Evidences of God’s Grace: October-December 2019

On a weekly basis in our Sunday program, we shared evidences of God’s grace and work in the life of Crosspoint and our community.  Below, are the evidences (October-December 2019) 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.



As followers of Christ, we are called to live with integrity as a way of life, including in our place of work.  So we reject ways that would be dishonest or contrary to how the Lord has called us to live as His people.  So we are encouraged when we hear of a covenant member of Crosspoint who is seeking to live with integrity at their place of work, even if it may cost him his job.  Proverbs 10:9, Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.  May the Lord be glorified as this member lives out Colossians 3:23.



At Crosspoint, we want to be a people who are anchored to the Word.  We also want to be a people who are reaching and preparing the next generation for they are the church of today, not just tomorrow.  So we rejoice when Crosspointer and SonChasers 4th grade teacher, Mr. Bix, encourages students to engage in Bible reading challenges.  A parent recently shared this, ‘thank you for encouraging them to read their Bibles daily. Because he read all through John on his own, our son decided to keep going and is almost done with Matthew now.  Grateful for your heart for our kids and scripture!’



Earlier this fall, Phil Cooper led a class called ‘Doing Life with God’s Word.’  We were encouraged by the number of attenders, and for testimonies such as these: ‘I learned how to interpret a verse, passage, and chapter of the Bible on my own.’  ‘I learned to take my time in God’s Word. Asking the Holy Spirit to speak the words into my heart, taking just a chapter, or even 3 or 4 verses and see what God is telling me. Also, how does this chapter relate to my life right now and what I am to do with it.’  May we continue to grow to be anchored to the Word!



At Crosspoint, we desire to build marriages and families to be centered on Christ and a light to the world, because ultimately marriage is a reflection of Jesus and His bride, the church.  So we rejoice when we hear of a husband who is making progress in loving and serving his wife in the way of Christ.  Ephesians 5:25 says, Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her.  Praise the Lord for a husband who is submitting to Jesus and seeking to reflect Him to his wife and family!



Last Sunday (11/24), our Operation Christmas Child mission project finished up. The kids of SonChasers packed up 217 boxes.  This year, we also served as a collection center for OCC, and collected over 500 boxes from the area. Crosspointers gave $2003 to go toward the shipping costs of the boxes packed up by SonChasers, which was actually $50 more than we even needed (217 boxes @ $9/box).  Thanks Lord!  Thank you all who gave items to fill boxes, packed boxes, gave financially, and served during collection week.  A big thank you to Patty Pierson for her leadership of the collection center.



In November, we were able to give $1000 (from our missions fund) toward the ministry and mission of Lifesong for Orphans.  Lifesong is an incredible global ministry, based out of Gridley, IL.  Through their outreach, over 11,500 children in 13 countries have critical needs met and learn about Jesus every day. And over 8,000 children are in loving, Christian families through adoption financial assistance.  Through their assistance, a couple years ago, we were able to set up an adoption fund at Crosspoint to help families in the future as they pursue adoption. May the Gospel continue to be proclaimed and shown through Lifesong!



On Sunday, November 10, we were able to celebrate as Crosspointer, Sean Morrison was baptized.  We rejoice at how the Lord has been, is, and will be at work in his life 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.



Here’s an encouraging Sunday morning sighting…when brothers and sisters in Christ pause to pray for someone who they are talking with.  In Christ, we are members who live out the one another’s in the New Testament, including as we gather on Sunday mornings.  Let’s continue to grow in prayerfulness as the people of God.  Let’s lift one another up in prayer.  For our God is able, powerful, and present in His family!  Psalm 5:3: In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.



In October, we were able to give $1000 (from our missions fund) toward the ministry and mission of Safe Families.  Their mission is to host vulnerable children and create extended family–like supports for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers who are motivated by compassion to keep children safe and families intact.  We have had Crosspoint households involved in this ministry before, in various ways, and we are grateful to invest dollars toward this kingdom-impacting ministry.



This fall at Crosspoint, there are 118 adults connected to at least one community group!  Thanks Lord for growing us in the area of living 3D together in community.  May the Lord continue to cause the growth in the months ahead!  We’re praying that we’ll see some new groups launch in early 2020.  If you’re interested in exploring the potential of leading a group, let Pastor Dave or an elder know.



Recently a Crosspointer was sharing how she’s seen evidence of the Lord’s work in her heart and life.  One evidence of faith in Christ, is when we are making progress in seeing our love for the Lord and the things of God increase.  And at the same time, as that love increases, a growing disdain/distaste for sin and the things of this world (1 John 2:15).  So as this believer looks backward, she has seen just that occur in a variety of ways, including what kind of entertainment and media she views and consumes.



Recently a Crosspointer was sharing how she’s seen evidence of the Lord’s work in her heart and life.  Looking back on her early years in her Christian walk, she would characterize her heart as being prone to self-righteousness and a haughty spirit toward others.  And over time, by the grace of God, she has seen the Lord bring transformation.  The Lord has increased her awareness of her own need for His grace, and enabled her to show that grace and love toward others.  Where are you making progress in your faith in Christ?



We are called to live in community with one another in the church family.  So we are encouraged to see, not only adults living this out, but students.  In September, a community group launched for high school students on Wednesday night.  So far, 10 students have been gathering on a weekly basis.  The group is currently going through a book called ‘This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years.’  May the Lord enable these students to not only know the Gospel, but apply it to everyday life.