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Jeremiah 6:16

December 4, 2016

Irrepressible Wonder and Praise (Part I)

When you look upon the incarnate Christ it should cause irrepressible wonder and praise. This series during Advent is a study of the greatness of Jesus before He came to earth as we focus on passages that speak of the glory and majesty of Christ in His preexistent state. Its goal is to cause us to adore Him for becoming flesh!

John 1:1-18,3:31-32,14:6
Genesis 1
Psalm 33:6
Proverbs 8:27-31
1 John 1:1-3
Revelation 19:12-13

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What is behind the concept of the Word?
  • What is the significance of in the beginning... was with... was God?
  • What was the Word's role in creation?
  • What is the significance of the phrase the Word became flesh?
  • What are the implications of this for the whole world?
  • For us?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

November 27, 2016

2 Corinthians: Defending the Ministry

Concluding 2 Corinthians Paul defends his apostleship against the self-proclaimed for-profit apostles of the region. He stressed his incredible love for the Corinthian church despite their less than enthusiastic love for him in return.

2 Corinthians 12:11-13:14

Henry Russo
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

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Mark: Proof, Hope, Reality, Power

Mark closes his book with the resurrection: which to us speaks powerfully of the truth and reality of a living Savior!

Mark 15:42-16:20,1:1,1:23-25,1:34,1:27,2:6-7,2:12,2:16,3:5-6,4:41
1 Corinthians 15:17,15:19,15:22
Acts 17:30-31,1:6
Hebrews 4:14-16
Ephesians 1:19-23,2:5-6

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • How does the resurrection give us proof?
  • In what ways does it give us hope?
  • How does it provide reality?
  • How is the power of the resurrection at work in my life?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

November 20, 2016

2 Corinthians: My Grace is Sufficient for Thee

2 Corinthians includes Paul's vision of heaven and his thorn in the flesh. We will look at why Paul received this vision, and why Paul's thorn was not removed after much prayer. Often before God will use us in a great way, He will first put us in a position of dependence upon Himself.

2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Jonathan Powell
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving should mark us as Christians and it should be both spontaneous and intentional... how can it be both?

Luke 17:11-19
Acts 16:16-25
Psalms 92:1,69:30,95:2,100:4,107:1
John 6:11
Philippians 4:6
1 Timothy 2:1,4:3-4
Ephesians 5:4,5:20
Colossians 3:17,4:2
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Romans 1:21
Philippians 2:14-15,3:1,4:4
Acts 5:41

    What! am I the soul to whom the Lord has revealed the infinite excellence of Jesus Christ, and yet shall I think such a little affliction to be so grievous to me, when I have had the sight of such glory in Christ as is worth more than ten thousand worlds? Jeremiah Burroughs The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment
Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What if God took away anything we failed to thank Him for?
  • Why is it right to give thanks to God?
  • Why is it good for us to be thankful?
  • Why and how is thanksgiving to be spontaneous?
  • Why and how is thanksgiving to be intentional?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

November 13, 2016

2 Corinthians: Job Search

In this part of 2 Corinthians we will see that the Apostle Paul did not just do a job for God, but he demonstrates his deep love and passion for God and His Church and shows us his willingness to take up his cross daily and follow Christ. His example to us should help us see our ministries in and through the church and how we should exhibit these same motives, commitment, and love every day as we serve the same God and Lord Jesus Christ. Do you know what your ministry is? How do you go about that ministry? God never says... just do a job for Me. He is looking just as much at how and why and our attitude as we serve Him.

2 Corinthians 11

David Ruhl
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Mark: He Gave... I Give... A Guided Response

In this summary to the crucifixion we have been studying in Mark, Jesus gave Himself for our sins... when the reality of this grips a person the response is "I give myself to You".

Mark 15:21-47
Galatians 1:3-5,2:20
Titus 2:11-14
2 Corinthians 5:14-15

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What does this present evil age mean?
  • What is all involved in the biblical expression He gave Himself for us?
  • What should our response to this be?
  • Give examples of how this works out in a person's life after someone does something sacrificial for them.
  • What are some of the outcomes the Bible says should happen when we grasp the significance of Him giving Himself for our sins?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

November 6, 2016

Who Am I?

Our culture is so self absorbed that the only answer to the question Who am I? leaves us without much hope. Maybe the question should be Whose am I?.

Galatians 2:14-21

    Who am I? They often tell me
    I stepped from my cell’s confinement
    Calmly, cheerfully, firmly,
    Like a Squire from his country house.

    Who am I? They often tell me
    I used to speak to my warders
    Freely and friendly and clearly,
    As thought it were mine to command.

    Who am I? They also tell me
    I bore the days of misfortune
    Equably, smilingly, proudly,
    like one accustomed to win.

    Am I then really that which other men tell of?
    Or am I only what I myself know of myself?
    Restless and longing and sick, like a bird in a cage,
    Struggling for breath, as though hands were compressing my throat,
    Yearning for colors, for flowers, for the voices of birds,
    Thirsting for words of kindness, for neighborliness,
    Tossing in expectations of great events,
    Powerlessly trembling for friends at an infinite distance,
    Weary and empty at praying, at thinking, at making,
    Faint, and ready to say farewell to it all.

    Who am I? This or the Other?
    Am I one person today and tomorrow another?
    Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others,
    And before myself a contemptible woebegone weakling?
    Or is something within me still like a beaten army
    Fleeing in disorder from victory already achieved?

    Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine.
    Whoever I am, Thou knowest, O God, I am thine!
    Who Am I? Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • In whom do we find our true identity?
  • Why do we need to seek righteousness?
  • What does it mean to be justified through the faithfulness of Christ?
  • What does it mean to be new and loved?

Scott Graubard
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

October 30, 2016

2 Corinthians: False Prophets

In 2 Corinthians 10 the Apostle Paul rebukes false prophets.

2 Corinthians 10

Paul Sereda
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Mark: Stay Back!... Come Near!

As we study Mark's description of the cross we realize that for centuries the Holy God, for our own safety, said "Stay Back"... now, through the cross, He says "Come Near"!

