Cross Pointe Church

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1800 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30097

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Sunday 9:15 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

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678-812-4500

in Faith

Little Faith

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“If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:30

At the root of worry is the sin of unbelief.  This is why Jesus called the crowd in Galilee, “O you of little faith!”  In this passage, He challenges us to stop, look around, and consider how God cares for His creation.  Trees grow, flowers bloom, birds build nests and lay and hatch eggs… bears hibernate and snakes shed their skin… animals of prey are created with the ability to camouflage into their environment as protection from predators… and the list goes on and on. The faithfulness of God is gloriously displayed in the world He created.  When God saw all that He had made on the sixth day of creation and said, “It is very good,” He meant it.

While sin has indeed marred and corrupted God’s perfect creation, we can still see evidence that He can be trusted to meet our needs.  Jesus pointed to the grass, which is here one day and gone another, and used it to illustrate the absurdity of worry.  If God takes care of grass, feeding it and clothing it with flowers, will He not feed and clothe us, His own children?

When we worry we doubt God’s goodness and His promises.  We choose to believe that He is not who He says He is.  In essence, a lifestyle of worry makes God out to be a liar.  Worry is sin, because it is rooted in a lack of faith.  And without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  But with faith, even faith as small as a mustard seed, all things are possible (Matthew 17:20).

Does your life demonstrate a belief in the greatness of God?    

Prayer: Father, Help me to trust You more today.  Open my eyes to see the evidence of Your faithfulness that is all around me.  Give me the boldness to share my faith with others.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

The Lord's Delight

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“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’” Isaiah 46:10

God is sovereign--in control of all things--this is true  If there was any doubt in the minds of His people of this truth, God clears that up in Isaiah 46:10. To paraphrase, God says, “I am God.  You are not. I know everything. You do not. I will do what I please.” If we aren’t careful, we could misunderstand what God is saying.

When God says, “I will do all that I please,” He is not minimizing man. He is not saying that He is the master puppeteer and we are just moving as He pulls our strings.  While God’s purpose does prevail, He has chosen to involve us in His plans. This is messy work for God.  We have not made it easy with our running and resisting and know-it-all attitudes. But still, He relentlessly pursues and corrects and loves, setting us back on His path and involving us in His plans.

The word please in Isaiah 46:10 means: “That in which one takes delight or pleasure.” In this verse, God is saying that He will do what brings Him pleasure. What pleases God, then?  From Scripture, we know that God delights in humility. We know obedience pleases Him. So does worship, truth and faith. God takes pleasure in all of these. 

If God does what pleases Him, does that mean God delights in our suffering and hardship? No! But He does delight in what suffering produces in us.  Anything that God allows into our lives is for His pleasure, and therefore for our ultimate good. In every situation, we must choose to see with eternal perspective. In 2 Corinthians 4:18 Paul wrote that we must “fix our eyes, not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

No matter what you are facing today, choose to look to the unseen. How can this situation build my faith? How does it cause me to worship? What opportunity has it given me to obey? This perspective delights the Father… and what could be better than that?    

Prayer: Father, I know that You are in control of my life.  You are aware of all of my circumstances, even when I don’t understand.  Please help me to trust You more.  Help me to see the unseen and not just the here and now.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

in Gospel

Ambassadors

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“All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.  And He has committed to us the ministry of reconciliation.  We are, therefore, Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”  2 Corinthians 5:18-20

According to Wikipedia, an ambassador is: The highest-ranking diplomat who represents a nation.  This diplomat is usually stationed in a foreign country to advance the agendas of his home government.  An ambassador is not a citizen of the country where he lives.  His sole purpose in living there is to represent his home nation and advance its interests in the host country.

In this passage, Paul calls Christians ambassadors of Christ.  This comparison is a wonderful picture of the purpose of each Christ follower’s life.  We, too, live in a place that is not our home.  For our citizenship is in heaven.  Have you ever wondered why God prolongs calling us home to live with Him forever?  This passage answers that question…it is because He has appointed His followers as ambassadors on this earth.  We are His representatives, through whom He accomplishes His plan and purposes. 

And what is the main work of Christ’s ambassadors?  It is to share the message of reconciliation.  You see, Christ was God’s first ambassador to earth.  He came to reconcile mankind to our Creator because our rebellion made us His enemy.  What does it mean to be reconciled to God?  It means to be won over, or to be made right with God.  Christ’s message was one of repentance and faith.  And now, Christ has committed His ministry of reconciliation to His followers.  It’s just as if, Paul writes, God is making His appeal through us.  And what is God’s appeal to every person on the face of this earth?  Be reconciled to God!

What if you began to live your life intentionally as an ambassador of Christ?  Would your attitude, motives, words and actions change?  It is an amazing truth that Christ has entrusted His ministry to us.  It is for His sake that we are living in a land that is not our eternal home.  May our lives proclaim His message: Be reconciled to God!

Lord Jesus, Thank You for reconciling me to God through Your sacrifice on the cross.  It is overwhelming to think that You have entrusted me with Your message.  Please give me Your heart for those who need to be reconciled to God.  Show me how to love and serve them, and how to boldly share the gospel with humility and grace.  It is in Your name I pray.  Amen. 

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