Evidences of God’s Grace: October-December 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 (October-December 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.


C-20 (our College and early 20’s ministry) hosted a Christmas party a few weeks ago.  This year, Pastor Kent and C-20 has partnered with CRU at Eureka College, and meets every other week on the EC campus.  At the Christmas party, there were 16 students who attended, enjoying a fun night playing games and fellowshipping.  As a gift, Pastor Kent handed out Moody Bible Commentaries to people in attendance and in addition, two CSB Study Bibles were given to two unbelievers!  May the life changing Word go out and bring about salvation and transformation. 


Shared recently by a Hype parent… “When we picked up our daughter, she came out with a big, brand new study Bible. She talked for more than a half hour about how a leader had given it to her and how she was going to start reading Luke every night. The joy and excitement was palpable. It had been a testimony night at Hype and I feel that something ‘clicked’ for her. Every morning, she comes down with her notebook and we go through her questions. My mama heart is happy. We are so thankful for each and every leader at Crosspoint.”


On November 28, we saw two households (Mayotte’s and Grier’s) dedicate children to the Lord in our Sunday gathering.  Children are an evidence of His grace.  Parents seeking to make disciples of Jesus at home are an evidence of His grace.  A church that is seeking to encourage, pray for, love and spur on fellow parents in their disciplemaking mission is an evidence of His grace.  The next generation is the church of today, not just tomorrow.  May the Lord’s faithfulness abound in these households as they lead and shepherd their children toward Jesus.


On November 14, SonChasers packed up 223 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to send out all over the world.  We’re grateful for the volunteers who served in prep for and during the packing party.  We’re thankful to those Crosspointers who donated items to fill the shoeboxes.  We’re thankful for those who packed your own shoeboxes as well!  Earlier in October, Crosspointers gave toward the ‘Bix Box’ project and $2100 was raised.  Those dollars covered the shipping costs of all 223 boxes.  Thank you Lord for your provision through the generosity of your people.  May the Good News go out through these simple gifts. 


On the weekend of November 12-14, we were able to host two mission-minded events.  On the 12th, we were a host site to show the movie, Ends of the Earth.  A new documentary highlighting mission work in Papua New Guinea.  Over 50 people attended, including 19 children.  Then on the 13th, we hosted a Rural Church Planting Summit, in partnership with Acts 29 and area churches.  Around 50 church leaders from around the state attended and were encouraged in the vision to see healthy, gospel-preaching and living churches planted in small towns.  May the Lord cause the growth through the seeds that were planted that weekend. 


Earlier this fall, Crosspointer Byrant Kempf and his coworker, along with the blessing of his employer, spray patched the north asphalt parking lot.  Potholes were filled, cracked repaired, and the parking lot was vastly improved.  This work was done at no cost to the church, and was initiated by Bryant as a way to bless the church that he, his wife Andrea, and son, Kade are a part of.  We thank the Lord for the Kempf family and how the Lord is at work in them and through them. 


We have 117 adults engaged in community groups this fall!  That is the same amount of adults we had in 2019.  That is greatly encouraging because since 2019, we’ve planted a church, walked/walking through a pandemic, etc.  Our average Sunday attendance is down slightly from what it was pre-Covid, and yet we have the same amount of adults in groups.  Meaning, the participation rate in groups is going up, new people are joining groups, new groups have launched, and the church is leaning into community with one another!  Thank you Lord!  


On Sunday, October 31, we prayed over and commissioned Steven Sauder as a new elder at Crosspoint.  Steven is joining the existing team of Ben Martin, Dave Steinbeck, Mike Troth and Joel Zehr.  We are grateful to see the Lord call Steven to be a fellow shepherd and overseer for the faith family at Crosspoint.  We are encouraged by his commitment to sound doctrine and how the truth of Scripture is shaping his way of life in Christ.  Pray for Steven, his wife Lauren, and their 3 children (William, Keiko, and Emi) as they continue to walk by faith. 


A community group leader recently shared this encouragement:  Life in Community has been a huge blessing to our hearts and to our group.  We had someone new join our group 3 weeks ago and has jumped right in!  We have been blessed and encouraged by just leading a group in general.  Sometimes we get numb to the blessings of community groups over the years.  However, since Covid, it’s so obvious that biblical community is a necessity to a Christian walk with Christ.  All of our members are enjoying the book (Life in Community) and seem to be getting a lot out of it!  Thank you Lord!


Recently a Crosspointer knew that the week ahead was going to be full of temptation.  They would be tempted to look to earthly things for their satisfaction and try and find their rest and energy from destructive avenues.  Praise God that this covenant member reached out to fellow members to ask them to pray and to hold them accountable in the week ahead.  Praise God that the Lord gave the victory, and 2 Timothy 2:22 was lived out.  Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.


Galatians 6:2 says, Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Romans 12:12 says,Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.  We are so encouraged when we hear of Crosspointers living these actions out!  For instance, recently a Crosspointer shared with a fellow brother in Christ of their battle with depression and addiction.  The Lord’s grace and power has been evident in giving victories and freedom in his life.  And now as a result of confession and walking in the light, these brothers in Christ can live out Galatians 6:2 and Romans 12:12 with one another.    


As the Lord’s people, we are workers who serve and sacrifice for Him!  We are His laborers in the fields of harvest.  We are grateful for those servants who give of themselves for the good and blessing of others.  For instance, over the past couple weeks, we’ve seen Crosspointers serve so that we could gather outside at the Eureka Lake for a Sunday service, and so that a family could be cared for during a funeral meal, and so that another family could be loved well as they prepared for a wedding (and numerous other ways).  We thank God for the active and engaged members of the Body! 


Hype Student Ministries is off to a very encouraging start this school year!  As a ministry, they are working through the gospel of John this year, and using scripture notebooks as a tool to help students engage in the Word and respond to its truth.  Over 60 notebooks have been given out, and on average, around 40 middle and high school students are attending Hype on Sunday evenings.  Pause and pray for Pastor Kent and the leaders as they teach, lead, and care for students.  Pray for the students, and may the Word fall on humble hearts.  Pray for the parents as they engage with students the other 6 days of the week in disciplemaking.