Dear CrossPointe,I hope your summer is going well. We've had a great week of VBS with many children learning about the goodness of the gospel. A huge thanks to all our VBS volunteers that have made this week possible!As I've mentioned the last couple of weeks, I am taking some time off this summer for rest and renewal. This means that I will be out of the pulpit this...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,This Sunday we'll finish John 5 before I take some time off this summer. Specifically, we'll cover John 5:3047 in which Jesus defends his authority against the accusations of Jewish leaders by appealing to four "witnesses"John the Baptist, Jesus' miracles, God the Father, and the Scriptures.The logic Jesus uses in this passage is very important, and we'll ...Keep Reading
Dear CrossPointe,The rest of John 5 is thick and it's all about Jesus. In fact, J.C. Ryle, a great English preacher from the 1800s, said it was "one of the deepest things in the Bible."So we'll take the next two weeks to wade through Jesus' words about himself. This week, we'll cover John 5:1629 in which Jesus speaks of hisdivinity, hisunitywith the Father, hissovereignty,...Keep Reading
Dear CrossPointe,We're back in John's Gospel (5:117) this Sunday to consider the healing of a man who'd been disabled for 38 years! The tension is mounting between Jesus and the religious authorities as he heals this man on the Sabbath. We'll get into this tension in more depth as we progress through John, but I want us to focus on Jesus' peculiar question to the man in ve...Keep Reading