What do you think of when you hear the word “church”? A steeple, stained glass windows, or those old wooden pews? Or perhaps, you think about a worship service? Actually, the church isn’t a building or even a service—it’s so much more…which is why the church matters! Join us at CrossTown for this important series as we talk about why the local church matters, AND some of the important matters of our local church.
We’ve all been taught since we were young to avoid poverty, be accepted by others, not cry over things you can’t control, hate injustice, and live morally upstanding lives. And while none of these are necessarily wrong, life doesn’t always work out that way. In fact, at one time or another, most of us have experienced serious financial strain, come across people who simply are “out to get us”, went through sad times, experienced injustice, and have even been effected negatively by other’s poor choices. But then Jesus comes along and teaches us that when these things happen, we shouldn’t avoid them or be upset by them. Oddly enough, He says we should be “happy” when they happen. WHY?—because they are the very circumstances that allow us to experience the abundant life that Jesus has for us. Unfortunately, many of us have never really considered what it might look like to go from ‘death’ to life in all the areas of our life. So we invite you to join us on Sunday mornings at CrossTown Alliance, as we dive into some of the most amazing and intriguing set of teachings taught by Jesus—and in doing so learn how to go from death to life.
There are many things in life that we choose to pursue—popularity, prestige, power. And what we find at the end of these pursuits are a bunch of dead-ends. We find that each and every pursuit in this world leaves us feeling empty and unfulfilled. However, when we choose to change course, and pursue first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, we’ll realize this amazing life giving truth—THERE’S NO GREATER PURSUIT IN LIFE THAN KNOWING GOD.
Every year we’re presented with fresh opportunities, to take new steps in our journey with God. The question is, will we take them? See, the right direction tomorrow starts with the right decision today. And no matter what your past looks like, we serve the God of second chances—But when you hold out on God, you’ll actually miss out on all that God has for you.
“An Unexpected Gift from an Unexpected Visitor”…not a bad way to describe what happened at the manger scene over 2,000 years ago. Matthew 1:23 tells us that one of Jesus’ names was to be Immanuel, which means ‘God with us’–That name, and more importantly the meaning of that name, would have been the most unexpected thing for these Jewish people to hear. Sure there were prophesies foretelling the birth of Christ, but a lot of time had passed and the Messiah still hadn’t come and so for most people, they would have not been prepared for this unexpected gift. And here we are some 2,000 yrs later finding ourselves in a very similar position as God’s people waiting for Jesus to come again. we can and should celebrate Jesus’ birth at Christmas time, but we also anticipate His return. And that’s how it should be b/c the birth of Jesus should always be connected to the return of Jesus.
What comes to mind when you hear “Christmas Story”? For many it’s “‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house….” Or the movie about little Ralphie and his Red Ryder BB gun. Or maybe it’s a children’s pageant featuring bath-robed shepherds and Mary with a pillow under her shirt. We all have thoughts that come to mind when we think of the Christmas story. But did you know the real Christmas Story is actually a love story, a political story, and a war story, all rolled into one? Join Sunday mornings at CrossTown this Christmas season and discover how The Real Christmas Story has the power and potential to change Your Story!
Is there more to this world than meets the eye? The majority of our world seems to think so. Whether it’s movies about the paranormal, spiritually charged TV shows, horoscopes, or even books about angels and demons, people are obsessed with the supernatural. However, all this obsession has only led to more confusion.
You’ve probably been told countless times by other people who you are, but have you ever wondered who God says you truly are? Many Christians today suffer from mistaken identity…that is they have mistaken their own identity. Too often as Christ followers, we allow our identity to be shaped by other people rather than by the creator.