Welcome to this week’s Sunday Review. My wife, Shelly, and I were out this Sunday, but I have heard great things about what took place while we were gone. In this Sunday Review, Pete will take a look at this past Sunday with me. Pete will take a few minutes to talk about his message. Then, I’ll share some upcoming events and let you know what to expect next Sunday. After you have taken a few minutes to watch the video, let us know if you have any thoughts. Pete and I would love to discuss them with you.
Sometimes your first Sunday at a new church can be kind of intimidating. I want to take a few minutes to tell you what to expect your first Sunday at CrossRoads. This video ran a little longer than I would like, but I really wanted to give you a good idea of what to expect your first Sunday. There are some things about CrossRoads that are quite different from other churches you may have attended or heard about. I want you to walk into your first Sunday and really enjoy it because you know what to expect.
If you would like more info, send me a note. I would love to talk with you about CrossRoads or the hope we find in Jesus. If you live in our area, I would be happy to buy you coffee if you would like.
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I love going to church. More specifically, I love going to our church. However, we all know people who have no desire to walk through the door of a church building. Jesus knew there are always going to be people who won’t come to us. So he commanded us to go to them. Here at CrossRoads Church, we have figured out a way to take the love and hope of Christ outside our walls.
I want to invite you to take a few minutes to watch this video about how we are taking Jesus outside our walls. It will help you understand why we do what we do at CrossRoads. If you would like more info, send me a note. I would love to talk with you about it. If you live in our area, I would love to buy you coffee and help you find a group or start a group of your own.
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I hope you had a great Sunday last weekend. It was a fun Sunday at CrossRoads. This video is a Sunday review. In the video below I’m going to share some thoughts on our service, update you on some upcoming events, share some thoughts on being a pastor and letting you in on what’s coming up this Sunday.
I’ve been trying hard to communicate with you more frequently. I’ve been a little absent this week because I’ve been working on some videos that might reach a broader audience than this blog. So, here’s the plan. Each week I’m going to record videos and upload them to YouTube. I would love for you to subscribe to them on YouTube and share them from there. I will also post them to this blog, so those of you who follow this blog will be updated. This will also give people who wander through our website to find our videos. I already have a couple additional videos that will pop up the next few days. I can’t wait to share them with you.
Thanks for checking out the blog. Have a great week!
Sunday, November 5th, we will be celebrating heroes as one of us comes home from the other side of the world. We will be giving him a hero’s welcome. One of our young men has given the last two years of his life serving Christ in one of Europe’s largest cities. We are going to meet him at the airport to congratulate him on a job well done.
I’m sure he won’t speak of the things he has been dong as heroic. But, we live in a world where celebrating heroes comes in different flavors. There are heroes who stand for us in the face of mortal danger to keep threats to our freedom from reaching our shores. There are heroes who keep the peace locally, often putting themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe. There are heroes who run into burning buildings or show up to save us when our lives are at stake. There are heroes who courageously invest in the lives of our children to help them become heroes someday. And, there are heroes who devote their lives to rescuing lives from the gates of hell.
A hero’s invitation
I’ve had the privilege of meeting many of these heroes. Some of these heroes have served in places where their lives were on the line every day for God’s kingdom. Some have given their lives for God’s kingdom. Some have served in safer places surrounded by people who would not hear the gospel if they were not there to proclaim it. Some of you have become these heroes. You have decided to dream about and work toward a world where everyone has seen Christ’s love in our actions, heard the gospel in our words. You have worked to give people a chance to become part of God’s family through faith in Christ.
That’s why we celebrate heroes’ homecomings. Because celebrating this young man’s return is celebrating the things we all do to bring our Father’s kingdom in this dark world. Christ invited every one of us to heroicly do the work of making disciples. He invited every one of us to live beyond the nine-to-five rat race to be world changers. Celebrating heroes – of all these different varieties – reminds us that we can each answer Jesus’ call to be heroes, too.
As I think back on yesterday at CrossRoads, I think there are a couple important lessons we can learn from the Cowboys about things we do well but we need to do better. Yesterday was one more tough loss for us Cowboys fans. During the fourth quarter Fox showed a quote from Jason Garrett about the offensive line:
“They’ve been challenged by very good fronts, but they need to play better.”
First, there are some things we do well that we need to do better. Make no mistake, the Cowboys have a fantastic offensive line and a great offense. Even though they lost the game, the Cowboys scored 31 points. They also controlled the ball for over 35 minutes, so Aaron Rogers and the Packers had 10 fewer minutes to do something with their offense. As someone said to me after last week’s loss, “How many points do you want them to score?”
A few things we do well
There are some things we do really well at CrossRoads. We are beginning to do some great things with our small groups. Many of you have caught the vision for how we can take the message of God’s love outside the walls of our church. And, Very soon we are going to go from good to great in this area. We are also great at caring about people. I hear over and over again how people always feel loved when they come to CrossRoads. On top of these things, we’re scrappy. We come together to get things done. When something needs to happen, you just get it done every time.
These are all important strengths for a small church that dreams about changing the world. Now, we have to ask how we can make these strengths even better! If we can focus on these strengths and make them just 1% better every week, we’re going to be doing amazing things over the next year.
We have to keep mobilizing small groups to grow God’s kingdom. Last Tuesday we started a small group for college-age folks. We had seven people there. We are praying that seven would become twelve or fourteen this Tuesday night.
We have to keep showing people we care about them. When you see somebody new on Sunday morning, say, “Hi.” Learn their name. Thank them for coming. And when the service is over (before you begin chatting with your friends) invite them to come back again next week. Never let someone new sit by themselves. When you see someone new, sit down close to them. (Not right next to them – we Texans like elbow room). Make sure they are not sitting all by themselves. When you notice someone missing, take a minute to send a “miss you” note (right then, in the middle of
Never let someone new sit by themselves. When you see someone new, sit down close to them. (Not right next to them – we Texans like elbow room). Make sure they are not sitting all by themselves. When you notice someone missing, take a minute to send a “miss you” note (right then, in the middle of church is cool with me – you probably won’t miss much).
And make sure to share lots of smiles and handshakes. Authenticity is important to us. Don’t feel like we want plastic smiles that cover up life’s challenges. However, we do want everyone to know how glad we are to see them. Because we really are!
And we need to keep scrapping. There are days I think, “Man, it must be nice to go to a big church that can pay people to take care of (insert your favorite frustration here).” Then, I watch you make us win with sheer grit, and it makes me smile! We have some big dreams that are going to take hard, scrappy work to achieve over the next year. But, I can’t wait to see you make them happen. We have a long way to go and a lot of work in front of us. But, let’s keep doing what we’re good at. There are big things on the way!
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 ESV
Pretty soon I’ll give you some thoughts on what we need to do about some of our weaknesses.