Evidences of God’s Grace: October-December 2022

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 2022) 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.


When God’s people are eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit, it is an evidence of His grace at work.  We praise Him for the unity that is present among our elder team, staff, and in our local faith family.  May we continue to live out the words of Ephesians 4, I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 


Since August, we have had Crosspointers reading Scripture on Sunday mornings (typically the passage that we’re preaching from that day).  We have loved this addition to our times together.  It has been a great joy to hear Crosspointers of all ages reading the living and active Word of God, aloud in our gatherings.  May the Word continue to fall on humble hearts and open ears. 


In late November, we finished up our Operation Christmas Child mission project!  Thank you to everyone who engaged in this project in some way; from praying, to volunteering at our drop off location or at the SonChasers packing party, to packing your own shoeboxes, to providing donations for SonChasers to pack up boxes.  Thank you church family!  226 boxes were packed by SonChasers and the shipping costs ($2260) were covered by our mission fund.  Nearly 1100 boxes (our biggest yet) were then dropped off and shipped from our property.  Let’s be prayerful.  May the Good News of Jesus spread! 


On Sunday, November 6, we were able to celebrate with Crosspointers, Olivia and Stella Hostetler, who 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.   


Households who are active in fostering and/or adopting children are an evidence of God’s grace!  We are grateful for how these Moms and Dads are seeking to reflect our Heavenly Father’s heart for children.  Are you prayerfully considering becoming a foster parent, or thinking about adoption?  If so, there are households here that would love to encourage and equip you. Talk to Pastor Dave for more details.  5 years ago, Crosspoint began an adoption fund that is administrated by the ministry, Lifesong for Orphans.  These funds are set aside to help meet the financial needs of those pursuing adoption.


In fall 2021, we had 117 adults connected to a community group.  This fall, the Lord has caused the growth, and we have 133 adults engaged in community.  Thank you Lord for the faithful work you are doing in and through your people.  May we continue to see a growing engagement in the coming months and year, and Lord, may you cause our love for one another to increase and overflow (1 Thessalonians 3:12).


We recently asked a Crosspointer to consider reading Scripture aloud on a Sunday morning.  After praying and considering, they replied with this… “Sign me up to speak God’s Word…I will be out of my comfort zone, but Philippians 4:13 says that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. And you said this morning that I am not to care how I judge myself or what others think. Only God!”  Praise God for how brothers and sisters in Christ are taking steps of faith!


It has been really encouraging to see and hear of Crosspointers intentionally and warmly inviting others into their homes.  From sharing meals to simply hanging out, brothers and sisters in Christ are choosing to build fellowship with others into their calendars and rhythms of life.  Thank you Lord!  1 Peter 4:7-9 says,The end of all things is near; therefore, be alert and sober-minded for prayer. Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.Be hospitable to one another without complaining. 


Here are some recent evidences of grace shared by Crosspointers on the glass board in the CCC office (stop and share yours sometime):  In the work of disciples’ hearts and my own; Freedom to worship, New people stepping into community group leadership; Faithful and loving friends and teammates to serve with; The ability to express requests and being generously welcomed and supported; Crosspointers of all ages being humble and sharing out their prayer requests


Praise the Lord for testimonies such as this (shared recently by a Crosspoint household that has been a part of a community group over the last year.  We are connected to a community group which has been a huge blessing in our life! It is so encouraging to have friendships where the foundation is firmly in the Lord. We are truly blessed with the connections we have made through our community group.  If you’re looking to take a next step toward community with others, talk to Pastor Dave S.


We’re grateful for our elder team, and their willingness and desire to seek to shepherd in the way of Jesus, in the fullness of His grace and truth.  We’re thankful to see them pastoring and ministering to people from among the rows on Sunday mornings, to their homes, to their workplaces and neighborhoods, and in behind the scenes ways that go unnoticed.  Pause and pray for these brothers (Steven, Mike, Kent, Joel, Ben, Dave W, Dave S), that they would walk in humility before the Lord, in unity with one another, and in dependence upon the Spirit. 


It is always encouraging to see brothers and sisters in Christ taking a step toward engaging in the ministry of the Body of Christ!  Recently, we have seen servants join our SonChasers team in the mission to reach and prepare the generation.  From teaching to serving behind the scenes, to everywhere in between.  We’ve also seen a few servants join the sound team to help in creating an environment where our eyes and ears are focused and engaged without distraction, so that the focus is on Jesus.  Thank you Lord for all your servants who are engaged in the Body!