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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678-812-4500

So That

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“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine upon us, that Your ways may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.”  Psalm 67:1-2

One tiny word can change everything.  Some of the most monumental decisions we make require only a “yes” or “no” answer.  No long explanation… just a simple one-word answer.  “Will you marry me?”  “Do you take this woman to be your wedded wife?”  “Do you accept this job offer?”  Tiny words… huge implications.

The same is true in Scripture.  Perhaps one of the most skipped-over yet important phrases in God’s Word is “so that,” also written as “that” in some instances.  Why…  because this phrase offers us a glimpse into the very heart and mind of God.  He is answering a question that He oftentimes chooses not to answer… He is telling us why He does certain things.  While God certainly owes us no explanation for any of His ways, understanding why sometimes helps us to know Him in a deeper way.  It also helps us to know what He wants us to do for the sake of His Name and His glory. 

Psalm 67:1-2 gives us the reason for God’s blessing and His presence in the lives of His people… "That Your ways may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations."  God’s reason for lavishing grace on our lives is so that the whole world will know He is a gracious God.  His reason for giving us the gift of salvation is so that every nation will know He is the only God who saves.  His reason for blessing us with more than we need is so that we can give to the poor, showing them that He is a God who meets their needs.  God’s greatest desire is to be known and worshiped by every nation, tribe, tongue and people.  As His children, we have the incredible privilege of participating in His work!

So often we hoard God’s riches that are ours in Christ.  We spend all that He blesses us with on ourselves, forgetting the “so that” which should drive all that we do.   

Prayer: Father, Forgive me for being selfish with Your grace and salvation.  Please help me to remember the “so that” in my story.  You have blessed me so that I can show others how great and glorious You are.  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.

The Only Savior

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“I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from Me there is no savior.”  Isaiah 43:11

Life is hard.  There is no way around this truth.  As long as we walk on this earth, we will deal with heartache, suffering, catastrophe, death, sickness, and countless other struggles.  Many people use this truth as a reason to reject God.  They reason, “How could a loving God allow such pain?”  If most of us were honest, we would have to admit to wondering the same thing. 

In Isaiah 43:11, God makes a bold statement about Himself…”Apart from Me there is no savior.”  God is the only savior.  He is not “a savior,” He is the Savior.  Many Christians know God as our Savior from sin, but what about as our Savior from the hardships of life?  Do we look to Him as our Savior from suffering?  From death and sickness?  From disaster and evil? 

Many will rhetorically ask the question, “Why does God allow bad things to happen?”  But here in Isaiah 43:11 God has told us something important about Himself.  He wants us to know that He is our only hope.  He is the only One who can save.  And without hardship, would we really know Him as Savior on this side of heaven?  God wants us to experience Him as Savior now.  He does not want us to wait until heaven. 

In the midst of sin, suffering, and the many hardships that this life entails, He wants the world to know that there is no salvation apart from Him.  There is no joy in suffering without Him…because apart from Him there is no savior.  There is no comfort in sickness without Him…because apart from Him there is no savior.  There is no hope in death without Him…because apart from Him there is no savior.  There is no glory in catastrophe without Him…because apart from Him there is no savior.

He is our comfort, our joy, our hope, and our glory – because He is the only Savior.  This does not mean that He will always save us from hardship; but it does mean that He will walk with us through it.  Do you know Him as your Savior?  Choose today to allow trials, struggles or hardships to bring you to your knees at the feet of this glorious Savior. 

Father, I praise You because You are the only Savior.  You save me from my sins, and from the effects of sin.  No matter what happens, I have hope in You.  Help me to remember this in times of trouble.  Help me to share this truth with others who need You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.