Ephesians 4:11-12 makes it clear that we have all been given gifts from God, but we're not always clear those gifts are given to serve God and others. Jack Doney, our Director of Worship, talks about the significance of this passage in three key parts: 1) equipping us inwardly to prepare and train 2) working outwardly for the good of ministry and 3) building upwardly, investing in God's Kingdom and others.
Jesus often delays but He is never late! Mary was upset that Jesus had delayed coming to Lazarus and he died. Jesus used this to demonstrate who He is through raising Lazarus from the dead but it was also an important lesson for Mary and for us, trust Jesus' timing!
Jesus continues with his encounter with the Pharisees as we come to the end of Chapter 10.
“My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” As followers of Jesus, our eternal life is secure and that can never change!
Storms in our life bring us to a point of reliance on Jesus. It could have been easier for the disciples to have never jumped in the boat with Jesus only to find themselves amidst a storm on the water, but without that storm they would have not experienced Jesus and grown their faith. Don’t be afraid to go through storms but make sure you have Jesus there with you.
Jesus is the good shepherd who cares for and lays down his life for His sheep. Is he your shepherd?
A familiar voice. There is really nothing more powerful than the voices we allow to speak into our lives and to guide our thoughts and decisions. Who's voice is guiding your life? Our passage today reminds us that Jesus' followers hear His voice and as our good Shepherd, He is here to guide us day by day.
The blind beggar meets Jesus again and Jesus reveals who he truly is to him. As the beggar understands who Jesus is he responds by worshipping Him. The more we understand how much Jesus forgave us, the deeper our love for Him grows!
The Pharisees challenge the beggar whom Jesus healed from blindness, but he instead challenges them with his simple view of what happened to him.
The Pharisees face a dilemma when Jesus violates their man-made rules about the Sabbath and heals the sight of a blind man. The blind man's account of what happened is a simple truth they couldn't accept... "He applied clay to my eyes, I washed, and I see." The truth of Jesus Christ cannot be burdened down with our own expectations and rules - it is as simple as it seems.
What does it look like to continually hunger for God? Phil Peterson shares his story of finding joy amidst the trials of life. Matthew 28:16-20.
Why do we wrestle with hopelessness? Hope is such a critical dimension of a purposeful and joy-filled life. Kellan Peterson discusses three reasons we can feel hopeless and how Jesus addresses the underlying needs.
Judgmental? Skeptical? Fear? How would you respond coming face to face with a miracle of Jesus? This is how some in the community around the blind man reacted when Jesus healed him and restored his sight. Are you expecting and open to see God perform miracles in your own life or those around you?
Jesus is more than a good teacher, philosopher … he is the living God, the Lord of Lords. In our passage today, he makes this very clear. There is no one more worthy to follow!
Is your relationship with God personal or institutional? Jesus wants us to have a personal relationship with him. This week, Pastor Jerry covers this topic in our series through the book of John.
There's a lot of pressure in the world today to make truth relative. The reality is that truth is the one thing that grounds us in our faith and does not change. Pastor Jerry continues our study in the book of John with John 8:31-40 discussing the power of truth.
The Jewish leaders of his day didn't understand the importance of who Jesus is. With all their Biblical knowledge and responsibility, they didn't recognize their Messiah. It is not enough to just have the knowledge of the scriptures, we need to recognize Jesus!
This week, we finish up our two week series on the Art of Neighboring. Todd shares some compelling stories about Jesus and loving our neighbors well.
If we’re going to truly love our neighbors then our love must extend far beyond these four walls which make up the building we’re in. We have to metabolize what we get when we’re in community at church and turn it into spiritual energy which reaches out and loves our neighbors.
Happy Easter! Today, we celebrate not a prophet who has died, but a King who is risen and alive! Jesus said, "I am the door; if anyone enters through me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly." Are you ready to step through the door? We're here to help. Text "IHAVEDECIDED" to 44222 for your next step!
The world can be a dark place. Many people walk daily in that darkness but Jesus tells us that any who follow Him shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life! What an amazing message. Do you know someone who needs to hear about it?
The Pharisees attempt to trap Jesus by bringing him a woman caught in the act of adultery. But Jesus turns the tables and teaches us a lesson on repentance and forgiveness. This same forgiveness is available to all of us!
We continue our series through the book of John with a message from John 7:37-52.
Are you willing to drink from the same cup as Jesus? Are we willing to abandon the comfort of today in order to share and take the Gospel to a hurting world? Will we go where he leads us? Todd Morrison explores these questions and more as we take a look at Mark 10.
Who are you church? The culture around us wants to know who we really are and why they should listen to us. Jack Doney, Worship Director at Crossroads, shares a challenging message based on the character of the early church in Acts 2.
There are many voices in the world all telling you how to live and how to get to Heaven. But many of those voices may be false teachers Today's message is about listening to the right voice.
Pastor Jerry continues our walk through the book of John with today's message from John 7:19-24.
Are you seeking the wisdom of the world or the wisdom that comes from Jesus? He is the ultimate authority which comes from God the Father. The Pharisees could not reason against him and the people were amazed how He spoke with such authority. That’s because He is the ultimate authority and author of truth!
Is you life too comfortable? We're called to live a life which reflects the grace and character of Jesus and when we do we will face some adversity where life is not comfortable. Pastor Jerry continues our walk through the book of John as we dig into chapter 7.
Jesus said therefore to the twelve, "You do not want to go away also, do you?" Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of life. And we have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God." (John 6:67-69)
Peter understood and truly believed that Jesus was the Messiah. Prior to this, many of those who had begun to follow Jesus had withdrawn and no longer followed Him. Does your belief allow you to follow Jesus regardless of the circumstance you find yourself in?