Jesus warns that being part of God’s people is only for those who reject prideful self-ambition and embrace a posture of humility (Matt 18:1-4). To become a Christian requires humility as we acknowledge our sin against God and our need for a Savior (Rom 10:9-10; John 3:16). And this humility is something we seek to embrace and grow in as we follow Jesus Christ as our lord and Savior. Pride, arrogance, and selfish ambition are antithetical to the Christian life. Christ himself shows us the beauty
Recently, I got to spend some time discussing the topic of LIFE at our meetup discussion group here in Naperville. At one point we thought about the origins of life on our planet. I sought to argue that it seems to me that we have one of two positions:1. We, as humans, are the result of a personal God who created and designed us.2. We, as humans, are the accident of an unguided, impersonal process. It was fascinated to see what a reaction such a simple proposition elicited in my non-Christian fr
This was a great year for reading books for me. I think I may have been the most disciplined in my reading and may have gotten through the most books. My goal was to read at least 52 books and made it to 59, so am grateful for that. Some of the books were much shorter and others much longer. Some I listened to and my reading was mostly physical books but I did read a good number of e-books as well. Some of the books I skimmed chunks of, though most I tried to read all the way through. 2018 books
A Hope for the Future (Psalm 27:13) Preached on 12/23/18 at Cross of Christ Fellowship for the final Sunday service at the DuPage Children’s Museum “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!” Ps 27:13 After over 120 Sundays together, we now worship our Savior together one final time here before we move to our new location, the Old Stone Church, starting on Jan 2019. How does one preach a final sermon here at the DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM)? Surely, m
Here’s the text from the Cookies & Carols 2018 message I gave. Friends, thank you all for coming out tonight. My name is Tom, and I am the pastor of Cross of Christ Fellowship. We are a church that rents space here at the DuPage Children’s Museum on Sunday mornings at 9:30. We are glad to have you all with us tonight as we sing carols and later on enjoy some cookies. Thank you also to all who brought books or grocery store gift cards for victims of domestic violence, if you haven’t yet
Jesus calls his followers not to “despise” other Christians in Matt 18:10-14. To despise a person is look down on them. Surely, we feel this temptation when we encounter Christians who are less mature than us, have different views on secondary theological topics, or differ in ways that we think makes us superior to them. We also may feel this with Christians who are not as gifted or able to serve or have a lot of emotional, spiritual, or physical needs. But, as Christians we are to heed to Jesus
Jesus teaches that we are to receive/welcome other believers into our lives (Matt 18:5-6). A generous welcoming attitude is characteristic of Christ himself, who welcomes us sinners into the family of God through His grace and by His blood shed on the cross. God Himself is the most welcoming person in existence, inviting us into be part of God’s family. If this is who God is—and the gospel clearly shows that this is who God is (John 1:13-14)—then we as believers ought to embrace this as value to
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.