November 23rd & 27th, 2016

Here’s what’s coming up

Christmas DIY Fair Our annual Christmas DIY Fair is coming up on Friday, December 2nd at 6:00pm. Join us for festive fun for the whole family, and get some great ideas for homemade gifts this Christmas season. 

Baptism Sunday We will be having baptisms in both services on Sunday, December 4th. If you’d like to be baptized or have any questions, email Pastor Howard at howard@crossroadsnampa.com.

Choir Sunday Our choir will be leading us in worship on Sunday, December 11th. If you would like to be involved, contact Stephanie Graves at stephanie@crossroadsnampa.com. 

New Women’s Bible Studies We will be starting two new women’s studies on Wednesday, November 30th in the mornings. 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.

For your information

Wednesday Service Volunteers We are in need of volunteers for our Wednesday service. Sign up to volunteer on our website at crossroadsnampa.com/volunteer.

Prayer If you are in need of prayer, contact prayer@crossroadsnampa.com. 

Christmas Giving This Christmas season we will be focusing our giving on families in need both at Crossroads and throughout the community. You can help us in our efforts by giving online using the “Christmas Giving” category or by purchasing gift cards for these families. 

Holiday Service Times We will not have our Wednesday worship service on November 23rd, December 21st, or December 28th. We will also not have Sunday services on Christmas Day. Instead, join us for worship on Saturday, December 24th at 3:00pm and 4:30pm. 

Financial Update: 

Needed monthly:         $166,656

Received in November:         $112,713 (68%)

Expansion Total Pledged:    $1,745,010

Expansion Total Received:    $719,119

Sermon: No longer a Slave!

Romans 6,7 & 8- Part 2

Introduction:

Romans 6,7 & 8 remind us that we are no longer slaves, and we have been adopted! 

Chapter 7 unpacked:

The old master is dead; offer yourself as a slave to righteousness.

Are we still owned by sin while committed to a new master?

Does Romans 7:14 and 6:17 make sense if sin is still our master?

There is danger in both perspectives. Let’s be careful!

“Whatever our view of Romans 7 might be, then, we need to avoid what I think all interpreters would agree is a misuse of the text: using it to justify sin or stagnation in the Christian life. I have all too often encountered believers with just this attitude: ‘I am really struggling with a sin, and it keeps getting the best of me. But that’s alright-Paul had the same problem” (Douglas Moo -NIV Application Commentary pg 246)

I’m not a slave to sin; I serve a new Master! (Chapter 8)

I stand by “undeserved privilege.” (Ro 5:2)

What this life looks like as a slave to righteousness:

-8:5 Dominated by the sinful nature

-8:9 Dominated by the spirit

There is no obligation to do what the sinful nature urges us to do.

Our new Master changes our status from slave to sons and daughters!

Roman Patria Potesta: Had to be emancipated from former master or father .

-Debts canceled, status changed as citizen, new father

-Though a blood son could be emancipated, an adopted son can’t

Conclusion: Now that we’re adopted, who can separate us from our new Father?