Mark 15:33-39
Hebrews 10:19-39
Matthew 27:45-54
Genesis 3:24
Exodus 19:12,19:21-25
Isaiah 6:5
Judges 13:22
Philippians 3:9

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • How many ways did God say "Stay Back" in the Old Testament?
  • Why did He say this?
  • What was the significance of the curtain in the temple?
  • What is the significance that the curtain was torn in two on the day Jesus was crucified?
  • Why is God able to say "Come Near" now?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

October 23, 2016

2 Corinthians: Why and What We Give

In 2 Corinthians 9 we will be looking at different reasons why people in the church give. Paul is not ashamed to talk about giving... he provides two full chapters on it. We will look at the gospel and how it affects our giving. By the way, you might want to come tonight to see how your giving meets God's test. God does have something to say about not just giving but why and how we give.

2 Corinthians 9

David Ruhl
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Mark: Suffering, Yet Concerned for Others

Mark tells us that Jesus revealed so much about the character of God by His concern for others during the very hours of His suffering and death.

Mark 15:20-32
Luke 23:26-43,23:47
Philippians 2:6-8
Matthew 26:53,27:44
John 19:25-27
Revelation 2:17

    His own racking agony of body did not make Him forget others. The first of His seven sayings on the cross was a prayer for the souls of His murderers. J.C. Ryle
    Let us see in our Lord's intersession for those who crucified Him, one more proof of Christ's infinite love to sinners. The Lord Jesus is indeed most pitiful, most compassionate, most gracious. None are too wicked for Him to care for. None are too far gone in sin for His almighty heart to take interest about their souls. He wept over unbelieving Jerusalem. He heard the prayer of the dying thief. He stopped under the tree to call the tax-collector Zaccheus. He came down from heaven to turn the heart of the persecutor Saul. He found time to pray for His murderers even on the cross. Love like this is a love that passes knowledge. The vilest of sinners have no cause to be afraid of applying to a Savior like this. If we want warrant and encouragement to repent and believe, the passage before us surely supplies enough. J.C. Ryle
    One thief was saved that no sinner might despair, but only one, that no sinner might presume. J.C. Ryle
Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What examples does the Bible give of Jesus' concern for others while He was dying?
  • Do we tend to be like this?
  • Why not?
  • hat do His actions tell us about the character of God?
  • Why should this encourage us to come to Him?
  • Why should we not delay even though the dying thief came at His final hours of life?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

October 21, 2016

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October 16, 2016

2 Corinthians: Encouragement to Completion

In 2 Corinthians 8, Paul encourages the Corinthians to complete in the fellowship of ministering to the saints in Jerusalem. What does this look like? What are the motivations? Does Paul lay a burden upon the Corinthians as they continue to turn their ship around? What does our Lord Jesus say about this? What a great treasure of application we have in this text concerning this fellowship!

2 Corinthians 8

Chris Bowser
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Mark: Utter Abandonment

As we focus on the crucifixion as described by Mark, Jesus was utterly abandoned by everyone on the cross, including His Father... so we will never be!

Psalm 22
Isaiah 53,59:2
Mark 15:16-41
Philippians 2:6-8
Matthew 16:53
Deuteronomy 21:23
Galatians 3:13
Revelation 22:14-15,22:17
Amos 8:9-10

    Death by crucifixion was one of the cruelest and most degrading forms of punishment ever conceived by human perversity, even in the eyes of the pagan world.46 Josephus described it as "the most wretched of all ways of dying", and the shudder caused by the cross as an instrument of execution is still reflected in the English word "excruciating". Yet in the Roman provinces crucifixion was one of the customary means of preserving public order, and the history of turbulent Judea is punctuated by accounts of men being crucified.

    46
      J.Blinzler cites Cicero... "Even the mere word, cross, must remain far not only from the lips of the citizens of Rome, but also from their thoughts, their eyes, their ears." Elsewhere Cicero calls crucifixion the grossest, cruelest, or most hideous manner of execution.

    William Lane The Gospel According to Mark
Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What was it like for Jesus before He came to earth?
  • Who were all the groups or individuals who abandoned or rejected Jesus?
  • Why was He utterly abandoned?
  • What are the implications of this for us?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

October 9, 2016

2 Corinthians: Crocodile Tears

Paul had to tell the Corinthians some hard things in his first letter. In his second, he reflects on how it went... did the Corinthians get offended... did their pride get in the way... did they hear and respond??? We gain great insight into how a Christian should respond to the encouragements or even admonishments of others. We will also discuss a very vital aspect about a very vital topic.. what does true repentance look like, and what is the difference between godly sorrow for sin and worldly sorrow for sin, or how to get beyond crocodile tears and on to real change.

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Mark: Barabbas and Us

As we continue in our study of Mark, it is shocking and thrilling to come to the realization: "I am Barabbas"!

Mark 15:1-15,11:1-14:11
Acts 2:36-41
Isaiah 53:7-8

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • How did Jesus suffer during this scene?
  • What impact does that have on you?
  • Why can we say "I am Barabbas!"?
  • How does his experience highlight our experience of Christ's love and sacrifice?
  • How can I nurture joy, awe and thankfulness everyday based on my Barabbas like experience of Christ?
  • How should this affect how I serve the cause of Christ in the world?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

October 2, 2016

Mark: Condemned For Me

The Son of God condemned to death... an innocent man executed... and how this should deeply impact us at multiple levels. Mark exposes this chilling and emotional scene.

Mark 15:1-15
John 18:28-19:6
Matthew 27:19
Acts 7:55-56
Romans 8:31-32

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Why should we be shocked at a passage like this given Jesus' dignity as the Son of God?
  • Why should He be more deeply endeared to us as we meditate on these scenes?
  • How should this impact our relationship with God and our view of who we are?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

September 25, 2016

2 Corinthians: Being in the World But Not of the World

It is complex at times to know how to live a holy life in this world. God calls us to be holy but what does that mean? How do I interact with this world and its people, ideas and technology? Should we break all contact like the Amish... is that the only way? But what did Jesus mean by being in the world but not of the world? Paul and the Corinthians were struggling with these issues as well and in our study of 2 Corinthians, we will learn from their experience and wisdom.

2 Corinthians 6

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Mark: The Suffering Savior

Jesus suffered for us in so many ways even before the actual cross, as Mark describes this final week our hearts are moved at the love of such a willing and determined Savior.

