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April 23, 2017

Acts: Cowards No More

How brave are you? How bold are you when it comes to sharing your faith? How willing are you to suffer for the gospel if it comes to that? These are hard and searching questions. We often feel like cowards. In Acts, we will watch normal ordinary men, who clearly proved that in the past they struggled with being cowards and thinking only about their own skin or reputations, act with amazing boldness. We will be shocked at their response to persecution. But more importantly, we will explore why and how they were able to do these things... and how we can!!

Acts 5

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

The Gospel in the Old Testament: Redemption from Egypt

Redemption is a key word in the Gospel of Christ, but the concept was first fixed in the mind's of God's people in the Old Testament by the powerful work of God in freeing the captives from Egypt. Their response was profound worship... as ours should also be!!

Exodus 14:1-15:18
Matthew 20:28
1 Corinthians 10:1-4,10:11
John 8:34,14:30,8:36
Ephesians 2:2
Galatians 3:13

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What would it have been like to flee from Egypt?
  • What did they feel when the Red Sea closed back in?
  • What was the response to this great redemption?
  • What are the three things holding us in captivity?
  • How has Jesus redeemed us from all three?
  • What should our response be?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

April 16, 2017

A Confident Hope

Do you have Hope? Do you live in the daily joy and boldness of a confident Hope? Where can one get a sure Hope? How the world today needs the good news of the sure Hope God gives!

Matthew 27:57-28:20,12:38-40
1 Corinthians 15:1-24,15:54-59
Acts 4:10,4:19-25

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What is a hope that is built on evidence and how is that different than a vague hope?
  • What are the alternatives today for a hope for the future?
  • Why do they offer no hope and no evidence?
  • How is Christianity so gloriously different?
  • What is, or rather Who is our hope?
  • What is the evidence that makes this hope so sure?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

April 9, 2017

Acts: A Healthy Church

When a church is spiritually healthy, lots of things begin to take place. Deep love for one another, unity of hearts and minds, outreach to the lost world, and loving service to others are just some of the results. But Satan does not just silently watch his influence being eroded. He attacks the church in overt and subtle ways. We will see all of this taking place in the early church of Acts. It is exciting and sobering. But we will also seek to apply these lessons to ourselves and explore whether we are a spiritually healthy church.

Acts 4-5

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

The Gospel in the Old Testament: Passover

As we continue to look at the gospel through the words of the Old Testament we arrive at Passover. How scary, yet how safe, to be indoors and behind the blood during that first Passover. How wonderfully God points to the true passing over we experience through the blood of Jesus... the Lamb of God... who is also Son of God!

Exodus 11:4-12:30,3:13-15,5:1-2,9:13-17,9:27-35,10:27-29
Genesis 49:8-12
Revelation 5:5
John 1:29,19:35-36
1 Thessalonians 1:10
Galatians 2:20
1 Corinthians 5:6-8

    I AM THAT I AM. — It is generally assumed that this is given to Moses as the full name of God. But perhaps it is rather a deep and mysterious statement of His nature. "I am that which I am." My nature, cannot be declared in words, cannot be conceived of by human thought. I exist in such a way that my whole inscrutable nature is implied in my existence. I exist, as nothing else does — necessarily, eternally, really. If I am to give myself a name expressive of my nature, so far as language can be, let me be called "I AM." Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers
Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Who hardened Pharaoh's heart and why?
  • What would it be like to experience that first Passover night?
  • What purpose did the blood have that night?
  • How did this prepare the people for the coming of Jesus?
  • Why is it important that God sees the blood and also that we know we are behind the blood?
  • How can this make us bold for the future?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

April 2, 2017

A Prayer of God's Peace, God's Work

This simple prayer reveals a lot about God and our relationship with Him.

