Tom’s Midweek Greeting
Crossroads Community Church
Hello, Church Family!
I’m looking forward to Sunday! We’re going to have a good day of worship, celebration, praying, and planning! Thanks for your part in it.
We’ll start at 10:00 at the Y with worship. I’ll be starting a new sermon series this Sunday. “Building Community” will be the theme. We’ll look into God’s Word over the course of the next few weeks to see some things that are important parts of building the church community. Specifically, we’ll look at the following:
- What is it, exactly? Why is it important to us and to God?
- Again, what exactly is worship? Why do we worship? What are things that make up our worship of God, individually and as a church?
- Spiritual Gifts. What are they? Why is it important that every member of the community use his/her natural gifts and spiritual gifts?
- We’ll look at some biblical reminders, and new perspectives, about the importance of giving joyfully to the Lord’s work.
Immediately following worship this Sunday, we’ll have our annual January congregational meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend. As you know, we need to approve the 2021 church budget, and we need to elect an Elder to the Elder Board. Shane Dahmer is the nominee put forward by our Nominating Committee for the Elder Board. At Sunday’s meeting, we’ll also do some looking forward to what’s coming up in 2021, and we’ll spend some time in prayer. It will be a good meeting, and not overly long. I hope you’ll join us! Your part is important! Come join us for worship, even if you’re unable to stay for the meeting.
New Home Group Format Starting January 24
We’re going to start a six-week Sunday evening home group series at my house beginning Sunday, January 24. I’m very excited about this opportunity for relationship-building, encouragement, and study. We’ll use a video series by Colin Smith called “Momentum: Pursuing God’s Blessings Through the Beatitudes.” Each week we’ll enjoy a 15-20 minute video, then have some discussion followed by prayer and fellowship.
I’ll have a sign-up sheet at church the next two weeks if you’d like to join the study. Or you can just let me know personally if you’re interested in being part of the group. I’m asking for sign-ups for two reasons: 1) I’d like to know about how many people to expect; and 2) I’d like you to look ahead and be able to commit to at least four out of the six weeks. It will help our study and grow our relationships if we can have some consistency in our group. If you’re not able to commit to it this time around, we’ll try to run the study again later in the year.
Here’s a summary of “Momentum”:
Most Christians want to make real, noticeable progress in their walk with Christ. We long to forgive, to have a pure heart, and to find peace in our lives, but we just don’t know how to get there. This Bible study was created to help believers get unstuck and build momentum toward a more godly life. Through a series of small-group sessions, author Colin Smith invites group members to discover that the understanding and strength we need to pursue holiness are available through the path Christ laid out for us in the Beatitudes—a path that includes forgiveness, purity, and peace. Find out what it really means to be poor in spirit, to be meek, and to mourn, and discover how those qualities will help you live a life in which God’s blessings are abundantly clear and present.
Colin Smith is senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and president of Unlocking the Bible. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, he trained at the London School of Theology where he earned the degrees of Bachelor of Theology and Master of Philosophy. I’ve heard Colin Smith speak on a number of occasions, and you’re in for a treat through his teaching! His radio program, “Unlocking the Bible,” can be heard on the Bott Radio Network.
Momentum: Pursuing God’s Blessings Through the Beatitudes … starting January 24.
Please be in prayer as we anticipate God meeting with us this Sunday! I hope to see you at the Y!
“The church is not a theological classroom. It is a conversion, confession, repentance, reconciliation, forgiveness, and sanctification center, where flawed people place their faith in Christ, gather to know and love Him better, and learn to love others as He designed” (Paul David Tripp).