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This Sunday: “Our Triumphal Procession in Christ”

Dear CrossPointe,

The Christian life is filled with highs and lows, joys and disappointments, excitement and regret. The Apostle Paul knew this well. In our text this Sunday, 2 Corinthians 2:12–17, Paul shares a recent experience he had in a place called Troas. Despite what he describes as an open door of ministry in the Lord, his heart was restless.

In addition to preaching the gospel, Paul’s plan in Troas was to meet with his ministry associate Titus to get a report on the Corinthian church. (If you’ve read 1 Corinthians, you know this church has not exactly been a model of holiness.) But Titus doesn’t arrive, and Paul’s concern for the Corinthians only grows. Paul is seeing “ministry success” in Troas but can’t stop thinking about the relative disaster of Corinth, so he leaves.

What do we make of this scenario? No doubt you’ve faced similar circumstances. We see the gospel going forward and producing fruit in our lives or the lives of others, but when it fails to take root elsewhere we can’t shake the realization. We can feel hopeless despite evidence of the Lord’s faithfulness. Paul’s response is to reframe the whole situation, even calling it a “triumphal procession.”

I think this perspective on the Christian life is a needed one today, and on Sunday we’ll see why. Read the text a few times, and come ready to hear from God’s Word. We’ll also gather around the Lord’s Table as we usually do on the first Sunday.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Robert

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Men’s & Women’s Prayer Groups || Meet at CrossPointe to pray for the needs of our church and individual requests. There are two groups: one for men (every Thurs. at 6 a.m.) and one for women (every Mon. at 10 a.m.).
 
Starting Pointe Membership Class || Learn what we believe, how the church works, and what our mission is. The class is divided into two sessions (A & B), and we’ve got another class coming up soon:

  • (A) Mon., May 6, 6–8:30 p.m.
  • (B) Mon., May 13, 6–8:30 p.m.

We’ll provide dinner and childcare. Contact Robert Ward to sign up!
 
Men’s Lunch (May 7, noon) || Join the men of CrossPointe for food ($5 Chick-fil-A) and fellowship. RSVP to Springer Cain.
 
Young Adults (every other Wed., 6 p.m., May 15 next) || Join us for fellowship and discipleship at the Kirkpatricks’. Contact Tyler with questions.
 
Member Meeting (moved to May 19, 6 p.m.) || CrossPointe’s members meet bi-monthly to welcome new members, hear updates on various aspects of church life, and share fellowship with one another. Childcare is available.
 
Ladies’ Lunch (May 21, 11:30 a.m.) || Join the women of CrossPointe for food ($5 Chicken Salad Chick) and fellowship. Childcare is provided starting at 9:30 a.m. RSVP to Allie Webb.
 
VBS (June 24–28) || Mark your calendars! Registration is open for both volunteers and children. Click here to register!