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Misjudging Jesus

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Dear CrossPointe, I will tell you thatJohn 7 has been a challengingchapter for me thus far in understandingthe text's point and application. On the surface, it is essentially a narrative of the mounting conflict between Jesus and the Jewish leaders. While that's very important for us to know, I've wrestled a bit to apply this chapter to our lives and context. With that c...

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Why does the world hate Jesus?

John 76–9

Dear CrossPointe,What a joy it was to have Pastor Conrad Mbewe with us again last Sunday. If you missed it, you can listen to his messagehere. It was a feast! You can also watch his talk and QA about missions and church planting from Sunday nighthere.This Sunday we are back in John's Gospel. Specifically, our text is John 7:113, which sets the scene for mounting public opp...

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This Sunday with Conrad Mbewe

Psalm 951–3

Dear CrossPointe,I've been looking forward to this Sunday! We have the privilegeonce again to welcome Dr. Conrad Mbewe to CrossPointe. He was with us inJune of 2019and, for those that were there, you'll remember he is a powerful preacher of God's Word. His pulpit ministry is well-known around the world in our circles, and I'm very thankful for his friendship with our own R...

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“Feeding on Christ”

John 648–51

Dear Church,This Sunday we'll cover a larger passage of Scripture than usual as we finish out John 6 by looking at verses 4171. In our text, Jesus' claim to be the "bread of life" is misunderstood by the crowd and causes many of themeven some that were called his disciplesto ultimately turn back and follow him no longer. It's a surprising end to a chapter that begins with ...

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“The Son’s Certain Mission”

John 639–40

Dear Church,Our text this week, John 6:3540, is one of the most comforting and cherished passages in all of John. In it, Jesus makes several glorious promises about what he has come to do and the certain future of those who believe in him. I mentioned last week that if we understand what Jesus in saying in this long discourse in John 6, then we are on our way to having a s...

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“The Bread of Life”

John 626–28

Dear Church,This Sunday we'll dig into John 6:2235, the opening portion of Jesus' discourse on the bread of life which dominates the rest of John 6. What stands out immediately is how earthly-minded the crowd remains even after the miraculous feeding. They insist on working for earthly bread while Jesus exhorts them to look beyond that which perishes. Another striking aspe...

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“Jesus Walks on the Water”

John 618–19

Dear CrossPointe,Life can get dark and the waters choppy. No matter how much experience or maturity we have, the next immediate crisis can throw our world into a tailspin. That's where the disciples find themselves in our text this week, John 6:1621, just hours after witnessing Jesus feed the multitude. In the middle of a dark storm, Jesus comes to themwalking on the waves...

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“Jesus Feeds the Multitudes”

John 65

Dear CrossPointe, It's been since June 20 (Father's Day) that I last had the privilege to stand before you and preach God's word. This time away has been so helpful for me and I'm grateful for your love and the care of my fellow elders. Thank you! This Sunday I'm looking forward to getting back in the saddle as we look at John 6:1-15 and the account of Jesus feeding the ...

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“The Sacrifice of Isaac”

Genesis 221–2

Dear CrossPointe,This Sunday we'll be looking at Genesis 22, the account of God's call upon Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. This is likely a familiar passage of Scripture to you, whether you grew up in the church or not.Typically, those within the church look to Genesis 22 as a beautiful account of God's grace, but to those outside the church it's a handy text fo...

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“For She Loved Much”

Luke 737–38

Dear CrossPointe,Last Sunday we considered the story of Naaman, the great Syrian commander unable to cleanse his leprosy, and the little Israelite girl who pointed him to the prophet in Israel and ultimate wholeness. This week, we'll look at a similar story in Luke's Gospel, this time about a sinful woman whose incredible love for Jesus reveals one Pharisee's fraudulent pi...

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