Mark 14:43-72
Philippians 2:3-11
Galatians 2:20

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • In what ways did Jesus suffer in the passage today?
  • Why are these events made more dramatic because of who He is as the Son of God?
  • How does knowing about Jesus' suffering for us supposed to impact our lives?
  • How does it affect how we approach Him now with these problems in our lives?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

September 18, 2016

2 Corinthians: Invitation to Reconciliation

We are studying the book of 2 Corinthians and will thrill to hear that God invites all to be reconciled to Him... what an invitation and honor!!

2 Corithians 5:11-21

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Insignificant... Beloved... Significant

Sadly the prevailing worldview of our culture today has no answer to the problem of insignificance... but thankfully Christianity does, and in a glorious manner!

Psalm 8
Isaiah 40
John 14:1-3,17:24

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • In what ways are we insignificant?
  • In what ways are we Beloved?
  • In what ways does God's love make us significant?
  • Why do secular people have no answers to the problem of insignificance?
  • How does Christianity provide the answer?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

September 11, 2016

Disobedience, Repentance, Promise, and Hope

The Ancient Jews has a physical temple that was the center of their hope and worship. That building was destroyed and rebuilt several times and now only a remnant of the ruins remains. Our hope is in the permanent temple living in the body of Jesus Christ.

Acts 7:44-50
John 2:16-22
Haggai 1-2
Amos 4:12-13
Hebrews 12:25-28
Revelation 21:22-27

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Why was it important for the Jews to rebuild the temple?
  • Where is the temple now?
  • Will there be a temple when we get to Heaven?

Paul Sereda
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

September 4, 2016

Mark: Watch and Pray

Concluding our discussion of the Gethsemane scene from Mark, Jesus commands the disciples to watch and pray... then He models it for them as a wonderful High Priest.

Mark 14:27-32,13:33-37,13:50
Romans 8:31-39
Hebrews 7:24-25
1 Corinthians 16:13
1 Thessalonians 5:6
1 Peter 5:8-9
Colossians 4:2
Psalm 103:8,103:14

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What did Jesus encourage His disciples to do in light of the coming trial they would face?
  • How did He model this for them?
  • What do we learn about Him as our High Priest?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

August 28, 2016

Mark: Not My Will... Yours (Part II)

In order to say "Not My will but Yours" in this emotional passage from Mark, Jesus had to act in a radical obedience and trust. In this we should be moved to love Him and to imitate Him.

Mark 14:32-42
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
John 6:38,4:34,10:17-18
Philippians 2:8
Job 1:20-22,2:9-10
1 John 4:9-10
Romans 8:31-32

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What does this text show us about Jesus' obedience?
  • What can we learn from His example?
  • What does it show about His trust?
  • What can we learn from His example in this, as well?
  • Have you ever been faced with trusting God when you didn't understand what He was doing?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

August 21, 2016

Mark: Not My Will... Yours (Part I)

As we continue in Mark, Jesus shows His humanity and His supreme love to His Father as He wrestles in Gethsemane.

Mark 14:32-42
2 Corinthians 5:21
Matthew 20:28
John 15:13
Luke 12:4-5
Galatians 2:20

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • How does the scene in Gethsemane highlight Jesus' humanity?
  • Why was He so upset when others have faced death so bravely?
  • What does it mean to face the wrath of God?
  • Why was it so important for us, that He submitted to God's will?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

August 14, 2016

Mark: Rescuing Losers

Judas betrays, all the disciples will deny and forsake... Jesus' amazing response: I'll give my body and blood!!! Mark describes this amazing scene.

Mark 14:10-31,14:1-2
Genesis 3:1-5
Romans 3:10-12,1:21

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Who were the losers in this text?
  • Why were they losers?
  • What does their example teach us about ourselves?
  • What is our response to losers?
  • What was Jesus' response?
  • How should we respond to God's call to us by sending His Son?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

August 7, 2016

He Is Willing to Cleanse If There Is Faith to Come

Leprosy brought with it exclusion, separation, and shame. It was essentially incurable. Yet the Old Testament detailed a means to be reinstated to society if the priest declares the leper clean. Our sinful hearts are a lot like leprosy and separate us from God. Our High Priest Jesus is willing to cleanse our hearts if we are faithful to come to Him for healing.

Mark 1:40-45
Leviticus 13:45-46

Sean Byham
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

July 31, 2016

Which Group of MANY Am I In?

This is aimed at everyone who has been a part of any church for any length of time, including our church. There is surely a comfort zone inside the doors of any church: you meet friends and develop relationships, you can even serve in the local church and this all can give us a false sense of assurance of our relationship with the Lord. In this sermon God will direct us to examine ourselves, test ourselves, make sure we indeed are savingly joined to the Lord Jesus, or convict us that we are not on that narrow way and hear the Savior calling us to repentance and a genuine relationship with Him.

2 Corinthians 13:5,5:17,5:15
2 Peter 1:10,1:2
Ephesians 5:6
2 Timothy 3:13,3:1-5
James 1:26
Matthew 7:21-23,25:1-12,26:26-28
Hebrews 4:12-13
Romans 1:16
1 Thessalonians 1:5
Ezekiel 36:25-27
Galatians 5:16-17,5:19-21

David Ruhl
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

July 24, 2016

Against Anger and Vengeance

Jesus' new normal changed how we should deal with anger, revenge, and retaliation.

Audio Recording

2 Chronicles 24:20-22
Acts 7:59-60
Romans 12:14-21,5:6-10
Matthew 5:10-12,5:14,5:38-42,23:34-35
Psalm 137:7-9
Luke 6:27-28

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Give an Old Testament example of how God's people sought revenge.
  • Give a New Testament example of how God's people are to seek revenge.
  • What changed?
  • What did Paul mean by Heap coals of fire on your enemy's head?

Scott Graubard
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

July 17, 2016

Appreciating God's Gift

God gave His Son... some do not grasp the magnitude of this gift.

Audio Recording

Luke 12:13-31
John 3:16
Mark 8:36
Hebrews 9:27
Romans 3:19,3:23,8:31-32

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Why was Marigold not happy with her incredible gift?
  • What lessons do we draw from this in terms of God's gift?
  • What are some of the reasons why we so need God's gift?
  • What is God's gift?
  • How does He meet our most important needs?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

July 10, 2016

Where Is God When It Hurts?

Troubles, difficult times, hurts, challenges... everyone has them. But why? What do they mean? Why does it seem like God is so far away when troubles come? Let's turn to Scripture and learn where to turn in our times of need.

