Life is complicated. Or we make it complicated. Our pursuits of the secondary things in life crowd out what is really important. We don’t need the latest toys and fashions.
We need family, friends and a relationship with God.
The more we declutter our lives, the better we can hear God’s voice and follow him.
Things are not complicated with God. He loves us and sent his Son to give his life to restore fellowship between us and God. He wants us to Center on Him, and Connect in Relationship, so we can Change our World.
It is the simple things that lead people into life-changing community in Christ.
Life is all about relationships. Everything else is secondary. For us at Crossroads, community is not a zip code. It is having real friends who know the good and the bad, and still care about you. It is sharing the joys and frustrations, the celebrations and heartaches of life with people who understand your strengths and flaws.
God shows us the importance of community even before there was a creation. The Holy Trinity exists in three Persons, living in community with each other. As we were made in God’s image, we are created to live in relationship with others—with God and people.
Christian community becomes the place of healing and discovery. We find emotional and spiritual healing in a place of acceptance and grace. We experience self-discovery as we learn about our unique qualities and find our God-given calling in life.
Real community is messy. But it is worth it. We see the flaws in others, and they see ours. We encourage, rebuke and forgive. We grow and become more like Jesus. We really need each other. And we need to belong.
Jesus was a man of action. After working as a carpenter, he began his three-and-a-half years of ministry. He healed, taught, preached, traveled, fished, prayed, encouraged, and rebuked. He changed the world by investing in his disciples. He followed the Father’s plan obediently, giving his life on the cross.
As the Spirit moved Jesus to action, he calls us to action as well. Sometimes the action is prayer. Sometimes it is listening, teaching, confronting, … turning over tables. It is all guided by the Spirit and motivated by love.
At Crossroads, we want to be involved in life, like Jesus. We step up to fight injustice, feed the hungry, and fight disease. We step up to reach out to people who need friends. We step up to show our community the love of Jesus. We step up to help a friend make a decision. We challenge each other to stick with our marriages. We call each other to turn from sin. We volunteer. We invite to dinner. We donate. We pack shoeboxes with fun stuff for poor children. We sponsor kids around the globe. We send missionaries.
Faith means action.
Following Jesus is a joyful adventure.
The Holy Spirit produces joy in the believer’s life. The freedom we have in Jesus releases us from the bondage of religious drudgery. We do have responsibilities, but heartfelt obedience brings joy, not resentment. We choose to follow Jesus, not because of guilt, but because of love. He tells us that his yoke is easy and his burden is light. When we live in Christ, we live with joy.
Following Jesus is difficult, challenging, frustrating, inconvenient, costly, and dangerous. But if that’s all we experience in walking with the Lord, we are missing his heart. Following Jesus should also be fun. It’s an adventure to follow him where we’ve never been before. We take risks as we follow, knowing that he walks with us. Joyful trust in our hearts overflows in the adventures of faith. We won’t always be happy. But we can always be joyful.
Through the joy of his people, Jesus is honored and glorified. The joy of the Lord is our strength.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me…” Do you know the keys to eternal life? Eternal life is a free gift!
You can’t earn it.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” –Romans 6:23
No one deserves it.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.” –Ephesians 2:8-9
Nobody’s perfect. And, since we’ve all messed-up, …
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” –Romans 3:23
…we all need to be forgiven. God doesn’t want to punish your sin.
“…God is love.” –1 John 4:8
But, because he’s the perfect Judge, he has to punish sin.
“Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished…” –Exodus 34:7
God solved this dilemma in the person of Jesus. Jesus is God who became a man.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” –John 1:1, 14
Jesus paid the penalty for our sins on the cross and rose from the dead to give us new life.
“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” –Isaiah 53:6
We receive the gift of eternal life by faith.
“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” –John 1:12
Want Eternal Life?
You can receive God’s gift of eternal life right now if you:
- Admit your need. (“I am a sinner.”)
- Turn from your sins. (Repent.)
- Believe that Jesus died for you on the cross and rose from the grave.
- Invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. (Through prayer, receive Jesus as your Savior.)
Pray something like this:
“Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am sinful and need your forgiveness. I believe that you died to pay the penalty for my sin. I want to turn from my sin nature and follow you instead. I invite you to come into my heart and life. In Jesus’ name. Amen (let this be so).”
If you have received Christ by praying this prayer or would like more information about living a Christian life, please let us know.