through books of the Bible. For example, we just spent over six months going through First Corinthians, and in a couple of weeks we’ll do the same with the book of Ruth. But be...

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“Gospel. Community. Mission.”

Dear Tribe, Last Sunday I was both convicted and encouraged as Reynold walked us through Acts 1–5 and the transformation of the early followers of Jesus. If you missed it, I highly encourage you to listen to it here. We’ll begin our series in the beautiful Old Testament book of Ruth in September. But before we get to that, the next few Sundays will consist of...

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About This Sunday...

Dear CrossPointe, Last Sunday, we looked at First Corinthians 16, but before we move on to some individual messages, I plan to give this letter one more look. It’ll be a “big picture” summary of the major themes found in First Corinthians. Pray that it gives more clarity and Gospel-centered vision to our study of this book. Also, I’m looking forwa...

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Sunday: “Paul’s Parting Words”

Dear CrossPointe,   This week we will cover the final chapter in First Corinthians in which Paul unloads a sort of pastoral junk-drawer of advice, instruction and encouragement. My plan is to cover all of 1 Corinthians 16 this week and then wrap up our series the following week with a summary of this beautiful letter. Take some time before Sunday to read the final ...

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Sunday: “Resurrection Bodies”

Dear CrossPointe,   We are drawing to a close in our study of First Corinthians. Working through this book has convicted, encouraged and instructed me, and I hope it has been fruitful for you as well. This week we finish chapter 15 with a look at our resurrected bodies, the defeat of death itself and the confidence this reality should produce in our lives. Take a m...

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“Resurrection Hope”

Dear CrossPointe,   As Christians we believe that every word of the Bible is divinely inspired and profitable for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness. Even still there are portions of Scripture that stand above the rest like a great mountain. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul shows how the whole of the Bible rests on the reality of the resurrection o...

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Sunday: “Gospel-Centered Order”

CrossPointe, For the past few weeks we’ve been unpacking Paul’s instruction to the Corinthians about spiritual gifts. This Sunday we’ll finish this section of the letter with 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 concerning the place of gifts in the church’s gatherings. Here are a few things to do to prepare for Sunday: Listen to last week’s message here...

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Spiritual Gifts Q&A Sunday

Dear CrossPointe, Last Sunday I preached on 1 Corinthians 14:1-25 concerning the gifts of prophecy and tongues in particular. Take some time to listen to it (or at least look at the notes) here, if you missed it. As I mentioned at the beginning of the message, it is impossible to answer and engage all the questions that come up about these and the other spiritual gifts i...

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Sunday: “Prophecy & Tongues”

CrossPointe, As I've mentioned the past few weeks, Paul devotes 1 Corinthians 12–14 to correcting the abuse and misuse of spiritual gifts. This Sunday we’ll begin looking at chapter 14, in which Paul looks specifically at prophecy, tongues and order in the church. You really don’t want to come to this text cold. This chapter is weighty and even a bit co...

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Sunday: "One Body, Many Members"

CrossPointe, Individual rights and civil liberties are at the core of American culture, but while these are wonderful priorities for governing society they can be debilitating for Christ-centered community. This Sunday we'll continue our study of the spiritual gifts with a look at 1 Corinthians 12:12–31. In this text, Paul encourages the Corinthians to understand t...

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This Sunday:

CrossPointe,Before we look forward to this Sunday, I want to take a moment to say how encouraged I was by Will Hawk's message last Sunday. He preached on "Knowing and Doing the Will of God" from Daniel 1 and 2. It was I think the most helpful and practical sermon I have heard on the topic. If you missed it, I highly encourage you to listen to it here. It really is a m...

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Sunday: Knowing & Doing the Will of God

CrossPointe, I’m taking a rest from preaching this week so that we can hear from Will Hawk this Sunday. If your children have participated in CrossPointe’s youth activities (or can’t wait until they’re old enough!) then you know what a blessing he and his wife, Karan Anne, are to this church. He’s an excellent example to our children and you...

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Communion: the Richest Feast on Earth

CrossPointe, For centuries Christians have gathered together regularly to remember the most important event in history by eating bread and drinking wine (or grape juice). It’s a little peculiar, but somehow this meal is at the very heart of the Gospel. This Sunday we’ll look at one of the most important and informative passages regarding communion, 1 Corinth...

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Sunday: Part II of “Manhood, Womanhood & the Glory of God”

Dear CrossPointe,The Gospel’s redefinition of masculinity and femininity is worth two Sundays. This week we’ll be back in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 for Manhood, Womanhood & the Glory of God: The Redux. Or perhaps a better title is Pastors on Gender Roles: Gluttons for Punishment.Part I (found here) was a view from the air, but this week we’ll parachute in...

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Sunday: “Manhood, Womanhood & the Glory of God”

CrossPointe,While some passages of Scripture are hard to understand or hard to swallow, some are both. Such is the case with this week’s text, 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, which examines how men and women should complement rather than compete with each other.I’ve eagerly anticipated working through this passage for some time now. I say it every week, but this is a te...

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Of First Importance

CrossPointe, In case you haven’t noticed the stockpiles of Peeps, chocolate bunnies, annoying celophane “grass,” and pastel-colored “Sale!” signs, Easter is this Sunday. (How did Jesus’ resurrection become attached to disgusting marshmallow chickens?) As we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection together, we’ll jump ahead to 1 Corin...

