December 11th, 2016

Here’s what’s coming up

Women’s formation If you’re looking for ways to get involved with women at Crossroads and Genesis, check out our website or contact jennifer@crossroadsnampa.com.

Annual Genesis Christmas Party Join us Sunday, December 11th, from 6:00 to 9:00pm at The Venue for our annual Genesis Christmas Party. Come enjoy games, fellowship and merriment, and bring a food item to share! For questions, contact carolyn@crossroadsnampa.com.

Mormonism Discussion Group Crossroads will be starting a group for those looking for tools to navigate relationships with family and friends that are of the LDS faith. The group will meet Sunday evenings, January 8th through February 12th, at 6:30pm in The Venue. For more information, contact Tammy McOmber at tammy@crossroadsnampa.com.

New Volunteer Ministry Opportunity We are looking for men and women to serve alongside our pastors to care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support to people in our congregation. If you have gifts for caring and encouragement, prayerfully consider joining this exciting ministry. Classes begin January 16th. Contact Pastor Howard at howard@crossroadsnampa.com with any questions.

 

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.

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. 

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

New Year’s Day There will NOT be service at Still Water Hollow on Sunday, January 1st. Join us at Crossroads for either the 9:00am or 10:45am service. 

Crossroads Holiday Service Times Crossroads will not have their Wednesday worship service 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. There will be children’s ministries available for infants through 4th grade in both Christmas Eve services.

Bells of Christmas “Kettle Koncert” Handbell soloist, Phyllis Tincher, and pianist, Sean Rogers, will be performing at a free concert, Sunday, December 18, 4:00pm at Jewett Auditorium at The College of Idaho. 

Sermon – Jesus the Rock: A Foundation or Tombstone?

Romans 9

God’s love is full of mercy, but it demands a response.

• Chapters 6-8 took us from slaves to sin to being adopted by the Father! 

• It is love that Paul is dealing with here in chapter 9. 

9:1-5 Paul longs for his brothers to “get it.”

• Paul loves those that his brothers hate.

• He has “holy angst” over those who reject mercy.

• My refusal to love hurts others and me! 

9:6-13 What does it mean that God chooses and rejects? 

• Hate or rejection of those who reject mercy.

• Miseo: will and action, not emotion. Decisive: consequence. 

• Mt. 5:43: Is Jesus different than God of the Old Testament?

• 1 Timothy 2:4: “It is God who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth,” so which is it?

• Sovereignty as a Ruling Monarch or a Loving Parent? 

    -Monarch: unfeeling; does this line up with the gospel?

    -Parent: love with boundaries and consequences 

9:14-18 If mercy is unfair, then I’m judgmental; if it is undeserved, then I’m humble.

• I can’t demand mercy or expect it; all I can do is respond to it. 

• Timothy Keller: “God is not unfair because he owes nothing to sinful people...”

9:19-24 Autonomy, mystery, and the offensiveness of the gospel.

• Who are we to argue? 

• Offensiveness means we can’t vote, and our wisdom isn’t consulted. 

9:25-33 God’s inclusive, loving plan forces us to decide about the rock that is Jesus. 

• Gentiles were His plan from the beginning (the call of Abram).

• Pharaoh stumbled over the Rock. You can build your life on it!

“Neither the god of moralism nor the god of relativism would have bothered with Christmas. Moralism is essentially the idea that you can save yourself through your good works. And this makes Christmas unnecessary. Why would God need to become human in order to live and die in our place if we can fulfill the requirements of righteousness ourselves? Relativism is essentially the idea that no one is really “lost,” that everyone should live by their own lights and determine right and wrong for themselves. The “all-accepting god of love” many modern people believe in would never have bothered with the incarnation. Such a god would have found it completely unnecessary.”  

–Tim Keller, Hidden Christmas

Conclusion: Christmas tells us that God loves us so much, that He’s willing to give His own son to gain you and me as children! That’s love!