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December 28, 2014

Preparing for a New Year

As we look upon a new year we will no doubt face both joy and challenges, peace and trials. How can we prepare to face it with faith in God and in a way that honors Him? David gives us a good example of how to overcome difficulty by strengthening oneself in the Lord.

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1 Samuel 30,27:8-12
Deuteronomy 25:17-19
Psalm 18:1-3

    "Then David strengthened himself in the Lord his God". Alexander Maclaren has rightly underscored this point. There was ever a danger in Israel of holding to the official covenant faith without having a vital personal faith. It could be all too easy to speak of the "Shepherd of Israel" (Psalm 80:1) but not be able to say "The Lord is my shepherd" (Psalm 23:1), just as church folks might affirm Jesus is the Son of God but would not dream of calling Him "the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). As Maclaren has said, David could no longer say, "My house", "my city", or "my possessions", but he could say, "My God". That is where the strengthening must begin. Dale Ralph Davis 1 Samuel
Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • How did God get David out of his spiritual decline and sinful self-reliance?
  • Why was it important for David to turn to God at the worst moment?
  • What might he have done otherwise, and what would have been the consequences?
  • How did David strengthen himself in the Lord His God?
  • What was the application of this passage to us as we look to this new year?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

December 21, 2014

What Child is This: His Essence

The incarnation of the Child reveals amazing aspects of the nature of who God is. What type of being would so willingly lower Himself so far to save such people as us? What depths of love and what a willingness to sacrifice for our well being! We will try to explore some of these depths in this sermon.

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Matthew 1:18-25,20:28
Philippians 2:5-11

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • How do we grasp for privileges and recognition?
  • What does it mean when the Bible says Jesus did not grasp after equality with God?
  • How was this illustrated in the sermon using a President as an example?
  • In what ways did Jesus lower Himself when He became human and lived on earth?
  • How did He further lower Himself with His death?
  • What does all of this teach us about the very nature of God?
  • What should our response be to such an amazing God?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

December 14, 2014

What Child is This: The King

What child is this? Do we really grasp the significance that this baby was called a King... the King of the world? A few people at the time of Jesus birth did (some for good and some for bad). Their response is a helpful study of the real implications for all people that Jesus is the King.

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Luke 1:26-38,2:1-20
Genesis 49:8-10
Psalm 2:7-12
Isaiah 9:6-7,11:1-2,11:10
2 Samuel 7:11-16
Acts 2:36
Matthew 1:1,2:1-18
Revelation 11:15

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What is the difference between a King and a President?
  • Why does it seem that people today just don't get the significance of the fact that Jesus is King?
  • Why do we need a King and a Kingdom?
  • What are the implications that Jesus is King and Lord?
  • What are the implications for people who say they are not interested... or not into religion... or not into Jesus?
  • What do the manger and the cross say about Jesus as King?
  • What happens when the King comes back a second and last time?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

December 7, 2014

What Child is This: Pre-existence... or... Where Did He Travel From?

What child is this...? is the question the hymn writer asks. The answer begins in eternity past and in great glory. To appreciate what Jesus has sacrificed in just coming to earth we must look at the glory He had before His incarnation.

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John 1:1-18,6:38,14:9,17:5
Hebrews 1:1-3
Colossians 1:15-17
Revelation 4:1-6
Genesis 1
2 Corinthians 8:9

    Love is in God, as light is in the sun, which does not shine by a reflected light, as the moon and planets do, but by its own light, and as the great fountain of light. And from God, love flows out toward all the inhabitants of heaven. It flows out, in the first place, necessarily and infinitely, toward his only-begotten Son; being poured forth, without mixture, as to an object that is infinite, and so fully adequate to all the fullness of a love that is infinite. And this infinite love is infinitely exercised toward Him. Not only does the fountain send forth streams to this object, but the very fountain itself wholly and altogether goes out toward Him. And the Son of God is not only the infinite object of love, but He is also an infinite subject of it. He is not only the Beloved of the Father, but He infinitely love Him. 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. Jonathon Edwards Heaven, A World of Charity, or Love
Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What was Jesus' life like in heaven before He came to earth?
  • What does the Bible mean when it says Jesus was with God and He was God?
  • From what you heard in this sermon, what would it be like to see God in heaven... what would you see, hear and feel?
  • What are some of the contrasts between what Jesus experienced in heaven and what He experienced on earth?
  • Why did He even come here... what motivated Him?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

November 30, 2014

Appreciating Salvation: Reconciliation

Reconciliation is the restoring of a broken relationship. When the Bible teaches that God reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ it is saying something which has many truly amazing dimensions to it. As we study this doctrine out we come to a deeper appreciation of our rich salvation.