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A Philosophy for All of Life

I’ve mentioned repeatedly that 1 Corinthians 8-10 comprises Paul’s exhortation that “strong” Christians consider their “weak” brothers and sisters by laying down their rights and living for something bigger than their own freedom. In Chapter 10, Paul caps off his argument with a sweeping phrase that in many ways functioned as his life ph...

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This Sunday: “Flee Idolatry”

“Idols” aren’t just statues or the winners of some singing contest. No, they are the people, things, occurrences, ideas, etc., in which we place our hope. In fact, our culture is full of seductive false gods that draw our hearts away from Christ, often subtly. In his book Counterfeit Gods, Tim Keller calls an idol “anything more important to you tha...

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This Sunday: “By All Means”

This week we’ll finish 1 Corinthians 9. Frankly, the more I stare at this text the more it convicts me. These are a few of the questions I’m wrestling with as I read this text: How important are souls to me? Do I really believe that people need to be saved? Do I actually live like heaven and hell are real? Am I a faithful steward of the gifts Jesus has given m...

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Individualism & the Gospel

As Americans we are often dominated by a concern for the preservation of individual rights. While this can be good, it can also pave the way for self-centerdness, which obscures Christ and our ability to focus on the Gospel.  This Sunday we'll cover the first half of 1 Corinthians 9, in which Paul continues to assault the Corinthians' selfishness by laying down his&n...

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"Dangerous Knowledge"

  Believe it or not we are going to cover a whole chapter this Sunday in First Corinthians! Don't worry, it's only 13 verses and really one big idea of how stronger Christians should handle their knowledge with humility and care so that they do not become a discouragement or stumbling block to weaker Christians. Here are a few things you can do to prepare for Sunday:...

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This Sunday: Divorce & Remarriage

  Sunday we'll continue our series on First Corinthians with a very sensitive subject—divorce and remarriage. My heart has been heavy anticipating this message, because I know divorce has caused deep pain in many of your own lives. This, of course, is all the more reason to work through the Scriptures together with humility and clarity rather than avoiding this...

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Unspeakable Comfort

Tremendously encouraging words for modern day Christians living in anxious times from the Belgic Confession, a doctrinal statement composed in 1561.  Article 13 of the Belgic Confession: The Doctrine of God’s Providence We believe that this good God, after he created all things, did not abandon them to chance or fortune but leads and governs them according to ...

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A note from John Bockstanz in Iraq

Tribe, Below is the note we received from John Bockstanz that I read yesterday in church. Praise Jesus for our military and for the great privilege God has given us to serve them as they come through Ft. Benning. John's note serves as a great reminder for us to pray for all our troops, and to encourage and serve the ones that are with us currently at CrossPointe. Dear ...

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An Update on David & Amanda Scott

As you know we have been praying for David and Amanda Scott. Recently they found out that their baby girl still in the womb has spina bifida. Amanda is at 22 weeks. Today at a check up they learned that their baby is not gaining weight and basically needs to double her weight in the next two weeks or the percentages are heavily against her surviving. She weighs just over...

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Grateful

  1. Our first Sunday in our new building was an incredible day. The Lord has been immeasurably good to us. We are a blessed people.  2. How about the incredible wood crosses on the wall and the new pulpit? Absolutely beautiful! Many, many thanks to Daniel Hord and his assistant David Lee Rice for their craftsmanship in constructing them. Also, you might be i...

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Pray for David & Amanda Scott

  This past Sunday I asked the church to pray for David and Amanda Scott, who are expecting their first baby in late January. Last week they found out that their baby girl has spina bifida, a spinal cord defect. There is also the possibility of some chromosomal issues which they are testing for later this week. Please pray for David and Amanda. It has been a very em...

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What is the Bible Really About?

What is the Bible really about? Jesus, not us. Tim Keller explains. ...

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Three dollars worth of Gospel, please...

Read this quote today from D.A. Carson. Very convicting.  “I would like to buy about three dollars worth of gospel, please. Not too much—just enough to make me happy, but not so much that I get addicted. I don’t want so much gospel that I learn to really hate covetousness and lust. I certainly don’t want so much that I start to love my enemies...

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Purity vs. Pornified

I read this today on Justin Taylor's blog. I hope every man at CrossPointe will take a moment to read this. I've copied and pasted Justin's entire post below:   In 2004 Albert Mohler gave a talk to the male students of Boyce College, entitled “The Seduction of Pornography and the Integrity of Christian Marriage”—available in manuscript ...

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Boldly dare all things by the word of God

"Let the pastors boldly dare all things by the word of God...Let them constrain all the power, glory, and excellence of the world to give place to and to obey the divine majesty of this word. Let them enjoin everyone by it, from the highest to the lowest. Let them edify the body of Christ. Let them devastate Satan's reign. Let them pasture the sheep, kill the wolves, instr...

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Mercy has swallowed up all misery

“Every good thing we could think or desire is to be found in this same Jesus Christ alone. For he was sold, to buy us back; captive, to deliver us; condemned, to absolve us. He was made a curse for our blessing, sin offering for our righteousness; marred that we may be made fair.  He died for our life; so that by him fury is made gentle, wrath appeased, darknes...

