January 29th & February 1st, 2017

Here’s what’s coming up

Family Valentine’s Dance: Join us for our annual Family Valentine’s Dance on Friday, February 10th from 6:00 to 8:00pm. The cost is $5 per person or $20 per family if you register online before the event. Find out more on our website. 

Medical Mission Trip to Brazil: If you are a medical professional, we would love to have you join us on our mission trip to Belém, Brazil, April 21-30. If you are interested, you can pick up an application packet at the Welcome Center, or email Pastor Alex at alex@crossroadsnampa.com. We will have an informational meeting on Sunday, February 5th, at 12:15pm. 

How We Love Workshop: On April 21-22, Milan and Kay Yerkovich will be facilitating a workshop for couples. How We Love is a revolutionary approach to deeper connections in marriage and is aimed at couples feeling stuck in their relationship. The cost is $50 per couple. Please register online. 

 

For your information

Building Healthy Relationships: Beginning in February, we will be offering two groups focused on creating and fostering relationships, one for men, and one for women. To learn more, or to register, visit our website.

Wednesday Service Volunteers: We are in need of volunteers for our Wednesday evening dinners. If you are interested, please sign up to volunteer on our website.

Prayer: If you are in need of prayer, contact prayer@crossroadsnampa.com, or take a prayer card located by the giving boxes.  

Financial Update: 

Needed monthly: $171,234

Received in January: $118,971 (69%)

How Should We Then Live?

Romans 13 & Revelation 13 - Pastor Jim Halbert

Paul is concerned about the church. He wants them to love one another (chapter 9-11) and to offer themselves to God and serve one another (chapter 12), so that they can be effective in sharing the gospel to the world (chapter 13).

How should we then live as a Christian community in this world? Do we go along with it in order to speak to it, or do we stand for truth even in the face of adversity? Peter says in Acts 5:29, “We must obey God rather than man.”

Verses 1-3: God cares about right and wrong.

     - God establishes order to protect people. 

      - “The Bible gives a very clear basis for civil disobedience; namely, if the state commands               what God forbids, or if the state forbids what God commands, then civil disobedience is a             Christian duty.” –Tim Keller

Verses 4-5: Rulers rule because God wants order.

     - God ordains rulers and leaders. 

     - Consider the difference between Romans 13 and Revelation 13.

Verses 6-10: What I owe is taxes and love.

     - You’ve experienced love and mercy, so you owe that to others.

Verses 11-14: Plan like you’ll be here 100 years; live like today is your last.

     - So take off and put on.

     - Take off: deeds of darkness.

     - Put on: Christ and His ruling presence.

Conclusion: We have a duty to obey the law if it does not require us to go against our Biblically-based moral convictions. We also have a duty to protest when it does. Let’s be careful that we know the difference and weigh how our actions will affect our witness for Christ.