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TAKE AWAY FROM SUNDAY’S MESSAGE:
KEY VERSES: Acts 2:42-47
CONNECT – SERVE – GIVE
Christian community is a privilege
It is true, of course, that what is an unspeakable gift of God for the lonely individual is easily disregarded and trodden under foot by those who have the gift every day. It is easily forgotten that the fellowship of Christian brethren is a gift of grace, a gift of the Kingdom of God that any day may be taken from us, that the time that still separates us from utter loneliness may be brief indeed. Therefore, let him who until now has had the privilege of living in common Christian life with other Christians praise God’s grace from the bottom of his heart. Let him thank God on his knees and declare: it is grace, nothing but grace, that we are allowed to live in community with Christian brethren. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
What do you want to live for?
Connect – I want to Love and be Loved – John 17:21, 23, 26 Come as you are and agape with us
It never works when we try to do it with human love; we need to pursue community with God’s love, us infused by the Holy Spirit.
Serve – I am Invaluable to God and to Crossroads Church – Romans 12:4-6 Come and let us help you discover all that you are
Each us in an invaluable part of the Crossroads family and we each have a Spiritual gift to bring to the body thus it never works if we think the leadership is the only “gifted” people.
I Give all to God and His Kingdom – Matthew 6:33, 19-2 Come and give all you are to God with us
It never works if our first and primary focus in life is not the King of God but rather our own affections.
In America (Weekly) 73% of Americans claim Christianity, 20% claim nothing, 6% other 75% of Americans pray 35% of Americans attend a church service 34% of Americans read the Bible
Of the 35% that attend Church 49% of them are involved beyond Sunday (17%) 51% of them serve in the church (18%) 10% of them give regularly to a church (3%) George Barna, 2016
Our Hopes and Dreams! 75% of Aspenites attend church 100% of Crossroadites are involved beyond Sunday 100% of Crossroadites serve in church 100% of Crossroadites give regularly to the church
REALITY CHECK! We today can accomplish the latter 3! And when we do that is when the first one begins to move towards 75%!
LIBRARY: The library is completely cataloged on the computer. This means that you can find any book or bible study by searching the library computer which is located to the right of the fireplace. You can search by author, title or subject and the results will tell you where to find the book. We have some excellent books, like The Heavenly Man, by Chinese author Brother Yun. His story of persecution for sharing the Gospel in China is amazing, and he is much like the “Whack a Mole” game, popping back up again to share Jesus.
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