Audio Recording

Psalm 73
2 Corinthians 4:8
Isaiah 55:8-9
Hebrews 12:15
Ecclesiastes 1:12-14
Matthew 5:10-13,7:13-14
Acts 5:40-41

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What or who is the proper focus of Scripture?
  • How does this truth affect your understanding of why we go through difficult times?
  • How does Satan work in your hardship?
  • Where does the Psalmist tell us to go when facing trouble?
  • From where do we find meaning in our circumstances?
  • Why does one protect himself from bitterness?
  • How does one protect himself from bitterness?

Scott Graubard
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

July 3, 2016

Mark: Plotters, Betrayer, Worshipper - Why Such Extreme Responses to Jesus?

Why did peoples' response to Jesus always seem so extreme? This passage from Mark highlights some extreme opposites. How do you respond to the person of Jesus Christ?

Audio Recording

Deuteronomy 15:1-18
Mark 14:1-11
John 12:6

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • How many responses to Jesus are there in this passage?
  • Why are they so intense?
  • Why did this woman waste all that money on Jesus?
  • What does this teach us?
  • Why did the leaders and Judas do what they did?
  • What do all of them think about it now?
  • How do you and I respond to Jesus?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

June 26, 2016

Mark: Preparing for the Future

As we face an uncertain future and growing hostility to Christianity, Jesus' words in Mark to His disciples soon before His death have much instruction and encouragement.

Audio Recording

Mark 13
Matthew 24:3
Acts 9:15-16
Philippians 2:12-13

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • How do Jesus' words in this passage help us plan for the future?
  • What are some of the things we are to watch for?
  • What are our responsibilities, and what is God's part in this passage and in our lives?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

June 19, 2016

Wanted! Good Dads

Where have all the Dads gone? What role has society, selfishness, and materialism hurt us? How can we get Dads back?

Audio Recording

Isaiah 3-4
Ephesians 5:22-6:4
1 Corinthians 16:13,11:7
2 Samuel 10:12
1 Timothy 5:8

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Why are Dads so important?
  • Where are the Dads today... why do we seem to lack good Dads in our culture?
  • What is masculinity and how is it different from machismo?
  • What is the role of men in a society?
  • How does this apply to Dads?
  • Why is having a good Dad important to ones understanding of God?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

June 13, 2016

Mark: My Heroes Have Always Been... Widows

What is True Religion? Mark contrasts Scribes and a Widow to help us know the real thing.

Audio Recording

James 1:21-27
1 Timothy 5:1-16
Mark 12:38-44,11:27,12:28,12:32,12:35
1 Corinthians 11:31,15:58
Matthew 10:42

    The scribe was distinguished by his linen robe, a long white mantle reaching to the feet and provided with a long fringe. White linen clothes were regarded as a mark of distinction, so that men of eminence (priests, Levites, scribes) or those who wished to parade their position, wore white and left bright colors to the common people. By the majority of the people the scribes were venerated with unbounded respect and awe. Their words were considered to possess sovereign authority. When a scribe passed by on the street or in the bazaar people rose respectfully. Only tradesmen at their work were exempted from this display of deference. The scribe was greeted with titles of deepest respect: "Rabbi," "Father," "Master," and there is evidence that in the first century A.D. the designation "Rabbi" was undergoing a transition from its former status as a general title of honor to one reserved exclusively for ordained scribes. When the important men of Jerusalem gave a feast they considered it an ornament to the feast to have a distinguished scribe and his pupils there. The highest places were assigned to them, and the scribe was given precedence in honor over the aged, and even over parents. In the synagogues as well the seat of honor was reserved for him; he sat at the front with his back to the chest containing the Torah, in full view of the congregation.William L Lane The Gospel of Mark
Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What is true religion according to the Bible?
  • Why did Jesus say the Scribes were in danger?
  • How did this widow show true religion?
  • How can we give more money than Bill Gates?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

June 5, 2016

Mark: David's Son... David's Lord

In this passage from Mark, Jesus said Messiah will be David's Son and David's Lord. We greatly need Him as both and in this message we will explore why.

Audio Recording

Psalm 110
Mark 12:35-37,11:27-28,12:14,12:18,12:28
Isaiah 11:1,9:6-7
Jeremiah 30:9,33:15
John 1:1,1:14
Romans 1:1-4
Acts 17:31

    Now it is for the abundant consolation of the saints, that their own Redeemer is appointed to be their judge; that the same person who spilled His blood for them hath the determination of their state left with Him; so that they not doubt but that they shall have what He was at so much cost to procure.
    What matter of joy to them will it be at the last day, to lift up their eyes, and behold the person in whom they have trusted for salvation, to whom they fled for refuge, upon whom they have built as their foundation for eternity, and whose voice they have often heard, inviting them to Himself for protection safety, coming to judge them. Jonathon Edwards The Final Judgment
Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Why is Jesus called David's son and David's Lord?
  • Why do we need Him... as the human race; as individuals?
  • Why do we need Him as David's son?
  • Why do we need Him as David's Lord?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

May 29, 2016

Trusting God When You Don't Understand What He is Doing

It is hard to trust God when we do not know what He is doing or why. But we are called to trust Him and in this message we explore how that is done.

Audio Recording

Job 1:1-2:10
Proverbs 3:5-6
Romans 8:31-32,8:28

    God moves in a mysterious way
    His wonders to perform;
    He plants His footsteps in the sea
    And rides upon the storm.

    Deep in unfathomable mines
    Of never failing skill
    He treasures up His bright designs
    And works His sov’reign will.

    Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
    The clouds ye so much dread
    Are big with mercy and shall break
    In blessings on your head.

    Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
    But trust Him for His grace;
    Behind a frowning providence
    He hides a smiling face.

    His purposes will ripen fast,
    Unfolding every hour;
    The bud may have a bitter taste,
    But sweet will be the flow’r.

