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

Boast

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“This is what the LORD says: ‘Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know Me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the LORD.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24

I once heard the following story:

A boy got his first job.  As he was boasting about the amount of work he did, he said, "I get up at 5 a.m. and have my breakfast."  He was asked,  "Does anyone else get up too?"  He replied, "Oh yes, mother gets up and fixes my breakfast and then fixes dad’s breakfast."

 "And what about your dinner?"  The boy said, "Oh, mother fixes that too."

 "Does your mother have the afternoon to herself?"  The boy replied, "No, mama cleans the house, looks after the other children, and then gets supper for me and dad when we come home.  Then we watch TV before we go to bed."

 "What about your mother?  What does she do?"   The boy replied, "Mama washes some clothes and irons the rest of the evening."

 "Do you get paid?"  "Of course, Dad and I get paid."

 "And what about your mother, does she get paid too?"

The boy replied, "Mother get paid!?  Mother don't get paid.  She don't do no work!"

Have you ever met a bragger? All boasting is rooted in the sin of pride. But did you know that it is actually acceptable to brag?  Bragging, or boasting as the Scripture calls it, isn’t the problem… it is who you are boasting about that will get you in trouble. The boy in the story above was so proud of himself he was oblivious to his mother’s tireless work on his behalf.  Without her he would have been hungry and naked.  His focus was on himself; therefore his boasting was in himself.

God’s warning in Jeremiah 9:23-24 is not to abstain from boasting, but rather to boast in the right thing.  You will notice that God singles out the wise, the strong, and the rich in this passage.  He doesn’t say such people are fools.  He doesn’t say they aren’t wise, strong or rich, does He?  Instead, He redirects the focus from self to the One who is the Giver of anything we might have to boast about.  All wisdom, strength and riches come from Him; therefore He deserves the honor.

We should boast instead, God says, that we know Him.  He encourages us to boast in His character, to tell of His goodness and mercy.  So brag away… just be careful whom you brag about.

Prayer: Father, You alone are worthy of glory, honor and praise.  If I have anything to boast about, it is only that which You have done in, for and through me.  Help me today to exalt You and only You, so that others might be drawn nearer to Your heart.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Light of Christ

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“You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-16

From the beginning, light has been associated with the presence and the glory of God.  His first recorded words were, “Let there be light.”  And at His command light burst forth into the darkness of a formless and empty world.  In John chapter 1 Jesus is described as the light that “shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”  And Christ’s own words in John 8:12 were, “I am the light of the world.”  A burning bush signaled God’s presence to Moses.  God led the children of Israel by fire at night.  A golden lampstand was to burn perpetually in the Holy Place of God’s Tabernacle and Temple.  And a shining star led the wise men to the Christ child.  These are just a few of many examples throughout the Bible.

In His first recorded sermon, Jesus tells His followers, “You are the light of the world,” just as He referred to Himself.  We are intended as lights of the world to illuminate and give light to others.  There is a wonderful example of this in nature—the sun and moon.  The moon has no light of it’s own.  The source of it’s light is the sun, which it reflects, causing it to appear to have light.  In the same way, we have no light apart from Christ.  We can, however, reflect Him and shine in the darkness of the world.

How should our light shine?  Like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden. When the church reflects Christ, as she is intended to do, she becomes bright and conspicuous.  It is impossible to hide such a light. Many eyes will be on the Christ-follower who abandons all to burn brightly.  Some will be drawn to follow, and some will hate.  But either way, like a city on a hill, our lives should obviously and unwaveringly point to Jesus.    

As we burn and shine, people will not only hear our good message but also see our good works. Then they will know that Christ isn’t only a profession that we make, but He is our treasure. The glory of God must always be our goal. The light we shine comes from Him, and as we shine it, others will see Him through our lives and praise the Father in heaven.  All glory is from, through and to Him.

Prayer: Dear God, It is such a privilege to shine for You.  Thank You for saving me and calling me to participate in Your work.  I want to burn bright in this darkness for Your glory.  Help me to remember in all I do that Your glory is my goal.  Please use my life to draw others to You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Christ

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“’But what about you?’  He asked.  ‘Who do you say I am?’  Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ.’”  Mark 8:29

When we look upon the carpenter from Nazareth we discover God in totality, the Almighty, the One true Creator.  Christ is the first person to appear in creation and He is preeminent in all of it.  All things visible and invisible were created by Him, through Him, to Him and for Him.  He is the originator as well as the goal. Christ existed before time as the eternal Son.  He is above time, outside time…He is the beginning, and was before the beginning.  Space and time are His servants. 

The entire universe is held together in Him.  He is the cohesive force, the glue, and the gravitational pull that holds all created elements together.  Remove Christ, and the entire universe disintegrates.  Christ is the meaning of creation – eliminate Him and the universe has no purpose.  Remove Him and every living thing loses its meaning.  The One who created the universe watched it fall.  He saw the revolt in heaven and the wreckage on earth.  The Lord looked upon His own creation as it morphed into an enemy – His own enemy.

Then He did the unthinkable – He penetrated a fallen world.  The only way anything in all of creation can be reconciled to God is through Christ.  He is the Savior of the world. He became incarnate and took on human flesh.  He humbled Himself and became a fetus.  He grew inside one that He created for nine months, and then allowed Himself to be born in a smelly, dirty, stable.  God incarnate was wrapped in dirty rags and laid inside a feeding trough.  Christ entered His own creation to reconcile it back to Himself and to His Father.  God incarnate cried real tears.  God got hungry and breastfed.  He burped and spit up.  The Creator of the universe allowed His created ones to change His diaper.  He went through puberty, and cut His toenails.  God became a person. 

This Christ, the Jewish carpenter, was slaughtered outside the city gates.  The incarnate Son became the incarnation of sin and corruption.  The spotless one became sin.  But by His death He brought an end to the old creation.  The fallen creation died, having made peace with its Creator - and then by His resurrection He brought forth from the womb of death a new creation – of which you are a part.

Where there was hostility, He brought peace.  Where there was separation, He brought union.  Where there was death, He brought life.  And this will blow your mind: Because of that hill, His blood, that cross – you stand holy, spotless, blameless, without reproach and accusation in the sight of a holy God.

That’s not all:  This Christ created a new human race, a new creation, a new people like Himself.  This new race is His own Body, a multi-membered creature we call the Church.  The Church is not separated by race, gender, language, geography, cultural differences, denominations, or preferences.  It is bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh – and Christ is the head, authority and source of that Body.

Wait, there is more: This Christ defeated the greatest enemy that God ever faced – death, the offspring of sin.  He conquered its power, extinguished its sting, and dismantled the fear attached to it.  Christ passed through death and came out in resurrection – and He is the first to return from the dead to never taste it again…but He wasn’t the last.  This glorious Christ defeated death, the grave, the curse, and the entire world system.  He annihilated sin, Satan, and all condemnation.  He slew shame, conquered guilt, and shared His everlasting victory with you.

All things are in this Christ.  All things are through this Christ.  All things are for this Christ.

Father, All praise, glory and honor be to Christ, Your amazing Son.  My prayer is that my life will point this world to Him.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.