Last 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 (October-December) 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. You can read past evidences here.
We are always encouraged when we hear of believers who are confessing sin and walking in the light with one another. For instance, we recently heard of a Crosspointer who confessed the sin of lust to both his wife and fellow brothers in Christ. Praise God for believers who are living with the Gospel in view, and turning from sin and turning toward grace and freedom! 1 John 1:7: If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
On Sunday, December 16, we were able to celebrate as Crosspointers, Nathaniel, Ashley, and Isaac Leman were baptized. We rejoice at how the Lord has been, is, and will be at work in their lives in the months and years to come. Baptism is a picture that in Christ we’ve died with Him, and been raised to a new life in Him. Thank you Lord for lives that are changing through the power of the Gospel and your Spirit.
Recently, we were able to send a mission gift of $1000 to a missionary family that recently and suddenly had to pull out of an East Asian country due to safety concerns. This family was one that we have supported in the past as a church, and we were grateful to have the opportunity to bless them in this time of need. Be praying for this family as they seek the Lord and where He is leading them next in Kingdom work.
A Crosspointer recently shared this testimony, “After church I started thinking about my relationship with Jesus. I do personally know Jesus, but I have not been making my relationship with him a priority…So, tomorrow I am making me a cup of coffee and opening the Bible. That is the way I used to start every day and it is time for me to get back on track. I love Jesus and miss the closeness I used to feel with him. I will see him first…” Amen, and amen!
In November, our Operation Christmas Child mission project finished up. The kids of SonChasers packed up 278 boxes. Crosspointers brought in an additional 61 boxes. This year, we also served as a collection center for OCC, and collected 374 boxes from the area. Crosspointers gave nearly $2157 to go toward the shipping costs of the boxes packed up by SonChasers. Thank you all who gave items to fill boxes, packed boxes, gave financially, and served during collection week. A big thank you to Pam and Landy Tangbakken for their leadership!
A Crosspointer recently shared this testimony, “I spent many years going to church because that was what I was supposed to do. Even when we first started going to Crosspoint, it was more out of an obligation rather than a desire to grow closer to God. But lately, God has been working in me to challenge to actually take what is preached and apply it to my own life.” Praise God for how He is at work changing lives by the power of the Gospel and anchoring His people to His living and active Word!
We are so thankful for how Crosspoint volunteers stepped up and served in 2018 to mow and take care of the Crosspoint yard! They served behind the scenes in a way that makes a big impact both for ministry purposes and for our first impression. A big thank you to the ‘mowing team.’ Scott Wilson, Van Friederich, Mike Troth, Mike Brown, Brian Blunier, Steven Sauder and Darryl Wilson. If you’re interested in joining this team for 2019, contact Pastor Dave.
Recently some Crosspoint households have moved physically, and in the process, they have been helped by their community groups and others in the church family. We are encouraged to see practical demonstrations of love like these. Romans 12:10 says, Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters. Outdo one another in showing honor. Let’s keep growing in our dedication to and love for one another in the family of faith.
Colossians 3:23 says, Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people. We are encouraged by the recent testimonies of Crosspointers seeing their workplace as more than just a place of work, but a place of ministry and mission. We’ve heard of a Crosspointer prayerfully and lovingly witnessing to a co-worker, and another Crosspointer, who is in a place of leadership, using it as an opportunity to mentor and encourage an employee as a fellow brother in Christ.
Recently a Crosspointer shared how because of a difficult life circumstance, they were strongly tempted to allow their flesh and sinful desire to rule over them. This person has been following Jesus for four years, and they were tempted to turn back to anger, bitterness, and slander. But by God’s grace, this person is agreeing with the Lord and putting such sinful attitudes and actions off. Instead, they are putting on the things of Christ such as compassion and patience, and turning to the Scriptures and prayer as their source of life (Colossians 3:1-17). Praise God for lives that are growing in Christlikeness.
We’ve averaged 265 in our Sunday attendance over the past year (September 2017-August 2018). We average 190 in the Living Room and 78 kids (birth-5th grade) in SonChasers (which works out to be 28% of our overall Sunday attendance). What is interesting is that through our years as a church, that percentage of kids in SonChasers has always been around that percentage. So even as kids ‘graduate’ out and move into Hype, we are continuing to reach the youngest of kiddos and their families through our children’s ministry. Thanks Lord!
Colossians 3:23 says, Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people. We are always encouraged to hear of Crosspoint households who get the truth of that verse and are living on mission and for His glory, in their workplace. We recently heard of two educators in a public school who are shining brightly for the Lord and making an impact in the lives of high school students! They love their students well and are seeking to reflect Christ as a way of life!
Recently, we are seeing Crosspointers ‘raise their hands’ and begin to engage in our children’s ministry, SonChasers. Some of these are Crosspointers who were not active in serving prior to this, and so we rejoice at how they are beginning to serve wholeheartedly and engage in the life of the Body of Christ. They are greeting and getting families registered prior to the service, caring for the youngest of our people in the nurseries, and other areas of investment in the next generation.