    Blind unbelief is sure to err
    And scan His work in vain;
    God is His own interpreter,
    And He will make it plain.
    William Cowper God Moves in a Mysterious Way
    One of the most difficult things to do when the road is rough or when the billows are passing over us is to feel that God still loves us. It is the last thing we can accept. But we are not called to feel; we are called to believe. In his book In Their Afflictions, Murdock Campbell tells of a minister in the north of Scotland who suddenly list his spiritually-minded wife. As he prayed that night in the presence of friends he said, "if an angel from heaven told me that this would work for my good I would not believe him but because of thy Word says it I must believe it." We are to measure God's love not by His providence but by His promise. "When we cannot trace God's hand we can trust God's heart', says C.H. Spurgeon. When providences are dark it is difficult to read them. It is the Word that tells us how to view them. John J. Murray Behind a Frowning Providence
    There is much that remains a mystery and for which there is no immediate answer. This lies at the very crux of the matter. It may seem a strange paradox but it was when Job was willing not to understand that he began to understand. And why should this not be so? God is God and man is man. It is in keeping with the greatness of God. In a sermon entitled Dark Providences Made Clear in Due Time, Ralph Erskine explains God's purpose in dark providences thus: "It is to discover Himself in a way suitable to Himself and His glorious perfections and to show that His thoughts are not our thoughts nor His ways our ways. If He should work according to our thoughts and imaginations how would it appear that He is Jehovah, a sovereign God that acts like Himself. God owes us no explanations. We owe Him implicit trust and obedience. It is not easy to trust God when He appears to be silent, as He was with Job, but trust we must." John J. Murray Behind a Frowning Providence
    Dr. Ronald Dunn has these wise words to say on the problem of the silence of God in suffering: "I think this is the hardest part of all. You can take just about anything, if you know why. Everywhere I go, every meeting, I'm asked... 'Why?'... I'm going to tell you something: God will very seldom answer your question of Why. It is not that there are no answers, it's just that you and I probably wouldn't be able to comprehend the answer if God were to tell us, and besides that, we have to learn to trust Him without knowing why. We ask Him questions. What we're usually doing is saying, 'Lord explain yourself', calling God into account."John J. Murray Behind a Frowning Providence
    People are usually more anxious to get rid of the problem than they are to find the purpose of God in it. "Afflictions" says Matthew Henry "are continued no longer than till they have done their work." It is also our responsibility to pray that our afflictions will be sanctified to us. In his book Why Us Warren Wiersbe speaks of a friend who found herself in a sea of troubles. Attempting to encourage her one day he said "I want you to know that we are praying for you." "I appreciate that", she replied, "What are you praying to God to do?" Wiersbe found himself struggling for an answer and mentioned some things. "Thank you", she said, "but please pray for one more request. Pray that I won't waste all this suffering." John J. Murray Behind a Frowning Providence
    I had a million questions to ask God; but when I met Him they all fled my mind and it didn't seem to matter. Christopher Morley
Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Why is it hard to trust another?
  • Why is it hard to trust God?
  • How do people prove themselves trustworthy?
  • How has God?
  • Why should we not lean on our own understanding?
  • What should we lean on?
  • What are the implications of the phrase We are not called to feel; we are called to believe?
  • Why is it easy to trust God?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

May 22, 2016

Living with Joy and Peace in a Frustrating and Dangerous World: How Should a Christian Do Life?

Each day we are faced multiple times with frustrations, difficulties, and even scary situations and circumstances... and each time we must choose how we are going to respond. We will look at how one godly man in Scripture provided us a role model of how we should choose in a God honoring way.

Audio Recording

Philippians
2 Corinthians 11:24-28,12:7
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
1 Peter 5:7

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • How can life be frustrating, difficult and dangerous today?
  • How was Paul's life that and more?
  • Why is it important to realize that we choose many times each day how we will respond to almost any circumstance we face?
  • Let's talk about the eight ways Paul chose to do life.

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

May 15, 2016

2 Corinthians: What Does Works Have to Do with It?

How can the Bible say we will be judged by our works... when it also says we are saved by grace through faith and not of works? This is an important question for many reasons, but most importantly because we are all going to appear before the judgment seat of Christ. In our study of 2 Corinthians, we will take up this topic.

Audio Recording

2 Corinthians 5

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Living with Joy and Peace in a Frustrating and Dangerous World: When Things Don't Go As Planned

How can we have joy and peace in such a frustrating, difficult, and dangerous world? We begin by realizing how little control we have and yet how much the Sovereign God who controls all things loves us!

Audio Recording

2 Corinthians 11:16-33,1:3-4
Acts 16:25
Psalm 115:3
Ephesians 1:11
Romans 8:28-39
1 Peter 1:6-7

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What are some of the issues we deal with when life doesn't go as we plan?
  • How can we think wrongly about others... about ourselves and our abilities to control the situation... about God?
  • Who is in control... what does the world say... what does the Bible proclaim?
  • What are the reasons the Bible gives that should make us glad God is in control?
  • How does the cross prove God's love for us?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

May 8, 2016

Embrace and Excel

There are cultural givens (presuppositions the culture holds) that have damaged our views of children, family, and the exalted calling of motherhood. But the Bible can restore us to its givens and restore the family as God has purposed it to be.

Audio Recording

Psalm 127-128
Matthew 20:25-28

1 Chronicles 25:5

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Describe these cultural givens: Live is primarily about me; children are to help me fulfill myself; children are a liability.
  • Describe these Biblical givens: Life is primarily about serving others; children are a blessing from the Lord; motherhood is an exalted calling.
  • How do the Biblical givens help us understand the role of mothers?
  • What should you do with this Biblical perspective?
  • How should it impact or change your life?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

May 1, 2016

Mark: Loving Neighbor

We live in what many historians call The Age of Anger. We have become so divided on every issue that both sides are angry with the other. We are very envious of others for what they have compared to us. In Mark, Jesus tells and shows us the importance and the way to love our neighbor.

Audio Recording

Luke 10:25-37
1 Corinthians 13:1-8
Mark 12:28-34
Galatians 5:14
Philippians 2:4-7,3:18-19
Nehemiah 9:17
James 1:19-20
Proverbs 16:32

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What are the two most important things we are to do in life?
  • What is envy?
  • What is malice?
  • Why do we have so little pity and mercy toward others?
  • How was the Good Samaritan's attitude different that the other travelers?
  • Is it easy for God to love us day by day?
  • Where would we be if God was not full of mercy, slow to anger, and ready to forgive?
  • Why did God give His Son?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

April 24, 2016

2 Corinthians: God's Down Payment

What happens to Christians after they die? Where do they go, and how do they go there? When does the resurrection body come in? How can we have confidence that this will be our experience? These are the subjects Paul takes up in 2 Corinthians to encourage the believers. He also speaks of the guarantee or down payment that God has given us ahead of time to fill us with confidence!!