Hebrews 13,2:3,3:12,4:7,6:1,12:24
Philippians 4:7,3:12
Acts 11:36,4:28
Romans 5:1
John 10:11
Titus 2:13
Jeremiah 13:31
Ephesians 2:10

    Yes, blood is always a ghastly and a terrible thing. It is so, I suppose, because we recognize in it the destruction of life. Is it not so, also, - though we may not be able to define the emotion, - because we are compelled, in our consciences, to admit the effect of sin, and we are staggered as we see what our sin has done. All through the great school of the Jewish law, blood was constantly used to instruct the Israelite in the guilt of sin, and in the greatness of the atonement necessary for putting it away. Charles Spurgeon The Blood of the Testament
    This is an "everlasting one"; it commenced from everlasting, as appears from the everlasting love of God, which is the rise and foundation of it; from the counsels of God of old, which issued in it; from Christ's being set up from everlasting, as the Mediator of it; from the promises of it which were made before the world began; and from the spiritual blessings of grace in it, which were given to God's elect in Christ before the foundation of it: moreover, it will endure for ever; nor will it be succeeded by any other covenant: and the blood of Christ may be called the blood of it, because the shedding of it is a principal article in it; by it the covenant is ratified and confirmed; and all the blessings of it come through it, as redemption, peace, pardon, justification, and even admission into heaven itself; and Christ, through it, was brought again from the dead, because by it he fulfilled his covenant engagements, satisfied divine justice, and abolished sin, yea, death itself. John Gill John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Why does the author offer this prayer?
  • How do we obtain God's peace?
  • How powerful is God?
  • Why was it necessary for the shedding of blood?
  • Why is God considered a covenantal God?
  • What heart aches have you experienced that drew you closer to God?
  • How may God be working in you through your difficulties to fit you perfectly together to do His will?

Matt Courtney
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

March 26, 2017

Acts: Be Bold

We live in an increasingly hostile environment to the Gospel, and yet, it is a time in which people need desperately to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. How do we not be intimidated but rather be bold in sharing our faith? Well, we have a thrilling account of the early church and how they handled, by God's grace and power, a similar situation. In Acts we will look at how they found grace and power!

Acts 4

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

The Gospel in the Old Testament: Learning to Lean

God sometimes takes dramatic action to get us to have face time with Him and to learn to lean on Him and not on our own strength. But it doesn't have to be this way as his lesson from the Old Testament reveals.

Genesis 25:21-23,25:27-28,27:27-29,29:20,31:49,32,33:14
Hebrews 12:16
Matthew 6:6

    First, 'Pray to thy Father which is in secret.' God is a God who hides Himself to the carnal eye. As long as in our worship of God we are chiefly occupied with our own thoughts and exercises, we shall not meet Him who is a Spirit, the unseen One. But to the man who withdraws himself from all that is of the world and man, and prepares to wait upon God alone, the Father will reveal Himself. As he forsakes and gives up and shuts out the world, and the life of the world, and surrenders himself to be led of Christ into the secret of God's presence, the light of the Father’s love will rise upon him. The secrecy of the inner chamber and the closed door, the entire separation from all around us, is an image of, and so a help to that inner spiritual sanctuary, the secret of God's tabernacle, within the veil, where our spirit truly comes into contact with the Invisible One. And so we are taught, at the very outset of our search after the secret of effectual prayer, to remember that it is in the inner chamber, where we are alone with the Father, that we shall learn to pray aright. Andrew Murray With Christ in the School of Prayer
    Child of God! listen to your Teacher. He tells you that when you go to private prayer your first thought must be: The Father is in secret, the Father waits me there. Just because your heart is cold and prayerless, get you into the presence of the loving Father. As a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth you. Do not be thinking of how little you have to bring God, but of how much He wants to give you. Just place yourself before, and look up into, His face; think of His love, His wonderful, tender, pitying love. Just tell Him how sinful and cold and dark all is: it is the Father's loving heart will give light and warmth to yours. O do what Jesus says: Just shut the door, and pray to thy Father which is in secret. Is it not wonderful? to be able to go alone with God, the infinite God. And then to look up and say: My Father! Andrew Murray With Christ in the School of Prayer
Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • How would you describe Jacob as a person?
  • How did his approach to life work for him?
  • Why did God not answer his prayer initially?
  • Why did He make him wrestle?
  • Why did He dislocate his hip?
  • How was Jacob changed?
  • Why is it important to get alone with God often?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

March 19, 2017

Acts: Reactions

This passage in Acts is a wonderful account of a lame man who, when healed, goes leaping and shouting through the temple. When a crowd gathers, Peter gives us a clear understanding of how the Gospel is to be presented to others. We also see the opposite reactions among those who heard. We will learn a lot about what we believe and what we should share with others about the faith.

