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.

Stand Tall

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“…Then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Whom you crucified but Whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.”  Acts 4:10 

When Peter met the crippled man in Acts 3, the man was begging for money. In that time, and even now in some parts of the world, the handicapped were shunned, avoided, and neglected. They were seen as damaged goods, and not worth helping.

This crippled man had likely spent his entire life alone. He had probably given up on ever being loved and accepted.  He spent his days just trying to survive on handouts.  But all that was about to change. He was about to meet Jesus. 

I love Peter’s response to the man when he asked for money.  Peter told him, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you.  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”  Peter knew he had something more important that money or food or water.  He had the power of the living God. And as Peter well knew after the years He spent with Jesus, he was giving that man more than just the ability to walk… he was giving him Jesus.  He met his physical need so that he could meet the deeper need.

The man used his new, working legs to immediately run to the Temple to worship the God Who had healed him.  When the religious leaders saw him, they questioned him and this is when Peter stepped in again.  As this crippled man stood tall for the first time, Peter also stood tall and glorified the Name of the Lord. He made sure that everyone knew why this man was now walking.  He made sure it was God Who received the honor. 

When is the last time you stood tall for Jesus? When you see God working, or when He uses you to do His work, do you exalt His Name above all others? Do you point to Him and not yourself, or anyone else? 

Prayer: Dear Father, Please forgive me for the times that I forget that it is You Who deserves all glory and honor for all good things.  So often I exalt other people, thanking them and not You.  Please help me to remember that You are my Healer, and the only hope for all people.  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.