Cross Pointe Church

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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.

Every Christian's Goal

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“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:14

If Paul already has Jesus through faith, should he still “press on” towards Him as Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians?  Here in verse 14 Paul reiterates that he is pressing on, “toward the goal to win the prize.” 

Isn’t salvation the prize?  Apparently it is not.  In fact, salvation is not the goal or the prize.  Salvation is what comes as a result of pursuing the prize.  The prize is Christ.  The goal is to know Him.  He is the author, finisher and the subject of our faith.  This perspective changes everything.  If we make salvation or heaven our goal, once our eternity is secured what motivation have we to “press on,” as Paul wrote?  I am not suggesting that Christians shouldn’t long for heaven…quite the opposite is true.  We should long for heaven because it is there that we will finally see Jesus face to face. 

Paul’s goal was to know Christ and his prize was to be with Him forever.  Matthew Henry once said, “Wherever there is true grace, there is a desire for more grace.”  We run hard after Christ in order to know Him more.  Such desire and pursuit proves that we have experienced His true saving grace.  We “press on” because God has adopted us as His own children.  What child doesn’t want to know His earthly father?  It delights a son to commune with his father.  How much more, then, should it delight us to grow in relationship with our perfect Heavenly Father?

How, then, do we run hard after Jesus?  First, by forgetting what is behind.  This doesn’t mean that we never look back.  It means that we should only look back only for the sake of pressing forward.  Then, we strain towards what is ahead.  We must set our hearts on the True Goal and then order all else around Him instead of squeezing Him in to an already-full calendar. 

None of this is possible without an attitude of dissatisfaction.  Paul began this passage by acknowledging that he had not “arrived” spiritually.  Despite the mighty ways God was using him, the souls he had seen converted, the churches he had planted or his suffering for the sake of the gospel, he wanted more…more Jesus.  What about you?  Are you comfortable where you are, or does your heart long to know Him more? 

Father, Please develop a holy dissatisfaction in my soul that drives me to chase after Your Son.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.