Acts 3

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

The Gospel in the Old Testament: Not Sparing a Beloved Son

Sometimes God's ways are confusing or even appear cruel, especially if we only look at the Old Testament. But then the cross gloriously clears up the confusion and reveals who He really is with such clarity and power.

Genesis 22:1-19
Hebrews 11:17-19
Romans 8:31-32,8:35
John 1:1,12:27-28,8:56

    Later writers, reflecting on the incident, make much of the turmoil in Abraham’s heart, although the biblical narrative has little enough to say on this score. Indeed, the impression we get from the biblical narrative is that Abraham treated it as God’s problem: it was for God, and not for Abraham, to reconcile His promise and His command. So, when the command was given, Abraham promptly set about obeying it; his own duty was clear, and God could safely be trusted to discharge His responsibility in this matter. F.F. Bruce Epistle to the Hebrews
    Earlier, Abraham had been tested as to whether he would believe that God could do the seemingly impossible task of giving Abraham and Sarah a son. That was a test, but it was not as hard as this one. This test involved a conflict apparently within the words of God Himself. God has promised posterity through Isaac. But God had now also commanded Abraham to kill him.
    How could this problem be resolved? There were only two ways. Abraham could have concluded that God was erratic, wavering from one plan to another because He did not know His own mind. This had not been Abraham’s experience of God. The long wait for the son had taught him better than that. Or Abraham could have concluded that, although he – being finite and sinful - was unable to see the resolution of the difficulty, God could nevertheless be trusted to have a resolution, which He Himself would certainly disclose in due time. This was the harder of the two options to accept, but Abraham’s experience of God led in this direction.
    Abraham acted in a manner consistent with his knowledge of God. That is, he trusted Him, concluding that whatever God’s purposes may or may not have been in this situation, God had at least shown that He could not be his enemy. God was his friend. When the command to sacrifice Isaac was first given, Abraham did not understand how, if the command were carried out the promise could be fulfilled. But that was alright. Abraham left the difficulty with God, which is the essence of true faith. What is faith? Faith is believing God and acting upon it. That is what Abraham did. God had shown He could be trusted, so Abraham believed God and acted, even though he could not understand the solution to the difficulty. James Boice Genesis 12-36
Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Why did God's command to Abraham both trouble and confuse him?
  • Why was Isaac so central in God's plan of redemption?
  • What did Abraham conclude was going to happen?
  • Why is Abraham's faith and obedience commended?
  • Why is God not considered cruel in this request and all suffering?
  • Why is the cross central in understanding God and His heart?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

March 12, 2017

Acts: Real Zeal

The early church had a zeal and love for each other that is so inspiring! As we read the early chapters of Acts, they provide a great role model of how to respond to the gospel. But, there is also a question of how do we interpret their actions? What of these early histories are for us to hear what God did then, and was unique? And what is to be practiced for God's people in each generation?

Acts 2

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

The Gospel in the Old Testament: Lots of Isaacs... But Who Are They?

In the Old Testament Isaac certainly was a miracle baby... and so are all true children of Abraham (also known as Christians!!). Are you one? What distinguishes a true child of Abraham from a slave child as Paul refers to them?

Galatians 3:26-5:2
Genesis 16:15-17:6,17:15-22,18:9-15,21:1-7
Acts 11:23

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Why did Abraham and Sarah laugh?
  • Why did Abraham want God to use Ishmael?
  • Why did God wait so long to give them a baby?
  • What does it mean that Isaac is a child of promise?
  • Who are Abraham's children of promise today?
  • Why are they still called children of promise?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

March 5, 2017

The Gospel in the Old Testament: A Justified Patriarch

Christians are justified through faith in Jesus... in the Old Testament so was Abraham... in fact he is our role model for exercising audacious faith.