Audio Recording

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Mark: The Second Greatest!

When asked in Mark to name the greatest commandment, Jesus answered with the first and second greatest commandments. The second great commandment is to Love our neighbor as ourselves. Why is this so hard and sometimes seems impossible? How does God enable us to live a life of love?

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Leviticus 19:1-18
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Mark 12:28-34
Matthew 7:12
Galatians 5:14
Romans 13:8-9,2:4
Exodus 34:6

    I would show the nature of the duty of meekly bearing the injuries we suffer from others. And,

    First, it implies that injuries offered should be borne without doing anything to revenge them. — There are many ways in which men do that which is revengeful; not merely by actually bringing some immediate suffering on the one that may have injured them, but by anything, either in speech or behavior, which shows a bitterness of spirit against him for what he has done. Thus, if after we are offended or injured, we speak reproachfully to our neighbor, or of him to others, with a design to lower or injure him, and that we may gratify the bitter spirit we feel in our hearts for the injury that neighbor has done us, this is revenge. He, therefore, that exercises a Christian long-suffering toward his neighbor, will bear the injuries received from him without revenging or retaliating, either by injurious deeds or bitter words. He will bear it without doing anything against his neighbor that shall manifest the spirit of resentment, without speaking to him, or of him, with revengeful words, and without allowing a revengeful spirit in his heart, or manifesting it in his behavior. He will receive all with a calm, undisturbed countenance, and with a soul full of meekness, quietness, and goodness; and this he will manifest in all his behavior to the one that has injured him, whether to his face or behind his back. Hence it is, that this virtue is recommended in the Scriptures under the name of gentleness, or as always connected with it, as may be seen in James 3:17, and Galatians 5:22. In him that exercises the Christian spirit as be ought, there will not be a passionate, rash, or hasty expression, or a bitter, exasperated countenance, or an air of violence in the talk or behavior; but, on the contrary, the countenance and words and demeanor will all manifest the savor of peaceableness and calmness and gentleness. He may perhaps reprove his neighbor. This may clearly be his duty. But if he does, it will be without impoliteness, and without that severity that can tend only to exasperate; and though it may be with strength of reason and argument, and with plain and decided expostulation, it will still be without angry reflections or contemptuous language. He may show a disapprobation of what has been done; but it will be not with an appearance of high resentment, but as reproving the offender for a sin against God, rather than as for the offense against himself; as lamenting his calamity, more than resenting his injury; as seeking his good, not his hurt; and as one that more desires to deliver the offender out of the error into which he has fallen, than to be even with him for the injury done to himself. The duty enjoined also implies,

    Secondly, that injuries be borne with the continuance of love in the heart, and without those inward emotions and passions that tend to interrupt and destroy it. — Injuries should be borne, where we are called to suffer them, not only without manifesting an evil and revengeful spirit in our words and actions, but also without such a spirit in the heart. We should not only control our passions when we are injured, and refrain from giving vent to outward revenge, but the injury should be borne without the spirit of revenge in the heart. Not only a smooth external behavior should be continued, but also a sincere love with it. We should not cease to love our neighbor because he has injured us. We may pity, but not hate him for it. The duty enjoined also implies,

    Thirdly, that injuries be borne without our losing the quietness and repose of our own minds and hearts. — They should not only be borne without a rough behavior, but with a continuance of inward calmness and repose of spirit. When the injuries we suffer are allowed to disturb our calmness of mind, and put us into an excitement and tumult, then we cease to bear them in the true spirit of long-suffering. If the injury is permitted to discompose and disquiet us, and to break up our inward rest, we cannot enjoy ourselves, and are not in a state to engage properly in our various duties; and especially we are not in a state for religious duties — for prayer and meditation. And such a state of mind is the contrary of the spirit of long-suffering and meekly bearing of injuries that is spoken of in the text. Christians ought still to keep the calmness and serenity of their minds undisturbed, whatever injuries they may suffer. Their souls should be serene, and not like the unstable surface of the water, disturbed by every wind that blows. No matter what evils they may suffer, or what injuries may be inflicted on them, they should still act on the principle of the words of the Savior to his disciples (Luke 21:19) — "In your patience possess ye your souls." The duty we are speaking of also implies, once more,

    Fourthly, that in many cases, when we are injured, we should be willing to suffer much in our interests and feelings for the sake of peace, rather than do what we have opportunity, and perhaps the right, to do in defending ourselves. — When we suffer injuries from others, the case is often such that a Christian spirit, if we did but exercise it as we ought, would dispose us to forbear taking the advantage we may have to vindicate and right ourselves. For by doing otherwise, we may be the means of bringing very great calamity on him that has injured us; and tenderness toward him may and ought to dispose us to a great deal of forbearance, and to suffer somewhat ourselves, rather than bring so much suffering on him. And besides, such a course would probably lead to a violation of peace, and to an established hostility, whereas in this way there may be hope of gaining our neighbor, and from an enemy making him a friend. Jonathon Edwards Charity and its Fruits
    The long-suffering of God is very wonderfully manifest in his bearing innumerable injuries from men, and injuries that are very great and long-continued. If we consider the wickedness that there is in the world, and then consider how God continues the world in existence, and does not destroy it, but showers upon it innumerable mercies, the bounties of his daily providence and grace, causing his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sending rain alike on the just and on the unjust, and offering his spiritual blessings ceaselessly and to all, we shall perceive how abundant is his long-suffering toward us. And if we consider his long-suffering to some of the great and populous cities of the world, and think how constantly the gifts of his goodness are bestowed on and consumed by them, and then consider how great the wickedness of these very cities is, it will show us how amazingly great is his long-suffering. Jonathon Edwards Charity and its Fruits
Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Why is loving your neighbor the way to fulfill the law?
  • Why is this important?
  • What does it mean to love your neighbor as you love yourself?
  • How do we love ourselves?
  • What are some of the examples given in the sermon of how this can impact all of our lives?
  • Why is it so hard to love those who hurt us?
  • How can we be enabled to do something that seems so hard?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

April 17, 2016

2 Corinthians: Start Renewing

Despite all the trials and persecutions Paul faced he still had a bubbling joy. He didn't lose heart because he knew his inner man was being renewed daily. In this short passage from 2 Corinthians Paul explains this recreating process.