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Tragedy into Blessing

I read this very encouraging quote from R.C. Sproul this morning on Josh Harris' blog. Josh is a pastor in Maryland that I respect very much. He has written several books including I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Stop Dating the Church, and Dug Down Deep. Josh's mother passed away yesterday after a long fight with cancer and he shared this Sproul quote on his blog: "God, in...

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MMQB - June 8, 2010

1. What an excellent message Sunday from Don McKelvey on Luke 7:36-50. Layer after layer of biblical truth. So thankful for his wisdom. Click here to listen to it. 2. Join us the next two Saturdays (6/12 & 6/19) as we help Highland Community Church with several projects. They are doing a great work and we are privileged to come along side them. We’ll work from 8...

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Jonathan Edwards on the Danger of Spiritual Pride

Read this great quote from Jonathan Edwards on Ray Ortlund's excellent blog. I've copied it here in its entirety: “Spiritual pride is the main door by which the devil comes into the hearts of those who are zealous for the advancement of Christianity.  It is the chief inlet of smoke from the bottomless pit, to darken the mind and mislead the judgment.  It i...

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Read this great quote from Jonathan Edwards on Ray Ortlund's excellent blog. I've copied it here in its entirety: “Spiritual pride is the main door by which the devil comes into the hearts of those who are zealous for the advancement of Christianity.  It is the chief inlet of smoke from the bottomless pit, to darken the mind and mislead the judgment.  It i...

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Very humbling to the proud heart

I came across this quote from A.W. Pink in his book The Sovereignty of God. I found these words convicting, humbling, and encouraging: "We readily acknowledge that it is very humbling to the proud heart of the creature to behold all mankind in the hand of God as the clay is in the potter's hand, yet this is precisely how the Scriptures of Truth represent the case. In this...

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Spurgeon praising the Divine Architect

One of my heroes in the faith is Charles Spurgeon, the great British pastor from the 1800’s. I came across this quote from one of Spurgeon’s sermons via Randy Alcorn’s blog. In 1864, Spurgeon preached a sermon entitled “Laus Deo” which is Latin for “praise be to God.” His text was Romans 11:36, “For of him, and through him,...

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MMQB - April 26, 2010

1. Great day worshiping yesterday with the Tribe. There’s just something essential about gathering together to sing to God and listen to and respond to His Word. We are wired to need it.  2. The book I recommended yesterday is “What Does God Want Of Us Anyway?: A Quick Overview of the Whole Bible.” It is a very short, very readable and helpful summa...

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This Sunday: Nailed to a Cross

CrossPointe, Really looking forward to this Sunday. Two quick things:    THIS SUNDAY // COLOSSIANS 2:11-15 - "NAILED TO THE CROSS" Confession time. I'm always kind of grumpy around Christmas and Easter. I think it's because of the way our culture (even our church culture) approaches these two "holidays." It seems like we so easily minimize the God-exalting, J...

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MMQB - April 1, 2010

1. Very excited about Easter Sunday. Suspiciously enough, we are going to talk about Jesus! And it just so happens that the next section in Colossians is a perfect text to speak about what Jesus did on the cross for us (Colossians 2:11-15). Great Sunday to invite friends who are not believers or who think they are but likely aren’t. 2. Speaking of Easter, I think it...

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MMQB - March 16, 2010

1. If you haven’t heard, Luke Wolff is headed back to Afghanistan for another three month deployment. Luke is an orthopedic surgeon and volunteered for the reserves after 9/11. He’s already served two tours (one to Iraq and one to Afghanistan). This past Sunday was his last before he deploys. Sorry we didn’t realize that until after the service, but pleas...

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Death by Pragmatism

Came across a great quote by Os Guinness today about how often pragmatism rules the day in church culture. He says: The concern "Will it work?" has long overshadowed "Is it true?" Theology has given way to technique. Knowing-whom has faded before know-how. Serving God has subtly been deformed into servicing the self. At its worst, the result is a shift from faith to the "...

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MMQB - March 1, 2010

1. So fired up that Daniel Hord and Evan Sussenbach got up and cranked out large chunks of Colossians 1 yesterday. Impressive. Well done! 2. It’s a few months away, but mark your calendars for the weekend of August 20-22. We are planning a Missions Weekend with special speaker Paul Tokunaga of Intervarsity. I am really excited about this event and encourage you to p...

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Thomas Watson on Romans 8:28

I just started reading a little book by Thomas Watson called All Things for Good. Watson was a 17th century pastor and author in England. The book is a short and rich exposition of Romans 8:28.  He writes in the preface: "To know that nothing hurts the godly, is a matter of comfort; but to be assured that ALL things which fall out shall co-operate for their good, th...

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MMQB - February 15, 2010

1. Yesterday's message involved some deep waters. Specifically regarding how God's goodness intersects with His sovereignty and providential control over all things, to include evil and sin. Click here for the notes and audio if you missed it. I mentioned the book Spectacular Sins by John Piper but I forgot to mention another book by Randy Alcorn entitled If God is Good: F...

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MMQB - February 8, 2010

1. Ran out of time but I wanted to give a brief point of application to the message yesterday. The message was basically about the depth of what Christ has done for us on the Cross. But the question you may have is—how does this translate into my daily life? The answer is that the Gospel should produce utter and pervasive humility in the life of a Christian. And that...

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The Gospel brings humility

The Gospel levels human pride and boasting. Thus, one of the first and necessary fruits of the Gospel is humility. The humility that comes from understanding that we have been saved by grace alone should utterly transform the way we deal with one another.  Humility - a fruit of the Gospel from CrossPointe Church on Vimeo....

