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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A Message to Share

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“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.”  Romans 10:17

Jesus’ final instructions to His disciples before He ascended into heaven are found in what we now call The Great Commission.  He exhorted them (and all who would follow Him throughout the ages) to go and make disciples of all nations, which includes sharing the Gospel, teaching God’s commands, and baptizing in His name.  Do you think it is significant that the last words they would physically hear from His holy lips were these?  I do.  He could have chosen hundreds of other topics, but He didn’t.  Scripture teaches that, “Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34).”  Jesus’ words, then, show us His heart.  And His heart is that all nations hear the message of His salvation.

As believers in Christ, we have been entrusted with this message of hope.  We have within our grasp the very words of life.  It is a message of healing, reconciliation and joy.  How can we be tempted to keep such a gift to ourselves?  To do so is perhaps the most hateful act in all of humankind.

Think of it this way… Have you ever seen someone whose body has been ravaged by cancer? The silent killer eats away on the inside, leaving a haunting shadow of what used to be.  Hair falls out, the limbs wither, the body cannot digest food, and the kidneys shut down. Little by little, the body dies.  It is excruciating to watch someone die in this manner, especially someone you love.

But wasting away of cancer is not the worst thing that can happen to a person.  In fact, no horrific fate of this life can compare to what can happen in the next.  Physical death is temporary, but our souls are eternal.  It is so easy to be outraged by the atrocities we see in this life…The Holocaust, school shootings, the attack on 9/11, genocides, and the list goes on and on.  While such things should break our hearts, they should also move us to act. 

Each and every time a person dies his eternity is sealed forever.  And every person we meet will die one day.  How we handle the message of the Gospel can change the eternity of another person. While it is not our sharing the message that saves, God uses our obedience to bring about saving faith.  Romans 10:17 clearly shows us that a person cannot be saved without hearing the Message. Once heard, God can awaken that person’s heart to believe in Him, just as He did with Lydia in Acts 16:14, which says: “The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.”  Paul brought the message, and God opened her heart to respond in faith. Are you a faithful messenger of the Gospel?     

Prayer: Father, Give me Your heart for the lost.  I want to be a warrior for the Gospel and for Your glory.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Two Choices

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“When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, ‘The LORD—He is God!  The LORD—He is God!’”  1 Kings 18:39

In 1 Kings 18, Elijah asks the so-called people of God a crucial question.  In verse 21 he challenges them, saying, “How long will you waver between two opinions?”  His reasoning is quite simple… “If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal is god, follow him.”  In other words, “Quit straddling the fence and pick a side!” 

God has made it clear in His Word that we cannot love both Christ and the world.  We cannot claim to follow Jesus and hold onto our former way of thinking and living.  This is what the Israelites were trying to do.  They wanted to worship both God and Baal.  What this really boiled down to was a lack of faith.  God’s people were “covering their bases,” so to speak.  Just in case God was not who He said He was, they also offered sacrifices to the gods of the world.

Elijah decides to get to the bottom of their unbelief with an amazing encounter with the prophets of the false gods.  In doing so, he is forcing God’s people to choose a side.  Their back-and-forth lifestyle is unacceptable to a holy God.  What happened next was somewhat of a showdown between Elijah and Baal’s prophets… and more importantly between Baal and Jehovah.  And God won with resounding victory.

When Elijah prays to God to burn up the sacrifice (which was drenched in water, along with the altar), he asks God to answer, “So these people will know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You are turning their hearts back again.”  Think of all God had done for the people of Israel… all of the evidence they had of His existence and His character.

He had chosen them out of all the peoples of the world, by His will and not because of anything they had done (Abram and Sarai).  He had made a covenant with them and had never failed to honor His word, even when they were unfaithful.  And yet, they still didn’t believe fully in their God.

What about us today?  Are we much different?  Do we wholeheartedly worship God and God alone, trusting in His character; or are we, like the Israelites, double-minded in our faith?  We have the cross and the empty tomb.  And that is all the evidence we should ever need.

Dear Father, I confess that I can be double-minded, trying to follow You with a divided heart.  Please forgive me for my lack of faith.  Help me to trust You more and to serve You with all of my heart.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.