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Romans 5:6-11
2 Corinthians 5:18-21,4:3-6
Isaiah 59:2
Colossians 1:19-22
John 6:44

    This is most wonderful scene that the universe will witness -- a beseeching God, an imploring Saviour, standing at the door of the sinner's heart with eternal salvation in his hand, knocking for entrance and begging to be let in; the Omnipotent Creator of the universe, beseeching worm, whom a volition of his will could sink in moment to perdition, and whose justice would be glorified in the act, to accept his pardoning mercy, and waiting year after year, in all long suffering for the sinner's reconsideration of his obstinate refusals. Be astonished, O heavens! at God's unutterable mercy, and be horribly afraid, O earth! at man's indescribable wickedness! Here is the climax of God's divine love and man's desperate depravity. John Angell James An Earnest Ministry
Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What does reconciliation mean?
  • Who is the person who is supposed to seek reconciliation in a broken relationship?
  • What is amazing about God's reconciling with humanity:
      1. Why is it amazing that God even wanted to reconcile with us?
      2. What is so amazing about how God reconciled with us?
      3. What is so amazing about the fact that God then pleads with us to be reconciled to Him?
      4. Why is it amazing that God has to help us to respond to His pleadings?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

November 23, 2014

Hebrews: Concluding Exhortations

The book of Hebrews concludes with several closing encouragements to Christians. It would be well for present day Christians to hear these words!! It is amazing how we face today so much of the same challenges that the first century Christians faced. And the answer is the same for all of us: Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever!!!

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Hebrews 13:7-25

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Appreciating Salvation: Co-Crucifixion and Co-Resurrection

We really appreciate our salvation when we know just what a great deliverance it is. A deliverance from the reign, power, and enslavement of sin. Just how does Christ free us from this is the focus of this message. We will look at the wonderful truths of co-crucifixion and co-resurrection with Christ!

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Romans 5:12-6:23,3:9-18,8:7
John 6:44,6:64-65
2 Corinthians 4:3-4,5:17
Colossians 3:1-3,3:9-10,1:13
Ephesians 2:4-9,1:3-6

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What are some examples of the fact that sin is a power?
  • How did Christ break this power over us?
  • When did He do it?
  • When did this victory enter into our lives?
  • What are the practical implications of this doctrine that we are to work out in our lives daily?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

November 16, 2014

Appreciating Salvation: The Effects of Grace

We have been saved by Grace!!! As we appreciate our salvation, what effect should our experience of God's grace have on our relationship with God, with others, with ourselves, and as we look to the future? Answer: the effect should be deep and profound!!

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Matthew 18:21-35
Ephesians 2:1-9
Nehemiah 9:17
1 John 4:10-11,4:7-8,3:10,4:20

    ... 'the marvelous grace of our loving Lord', who drew us from destruction's pit and raised us to heights of heavenly bliss, and did it all this at such a cost to Himself that He spared not His own Son, and in such a manner that not a single one of His attributes, not even His justice, was eclipsed. William Hendriksen New Testament Commentary: Exposition of Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon
Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Why does God expect Grace to affect us?
  • What are the effects it should have on our:
      1. Relationship with God...
      2. With others...
      3. With ourselves...
      4. As we look to the future?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

November 9, 2014

Hebrews: Grace to Serve God with Reverence and Godly Fear

Christians have a great God and a full and rich salvation. The author of Hebrews opens these themes up in the passage we will study. The personal applications are given to strengthen us and encourage us on our pilgrimage to heaven!

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Hebrews 12:12-29

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Appreciating Salvation: Grace

We will never appreciate salvation until we grasp what Grace is. And grace is actually hard for us to grasp. In this message we will seek to open up just how marvelous this amazing grace is"!

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Ephesians 2:1-10,1:3-7
Nehemiah 9:17
2 Corinthians 12:9
Romans 3:19-25,4:4-5,5:5-11,5:1-2

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What is Grace?
  • How can it best be explained?
  • How is it that God has so much grace?
  • How has God extended His grace to us?
  • Why is it impossible to earn salvation?
  • What if God treated us as we deserve, what would happen to us?
  • Why is Grace so essential if we are to be saved?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

November 2, 2014

Appreciating Salvation: Redemption

We cannot fully appreciate salvation until we grasp the deep significance of the concept of Redemption. The rescue mission Jesus accomplished has profound implications on how we view God, ourselves, and life itself. What an amazing thing it is to be redeemed!!

