Cross Pointe Church

Address

1800 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30097

More Info

Service Times

Sunday 9:15 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

Contact

678-812-4500

in Gospel

Be a Blessing

main image

“…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.

Christ

main image

“’But what about you?’  He asked.  ‘Who do you say I am?’  Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ.’”  Mark 8:29

When we look upon the carpenter from Nazareth we discover God in totality, the Almighty, the One true Creator.  Christ is the first person to appear in creation and He is preeminent in all of it.  All things visible and invisible were created by Him, through Him, to Him and for Him.  He is the originator as well as the goal. Christ existed before time as the eternal Son.  He is above time, outside time…He is the beginning, and was before the beginning.  Space and time are His servants. 

The entire universe is held together in Him.  He is the cohesive force, the glue, and the gravitational pull that holds all created elements together.  Remove Christ, and the entire universe disintegrates.  Christ is the meaning of creation – eliminate Him and the universe has no purpose.  Remove Him and every living thing loses its meaning.  The One who created the universe watched it fall.  He saw the revolt in heaven and the wreckage on earth.  The Lord looked upon His own creation as it morphed into an enemy – His own enemy.

Then He did the unthinkable – He penetrated a fallen world.  The only way anything in all of creation can be reconciled to God is through Christ.  He is the Savior of the world. He became incarnate and took on human flesh.  He humbled Himself and became a fetus.  He grew inside one that He created for nine months, and then allowed Himself to be born in a smelly, dirty, stable.  God incarnate was wrapped in dirty rags and laid inside a feeding trough.  Christ entered His own creation to reconcile it back to Himself and to His Father.  God incarnate cried real tears.  God got hungry and breastfed.  He burped and spit up.  The Creator of the universe allowed His created ones to change His diaper.  He went through puberty, and cut His toenails.  God became a person. 

This Christ, the Jewish carpenter, was slaughtered outside the city gates.  The incarnate Son became the incarnation of sin and corruption.  The spotless one became sin.  But by His death He brought an end to the old creation.  The fallen creation died, having made peace with its Creator - and then by His resurrection He brought forth from the womb of death a new creation – of which you are a part.

Where there was hostility, He brought peace.  Where there was separation, He brought union.  Where there was death, He brought life.  And this will blow your mind: Because of that hill, His blood, that cross – you stand holy, spotless, blameless, without reproach and accusation in the sight of a holy God.

That’s not all:  This Christ created a new human race, a new creation, a new people like Himself.  This new race is His own Body, a multi-membered creature we call the Church.  The Church is not separated by race, gender, language, geography, cultural differences, denominations, or preferences.  It is bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh – and Christ is the head, authority and source of that Body.

Wait, there is more: This Christ defeated the greatest enemy that God ever faced – death, the offspring of sin.  He conquered its power, extinguished its sting, and dismantled the fear attached to it.  Christ passed through death and came out in resurrection – and He is the first to return from the dead to never taste it again…but He wasn’t the last.  This glorious Christ defeated death, the grave, the curse, and the entire world system.  He annihilated sin, Satan, and all condemnation.  He slew shame, conquered guilt, and shared His everlasting victory with you.

All things are in this Christ.  All things are through this Christ.  All things are for this Christ.

Father, All praise, glory and honor be to Christ, Your amazing Son.  My prayer is that my life will point this world to Him.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.