Message Archive 2015

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All I Want For Christmas Is...

So…what do you want for Christmas this year?” Wise shoppers ask that question to those they shop for. They’ve learned it’s the key to seeing smiles (not frowns) when the gifts are opened. Wise people, however, know that what they really want for Christmas isn’t found on Amazon and can’t be charged to their American Express card. Our needs are much deeper than getting our own drone. In the midst of a broken world, chaotic schedules, dysfunctional families, and personal failure, we long for something else.

This is How We Change the World #TheNines

At Crossroads, we want to change the world by becoming a movement of Jesus-like people doing Jesus-like stuff. But what does that look like and how does it really happen? Where do we start? 

That's why we're introducing The Nines. The Nines outline the nine key beliefs and nine key behaviors that enable us to think and act like Jesus.  They give us tools to live out our faith every day…and get from where we're at to where God wants us to be.

Join us this fall as we put God’s truth into action to change the world.

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Friending

Many of us do not realize the importance of the people we choose to surround ourselves with. Our friends determine the quality and direction of our lives. In "Friending," we will learn how good friends (and bad friends) can impact your feelings, your relationship with God, and your future. Don't miss this series to create a strong foundation for new, Godly friendships in the church community.

Kickstart

Do you ever feel like you just plateaued? Your life, your relationships, your desires, and your dreams sort of hit this wall? And now you feel as if you have a boring life, mediocre relationships, and an average faith. 

If that is you or someone you know, make sure you don’t miss this special Labor Day weekend at church as we look to “Kickstart” our faith as we head into the fall. 

God Never Said That

Have you ever been misquoted?  Has someone ever said you said something that you never said?  You’re not the only one who’s experienced that.  God gets misquoted daily.  Well-meaning people inside and outside the church offer words to others that they ascribe to God.  Unfortunately, many of them fall into the category of “God never said that.”  And, what’s worse, is that many of these myths are actually dangerous.  They keep us from drawing closer to God or from doing the things God wants us to do.  Join us as we expose these common myths.


Keep on Keepin' on

Everyone is heading towards something; attempting to reach a certain goal. Unfortunately for many of us there are obstacles that get in the way: lack of time, distractions, procrastination, fear…so what do we do? Sometimes it seems easier to throw up our hands and give up.  How do we conquer these roadblocks and continue down the path laid out for us? Take time with us this July as we talk about self-discipline and how to use our gifts to expand our capacity in life and in the Kingdom of God.

Fight

The 4th of July is one of America's most beloved holidays.  In addition to setting off a kiloton of fireworks, we get to celebrate the signing of our country's Declaration of Independence!

That independence, though, had a price.  Our nation's freedom was incredibly costly, and it continues to be.

Join us for a special July 4th message called "Fight."  In this sermon, we will examine one of history's greatest battles and discover the truth that there is no freedom without a fight.  The good news is that some freedoms are worth the "Fight!"

Wipeout

Who doesn’t love a good wipeout? To see a surfer hit a big wave and somersault off their board into

the water is great entertainment. Although most wipeouts are associated with failure, there is one kind of wipeout that is worthy of celebration. It’s summed up in this verse in the Bible:

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" (2 Corinthians 5:17)

A new life. A new start. A new association. A wiping out of the old and the start of a brand new life. That’s what happens when a person puts their faith and hope in Jesus Christ.  And the way we commemorate this ultimate “wipeout” is through a ceremony called baptism.   

We're glad you are here today as we look at a Bible story that gives us a powerful picture of one of the most unique baptisms recorded in history.

Playlist

Music. It’s what we turn to when our emotions bubble up to the surface. Different songs
match our different moods. Different songs give us words to express our honest feelings.
The Bible contains a book of songs (The Psalms).

These songs comprised the “playlist” that ancient Israel turned to as they approached God in
worship. They cover a wide range of emotion. Some are defiant, others are reverent.
Some are to be sung, others to be screamed. Their purpose is to give us words to speak
when we’re mad… or sad… or glad.

Hold Nothing Back

It’s easy to take things for granted. Like this church. We walk in and there are friendly greeters. There’s coffee that’s brewed (actually pretty darn good coffee). There are volunteers to make sure our children have a fun, safe experience. There are soft chairs to sit in, Bibles to peruse, a worship experience to move us closer to God. There are __________ (you fill in the blank). And none of it “just happened.” It all happened because someone sacrificed to provide it for us. Where does that leave us? Where do we go from here? Will we “hold nothing back” for the sake of others?

Don't Forget to Remember

One of the greatest pictures of what Jesus has done for us is found in the practice of Communion.   

Known by many names (sometimes called the Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper), there is much confusion about this part of our worship service.  Some people believe it is a magic meal, while others think it’s a meal that's missing the meat and potatoes. 

Join us for this Memorial Day weekend as we, together, discover what Communion is really all about and why Jesus wants us to make sure we never forget to remember it.

The After Party

Every journey has a destination…an end point…a “last stop.”  What is ours?  Is there life after death?  And if there is, what is NEXT?  Is there a heaven?  A hell?  And if so, what are they like?

In heaven, is St. Peter waiting for us at the gate?  Do we get our own set of wings?  Do we sit on clouds and play harps 24/7?

In hell, is Satan waiting with his pitchfork in hand to torment us?  Is it the place where we meet up with our friends to party like a rockstar for all eternity?  Or, is hell simply the suffering we experience in this life? 

The afterlife is cloaked in mystery.  Join us for our new two-week series called "The After Party" as we uncover the life-altering answers to these questions.


The Final 3: Easter 2015

The last days of Jesus are a tragic story of hope.  

In the grief of Friday, and the silence of Saturday, we  find ourselves in God's Story. Bad news turns into no news. But the good news is that there was (and is) another day! On Sunday, an empty tomb changed everything.

Join us this Easter as we discover how hope can spring up from despair as we look at "The Final Three."

Joyride

Jesus has a gift for us. He spoke about it in John 15:11: “I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” 

Overflowing joy! It’s bigger than happiness. Happiness is circumstantial. Joy is constant. It’s not based on what’s happening around me… it’s all about what’s going on inside me. 

Are you experiencing joy? Are you on the right road to receive Jesus’ gift? 

Join us at Crossroads for our new 5-week series “Joyride.” In this series, we will be traveling through an amazing book in the Bible called Philippians to discover how to find joy in whatever circumstances we might be facing. 

Life is a journey. So, let’s enjoy the ride. 

Simple

In a time when religious leaders and a religious system made it increasingly complicated to connect with God, a teacher appeared whose message was profoundly simple. Jesus arrived on the stage of world events and announced that God’s intent was to connect with, not confuse, mankind. To those who were considered most distant from God, Jesus offered this simple invitation, 'Follow me.' People who accepted his offer found themselves captivated by an extraordinary faith that led them to adopt a lifestyle that turned the world upside down. 

 

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