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Update on Brad’s Summer Sabbatical

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...

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“Jesus Calls Four Witnesses”

John 531–32

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 ...

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“Understanding the Biblical Jesus”

John 519–20 (1)

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,...

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“Do You Want to Be Healed?”

John 55–6

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...

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