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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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.

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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.

Your Treasure

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“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:21

In Matthew 6:19-24, Jesus offers the foundation for a worry-free life.  To summarize, He says to store up treasures in heaven, not on earth.  His reason?  Because earthly treasures will disappear, but heavenly investments last forever… and more importantly, they matter forever.  “Treasure” here means that which is of most value to you.  I believe Jesus speaks of not only monetary resources (but of course this as well), but also the precious resources of our time and effort.  In other words, where and how we spend our lives.

Our lives, as Christ followers, are to be poured out for eternity, not for the passing pleasures of this world.  Our checkbooks, calendars, and agendas should reflect a heart pointed heavenward, and a life lived that way. 

So what does treasure have to do with worry?  Everything, according to Jesus.  Our hearts follow our treasures.  If our hearts are divided by worry, then maybe it is because our resources are not being invested in the eternal.  Maybe we have gotten “sucked in” to the American Dream of more, more, more.  Perhaps giving to the poor and to the advancement of the Gospel has taken a backseat to driving a nice car, wearing stylish, name-brand clothes, or having the latest i-gadget. 

Jesus wasn’t anti-money… and He still isn’t.  He is, however, anti-selfish.  He is for us; and His desire is not to take from us, but to give to us.  In His economy, receiving what matters requires giving up what does not.  Jim Elliot, who gave his very life to bring the Gospel to savages living in the deep jungles of Ecuador, understood this truth.  He said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Prayer: Father, Show me where I am investing in the temporary instead of the eternal; and help me to change.  I want my life to be for the sake of the Gospel, not the passing pleasures of the world.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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