November 20th, 2016

Here’s what’s coming up

Christmas DIY Fair The Crossroads annual Christmas DIY Fair is coming up on Friday, December 2nd at 6:00pm in the Crossroads gym. Join us for festive fun for the whole family, and get some great ideas for homemade gifts this Christmas season. If you’d like to be involved, contact Chris Vander Woude at chris@crossroadsnampa.com.

New Women’s Bible Studies We will be starting two new women’s studies on Wednesday, November 30th in the mornings at Crossroads. The available studies are Beth Moore’s Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy and Looking for Lovely: Collecting the Moments that Matter. Please call the office at 208-463-9070 or email office@crossroadsnampa.com to sign up.

Annual Genesis Christmas Party Join us Sunday, December 11th, from 6-9pm at The Venue for our annual Genesis Christmas Party. Bring a food item to share. Come enjoy games, fellowship and merriment! For questions, contact carolyn@crossroadsnampa.com.

For your information

Genesis Communications If you would like to receive Genesis specific communications via CCB, please contact carolyn@crossroadsnampa.com to add your family. 

Still Water Hollow Christmas Eve Service There will be a Christmas Eve service at Still Water Hollow on Saturday, December 24th at 4:30pm. Join us for a time of worship and fellowship.

Service Cancelled on Christmas Day There will NOT be a Genesis service on Christmas Day. Take this time to enjoy your family at home. 

Genesis Youth Immediately following worship, Genesis Youth (5th-12th grade) are invited to the upstairs room for a youth class. Contact jeffstmary@crossroadsnampa.com with questions.

Crossroads Holiday Service Times Crossroads will not have their Wednesday worship service on November 23rd, December 21st, or December 28th. They will also not have Sunday services on Christmas Day. You can come for worship on Saturday, December 24th at 3:00pm and 4:30pm. 

Financial Update: 

Needed monthly:         $166,656

Received in November:         $78,228 (47%)

 

Sermon: No Longer a Slave!

Romans 6, 7 & 8 – Part 1

Take a deep breath and hold it. We’ll let it out next week. Romans 6, 7 and 8 are meant to be read together in one breath.

There is a real struggle in overcoming the old life of sin. 

Chapter five is about having security in the truth of undeserved privilege. Our feelings will make us think that struggle means God is punishing us, but we must live on facts instead of feelings!

Chapter 6 and part of 7

Chapter 6 is about establishing one thing: We are no longer slaves to sin!  

Chapter 6: 1-14: Dead to sin but alive in Christ.

We are united with Christ in death and resurrection.

Verse 13 tells us to do two things:

- Consider (thinking)

- Do not (behavior)

Vs. 15-23

The meaning of slavery 

- American: Abusive and dehumanizing

- Roman: Abusive, dehumanizing, and but mostly self-induced (age 30 release)

Chapter 7: Sin has so much power!

Two schools of thought regarding sin in the Christian’s life:

 - Traditional view: Paul’s life as a Christian (Augustine, J I Packer, Leon Morris, Thomas       Aquinas, Luther, J.D.G. Dunn, and others)

        • “simultaneously justified and a sinner”             

- Historic View: Human experience and description of life as a non-Christian (Diodore of Tarsus (390ad), John Chrysostom (347-407), Cyril of Alexandria (366-444) and others)

Conclusion: