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.
Mormonism Discussion Group We 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 email@example.com.
Financial Peace Class Starting Sunday, January 22nd, we will be offering a class through Financial Peace University for those looking to get their finances in order and find freedom from debt. The class will meet Sunday mornings, January 22nd through March 19th, in room 16 from 8:30am to 10:30am. Please register online.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
For your information
Wednesday Service Volunteers We are in need of volunteers for our Wednesday service. Sign up to volunteer on our website.
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, dropping off cash donations, or by purchasing gift cards for these families. Visit the table in the foyer for more information.
Holiday Service Times We will not be having our Wednesday service on 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. We will have children’s ministries available for infants through 4th grade in both Christmas Eve services.
Prayer If you are in need of prayer, contact email@example.com.
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?
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!