In January, we began sharing in our Sunday program, evidences of God’s grace and work in the life of Crosspoint and our community. Below, are those evidences collected into one post. May these lead us to an attitude of thankfulness to and worship of our God who is at work, not only through us, but in us.
Every week, we are grateful to God for how He has equipped and called Crosspointers to serve and be active members of the Body of Christ. We love how Crosspointers are flexible, available and teachable as they serve. They are willing to serve whether it be on a regularly scheduled rotation or last minute to fill a gap. They serve with joy, love, and faithfulness, and are a continual evidence of His grace at work.
A recent testimony from a Hype student: “Ice Camp was an incredible experience. It helped me see that I needed to have God sitting on the throne completely in my life. I’m growing in listening to Him and not being stubborn toward Him. God has used Hype to help me grow closer to God and have better relationships with the people around me. I have accountability partners and just better friendships in general. Me and a couple guys are also going to start a Bible study to help grow us in the Word with God and Hype was a big part of helping us come up with the idea.”
We are thankful for the work of the Eureka Area Food Pantry. The food pantry serves the people living within School District 140. In 2016, the food pantry served, on average per month: 85 households, 136 adults, and 78 children. We are grateful for this local ministry and how it is practically showing the love of Christ to people.
This past week, we received a letter of encouragement from grandparents who have watched their grandchildren grow up at Crosspoint and be involved in our student ministry through the years. The grandparents shared their gratitude for how God has worked in and through Crosspoint to help the next generation know and follow Jesus. They enclosed a check for $1000 that will go toward our ministry to students through Hype. We’re grateful for the grandparents’ life giving words, generosity, and how they have noticed God at work at Crosspoint.
We rejoice at the fact that many people are finding a church home at Crosspoint. Here is one of their stories: “For a few years, we have been praying and looking for a church and church family to call home. We believe we are ready to take the next step and pursue membership at Crosspoint. This summer will be two years since we started attending and we really feel that this is where God wants our family to be.”
In December we gave $500 to Heartline’s Benevolence Fund. Because of that support and others like it, Heartline/Heart House was able to help local residents with things such as rent and utility payments. Households were able to avoid evictions and utility shut-offs plus keep their pantries stocked with food.
Recently, two new households joined our First Impressions ministry! We are grateful for their willingness to serve and desire to be a part of creating an environment on Sunday mornings where all who walk in our doors feel welcomed and loved!
This past Sunday, there were five new households who attended Crosspoint. We’re grateful for how God is at work in the lives of these households, including a couple of which recently committed their lives to Christ! We don’t believe it is by accident that anyone walks in our doors on a Sunday morning! May the Lord continue to make our gathering welcoming to all, and may He continue to change lives by the power of the Gospel!
We rejoice at Crosspointers who, by the power of the Holy Spirit, are breaking free from addictions. One Crosspointer celebrates over 3 months of sobriety, and another is celebrating over 8 months! 2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
We rejoice at the recent start of a new church plant in Flanagan, called Flanagan Community Church. We’re able to support them with $1000 over the next 6 months, and have been able to help with furniture for their nursery, and curriculum for their children’s ministry. May the Gospel take up new ground in the Flanagan area and may lives be changed!
Last week, we had 5 Crosspoint households express a desire and willingness to serve in our SonChasers children’s ministry. One household is going to help set up and tear down, and the others are going to care for and serve the youngest of Crosspointers in our nursery. We’re grateful for their desire to serve wholeheartedly in these areas, and to love Jesus and others by doing so. 1 Peter 4:10.
This last Wednesday, 20 couples (including 5 who don’t currently attend Crosspoint) began a 14 week community group focused on strengthening their marriages. Pray the Lord would be at work in significant ways in their lives!
We’re grateful for a Crosspointer who is out of state, caring for a believing friend who is dying of cancer. This is one example of what it looks like to love others extravagantly, because Jesus has first loved us.