CROSS OF CHRIST FELLOWSHIP YEAR END UPDATE AND STORIES In case you missed it or are not signed up to our church plant newsletter, here’s the year end update and some stories. Thank you to all who regularly pray and give to the church plant. You are partners with us a huge help as we seek to be on mission in Naperville and strive to see another gospel-centered church in Naperville.
Reading God’s Word and books that help us behold the truths of God’s word is an experience that leads a Christian to behold God in our hearts. I remember reading through AW Pink’s “Attributes of God” and marveling at who God is and what He is like. I found the same thing by examining different parts of His person and works as I read through Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” (and many other wond
A Preacher is a person who finds PIECES of TREASURE to share:Matt 13:52: “52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.””. As preachers, we dig into the text and find all sorts of treasures and seek to bring some of this treasure to the saints so tha
NOT YOUR STORY At the end of John’s Gospel, we learn of a conversation between Jesus and Peter about how Peter’s life will end. Jesus said this to Peter: “Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go” (John 21:18).
How Might We Pray for Our Church Plant? A TWO-FOLD APPROACH Members of church plants long to see God work in powerful ways. We desire God to draw many to saving faith. We desire our church to be a place where new and mature Christians grow. We desire God to bring revival and spiritual awakening to our community. We desire to see the congregation be built up with elders, deacons, and leaders. We de
Martin Luther once said that, ‘All of Christian’s life is one of repentance.’ I think we could easily say that all of a Christian’s life is one of faith (note: I believe faith and repentance are essentially two sides of the same coin, true faith will show itself with repentance and true repentance will be accompanied with faith). A person becomes a Christian initially through faith in Christ (Eph
It is interesting that immediately after a discussion about the need for faith (Matt 17:14-20), we see Jesus explain his impending death and resurrection (17:22-23). Perhaps this clues us into what is the source for our faith as Christians: it is found in Jesus himself. How do we muster up more faith in Christ? How do we more faithfully walk by faith? The answer is not by our own strength or cleve
In Matthew 17:20 we see Jesus explain to the disciples the power of a faith-filled ministry. The disciples had tried to cast out a demon, but were unsuccessful (Matt 17:14-19). They ask Jesus why they could not do it and he reveals that the reason is their lack of faith: “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mou
Hebrews 11 makes it clear that a Christian is a person marked by faith. Faith is exercised as we begin to follow of Jesus and it is exercised as we live our life trusting God and walking in His ways. This is such a basic fact of Christianity, but I find it surprisingly easy to forget. In my often-unbiblical thinking or living, I assume that life should turn out a certain way and obedience to Chris
In a sermon based on the life of Joseph (Gen 37-50), Dick Lucas gives 3 qualities of a leader that God uses. We see these as three things that God develops about in Joseph as He uses him to save Israel. 1. Patience Joseph had to learn patience. Although God revealed to him in a dream that one day he would be an exalted leader (Gen 37), he had to wait many years for this to come to pass. These year