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Why bruising is good for us

“…a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench.” –Matthew 12:20.  “After conversion we need bruising so that reeds may know themselves to be reeds, and not oaks. Even reeds need bruising, by reason of the remainder of pride in our nature, and to let us see that we live by mercy. Such bruising may help weake...

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The Role of Suffering in Sanctification

I recently watched this video of a message by Eric Mason, a very gifted preacher and pastor/church planter in Philadelphia. In it he speaks about the role of suffering in our sanctification. I was very, very helped and encouraged by this message. Eric's theology is rock solid and his message is both biblically deep and very understandable and practical. I highly recommen...

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MMQB - February 2, 2010

1. If you missed Sunday you can listen to the message about the details of our new location here. Also, click here for a document answering some common questions about the process and building. Click here for pictures and here for a sketch of the floor plan. And one more reminder, we are having an informational meeting tonight, February 2nd, at 6:30p at the Pointe to answe...

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Big News this Sunday, January 31st

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Day 8: SOULS

(been away from computer a lot this week, so this is a few days late!) Prayer Day 8: SOULS Prayer focus for today on our Daniel fast prayer guide is for souls. One of the things that kills me about church culture is how much effort we seem to put into keeping people who are already Christians happy, comfortable, and appeased. I think we do a great disservice when we allo...

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John 8

Thoughts on John 8:1-59. (v.9). Interesting that Johns mentions that the older ones left the scene after Jesus challenged them about their judgment of the woman caught in adultery. Life and age has a way of making you more humble than you were in your youth. (v.31-32). The phrase “once saved, always saved” has been incredibly damaging in church culture....

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John 7

Thoughts on John 7:1-52. (v.1-8). Jesus’ brothers were trying to persuade him to go more public with his ministry. He resisted. It then says that even his brothers did not believe in him. That’s striking. It seems like they did believe in him because they wanted him to go big time with his ministry. But, it seems that it is possible to hang around Jesus and ...

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MMQB - January 18, 2010

  1. On this day that we celebrate the Civil Rights movement, I encourage you to take a moment to watch Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech. It is about 16 minutes long, and one of the most important speeches and moments in American history. Click here to watch it. I have also embedded the video at the bottom of this post. 2. Please give to Haiti re...

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Martin Luther King: "I have a dream"

  I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.  Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been s...

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John 6

It’s Saturday and that means my mind is filled with what I’ll be speaking on tomorrow out of Colossians so just a few thoughts on John 6. By the way, this is one of the most jaw dropping chapters in the Bible. Incredible scene. Make it one of those chapters you come back to and chew on now and then.  A few thoughts on John 6:1-71 (v.5-6). Jesus tests u...

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Day 6: OUR NATION & MILITARY

Day 6: OUR NATION & MILITARY Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 that we should give thanks and pray for people in positions of authority. In Romans 13:1-7 he tells the church that God has appointed authorities for our common good and His purposes.  Therefore, regardless of our political leanings, we should thank God for our political leaders. And, as we expre...

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Day 7: THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Day 7: THE PERSECUTED CHURCH WORLDWIDE  Our prayer focus on this day seven of the Daniel fast is for the persecuted church worldwide. Our comfort in America obscures the fact that more Christians are being martyred for their faith in our day than in any other in the history of church.  Two websites that I would encourage you to visit and bookmark are Voice of t...

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John 6

It’s Saturday and that means my mind is filled with what I’ll be speaking on tomorrow out of Colossians so just a few thoughts on John 6. By the way, this is one of the most jaw dropping chapters in the Bible. Incredible scene. Make it one of those chapters you come back to and chew on now and then.  A few thoughts on John 6:1-71 (v.5-6). Jesus tests u...

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Spread His Fame - Shai Linne

Shai Linne with "Spread His Fame." from Grace EV Free on Vimeo. (via Justin Taylor's blog) Lyrics: All praise to the name of the savior who reigns.He’s taken our blame, embraced all our shame,He’s raised from the grave so his fame we proclaim.Salvation by grace through faith in his name. All praise to the name of the savior who reigns.He’s take...

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The latest from Matt Chandler

Here the latest video from Matt Chandler, pastor of The Village Church in Texas. What a great example he is to so many through his preaching, and now in his suffering. Let's continue to pray for Matt.   ...

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John 5

Some brief thoughts on John 5:1-47 (v.6). What a question! Do you want to be healed? Why did Jesus ask him this question? Makes me think about when I stuck in a rut either by sin or some circumstance. Do I really want to get out of it? Or am I just content to sort of lay there and be pitiful and blame others? (v.18). The real issue was that Jesus was calling God hi...

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Day 5: OUR CITY & SISTER CHURCHES

Day 5: OUR CITY & SISTER CHURCHES Columbus and the surrounding area is in desperate need of the Gospel. On the exterior it certainly seems like a god-fearing city, and in many ways compared to other cities in our nation it is. But the veil of religion and merely nominal Christianity has a strong grip on our valley. Likewise, many of the churches in the area are declin...

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Live with Haiti in your heart

I cannot say it any better than this. Here is a post on The Gospel Coalition blog by Chris Tomlinson about Haiti. I have copied and pasted it here in its entirety. ------------ [Editor's Note: This post was written the evening of January 13, 2009] *** Haiti saddens me. It saddens me in part because so many have lost so much. It also saddens me because I care so little....

