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 enormous...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, I'm really looking forward to this Sunday! We'll be in Joshua 2 (and a bit of chapter 6 as well) studying a pivotal moment in the history of God's people, when they finally put into motion plans to conquer the Promised Land. "Conquer" is probably a strong term, because the Israelites barely do anything. Rather, the Lord gives them the land by defeating t...Keep Reading
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 5:35, 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 inevitably com...Keep Reading
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 Sunday we'll...Keep Reading