Cross Pointe Church

Address

1800 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30097

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Service Times

Sunday 9:15 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

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678-812-4500

Free to Love

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“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”  John 15:12

Jesus commanded, not asked, His followers to love others as He had loved them.  How did Jesus love?  He loved in word and deed.  He loved in the big and the small.  He loved intentionally and eternally.  He loved effectively.  He loved by spending time with people.  He loved by meeting physical needs.  He loved by forgiving.  He loved by always revealing the Father.  He loved boldly, truthfully, and humbly.  He loved by serving.  He loved through His sacrifice on the cross.

Who did Jesus love? He loved His parents. He loved His family. He loved His friends.  He loved the twelve that He called.  He loved the three that He drew closer. He loved the masses. He loved the crowds. He loved the paralytic and the blind. He loved the prostitute, tax collector, and the leper.  He loved His enemies. He loved children.  He loved widows and orphans. He supremely loved His Father.

A Communist officer once told a Christian he was beating, “I am almighty, as you suppose your God to be.  I can kill you.”  The Christian answered, “The power is all on my side.  I can love you while you torture me to death.”  As recipients of God’s love, Christians have the incredible capacity to love others.  This capacity is not of the natural will… but from God’s power. Because He has loved us, saved us, and given us His Spirit in all His power, we are free to love. 

We are compelled by His love to love others.  We are equipped through His Word to love others. We are commanded by His Son to love others.  And we are able through His Spirit to love—even as Christ has loved us. So, the next time you find it hard to love someone, remember how Christ has loved you.  Let His love for you motivate you in your love for others. 

Prayer: Father, Thank You for freeing me to love others, even when it is hard.  It is amazing to think that I have Your power to love… but I must choose to use it.  Please don’t ever let me become arrogant. Help me to humbly remember the love and grace You have shown me when I did not deserve it. Teach me to rely on Your strength to love others just as You have loved me.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

in Faith

On a Mission

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“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Acts 1:8

Receiving power from the Holy Spirit comes before and leads to being a witness for Christ.  It is not training, or courage, or passion, or discipline that makes an effective witness, but power from on High.  Two thousand years ago, Jesus’ disciples had to wait in the Upper Room to be clothed with the power of the Holy Spirit so that they could tell the world about Jesus Christ.  When (not if) they received that power, Jesus told them, they would be His witnesses, both at home and to the ends of the earth.

The same is true for disciples of Christ today.  While we don’t have to wait to receive the Holy Spirit once we place our faith in Christ, it is still impossible to be His witness without this power.  Presbyterian minister Arthur T. Pierson wrote, “The Church has money, brains, organizations, rivers or prayer and oceans of sermons, but she lacks in POWER” (Missionary Review, 1882). 

How is it possible for the Body of Christ to lack power?  It is not a lack of available power, but a lack of dependence onthis power.  Love for God and compassion for the lost may be enough motivation to share the Gospel, but it is not enough to make you an effective witness with expanding effects.  Only the Spirit’s power can accomplish what Jesus describes in Acts 1:8.  Only the Spirit can cause a disciple to have the deep conviction, wisdom, self-denial and effectiveness that God uses to convert lost sinners to faith in Christ.

Are you content with the level of power in your witness for Christ?  Have you given up on Christ’s amazing promise that, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you?”  This power is available to every follower of Jesus Christ… we must merely want, ask for, and depend on it.          

 Prayer: Father, You have promised power from on high to all those who believe.  Yet so often, my life seems void of effectiveness for You.  Please place a deep longing in my heart for more of Your power, and teach me how to depend on this power that Your Spirit brings.  May my life be effective in bringing many souls to You!  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Free to Love God

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“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins…We love because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:10, 19

In his book, Tortured for Christ, Richard Wurmbrand wrote: “Without fear we sang in prisons 30 feet beneath the earth.  We were terribly hungry, beaten and tortured.  The Communists were good at torturing us.  We would say to each other, ‘the Communists beat us very well—let us do our work well.  Let us sing well.’”

Wurmbrand, a man of Jewish decent, spent 14 years in Communist Romanian prisons for His faith in Christ.  He was physically tortured and placed in solitary confinement for several years because of his unwavering love for Jesus Christ.  He refused to stop spreading the Gospel, despite the cost.  He refused to stop worshiping his Lord… even in prison.

Richard Wurmbrand understood true freedom.  He knew firsthand the glorious freedom of loving God.  From behind steel bars and within the confines of chains, he was free.  Free to believe. Free to hope. Free to pray.  Free to sing. Free to die for Christ. Because God loved him, he was free to love God.

God is love; therefore, He is the initiator of all love.  Our love for God is always in response to His love for us.  And the ultimate demonstration of His love is seen in His Son, Jesus.  Whatever happens in life, if we look to the cross, we can know we are loved.  Our risen Savior, the Lord over all creation, is our invitation to love God.  And in loving Him, we are free to enjoy Him.  We are free to love Him because He is worthy… to seek His face and not only His hands. 

Have you paused lately to consider the freedom you have in Christ if you believe in Him?  You are free to know and to love your Creator. The God who counts the stars and knows them by name loves you and knows the number of hairs on your head.  You are free to talk to Him and ask Him questions. You are free to worship Him, even in chains, like Richard Wurmbrand did. You can love Him wholeheartedly, because He first loved you.  What glorious freedom! 

Holy Father, Thank You for loving me. Thank You for sending Jesus as the sacrifice for my sins so that I can love You, too.  Without forgiveness I could not have a relationship with You at all.  Lord, help me to be steadfast and firm in my faith.  I want others to know that You love them.  Use Me to accomplish Your plan. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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