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 Gospel

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.

in Faith

Lavished

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“In Christ we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us.”  Ephesians 1:7-8a

Have you taken the time lately to ponder the amazing truth of redemption?  Whether you have been following Christ for 30 years or 30 minutes it is equally awe-inspiring, humbling and miraculous—God has forgiven you.  And, if you have never placed your faith in Christ’s death and resurrection on your behalf… if you have never acknowledged the fact that you are a sinner and He is the only Savior, I beg you to do so now.  In Christ we have redemption!

What is redemption?  In Christian circles we use words like redemption, grace, and forgiveness so regularly that I fear they may have lost their impact.  Such words should cause us to take pause.  They should serve as a reminder of what Christ has done for us, what He is doing in us, and what lies ahead for us.  These words should help to spur us on towards holiness. 

Redemption means that we have literally been bought back from hell.  Paul writes in Ephesians that God lavished the riches of His grace on us through Christ’s blood.  Lavished with grace.  He didn’t just give us some grace; He has given us the riches of His grace.

In Christ, God opened up the storehouses and poured it all out.  Our Creator—who owes us nothing—chose to lavish His grace upon us.  How can we ever get over such a mystery?  How can we grow numb to such grace?  How can we chase after anything or anyone but Him?  And yet, we do.  If we aren’t careful, we get used to His grace and begin to take it for granted.

So I ask you again: Have you taken the time lately to ponder the amazing truth of redemption?  I urge you to do so now.  Think about all that God has done and is doing for you in Christ.  Meditate on the truth that He has lavished the riches of His grace on you.  And once you have returned to that place of awe and humble adoration, don’t keep this wealth of grace to yourself… share it with someone who needs to know this magnificent Savior. 

Prayer: Father, I am humbled by the truth that You have lavished Your grace on me, forgiving all of my sins.  Please forgive me for the times when I take Your kindness for granted.  Keep me ever aware of the treasure that is mine in Your Son.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Denial

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“Then Jesus said to them all:  ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.’” Luke 9:23

Self-denial.  This is what Christ demands.  And more importantly, it is what He deserves.  Jesus isn’t asking His followers to hate themselves; he is asking them to adore Him.  Just as the old hymn says:

Jesus paid it all.
All to Him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain.
He washed it white as snow.

The choice to deny self is born out of adoration and gratitude, not obligation.  It is the response of a heart that is ever-conscience of Christ’s sacrifice, and always thankful for His grace.

To deny yourself means to disregard your own interests for the sake of Christ and His glory.  Following Jesus is not easy.  There are times when He leads us to places that we do not want to go.  He leads to places that are unfamiliar, uncomfortable, and even undesirable.  I mean this both literally and figuratively.  Loving our enemies is not comfortable. Forgiveness is not always easy.  Putting others needs ahead of our own desires is tough.  All of these are examples of how Jesus asks us to deny ourselves.

But, when we hold these acts of self-denial up to the cross… they don’t seem so hard, do they?  When we choose to consider Christ’s sacrifice, we realize that He has the right to ask for whatever He desires from our lives.  After all, we wouldn’t even have life if it weren’t for Him… physically or spiritually.

And as if what He has already given us isn’t enough, He continues to lavish His grace upon us.  Whatever He asks us to give up He will replace with His abundant life.  What we find is that the more we sacrifice, the more He gives.  In God’s kingdom, death to self is the only way to truly live.

Jesus, You have shown me what self-denial really is.  Thank You for dying so that I may live.  Please help me to deny myself and follow You today.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.