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John 4

Reading today is John 4:1-54. Lots in this chapter. Several different scenes, much to chew on. Some brief thoughts on John 4: (v.4). Jesus was tired. Seems like a minor detail, but it is huge. Jesus is fully God, but He is also fully human. Hebrews 2:14-18 tells us how important this truth is. He had to be made like us in every way so that he could be a satisfactory su...

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Day 4: Radical Generosity

Day 4 of the Daniel fast and the prayer emphasis today is RADICAL GENEROSITY.  Here's the deal. We are the most prosperous people in the history of civilization. If you have a checking account and a refrigerator, you are very likely in the top six percent of wealthiest people on the planet. No doubt some of you reading this post are enduring difficult times financial...

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John 3

John 3 is one of the most beautiful and important chapters in the Bible. Innumerable books have been written about the truth that springs from just this one chapter. Here are just a few simple thoughts. This should be one of those chapters in the Bible that we frequent often. Some thoughts on John 3:1-36: (v.3). We are not born Christians. We are born sinners, and sepa...

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Day 3: Missions

On the third day of the Daniel fast we are praying for the missions organizations and missionaries that CrossPointe supports on a monthly basis. Below is a list of our partners. As we pray for God to bless and provide for these ministries, let us remember these words from 3 John 5-8. "Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers...

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Day 2: Gospel clarity

Billy Graham said once that America has just enough of Jesus to be inoculated to Him. We live in a religious but mostly lost culture that fools itself into thinking it is right with God simply because we are Americans who may occasionally attend church. My prayer is that we as a Tribe understand the Gospel well, and live out the implications of the Gospel with grace and gr...

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John 2

Some thoughts on John 2:1-25: (v.3) Mary tells Jesus that they are out of wine. Why? It seems there was this expectation that he could do something about it? Was she wanting him to run down to the corner market and buy some more to bail out the host? Seems like there must be something more to her statement—an expectation that Jesus could change the situation. ...

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John 2

Some thoughts on John 2:1-25: (v.3) Mary tells Jesus that they are out of wine. Why? It seems there was this expectation that he could do something about it? Was she wanting him to run down to the corner market and buy some more to bail out the host? Seems like there must be something more to her statement—an expectation that Jesus could change the situation. ...

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Day 1: Humility & Repentance

Humility and Repentance Father, we confess that we are arrogant, proud, self-sufficient, and impatient people. We’ve created a culture that caters to our insatiable appetites. If we are hungry, we eat. If we need something, we buy it. If we are bored, we give ourselves to mind numbing entertainment. Lord, as we fast, tune us into the selfish side of our cravings. R...

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MMQB - January 11, 2010

1. Daniel Fast begins today. For me this means no meats, no sweets, no coffee, and no Kornheiser and Wilbon. 2. We'll be reading through John together through the end of January in conjunction with the fast. 21 chapters. 21 days left in January. 1 chapter a day. I'll be posting daily thoughts on the chapters as we go. Click here for some brief thoughts on John 1.  3...

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John 1

Tribe,  Day one of the Daniel fast and as I mentioned we’ll be reading through the gospel of John through the end of January. There are 21 chapters, and 21 days left in January, so we’ll do a chapter a day. My plan is to post some simple thoughts from the corresponding chapter each day. Read along with me and record your own thoughts. A few thoughts on J...

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Behind a frowning providence

William Cowper was an English poet and hymn writer who lived from 1731-1800. His pastor and close friend was John Newton, who wrote the song "Amazing Grace." Cowper battled with manic depression and his struggles with mental illness were often expressed in his poems. Here is one of his poems I came across recently. So rich in its depth. My favorite line: "Behind a frowning...

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Colossians Promo

Colossians series begins January 10, 2010. Colossians Promo from CrossPointe Church on Vimeo....

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Daniel Fast Guide

Below is our Daniel Fast Guide booklet with an explanation of why we are fasting, how we are doing it, plus a daily prayer guide and diet suggestions. Take a moment to click on the links below and read through this guide as you prepare for the Daniel Fast January 11-20. Click here for the Daniel Fast Guide in PDF format. Click here for the Daniel Fast Guide in ...

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J.I. Packer on "evangelistic" preaching and services

Here is an excellent quote from J.I. Packer in his book Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. I mention Packer often, and since I always like to put a face with a name, I thought I'd include a picture of him below. He's in his nineties and one of the most respected theologians in the world. He has been a great gift to the church world wide. On evangelistic services and m...

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Bible Reading plans for 2010

Here are two reading plans that can both be printed and used for bookmarks. ESV Study Bible Discipleship Journal Don't beat yourself up if these plans aren't for you or if they are too much at this stage. The important thing is to develop a habit of regularly coming to the Book. Also, if you are an iTunes podcaster like me, you can subscribe to the free ESV daily podc...

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MMQB - November 30, 2009

1. It was so good to have Dr.Samuel Thomas of Hopegivers with us yesterday. They are doing a tremendous work around the world caring for orphans and planting churches. Our own John Batastini is the right hand man for this organization and is doing great things. John leaves today for several weeks in Nepal and India. Keep him and Sue and their boys in prayer. 2. Previously...

