As a pastor, I get a lot of questions from people asking, “Is the Bible accurate?” Questions like:
“Haven’t people changed the Bible as it’s been translated over and over again?” or
“How can we trust the Bible since it was copied by hand – we know humans make mistakes.”
These are really good questions when they are asked by someone trying to truly understand. Sometimes, though, enemies of our faith ask these kinds of questions to try to deceive us.
Really good answers:
On this week’s episode of the radio show, White Horse Inn, Daniel Wallace from Dallas Theologic Seminary gives us answers to these kinds of questions about how we know we have an accurate Bible today. I want to encourage you to spend about forty minutes of your life listening to what he has to say. I don’t think you will be disappointed:
I hope you are enjoying our current series: Becoming… The Best Church in the World. If you have made it to our last couple Sundays at CrossRoads, you know that becoming the best church in the world is not about some arrogant notion that we are better than every other church. It’s an idea that comes from Seth Godin’s book, The Dip. If you haven’t checked it out, it’s a great read. In just 80 short pages (of a little book) Seth tells readers how to get out of a stagnant place in a job, relationship, life or – in our case – church.
Godin very simply writes that the way to get out of a dip is becoming the best in the world. As he fleshes this idea out, he tells readers the good news is that you don’t have to be the best in the world to everyone – just to the people you want to reach. This probably isn’t a revolutionary idea to most of you, but he said it in a way that really rang true for me. It let me stand back a little ways, take a look at our church and answer the question: “Can we be the best?” As I kept reading, the answer became a resounding “YES!”
Something very special…
See, we have something very special at CrossRoads: We are not a big church, we are a personal church. We are not a flashy church, we’re an authentic church. We don’t have a lot of money to spend, but we have rich lives we invest. And, we don’t have a Savior who fixes everything today, he gives us hope that carries us through life’s trials and prepares us for eternity.
As we work hard at becoming the best in the world, I’m going to do my best to be a better communicator. Many of you know I’m a fairly transparent person. Many of you, however, do not know my heart as well as I would like. So, I’m going to take a little more time to share here. This fall I want you to see into what makes me tick. I want you to hear the “why” behind the things we do and who I am as your pastor. I want you to know how the things we do helps us become the best church in the world!
Make sure to check out Coming Soon page to see what we have coming up.
Last Sunday I asked you what you love about CrossRoads Church. Why? I think you ought to love something about the church you belong to and attend every Sunday. I also believe other people may love the very same things you do. It’s been really cool to read your answers. It has almost been like a parent hearing you say what you love about their son or daughter. CrossRoads has truly been a labor of love for me and Shelly over the past seventeen years. I know it has been for many of you as well. And, just like a child, CrossRoads may not be perfect, but she is ours – and we think she has a lot going for her.
Who will you share with?
This week I want you to answer another question: “Who is CrossRoads worth sharing with?” Faith and friendships grow best when they are shared the most. When we share most things in our lives, we don’t get to use them while someone else is enjoying them. (Ask any preschooler trying to learn how to share.) However, when we share our faith, we share the joy of seeing someone else embrace hope in Christ. Our faith is also enriched by their faith experience. When we share our friendships with someone, we share support, encouragement and love in a way that ties our lives closer together.
Thanks again for sharing what you love about CrossRoads Church. As we get ready for Friend Day September 10th, invite someone to come with you to get a taste of the faith and friendships that make CrossRoads great!
Here are the things you said you love about CrossRoads. Enjoy!
I can be myself. I am accepted with my faults. CrossRoads is real. Feels like a family, full of love and so giving to one another. Small size affords a sense of true family with great leadership. Opportunities to serve people I love.
I love the way the people care about each other. That the people here are like family. There’s a welcoming feeling. It’s a joy to come and learn the word and share God’s love. The message always teaches me practical ways to follow Jesus and spread the word. Camaraderie. The closeness, warmth, and how Pastor Jonathan explains when he reads.
Small church that feels like family. The people. The closeness & family feel; the constant love & support. The at home environment and relaxed atmosphere. I can wear jeans and a ponytail if I want! Community. The members are my friends. They keep me accountable and share life with me. The genuine love for all! Michael & Jessica who brought me to church during my journey. Sincere people. Genuine people. Acceptance, flexibility, ok to not be perfect. Opportunity for participation and leadership.