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Romans 3:21-26,6:23,7:14,6:16-18,8:23,8:31-35
Ephesians 1:7
Colossians 1:14
1 Peter 1:18-19
Hebrews 2:14-15
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Titus 2:14
Matthew 20:28

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What did the word redeemed mean to the people in the first century?
  • What was the Kinsman-Redeemer?
  • How has God redeemed us?
  • What were we held captive to?
  • What does it mean I was bought with a price?
  • How should that affect us??

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

October 26, 2014

Hebrews: Encouragements

Looking to Jesus as we press on in our pilgrimage to heaven, overcoming discouragement and the weariness of trials that seem to never end, getting to heaven and the joy of that place; these are some of the practical encouragements that God gives us in the passage we will study in Hebrews. Then we will consider why God allows trials to come into our lives... and we will see that it is the love of the Father that does it!!

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Hebrews 12:1-11

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Appreciating Salvation: Justification

Christians are the most blessed people on earth. We need to appreciate our great salvation. Justification is one of those amazing doctrines that will always thrill our souls!

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Romans 3:9-4:8,5:1-2,8:33-34
Deuteronomy 25:1
Proverbs 17:15
Galatians 3:13
2 Corinthians 6:21
Philippians 3:9
Isaiah 61:10

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • How do we use the phrase To justify?
  • What does it mean when a judge justifies a righteous person?
  • How can God justify the ungodly?
  • Why is God not lying when He declares the sinner free from the guilt of all sin and perfectly righteous?
  • What part does Jesus have in our justification?
  • What part does faith have?
  • Why should this doctrine not make us loose about sin?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

October 19, 2014

Hebrews: Faith Is...

Those who trust God have suffered immensely in the past. Hebrews tells us they suffered in faith. Would we be willing to do this when the true moment arrived? This is a searching question for all of us to answer. Jesus said it is our calling to be willing to suffer and if need be to lay down our lives for Him. But would we have a strong enough faith to do it? How can we grow such a faith? These are matters we will be studying as we conclude the Faith chapter.

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Hebrews 11:30-39

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Appreciating Salvation: Propitiation

We will more deeply appreciate our salvation when we understand why Jesus is called our propitiation. These important words shed a world of light on how good God has been in providing such a rich salvation.

Romans 1:18,1:32,3:9,3:19,3:21-26,5:9
Genesis 9:5-6
Hebrews 2:17,2:14
1 John 2:1-2,4:9-10
1 Thessalonians 1:10

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What does propitiation mean?
  • Why can God not just forgive us of our sin... why did Jesus have to die?
  • How is Jesus our propitiation?
  • What are the implications for us when we sin that Jesus is our propitiation?
  • Why is it important that God sent the propitiation and how does this make the God of the Bible so different than the old Greek gods?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

October 12, 2014

Hebrews: Are We People of Faith?

Are you a person who is known for your joy, courage, confidence, and peace even in the face of trials, discouragements, challenges, or pain? Are we people of faith? That is what would make us such people. We are studying the Faith chapter in Hebrews and will explore how we can become people of faith.

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Hebrews 11:23-29

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Appreciating Salvation: What We Are Saved From

Often we do not appreciate our salvation enough because we do not really understand what we were saved from. This is a momentous salvation and our danger that we were rescued from is almost indescribable in its greatness. So to be delivered from that which Jesus said we should fear more than

Romans 1:18-32,3:9-20
Matthew 1:21
Proverbs 6:16-19
Luke 12:4-5
Hebrews 10:31

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What is our biggest problem according to the Bible?
  • What does Jesus say we should fear more than anything else?
  • What happens if we take the matter of sin lightly?
  • What is God’s wrath?
  • Is it God losing His temper?
  • Why does understanding this make us appreciate salvation all the more?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

October 5, 2014

Special!

Are we really so special and important as we think we are?... the Bible's answer is a resounding NO! But God treats us in a special way because He is special!!!

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Isaiah 40
Genesis 6:5-7
Romans 1:28,1:30,8:7

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Are we special?
  • Are you special?
  • Why are we not special?
  • How does God treat us as special?
  • Why is God special... what is special about Him?
  • How does He treat us as special?
  • Why is this so unusual?
  • What is Grace?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

September 21, 2014

Hebrews: Faith Defined

Faith... we all need it but we sure do struggle with having enough of it. Living and walking in strong faith sure has a profound impact on one's life. The person who is strong in it is calm, brave, obedient, and knows God with a closeness which is amazing. The Hebrews were struggling in this area, as we do, so the writer of this letter wrote this amazing chapter 11 which we call the Faith Chapter. In it he defines what faith is and calls us to a deeper faith.

