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 Christianthe 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? What is G...Keep Reading
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This Sunday we conclude our Malachi series with one of the great promises of the Old Testament. It is a promise of the great and awesome day of the Lord when he will come to judge the wicked and heal and save those who fear his name. Clearly, Malachi is pointing God’s people to the coming Messiah who will come first as a Lamb and again as a Lion. This text gives us the opportunity to think about judgment, salvation, and Christ’s return. These are essential truths, and I pray the Lord will use them to help make us all more ready for eternity. Also, on this first Sunday of October, we’ll receive the Lord’s Supper together as a church family. I hope that’s how you view CrossPointe...
Dear CrossPointe, We are winding down our series on 1 Thessalonians this Sunday with a look at 1 Thessalonians 5:1222. 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 the surfa...Keep Reading
Dear CrossPointe, Our text this Sunday is 1 Thessalonians 5:111, 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 exhort...Keep Reading
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 as he p...Keep Reading