Genesis 11:27-12:20,13:14-16,14:22-15:6
Galatians 3:5-9,3:15-18,3:26-29
John 8:51-59
Romans 3:21-24,4:1-5,4:13,4:16-25

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Why is Abraham so important?
  • Why will only true children of Abraham be saved?
  • What was so audacious about Abraham's faith?
  • Why do we need to exercise such faith?
  • Why is it hard to follow his example?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

February 26, 2017

Acts: Their First Sermon

Jesus is Lord sounds like a common phrase to believers. But it is revolutionary when you grasp its meaning. This was the proclamation of the apostles to the world. It was the topic of their first sermon recorded in Acts. Here we will continue our study of the Day of Pentecost and the revolutionary new message God proclaimed to the world.

Acts 2

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

The Gospel in the Old Testament: The First Promise of a Deliverer

In the Old Testament Adam and Eve experienced terrible results from their sin... and grace, love, mercy, and a wonderful promise.

Revelation 12,20:10
Genesis 3:1-4:8,4:23-26
John 8:44
Romans 8:19-22,16:17-20
1 John 3:10-13,3:8
Colossians 2:14-15

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What were some of the horrible results of Adam's sin?
  • How was God's love and grace also experienced at the same time?
  • How has the enmity between the woman's and the serpent's seed worked out in history?
  • Today?
  • Who was the great deliverer promised, and how will He crush the serpent's head?
  • What does this mean for you?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

February 19, 2017

The Gospel in the Old Testament: Paradise Lost and Regained

The Old Testament and the New Testament tell one story: the rich story of God redeeming the world through Jesus. This sermon will focus on the two attempts of Satan to destroy God's plans, one succeeded (sort of) and one failed (gloriously)!

Deuteronomy 8
Genesis 1:1,3:1-11
Luke 24:44-46
John 5:39
2 Corinthians 11:3
1 Timothy 2:14
Matthew 3:13-4:4
1 Corinthians 15:21-22

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What is the Old Testament about (one word answer!!)?
  • What was Satan's strategy with Eve?
  • Who fell when Adam ate?
  • Why?
  • Who is the second Adam?
  • Why was His temptation so much greater?
  • How did He not fall?
  • What does this mean for us?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

February 12, 2017

Our Multifaceted Relationship to Food... and to the Savior

God uses food to teach many truths... the Passover meal, manna from heaven, the Lord's Supper... and ultimately and wonderfully: Jesus as the bread of life!

Exodus 16
John 6:25-70,2:23-25,7:7,1:29

    But if he gives no record of the institution, he does give us in this discourse of Jesus something which fills the Lord’s Supper with a deep wealth of meaning for the believer. Our Lord in this discourse is not indeed speaking directly of the Lord’s Supper, but He does expound the truth which the Lord’s Supper conveys. F.F. Bruce The Gospel of John
    ...the language is sacrificial... 'the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world' (John 1:29). To give one's flesh can scarcely mean anything other than death, and the wording here points to a death which is both voluntary ('I will give')and substitutional ('for the life of the world'). Leon Morris The Gospel according to John
    Eating and drinking thus appear to be a very graphic way of saying that people must take Christ into their innermost being. The words, then, are a cryptic allusion to the atoning death that Christ would die, together with a challenge to enter the closest and most intimate relation with Him. Leon Morris The Gospel according to John
Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What are the various ways people relate to Jesus?
  • What are examples of God using food to teach us truths?
  • Why did Jesus call Himself the Bread of Life?
  • How do we eat of this bread?
  • Which of the three persons who were addressed in the application are you?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

February 5, 2017

Acts: O Theophilus...

Who wrote the book of Acts and to whom was it written? History says it was written by Luke, but we don't know for sure. It was surely an eyewitness account because of the first-person style. It is formally called The Acts of the Apostles, but it really should be The Acts of Jesus, Part II!

