Evidences Of God’s Grace: January-March 2021

On a weekly basis in our Sunday program, we share evidences of God’s grace and work in the life of Crosspoint and our community.  Below, are the evidences (January-March 2021) 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 so encouraged by the generosity of God’s people, and how Jesus, our Chief Shepherd, continues to provide for His church, no matter the year or the season we are in.  A little over a year ago, we went online only for Sunday mornings.  The amount of unknowns was significant in all our lives, including the life of our church.  And yet the Lord’s faithfulness has abounded in a variety of ways, including through financial provision.  Through Sunday, March 7, our weekly offering average is 15% over what our budget need is!  Thank you fellow Crosspointers for how you are sowing into the kingdom of God and investing into the Lord’s work in and through His church.  To God alone be the glory! 


Earlier in March, we hosted a Paul Tripp marriage video conference.  We were very encouraged to see over 25 couples intentionally set aside time and engage in attending this conference.  From engaged to be married, to newly married, to married for 25+ years, and everywhere in between, we love to see couples who are seeking to keep growing deeper and stronger in their marriage.  As a church, 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.  May it be so, Lord!  For your glory!


James 5:16 calls us to pray for one another.  1 Thessalonians 5:17 calls us to pray without ceasing.  Philippians 4:6 commands us to not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  So it is encouraging to see Crosspointers living these truths out on Sunday mornings, praying for one another, as we gather together.  The church is at its healthiest when the Body ministers to the Body.  We were designed by our triune God for community.


‘Behind the scenes’ ministry work and the people who serve in such a way are an evidence of His grace!  For instance, we give thanks for fellow parts of the Body of Christ who clean toys after every Sunday service to serve the youngest of Crosspointers; who plow snow off the parking lot, shovel it away from doorways, and salt sidewalks to prepare a place for ministry and mission to happen; who count offering money to insure accuracy and to above reproach in our finances; who set up AV equipment so that singing worship can happen and the Word can go out, who order and organize supplies so ministry to people can flow, and on and on!  


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.  For instance, one Crosspointer is prayerfully and lovingly witnessing to a co-worker and beginning a Bible study with them. May the Lord work powerfully through His people who He has called to a missionary way of life. 


The New Testament gives several metaphors for the local church.  A body, vine/branches, flock, family, house, etc.  All of the descriptions have a common thread: the plural and collective nature of the local church.  Our faith in Christ is most certainly personal, but also corporately lived out alongside one another.  So we rejoice in a Crosspoint household recently sharing this, “the church is like home to us already.”  After moving here from out of state, they have begun attending, serving, engaging in a community group, giving, etc. (AKA: engaging in life in the church).  Thank you Lord for how you’re growing your family! 


We are so thankful for the many Crosspointers who have joined in the mission to bring glory to God by making disciples of Jesus of the next generation, through SonChasers (birth-5th grade).  One of our teachers recently shared, “I love teaching my grade so much. The students are truly amazing and they teach me just as much as I teach them.”  We thank the Lord for this volunteer, and the many others, who are seeking to equip and prepare the next generation to be devoted to Jesus, dedicated to one another, and driven to reach people, together.


We recently were greatly encouraged to see a Crosspoint household reengage in in-person attendance on Sunday mornings.  A member of their household shared this… “This was long overdue and I’m so glad that I decided to come…I felt the pull to come today and I am really happy I did. I feel like Crosspoint is meant to be our home church.  Needed to pull that post Covid “Band-Aid” off and come back to check it out and see that different doesn’t mean bad, just a new way, if that makes sense.”  Praise the Lord for how His people are walking by faith and listening to His Spirit. 


On January 13, over 50 men gathered for the Paul Tripp Men of Faith conference at Crosspoint.  We were very encouraged to not only see men from other churches gather, but fathers bringing their son(s) to the gathering.  As parents, we are called to make disciples of Jesus at home, and so we rejoice at fathers seeking to do that with their children through a conference, but also through the everyday way of life at home.  Some fathers committed to begin a book study with their sons following the conference.  May the Lord continue to raise up godly men who are fearless, tender, and thankful, reflecting Jesus more and more. 


A Crosspoint family recently shared this reflection rooted in gratitude, “God has been so faithful to us – we see that very clearly looking back at 2020.”  Among evidences of His faithfulness in their household:  their middle school child took next steps in their faith and started attending youth group with a friend.  The Lord provided an unexpected job for them that has proven to be a blessing, not only financially but relationally.  He has been faithful to strengthen this household in the faith during 2020.  Where do you see His work in your life?  Let us rejoice always and give thanks in all things. 


On Sunday, January 3, we were able to celebrate as Crosspointer, Lauren Cirillo was baptized.  We rejoice at how the Lord has been, is, and will be at work in her life in the months and years to come.  We were encouraged by her boldness in sharing her testimony as a freshman in high school.  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.   


Over the past couple months, two households have committed to covenant membership at Crosspoint and joined the family!  Tate and Debby Greenway and Austin and Bailey Lewandowski.  We love that these believers in Christ have found a home at Crosspoint and are engaging in the life of the church through serving, community, gathering and more.  We rejoice that they have joined us in the mission to bring glory to God by making disciples of Jesus who live 3D together!    


As the calendar turns, we give thanks for the Lord and His unchanging character and truth.  Hebrews 13:8 says, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Isaiah 40:8 says, The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.  Praise the Lord for these solid anchors in the lives of believers.  As Hebrews 10:23 says, Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, since he who promised is faithful.  No matter what 2021 holds for us, we can walk by faith knowing we are held firm by our Heavenly Father (Psalm 139).