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 al
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
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
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