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Idealistic v. Realistic Community

Idealistic v. Realistic Community  I’ve seen it often. A person visits a church. They like it. There is an initial honeymoon feeling. They can’t believe how warm and inviting everybody is. Then, subconsciously, they place unrealistic expectations on their new community and the people that make it up. They grow used to being served and never move from cons...

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Bonhoeffer: We need one another

As I mentioned a few days ago, I am reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book Life Together. If you are not aware of Bonhoeffer and his story, I recommend you familiarize yourself with him. He was a German theologian and pastor who left the safety of a teaching position at a seminary in America to return to his native Germany in order to oppose Hitler and the Third Reich. H...

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Martin Luther on missional living

I’m re-reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together. Bonhoeffer paints such a rich portrait of Christian community in this short book. This quote from Martin Luther on the first page of the first chapter hit me right between the eyes. As a pastor, I spend most of my time with Christians. Luther’s penetrating words remind me that Jesus was always on mission...

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He upholds the universe by the word of his power

Stunning. This video maps merely what we know of the universe thus far. Hebrews 1:3 - "...and he upholds the universe by the word of his power." Psalm 8:3-4 - "When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?" (via Justin Taylor...

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Colossians 1:15-20 (recite)

I know, I know, I was a slacker last week. Should have had this verse done by Friday, but better late than never. Memorizing Scripture is one of the best things you can do for your soul. I encourage you to join me each week, whether it is the passage I am doing or something you pick out for yourself. My technique is to block out short segments of time, 5-10 minutes in the...

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MMQB - December 14, 2009

1. Membership Sundays. I love them. I’m always humbled an encouraged by them. Reminds me how thankful I am that God has me doing life with this little redemptive project we call the CrossPointe. In case you missed it, here’s the list of folks who joined Sunday: John & Sue Batastini, Jimmy & Ann Marie Brooks, Michael & Robin Burt, Caleb & Leah Ca...

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MMQB - December 7, 2009

1. Reynold mentioned yesterday that we raised $15,000 for Hopegivers International. I love being part of a generous Tribe! 2. Had a very encouraging conversation yesterday about how God is getting a hold of a family. Good decisions are being made. The Holy Spirit is guiding. The husband is stepping up. The wife is finding security in it. Thank you, Jesus. 3. We had famil...

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Romans 8:31-39 (recite)

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Romans 8:31-39

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Memorize Monday: Titus 3:3-7

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MMQB - November 23, 2009

1. We had a great picnic at the Hord’s place this Saturday. How good it is to just hang out with people and have time to talk (and shoot potato guns!) Big thanks to Daniel and Jenny for their hospitality and generosity! 2. Last night I watched a movie about one of my heroes, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was a German pastor and theologian who stood against Hitler and the ...

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A Mighty Rushing Wind

“We must confess that just now we have not the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that we could wish.  Many are being converted.  I hope that few of us are laboring unsuccessfully; but we are none of us laboring as our hearts could desire.  Oh, that I could feel the Spirit of God in me, till I was filled to the brim . . . . We seek not for extraordinary exc...

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We preach a saving Christ

“There is no inconsistency between believing that God has a special sovereign love before the foundation of the world that is efficacious and brings in all the Body of Christ and that there is too love for all men, and that no man knows to which of those loves he has been brought until he is converted.  In other words, it is the love of God in Christ t...

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Psalm 46

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Mondays are for Memorizing - Psalm 46

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MMQB - November 16, 2009

1. One of the hardest but sweetest biblical truths to wrap our minds around is God’s providence over everything. In reading Nehemiah, I’m struck that God could have hit the fast forward button at any time and put Israel right where he wanted them to be. But he doesn’t. Evidently, he has deemed that a muddy, painful, beautiful, yet slower-than-we’d-l...

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Matt Chandler on Hebrews 11

I've mentioned before that I think Matt Chandler, the pastor of The Village Church outside of Dallas, may be the best preacher of my generation. He's an incredibly gifted orator, but that's not primarily why I respect him so much and why I listen to him. I love listening to him because his theology is absolutely rock solid, and because he has a unique ability to draw a con...

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Can a person be saved without hearing about or believing in Jesus?

Can a person come to a saving knowledge of God without hearing about or believing in Jesus? It's a common question, and a very important one. Mike Bullmore, a pastor in Wisconsin and member of The Gospel Coalition gives a very good response to the question.  Mike's clear and correct answer is no, a person cannot be saved outside of hearing and believing in Jesus. Of...

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Recovering the Gospel

RECOVERING THE GOSPEL Below is a powerful statement by Ray Ortlund, Jr. that he wrote in the afterword of his book A Passion for God. Prayers and Meditations from the Book of Romans. I found it on the First Things blog in a post by Jared Wilson.  Ray's words below are powerful and very important. Take a moment to read it.   An Earnest Call For Evangelical L...

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MMQB - November 9, 2009

1. I’ve never been the sickly type, but I’ve had a head cold and cough for the past week that hit its peak this weekend. God used this to reveal the pride I’ve had for years about how I don’t get sick that often. I also am impatient with people that cough a lot. I know, snobby. This week I’ve been that guy. Humility. Jesus worked some into me ...

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I love Shai Linne and think you should too

I love Shai Linne. His lyrics are rich and biblical and his music is excellent. Search for him on iTunes, especially the Atonement album. ...