Audio Recording

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Mark: The Top Thing I'm to Be About

What is the most important thing in all of life that God wants us to do? When Jesus was asked a question in Mark, His answer should motivate us to do that most important thing.

Audio Recording

Deuteronomy 6
Mark 12:28-34
Numbers 25:1-8
Romans 1:21,8:7,1:30
Nehemiah 9:17

    To love God in the way defined by the great commandment is to seek God for His own sake, to have pleasure in Him and to strive impulsively after Him. William Lane The Gospel of Mark
Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What is the most important thing we are to do in life?
  • What does it mean to love God?
  • Give some specific examples of how this would work out in life.
  • How can I get to this point in my life
  • What needs fixed?
  • How can I grow more to love God?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

April 10, 2016

2 Corinthians: Go Beyond

Paul is an amazing person and the more you get to know him the more you admire his God and how God worked in his life. He tends to inspire us to go beyond where we are presently at. This passage we will study in 2 Corinthians is one of those passages. Come be around Paul and be changed by his words.

Audio Recording

2 Corinthians 4:7-15

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Mark: Reductio ad Absurdum

Mark tells us that Jesus was faced with a pressing theological, and ultimate life, question. We will see the not only what He answers but how He based His answer... all of which is vitally important to us in many ways.

Audio Recording

Mark 12:18-27
Acts 23:8
2 Timothy 3:16-17
John 5:39-40
Hebrews 11:13-16
1 Corinthians 2:9-10

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Why were the Sadducees sad?
  • Why did they think their question was a good one to stump Jesus?
  • What was Jesus' short answer?
  • What did He say their mistake was?
  • What can we learn for how Jesus used the Bible?
  • Why do we have a hard time grasping what the age to come will be like?
  • Why should we have hope as we look to the future?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

April 3, 2016

Mark: The Question

In this passage from Mark, Jesus is asked a dangerous question and He gives an answer that amazes and challenges us all.

Audio Recording

Romans 13:1-10
Mark 12:13-17,11:28-30,12:23,12:28,12:35-37,13:4,14:4
Luke 20:20,12:15
Acts 5:37
James 5:1-6

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Why was the question asked Jesus so dangerous for Him to answer?
  • What did He answer?
  • What does His answer teach about:
      1) The importance of money?
      2) The place of government?
      3) The place God should have in our lives?
  • Do we render to God the things that are God's?
  • What are some examples in your life?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

March 27, 2016

It Changes Everything

The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead changes literally everything. It is the most significant event for humankind and its implications are more far reaching than many can even imagine!

Audio Recording

1 Corinthians 15
Romans 1:3-4,5:12,5:19-6:10
John 17:6
Acts 2:32,2:36
Ephesians 1:19-20

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • How does the Bible prove the fact of the resurrection?
  • How does the resurrection change everything with respect to: secularism, other world religions, human helplessness in the face of death?
  • How does the resurrection of Jesus have implications for salvation today and sanctification?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

March 20, 2016

The Presence of the Lord Jesus in His Church

Christ shows John a vision of seven golden lampstands which represent seven churches. He then tells John that He walks among the lampstands. He is serious about His Church. He knows everything about the Church and specifically about each one of us.

Audio Recording

Revelation 2-3,1:20,1:17
2 Peter 1:12
Matthew 16:18,18:20,28:18
Colossians 1:18
Acts 20:28-30
Psalm 139:1-4,139:23-24
1 Thessalonians 4:3
Hebrews 12:14
2 Corinthians 11:3,5:17,5:15
James 1:16,1:26

David Ruhl
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

March 13, 2016

Mark: Who Is Responsible for This Crime?

Who killed Jesus? There have been many answers through out history... but one makes all the difference to individuals today. Listen as Mark describes this pivotal scene from Jesus' final earthly week.

Audio Recording

Isaiah 5:1-7
Mark 11:27-12:12
Proverbs 26:4
Matthew 21:41,21:43
Philippians 3:3
1 Peter 2:7-10

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What are some of the answers given to the question: "Who killed Jesus?"
  • Why did Jesus not answer directly the leaders question about authority?
  • Why did Jesus tell that parable, and what was its meaning?
  • Why would someone today say, "I killed Jesus"?
  • How should a person respond to Jesus' death, and how will a proper response bear the fruit that God is looking for?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

March 6, 2016

2 Corinthians: Unknown Blessings

Have you ever heard of someone who is going through life incredibly blessed, and yet, they don't know it? Maybe their farm is sitting over billions of dollars of oil, but they are struggling to make ends meet. Well, Christians can be like this, and you may be one of them. Do you know how blessed you are? Do you know how superior the New Covenant is than the Old Covenant and the reality that means for you? Do you know how excited Moses, David, Daniel or Isaiah would be if they had your privileges... but they did not have the New Covenant blessings as you have known them! They would rush to study 2 Corinthians!!!

Audio Recording

2 Corinthians 3

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Mark: Lessons from a Fig Tree

Jesus curses a fig tree then uses the event to teach us about... Fruitlessness, Faith, and Forgiveness... in the masterful way only He can teach from this passage in Mark!!

Audio Recording

Romans 4
Mark 11:12-26
Luke 13:6-9,3:8-9
1 Corinthians 13:2
James 4:2-3
1 John 5:14-15
Matthew 18:19-20
Acts 10:20

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?
  • What three lessons did He teach from this event?
  • What should we learn about fruitlessness?
  • What should we learn about Faith?
  • What did He mean when He spoke about moving mountains?
  • What should we learn about Forgiveness?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

February 28, 2016

The Gospel of the Meantime - From Suffering to Glory

How should we spend the meantime -- the time between the present age and the age to come; between the resurrection of Christ and His second coming; between the suffering and the glory? Paul describes this as a time of eagerly waiting, patiently hoping, and praying.

Audio Recording

Romans 8:15-27,5:1-2,8:1,8:11
Matthew 5:11
Psalm 130:5
Titus 2:13
2 Corinthians 4:17

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Why does creation groan?
  • Why are many Christian's concept of salvation too small?
  • Why do Christians groan? (3 reasons)
  • How do we explain the Spirit groaning?
  • How are we to wait?
  • How are we to live in this present age, as we wait for salvation to be completed?
  • What is the source of our hope in this age of suffering?

