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God revealed to Abraham that He had a plan to bless all of humanity and Abraham would be the starting point of that plan. We can look back and see how God’s plan of blessing unfolded, finding its fulfillment in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. And then Jesus handed off the mission of delivering the blessing to his disciples. To be a disciple of Jesus is to be commissioned to give out the blessing of Jesus—the gospel—to the world around us.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:5 we find the love of Jesus moving the apostle Paul to pray for complete sanctification that his friends might “be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (5:23). He is really, really concerned that his friends be ready to see Jesus
God’s better plan for love and sex has one clear and holy environment: marriage. Some people call the biblical view of sexual morality “repressive” but, in God’s wisdom, marriage is undoubtedly the safest environment for sex.
Paul in 1 Thessalonians is like a strength coach – he’s helping the Thessalonians, not to grow strong muscles but to grow a strong heart. He’s telling them (and us) that a strong heart will help you be ready to meet Jesus when He returns.
Were looking at how to consistently connecting with people to make love known to them. How do we make love known in times of separation?
As we begin our Fall Growth Group, Everybody Always, we wanted to provide a way to practically help you to love everybody always. This Discussion Guide explains the B.L.E.S.S. acronym.
Why do we need church? How has church blessed you? How is it essential? These are questions we're answering from the first message in the series, Love Made Known.
Communion finds its fulfillment as we model unity to the world around us. We recommit to unity and we model it even when we have differences to our nation. Which is more important than ever in our intense political climate.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
While there are plenty of trouble makers in this world, Jesus calls us to be peacemakers. But that’s much easier said than done. But Jesus says that we are blessed if we are peacemakers. What successes have you had in conflict?
Jesus taught that those with a pure heart experience the blessing of seeing God. What happens in your heart matters. God is looking for people who have an undivided and uncontaminated heart and when he finds them, he gives them what they most desire: to see him—to truly know and experience his friendship and presence.
"Blessed are the merciful." We are happy to receive mercy but give it? Not so much. When someone hurts us the last thing we want to do is forgive and provide for their good. We want to give revenge. Not mercy. Yet Jesus calls us to another countercultural pathway of doing relationships. And when we do, we gain so much more than we give.
In Acts 9 we see into three different hearts. Saul saw Christians and was angry. Jesus saw Saul and was filled with love. Ananias saw Saul and was filled with fear, but an even greater faith to trust Jesus and help him. We learn from Jesus and Ananias to be a people that give second chances and shows God’s love and mercy so others will know Jesus’ love too!
Spiritual appetite is a real indicator of spiritual health. What is it that you hunger and thirst for? Is there an insatiable desire for righteousness, for the glory of God, for the lost to come to Christ for justice? From the message, what were the four steps to staying thirsty for righteousness? Share your thoughts on which of these steps is most helpful to you and why.
The Downside-Up Life is the way we describe living out the attitudes displayed in the Beatitudes. They are contrary to the world’s ways but they are the secret to bringing healthy, lasting change into our world (and our personal lives and relationships). This week we looked at Matthew 5:5: “Blessed are the meek (gentle), for they will inherit the earth.”
We’re all on a happiness quest, but do we have the right roadmap? Jesus shared with his disciples 8 paths that lead to a blessed and fulfilling life and their not the commonly given routes to happiness. This week we’re looking at the second beatitude Jesus gave, “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.”
In an upside-down world, Jesus shows us how to live downside up. From this new message series called “The Downside-Up Life” you will learn from the words of Jesus from Matthew 5 how you will gain a life that brings true happiness and makes the world a far better place.
When people come spiritually alive through a relationship with Christ, we become lovers of people. God wants his people to redefine justice as much larger than just doing what’s right and not doing what’s wrong. God wants his people to bring a biblical view of justice that creates a society where all people can thrive and have every opportunity to know and follow the one true God.
Israel was experiencing prosperity and concluded wrongly that God was blessing them. They reinforced their prosperity theology with their election theology – “we are the chosen people”. Their thinking was absolutely warped and God sent Amos to help them see the truth: ...
Amos the prophet is famous for saying, “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” But before God could get to the issue of justice, he had a conversation with the people of Israel in Amos 1-2 in which Amos becomes the “mirror” for their personal reflection – and for ours. They were so caught up in their way of thinking that they completely missed their own bias and disobedience against God and how they were hurting the people around them.
People often talk of living in heaven forever. But, in fact, the Bible teaches of an entirely renewed creation – a new heaven and a new earth where we will live with God.
Jesus’ return is our great hope! But it’s not everyone’s great hope. For those who openly oppose Jesus; for those who are apathetic toward Jesus; for those who pretend to be Christians but don’t know the power and the love of Jesus . . . these people will have great fear.
Living Hopefully for Christ’s Return.” There is no greater hope offered to us in Scripture than that we will see Jesus in all his glory.
hopefully as we patiently wait is easier said than done. How do we develop the patience? Maybe you’re single and waiting to find someone. Perhaps you’re waiting for healing. We’re wired to be doing something but we do an awful lot of waiting.
King Hezekiah faced life’s ultimate question of death. The pandemic has brought this very personal awareness that we are not invincible – what if I get sick or even die? How do we live with hope when sick or dying?
We feel uncertain – we’re not used to living with this amount of risk. We’re looking for certainty – something to anchor to. Scripture: Jeremiah 1
Living Hopefully while Sequestered.
Scriptures: Lamentations 3:19-24; Psalm 130:3-4; Jeremiah 31:2-4
Living Hopefully with Infertility.
Scriptures: Romans 4:18-25; Genesis 12, 17, 18, 21
We are living through unprecedented times and we sure could use some hope. I invite you to join us for our series as we talk about the hope we have in Christ and how to live each day with hope in God.
Scriptures: Mark 11:9-10; 15:33-39
We miss this in our relationship with God and with people. Think about it. You may feel distant from God even now. Why? Well, you may be growing in holiness, on mission with Jesus, but what you are missing is the fullness that God has for you.
In this time of great concern, people need Jesus; and they need Christians to “be the church”. We see Jesus’ heart in prayer as he prays for his church (us). From Jesus’ prayer in John 17, we see three prayers for growing unity.
At some point in your Christian life you struggle either with doubt or fear. As Jesus sees it, the world is a dangerous place for a person’s faith. And Jesus wants us to overcome the world’s opposition to faith. So how can we be specifically praying for our fellow believers that may be struggling?
What does it look like to make a compelling ask of God? Is He moved into action by a certain kind of prayer? Jesus shows us how to bring a request to God. There isn’t a magic formula; but we can see that when we pray, our WHAT needs a strong WHY. Our Heavenly Father wants us to make a case for why He should act.
Without groceries you go hungry. Without a
winter coat you get awfully cold. From the last portion of 2 Timothy, we see five actions done backstage that are necessary for a gospel movement.
CrossPoint has a big dream – to reach the lost. So, how do we reach the lost? Paul shows us three keys to make a gospel movement real. We need motivation, determination, and anticipation.