Acts 1

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

More Concerned for Your Salvation Than You Are

Are you concerned about your salvation and your future eternal well being? There is someone who is more concerned about you than you are! And He has done some amazing things because of His concern.

John 6,5:28-29
Ephesians 1:3-6
2 Timothy 1:9

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • How did God the Father show His concern for our salvation in times past?
  • What was His will for His Son?
  • How has the Father shown concern for your salvation in your lifetime?
  • What is the Effectual Call?
  • Why should all of this give you hope, joy, and a sense of security?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

January 29, 2017

Redemption Accomplished

The plan of redemption was established even before the creation of the world. The Cross was the completion of that plan. Therefore, work out your salvation with fear and trembling to do the good works God has called you to do.

Ephesians 2:1-10,1:4
Genesis 1:1
John 3:19,3:16
Romans 4:25
Hebrews 1:1
James 2:17,3:24
Revelation 3:19-22

Sean Byham
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

January 23, 2017

The Vine and the Branches

Jesus said He is the Vine, His Father is the Vinedresser, and we are the branches. What does this say about are relationship with Him? And what does it mean to be pruned?

John 15:1-17,1:1,14:23-24,14:15,14:30-31,13:10,13:35-36,11:25
Isaiah 5:1-7
1 John 1:1-4

Chris Bowser
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

January 15, 2017

Quit Worrying

Jesus commands us to stop worrying... then He gives us many reasons to consider why we should stop.

Luke 12:1-34
Psalm 27:1,27:3,3:5-6,56:3-4
1 Peter 5:7
Philippians 4:6-7
James 2:5

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Jesus commands us to quit worrying. What are the reasons He gives for this commandment?
  • What is the one main reason we do worry so much?
  • How can we come to trust God better?
  • What does it mean that faith includes: knowledge, conviction, and finally, entrustment?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

January 8, 2017

What If? or What Is?

What if.... there was an infinite, all powerful God who loved you personally and deeply? What is the proof that that What If is in fact a What Is?

1 John 4
Romans 8:31-32
2 Corinthians 9:15

    The infinite essential love of God, is, as it were, an infinite and eternal, mutual, holy, energy between the Father and the Son: a pure and holy act, whereby the Deity becomes, as it were, one infinite and unchangeable emotion of love proceeding from both the Father and the Son. This divine love has its seat in the Deity, as it is exercised within the Deity, or in God toward himself.Jonathan Edwards Heaven a World of Love
Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What was the What If that was outlined in the sermon?
  • Why is that possibly so attractive?
  • What is proof number one that was given?
  • List some of these examples of God's love and goodness to you in your life.
  • What is the Big proof that God loves us according to the passage?
  • Why was/is God's Son so precious to Him?
  • How hard would it be to give a Son?
  • Can this God be trusted?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

January 1, 2017

Persevering Love

Is your salvation forever? Can it be lost? The Apostle Paul definitely has an opinion about that. Especially when we consider what Christ did for us!

Romans 5:6-10,8:29-39
1 Peter 3:18
Ephesians 5:2

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • How does Paul explain justification?
  • Explain the links in Paul’s chain of salvation.
  • What proof does Paul give that God is for you?
  • Have you ever thought about what it means for Christ to be ever interceding on your behalf?

Scott Graubard
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

December 11, 2016

Irrepressible Wonder and Praise (Part II)

As we continue to look at the irrepressible wonder and praise caused by the incarnate Christ, we see that God's Son is special to Him... He is called the Son of His love. That being so, the rescue mission He sent Him on is amazing!

Colossians 1:9-23,2:9
Deuteronomy 21:15-17
Psalm 89:27
Romans 14:5-6

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Why does God the Father love His Son?
  • How does He honor His Son?
  • What does it mean that Jesus is the firstborn over creation and the new creation?
  • Why can Jesus coming to earth be referred to as a rescue mission?
  • What significance does this have for you and me personally?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

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 had 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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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 12, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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