Scott Graubard
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

February 21, 2016

2 Corinthians: Going from Too Lightly to Awe and Wonder

We have a tendency to take things so lightly at times. Then someone comes along and reminds us of how significant the gospel is, how crucial it is that we live it out for those around us, and how we can get power to do that. We will listen to the Apostle Paul remind us of these things from 2 Corinthians and cause us to feel an awe and wonder at what we sometimes treat too lightly.

Audio Recording

2 Corinthians 2

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Mark: Meekness and Majesty

What is God like and how should the knowledge of this impact me? We will see this displayed in it's complexity and beauty in the actions of Jesus from Mark as He enters Jerusalem for the final time.

Audio Recording

Mark 11:1-19
Zachariah 9:9-10

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Why did Jesus intentionally enter Jerusalem as He did?
  • Why in one sense was this out of character?
  • What aspects of God's character are revealed in the Triumphant Entry?
  • Why did Jesus cleanse the temple?
  • Does this seem out of character in light of the discussion of the first two questions?
  • What does all of this tell us about God?
  • How can we be changed into the image of Christ?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

February 14, 2016

Achieving Heaven: A Bright and Glorious Future

In the world of competing worldviews... the vision for the future of Christianity is breathtaking... for the others, theirs is pathetic. A New Heavens and a New Earth speaks to our deepest longings and is true!!

Audio Recording

2 Peter 3:10-13
Romans 8:18-23,5:9-10
Revelation 21:1-8,22:3-5
Acts 3:19-21
Matthew 19:28,5:5,26:29
John 5:28-29
Isaiah 6:17,11:6-9

    Are we to spend eternity somewhere off in space, wearing white robes, plucking harps, singing songs, and flitting from cloud to cloud while doing so? On the contrary, the Bible assures us that God will create a new earth on which we shall live to God's praise in glorified, resurrected bodies. On that new earth, therefore, we hope to spend eternity, enjoying its beauties, exploring its resources, and using its treasures to the glory of God. Since God will make the new earth his dwelling place, and since where God dwells there heaven is, we shall then continue to be in heaven while we are on the new earth. For heaven and earth will then no longer be separated, as they are now, but will be one (see Revelation 21:1-3). But to leave the new earth out of consideration when we think of the final state of believers is greatly to impoverish biblical teaching about the life to come. Anthony A. Hoekema The Bible and the Future
Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Why is the vision of the unbelievers worldview so sad and pathetic?
  • What is the Bible's vision of the future?
  • Why is the New Heavens and New Earth so exciting to us as humans?
  • What are some of the things you look forward to?
  • Why did the Pastor so emphasize to all of us to Get There?
  • What is your hope that you will get there?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

February 7, 2016

Achieving Heaven: Heaven is Being with Him

We will grow in our anticipation of Heaven as we grow in our love for Christ and long to see Him face to face.

Audio Recording

Revelation 1:9-20,5:6
2 Corinthians 5:1-11
Philippians 1:21-23
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
John 13:33-14:6,17:24
Romans 5:7

    It is interesting that the New Testament nowhere speaks of believers going 'to heaven' when they die. Instead, they go to be with Christ. Edward Donnelly
    John Bunyan's Mr. Standfast, just before he dies, rejoices that 'I am going now to see that Head that was crowned with thorns and that face that was spat upon for me. I have formerly lived by hearsay and faith, but now I go where I shall live by sight and shall be with Him in whose company I delight myself.' Edward Donnelly
    Sooner could a worm aspire to be a brain surgeon that a sinner expect to work his own passage to glory. Edward Donnelly
    So then let 'Deserved' be written on the floor of hell, but on the door of heaven and life 'The Free Gift'. Richard Baxter
    If you are in Christ, do not be afraid of death. He who has conquered that 'last enemy' is waiting for you on the other side. As soon as our souls pass into glory we will see Jesus. He who has known and loved us from before the beginning of time will welcome us into His immediate presence. We will not feel strange or out of place, but profoundly and permanently at home. We will know that we are where we belong, and everlastingly secure. Edward Donnelly
    The joy of heaven is communing with Christ. The joy of earth should be communing with Him as well. Edward Donnelly
    Modern Christians are ready to busy themselves in almost any religious activity but that of quiet communion with their Lord, regarded more a duty than a delight. They hope to go to heaven, claim to be looking forward to it eagerly. Yet the essence of the heaven they profess to long for is that communion with Christ in which they show so little interest! Something profoundly troubling underlies this spiritual apathy. Edward Donnelly
    If we do not get to heaven before we die, we shall never get there afterward. Charles Spurgeon
Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Why is being with a person so superior to Skype?
  • How does this impact our view of Heaven?
  • What are the aspects of seeing and being with Jesus in heaven that are so special?
  • What are the possible problems if we do not find this aspect of heaven attractive?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

January 31, 2016

Achieving Heaven: Are You Sure You Want to Go to Heaven?

Many people believe there is a third option to choosing between heaven and hell: living in the here and now as if it won't end. Let's hear from three persons who have experienced heaven and get their view on why we need to make heaven our life-long goal.

Audio Recording

Revelation 4,2:7
2 Corinthians 12:1-6
Luke 23:43
Ezekiel 1:26-28
John 17:22-24,14:1-3,14:6

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Why do people not want to go to heaven?
  • Who told us what heaven is really like?
  • When heaven is called paradise, what is that word supposed to bring to mind?
  • What does it mean that God's presence dominates heaven?
  • Explain how glory, love, and holy describe God and the atmosphere of heaven.
  • Do you want to go to heaven?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

January 24, 2016

The Life Perspective

Jesus told the story of a man dying and the first word that came out of God's mouth was "Fool...". Don't let that be your experience.

Audio Recording

Luke 16:19-31,12:13-21,9:25,14:12-14,12:31-34
Acts 2:40
Romans 1:21
Matthew 5:11-12

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What are the dominant life perspectives today in the world, in music, among your friends?
  • What is the life perspective that God reveals in His Word that we should have?
  • How are we doing in this area?
  • Are we investing in eternity?
  • What will be the first word out of God's mouth when we die?
  • How can we best secure a blessed eternity?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

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