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MMQB - November 2, 2009

1. I’m feeling God is leading us to do a “Daniel fast” together as a church in January. Bottom line, I think God needs to shake us up, and fasting is a beautiful biblical pathway for us to shift our gaze from earthly things to the bread of life, Jesus. A Daniel fast is when you eat just vegetables and fruit for a period of time and it is based on Daniel 1...

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Martin Luther - the Great Reformer

Martin Luther, the Great Reformer, lived from 1483 to 1546. He grew up in the German city of Eisleben about 120 miles outside of Berlin. He studied law at an early age and achieved a bachelor’s and master’s degree by the age of thirteen. At the age of twenty-one, he was nearly struck by lightening while traveling through the countryside during a thunderstorm...

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Here I stand, I can do no other

A clip from the movie "Luther" staring Joseph Fiennes. Luther nailed his 95 theses to the chapel door at Wittenberg, Germany on All Saints Day, October 31, 1517. Four years later he defended his writings at a special meeting called the Diet of Worms. There he delivered his famous words, "Here I stand, I can do no other." ...

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Spurgeon's Embrace of Biblical Paradox

"That God predestines, and that man is responsible, are two things that few can see. They are believed to be inconsistent and contradictory; but they are not. It is just the fault of our weak judgment. Two truths cannot be contradictory to each other. If, then, I find taught in one place that everything is fore-ordained, that is true; and if I find in another pla...

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What if you went into therapy and found that the counselor was Jesus?

I read this today at Ray Ortlund’s blog Christ Is Deeper Still. Ray is the pastor of Immanuel Church in the Nashville area. I’ve copied this directly from his blog, but substituted “Me” where Ray wrote “Nashville.” WHAT IF I WENT INTO THERAPY, AND FOUND THAT THE COUNSELOR WAS JESUS? Me: I’m tired. Really tired. Especially tired o...

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MMQB - October 26, 2009

1. I cannot do without the regular, consistent gathering together with a church family to whom I am committed and obligated. It is essential for my soul. As we sang together to Jesus yesterday I was reminded of how much my soul needs to gather with the Tribe. My heart hurts for people that for whatever reason do not prioritize commitment to a local church family. Sometimes...

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Prayer Causes Things to Happen

I believe fervently in the sovereignty of God in all things. I also believe fervently in the necessity of prayer. Some call that a contradiction. I call it biblical.  ...

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Twenty years ago I met Pastor Randy

Twenty years ago this fall I was a scared “plebe” (freshman) at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. A few months before through the witness of my older brother I made a public profession of faith in Jesus at a crusade in my hometown. Now, as a scared freshman at an incredibly intimidating place, I was in a very vulnerable place spiritu...

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MMQB - October 12, 2009

1. Been thinking a lot lately about how addicted we are as a culture to entertainment. Sports and sitcoms and the like dominate our psyche. This certainly dramatically effects our expectations of God, the Bible, and church. We lust for laughter, lightness, and escapism. Most of us know much more about the storyline of our favorite show than we do about the storyline of the...

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Jesus gets the glory

Came across this great quote from Jim Hamilton, a professor/pastor in Louisville. Read the whole thing here. "Jesus gets glory when nobodies gather and love each other. Jesus gets glory when nobodies gather in moldy buildings in bad parts of town. Jesus gets glory when pastors forsake the wisdom of the world, set aside attempts to show off, open the Bible and preach it."&...

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MMQB (on a Wednesday)

Monday Morning Quarterback, October 7, 2009 (Okay, I realize it is Wednesday and not Monday…but I was busy). 1. What a great weekend with Jennifer in New York City celebrating her birthday. We love our four children dearly, but it is so good to spend time alone together. 2. I’m always struck by the mass of humanity when I go to NYC. So many languages, so ma...

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Monday Morning Quarterback

Monday Morning Quarterback – 09.28.09  1. I’m very thankful to be able to pastor the Tribe. Choosing to be part of a faith family and committing your life to it is essential to real sanctification. I get frustrated like all pastors do I suspect but I could never imagine walking away from this group of people. I truly grieve for people that jump from churc...

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Distractions are the substance of ministry

"Distractions are the substance of ministry. The shepherd could get a lot more done without so many sheep." -Doug Wilson I heard this quote today and it convicted me. I'm convicted because I admit that sometimes I think people get in way and slow things down. They don't quite get the idea or the vision or feel the passion or whatever. As a result, they become and inconven...

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Songs that men can sing

I very much appreciate Matt Redman's thoughts on this issue. I've thought for some time that too many of the current popular worship songs tend towards femininity. I love femininity, for women. Redman rightly says that the church has been "under-fathered and over-mothered." We need songs that connect with women, and songs that connect with men. And we need masculine men wh...

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Nehemiah 3 - "Ordinary People"

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How did we get the Bible & has it been changed?

The validity of Scripture is under attack in our day. Here's a very helpful introduction to the issue of how the Bible came to be the collection of books we know it as today. Click here to download "How Did We Get Our Bible and Has It Been Changed?" by Dr. Matthew Harmon. (HT: Between Two Worlds)...

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Cecil Cheves' 60-60-60 event

Tribe, This Friday and Saturday (August 7th & 8th) Cecil Cheves will embark on a rather unusual way to celebrate his 60th birthday (to say the least!). He's going to run 60 miles, bike 60 miles, and swim 60 laps! Yes, we thought about staging an intervention, but decided his mind was made up! Seriously though, in addition to doing it as a personal challenge, Cecil is ...

