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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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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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This Sunday: A Providential End to Mark's Gospel

After thirteen months in Mark, we conclude our study of the gospel with a look at the disputed and providential ending of Mark 16:9-20. ...

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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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Of Figs and Faith

Dear CrossPointe,I love writing these e-mails, because they help me think and distill the points of a sermon. This Sunday I’ll be preaching on Mark 11:12–25, and it will definitely require clear thinking! Thankfully, Mark has organized this text quite effectively. Using an account of Jesus’ cursing a fruitless fig tree, he sandwiches (and highlights) the ...

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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 and Children

CrossPointe,In Mark 10:13-16, Jesus speaks of discipleship in parenting and caring for children. He says, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the Kingdom of God” (v14). What does Jesus mean by this? How are those who possess God’s Kingdom like children?Is it because children are innocent? I think we know better than to be...

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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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The Mountain of Transfiguration

CrossPointe,I’ll be preaching on Sunday through Mark 9:2-13, the Transfiguration of Jesus. With all the pastors preaching more frequently this year, I hoped to get a shot at preaching on this text. I came. I reasoned with Brad. I conquered. Sort of.Mark’s account of the Transfiguration is overwhelming, to put it mildly. After ascending a “high mountain,&r...

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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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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 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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Sunday: Psalm 62

CrossPointe family,This week we will close out our month in the Psalms with Psalm 62, a Psalm of confidence. This beautiful Psalm calls us to confidence in God when our circumstances would suggest otherwise. Additionally, we will discuss how our confidence in Christ affords us the open honesty toward God that we see throughout the Scriptures.Psalm 62:8 re...

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Sunday: Psalm 19

Dear CrossPointe,Psalm 19 is a majestic reflection on the way that God has revealed himself to us. In it, we see that nature declares the power and glory of God, but that Scripture, the written word of God, is necessary to know God as he truly is.In light of this, please take some time to reflect on the power and authority of the Scriptures before Sunday: Psalm 1 2 Tim...

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Sunday: How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place

Dear CrossPointe,The pastors have been preaching through selected psalms this summer. (If you’ve missed any of those sermons so far, please take a look/listen at CrossPointe’s sermon page. It's good stuff.) What I love most about Psalms is how it is not only descriptive (describing the prayers and circumstances of the psalmists), but also prescriptive (showing ...

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This Sunday: Psalms 42 & 43

Dear CrossPointe,The pastors are currently preaching through selected Psalms on Sundays, and this week I’ll be looking at Psalms 42 and 43 (originally one psalm). As you know, the many psalms were written by many people and consequently explore many conditions of the human soul. This makes the book of Psalms a kind of manual to help us understand our own hearts.While...

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This Sunday: Psalm 116

Dear CrossPointe,This week we will be digging into Psalm 116, a Psalm which encourages us with God’s faithfulness even in uncertain circumstances. One of the reasons I chose this Psalm is the beautifully encouraging first verse, which reads, “he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.” This culminates in the writer’s vow: “I will call on hi...

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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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