Evidences of God’s Grace: April – June 2017

Earlier this year, we began sharing in our Sunday program, evidences of God’s grace and work in the life of Crosspoint and our community.  Below, are the evidences (April – June) 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.  If you missed them, here are the evidences January – March 2017


On Sunday, June 18, we prayed over and commissioned Phil Cooper as an elder at Crosspoint.  Phil is joining the existing team of Brad Leman, Erik Johnson, Rohn Peterson, and Dave Steinbeck.  Kevin Funk is entering a 6-12 month long season of rest and sabbatical from the team.  We are grateful to see the Lord call Phil to be a fellow shepherd and overseer here, and how he and his family are actively involved in loving Jesus, loving people, and making disciples of Jesus.


Over the past few weeks, we’ve been able to bless three missionary families with one time, generous financial gifts.  Bill and Stacy Allison and their work with Cadre Missionaries.  Nate and Ruth Reutter and their work with PAZ in Japan.  And another family who serves in East Asia with Pioneers.  We are grateful for how these three households are driven to reach people and make disciples, and we pray that the Lord might work mightily through them in the months to come!


On Sunday, June 4, we were able to celebrate as Crosspointers, Mac Cooper and Morgan Schrock got baptized.  We rejoice at how they have gone public with their faith in Christ, and how the Lord has been, is, and will be at work in their lives in the months and years to come.  Thank you Lord for lives that are changing through your power and grace!


Since the middle of May, Kent Hinrichsen has been serving as a summer intern at Crosspoint.  This fall, Kent will be a senior at Moody Bible Institute, finishing his degree in Pastoral Studies.  Kent has begun a post-high school/college/career age community group, and he will be preaching twice this summer.  It has been great having his joy and passion around the Crosspoint family!  We are grateful to see how Kent is living 3D, and helping others do the same.


We love to see Crosspointers living on mission and ‘going’ (Matthew 28:18-20) as a way of life.  Pray for Anna Williamson as she is current serving on a medical missions trip to Malawi, Africa, serving with Circle of Hope.  Pray also for Crosspointers, Darren and Jane Freidinger, who recently transitioned from the cross cultural mission field in Reynosa, Mexico, to now living, serving, and being ‘on mission’ here in Central Illinois.


Four stories of what God is doing at Crosspoint:  God bringing His Word to life through willing high school leaders.  Crosspointers reaching out to take a meal to someone in need (even when they don’t really know the person).  Local churches borrowing supplies from each other for their upcoming Vacation Bible School outreaches.  Having the peace of God even when circumstances don’t make sense.


On Sunday, April 30, we got to celebrate with 6 Crosspointers who went public with his faith and got baptized!  Nick, Erin, Brent, and Emma Miller, and Marley and Mya Whitner.  What a joy and encouragement it is to see fellow believers taking steps of faith in and obedience to the Lord.  May we continue to be a church that is living our Jesus’ Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).


Four stories of what God is doing at Crosspoint:  An intergenerational group of women meeting to pray together and encourage one another.  A college student praying for God’s wisdom and direction – and receiving it!  A toddler excited to get his “big kid Bible” as he enters the preschool classroom; and later, his desire to read it with his Dad.  A tween being brave enough to raise her hand and share the first prayer request during Hype


We love to see how Crosspointers are jumping into ministry roles and becoming active in the Body of Christ.  Recently, we’ve had people join the SonChasers registration team and get trained on helping check in and welcome children and families on Sunday mornings.  This is a vital role on Sunday mornings, and helps in our desire to create an environment that is welcoming, loving, and safe.  We rejoice at seeing Crosspointers not only engaged in serving, but owning their part in the mission and ministry.


The Lord is actively changing the lives who call Crosspoint home.  Here are a couple recent testimonies from Crosspointers:

  • I’m so blessed to be full of Jesus’ love. And I am growing as I learn and read alone with many other Crosspointers from our Bibles each day.  God bless our church!  God bless our leaders!
  • We just started attending in January but honestly Crosspoint already feels like a home to us.


This past Sunday, we got to celebrate with Brad Schrock who went public with his faith and got baptized!  What a joy and encouragement it is to see fellow believers taking steps of faith in and obedience to the Lord.  May we continue to be a church that is living our Jesus’ Great Commission. Matthew 28:19-20:  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.


Today, we rejoice at how Crosspointers are meeting the needs of fellow Crosspointers.  Their acts of love are often behind the scenes, but it is beautiful to see believers living out the Lord’s command to love one another through their time, money, and abilities.  We’d love to share names, but that is the last thing they’d want, because they serve and love for God’s glory, and not their own.  Galatians 6:10:  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.


This past Saturday night (3/25), Hype Student Ministries hosted a euchre (card game) night to help raise funds for their upcoming summer mission trip to Relevant Ministry.  The night raised over $1000 to go toward mission work, and we are grateful for the generosity and love that was displayed by those who organized and attended that evening.