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Nehemiah: A People On Mission

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Pastor Dad: Scriptural Insights on Fatherhood

A great resource for fathers. I recommend you download this e-book and set aside an hour or two to read it. Young women, you should read this too so you know what to look for in a young man that may some day be your husband and father to your children. Pastor Dad: Scriptural Insights for Fatherhood by Mark Driscoll...

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Video Blog

Our first stab at a video post on the blog...with a little help from Arabella. Test Video (sorta kinda) from CrossPointe Church on Vimeo....

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Centrality of the Gospel

Tim Keller gives us the best description of the centrality of the Gospel I've read. This article is something we should print out, read slowly, digest, ponder, and read again often. Click here to read it. For more resources from Keller click here.  ...

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You've Got Lies

Came across this very insightful article today on Tim Challies' blog. I hope every young woman in the Tribe will read this. It's an excellent article about the subtle but dangerous lies the entertainment obsessed culture we live in throws at women. Click here to read it.  ...

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Treasuring Him

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Recommended reading list

Check out our new recommended reading list for some suggestions on great books that will help you grow in your faith. Our plan is to update and add to this list periodically as we come across helpful books....

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Guy's guide to marrying well

This looks like a very helpful booklet for young men considering marriage. A guide for gals is coming out soon. It's just a PDF at this point, but will be published soon. Click here to download the PDF and here for a very well done online version. HT: Justin Taylor  ...

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Breaking free from entertainment addiction

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Speaking with Authority

Funny...and true. (HT: Straight up)...

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No, Mr. President

I'm often very convicted about how the church responds to abortion. We need to have more than a political stance. We need to say more than "abortion should be illegal." Churches should be full of adopted children. But, regardless of the shortcomings of our response as a church, this excerpt from a recent John Piper sermon is very powerful and something we need to hear. T...

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Run for the Heroes

John Teeples is crazy. He's a local builder and part of our men's wednesday morning bible study and he is running all the way across the state of Georgia (on foot!) over the Memorial Day weekend to raise money for a great organization called House of Heroes. He's planning on 70 miles a day for four days. That's almost 3 marathons a day, back-to-back-to-back-to-back! Check ...

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A simple explanation of the Gospel

Here's a very helpful and simple explanation of the heart of the Gospel by Mark Dever. Dever is a pastor in Washington, D.C. and the author of several books. In particular, I recommend his book The Gospel and Personal Evangelism for help with how to share your faith....

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Luther on Repentance

  Message number two in our Grow series coming up this week. The theme is going to be repentance, and how necessary it is, not only in our salvation, but also our growth. Here's what Martin Luther had to say about repentance in his 95 theses that kicked off this little thing we like to call the Protestant Reformation (in fact, it was #1 on the list!):   &ldq...

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The Resurrection...optional?

Recently I read an article in which a leader in a prominent denomination was asked if he would still be a Christian if he were presented with irrefutable evidence that the resurrection of Christ did not happen. He said, yes, he would still be a Christian. He went on to say that the moral virtue of the message is enough for him to believe in Christianity. He could not be mo...

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"Just Do Something" - a book recommendation

One of the questions I am asked most often is "How can I know God's will for my life?" There's a lot to that question, and just throwing a book recommendation at it won't suffice as a complete answer. But, let me recommend a short and easy to read book to any that might be grappling with that question as part of an answer. It's called Just Do Something: A Liberating Appro...

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Easter Sunday

This is kind of a weird thing for a pastor to say, but I have a hard time looking forward to Easter Sunday. I know, I know. I hear your gasps. Yes, it is the most important day on the Christian calendar. True, it's usually a time when lots of people come to church, which would make you think that I see it as a great opportunity to preach the Gospel. I do. But I guess that'...

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Discipleship - a patient acquisition of virtue

Been thinking a lot lately about what discipleship should look like within the context of a local church. How exactly does a church help facilitate the spiritual growth of people, without unwittingly creating a culture of consumerism in which people expect to receive but are never challenged to contribute? Well, we're working on some answers, but I wanted to share a quote ...

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Luther on the Bible

A great quote by Martin Luther:  "The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me."     ...

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Does Satan exist? ABC's nightline debates

Tribe, Get your TIVO's fired up. The ABC program nightline is conducting a debate about the existence of Satan that will air on Thursday, March 26 at 11:35 pm. This should be interesting. Check out link below for more info. Put me down for a "yes"...Satan is real. ABC Nightline - Does Satan exist?    ...

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Mark Dever on the Gospel

Mark Dever is a pastor in Washington, D.C. I don't know him personally but he's been one of my mentors from afar to me these past few years through his books. Here's a short video of him explaining the Gospel. So clear, so powerful. I especially like his last sentence about how the Gospel should be the heart of every church and every individual Christian.     ...

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What is the recession for?

Tribe, Turn on the news any given night these past months and all you see is talking heads telling you how bad the economy is. It can get depressing, and worrisome. I recently listened to a message by John Piper about the recession. Piper is the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, and if you've been around CP for awhile, you know that I have a great ap...

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Life in the Tribe

Hey Tribe.  Fear not, the CP blog is here! A few times a week I hope to post some thoughts about life, theology, church, and whatever other miscellaneous things pertain to doing life together as a church. A neat feature of a blog is the ability to comment and interact with one another. The best way to be keep up to date with new posts is to subscribe via the RSS butto...

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