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This Sunday: “It Depends on God”

Dear CrossPointe,

This Sunday we continue to wade through the deep waters of Romans 9 as we study verses 14–18. In this paragraph, Paul answers an anticipated objection about what he has just said regarding God’s purpose in election in the preceding verses. Instead of hedging about God’s absolute sovereignty, he doubles down on it and asserts that God is free to grant mercy to whomever he wills and harden whomever he wills. Again, these are deep waters, but they are for our good and are intended not for controversy but for our comfort and confidence.

I really encourage you to read the text a few times before Sunday. Spend some time in Romans 9. Read the whole chapter numerous times in one sitting. Pray for God to encourage us and understand what is Word is saying to us. And pray for God to grant mercy and soften hard hearts this Sunday as we gather.


Also, on this first Sunday of September, we’ll come to the Lord’s Table and receive communion together. Let’s prepare our hearts to feed on the gospel.

Grace and peace,

Brad

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Calling for Directory Updates || CrossPointe’s member directory contains addresses and contact info for every member, and much of it is out of date! If you’re a member, please e-mail Robert Ward your current address and best contact info. (We also need pictures for several members.)

Fall Community Groups || Find discipleship in the context of small-groups oriented around the gospel. Groups pray and study the Bible (or a biblical book) together. Visit our website or the board in the foyer for more info!
 
Women’s Studies || Sign up for these upcoming studies! 

  • Philippians (Thurs. @ 9:30–11 a.m., Aug. 30–Nov. 15): taught by Karen Rosa; childcare available; RSVP
  • The Son of David: Seeing Jesus in the Historical Books (Tues. @ 10–11:30 a.m., Sept. 4–Nov. 13): taught by Elayne Saucier & Sherry Duncan; childcare available; RSVP

Men’s Studies || Sign up for these upcoming studies!

  • Pastoral Epistles (Thurs. @ 7–8 a.m., Sept. 13–Dec. 13): taught by Cecil Cheves; RSVP
  • 1 & 2 Peter (Tues. @ 7–8 a.m., starting Sept. 11): taught by Robert Ward at Midtown Coffee; RSVP

Men’s Lunch (Sept. 4, noon) || Join the men of CrossPointe for food ($5 Chick-fil-A) and fellowship. RSVP to Springer Cain.
 
R(un) for One (Sept. 8, 8 a.m.) || Come support the ministry of (un)adopted! Meet at 3690 Manchester Expy. E-mail Springer Cain for more info.
 
Haiti Missions Trip Info Mtg. (Sept. 9, noon) || Serve alongside our partners in Haiti, Jan. 16–21! E-mail Springer Cain if you’re interested.
 
Sunday Morning Classes (9 a.m., starting Sept. 9) || We’ve got three classes this Fall: Prayer(Reuben Moyana), Genesis(Ron Mullins) & Systematic Theology(Robert Ward). To RSVP for a class/childcare e-mail Allison Webb.
 
Member Meeting (Sept. 9, 6–7:30 p.m.) || Catch up on everything going on in the life of CrossPointe as we pray for one another, hear updates on various areas of ministry, and receive new members. Childcare is provided.
 
Child Dedication (Sept. 16) || If you have welcomed a child into your family recently, consider participating in our child dedication as we commit together to point our children to Christ. Please e-mail Robert Ward to sign up.
 
Midweek Fellowship (Sept. 19–Oct. 24) || Mark your calendars for the return of MWF (dinner @ 5:45 p.m., teaching @ 6:30). We’ll consider what the Bible has to say about various difficult topics. Childcare is available as well!
 
Youth Trip: Six Flags (Sept. 22, 8:30 a.m.–midnight) || Join us for a fun day at Six Flags ($35/student, $45/friend). Lunch is included, but dinner will likely cost an extra $10–15. Register here by Sept. 12.

Clement Care ONE Conference (Sept. 29, 1:30–5 p.m.) || Learn more about the foster-care needs in our community while your kids enjoy a fun, Scripture-based concert with Randall Goodgame. (There will be a concert for everyone to conclude!) Register online today!