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

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Be a Blessing

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“…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”  Luke 12:48

With great blessing comes great responsibility.  And who has been more blessed than the children of the Most High God?  We, who were once enemies of God but have been brought into His glorious light.  We, who were once idolaters, thieves, sexually immoral, adulterers, liars, greedy and drunkards but have been washed and made right with God (1 Corinthians 6).  We were orphaned spiritually because of sin and God, by His choice, adopted us into His family so that we can call Him Father.  At just the right time, while we were dead in sin, Christ died for us (Romans 5:6).  This old hymn tells our story:

“Grace, grace, God’s grace
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within.
Grace, grace, God’s grace
Grace that is greater than all our sin!”

We will spend eternity praising the Father and His Son Jesus for saving our souls. And yet, if our focus is solely on what God has done for us, we will have missed the point. He has given us the fullness of His love, mercy and grace.  And while we do not have to work for salvation, these blessings do carry responsibilities. Ephesians 2:10 says that we have been saved to do good works that God has planned beforehand.  This is evidence that our salvation is not for us alone, but also for the sake of others.

We have the amazing opportunity and privilege, as children of God, to participate in His work. We have been granted the authority to carry on the ministry of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20). What was Christ’s ministry? It was to bring the message of the gospel.  It was to show sinners the way to the Father.  Christ has entrusted His message to us.  He has given us the authority to share it boldly. He has placed His Spirit within us to lead us and empower us as we do His work.  He has given us His Word to equip us for every good work.  We have been given everything we need.  So, the question isn’t, “Can I tell others about Jesus?”  The question is, “Will I?”

Prayer: Dear Father, Thank you for saving Me.  I do want to join You in Your work.  I can see that You are moving and working all the time.  Sometimes I just feel unprepared and inadequate.  Sometimes I’m just lazy.  Please change my heart make me a bold messenger for You.  Help me to remember Your Word, cling to Your Son, walk in Your Spirit, and rely on Your grace.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

So That

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“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine upon us, that Your ways may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.”  Psalm 67:1-2

One tiny word can change everything.  Some of the most monumental decisions we make require only a “yes” or “no” answer.  No long explanation… just a simple one-word answer.  “Will you marry me?”  “Do you take this woman to be your wedded wife?”  “Do you accept this job offer?”  Tiny words… huge implications.

The same is true in Scripture.  Perhaps one of the most skipped-over yet important phrases in God’s Word is “so that,” also written as “that” in some instances.  Why…  because this phrase offers us a glimpse into the very heart and mind of God.  He is answering a question that He oftentimes chooses not to answer… He is telling us why He does certain things.  While God certainly owes us no explanation for any of His ways, understanding why sometimes helps us to know Him in a deeper way.  It also helps us to know what He wants us to do for the sake of His Name and His glory. 

Psalm 67:1-2 gives us the reason for God’s blessing and His presence in the lives of His people… "That Your ways may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations."  God’s reason for lavishing grace on our lives is so that the whole world will know He is a gracious God.  His reason for giving us the gift of salvation is so that every nation will know He is the only God who saves.  His reason for blessing us with more than we need is so that we can give to the poor, showing them that He is a God who meets their needs.  God’s greatest desire is to be known and worshiped by every nation, tribe, tongue and people.  As His children, we have the incredible privilege of participating in His work!

So often we hoard God’s riches that are ours in Christ.  We spend all that He blesses us with on ourselves, forgetting the “so that” which should drive all that we do.   

Prayer: Father, Forgive me for being selfish with Your grace and salvation.  Please help me to remember the “so that” in my story.  You have blessed me so that I can show others how great and glorious You are.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.