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Hebrews 11:1-22

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Christ and the Home: Wives and Mothers

The Christian home is meant to be a place where Christ's presence and power is to be experienced in a life changing way. Wives and moms have a huge part in that. We will explore God's high calling to women in this vital role.

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Proverbs 31:10-31
Ephesians 5:22-33
Matthew 23:11
Psalm 127:3-5,128:3-4
1 Peter 3:1-2
Titus 2:1-5
1 Timothy 5:13-14

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What does it mean when one says the Bible teaches that men and women are equal and have complementary roles?
  • What is the Bible's view of children?
  • How are Dads and Moms to work together to make the home a Christ-centered place?
  • What unique roles do each have?
  • Why is the home so important?
  • Why should parents fight for the family?
  • How can God powerfully use the Christian home in the lives of the children and of others outside the home?
  • How can we make our home more like God would have it to be?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

September 14, 2014

Hebrews: Warning Against Forsaking the Faith

Ever wonder how you would respond to real persecution breaking out? That is the situation that has arisen in the book of Hebrews and the author is seeking to encourage and instruct the believers. Some are ready to compromise, and forsake the faith and the church. That would be a strong temptation when people are being imprisoned and others are losing everything they own. How would we handle that? What encouragements and warnings does the Word of God give to help us be steadfast in all challenges.

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Hebrews 10:26-39

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Christ and the Home: Male Spiritual Leadership

In a materialistic driven culture we are in danger of losing many precious things... one of the most precious is the family. Yet what a wonderful opportunity to reach the nation with the gospel by the witness of Christian family life. This miniseries will explore the relationship of Christ and the Home. It all begins with the spiritual leader... the husband/dad!

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Joshua 24:1-15
Ephesians 5:22-6:4
1 Timothy 5:8
Colossians 1:21-22,1:28-29
Deuteronomy 6:4-9

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Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What role has God given the husband/dad in the family?
  • What are some of the things he is responsible to do to fulfill that role?
  • How are men uniquely created for this role?
  • How can we best respond to him in this role?
  • What impact should this teaching have on us children as we look to the future?
  • How can we pray for this leader in our home?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

September 7, 2014

2 Peter: The Day is Coming

Scoffers in Peter's day and today ridicule the gospel. Where is this so called second coming... you really believe this? Peter, led by the Holy Spirit, provides us a masterful, full and rich answer!

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Psalm 50,90:4
2 Peter 3,1:13
Hebrews 10:24,1:3
2 Timothy 1:6
Colossians 1:17
1 Thessalonians 5:4
Romans 8:18-25

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • How does Peter answer the scoffers who ridicule the fact that Jesus has not returned yet?
  • How does God experience time differently than us?
  • Why is God delaying?
  • What are the implications for us that this Day is coming; for our unbelieving family and friends?
  • What should we do about it?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

August 31, 2014

Hebrews: The True, God-Prepared Sacrifice

It was a scary thing to approach God in the Old Testament. In fact only one person could do it only once a year... the high priest. But New Testament believers are urged in Hebrews to approach God full of boldness and confidence. How is this possible? We will study the wonderful privilege Christ has provided for us that gives us unlimited and assured access to God anytime... as well as a glorious entrance into heaven!

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Hebrews 10:1-25

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

2 Peter: Keeping Safe

Peter is so concerned about the influence of false teachers upon the people of God. They are still about today as in every generation. How can we discern them and guard against their slick and deceptive ways?

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2 Peter 2

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Why are false teachers so dangerous?
  • What are some of the things that seem to mark them out in every generation?
  • How can we good at discerning them so that we are not deceived?
  • What do they appeal to in us?
  • What does this passage teach us about God and His activity and attitude in all of this?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

August 24, 2014

2 Peter: It's True... I Saw It

Peter was willing to be executed for Christ and the gospel. How can a man be so convinced that the gospel is true? Are you and I ready to die courageously and confidently? Let's examine Peter's confidence, and stir up our own.

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Matthew 17:1-9,4:4,5:17-18,22:29
2 Peter 1:12-21
John 21:18-19,1:14-15,10:35
2 Timothy 3:14-17

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • How come Peter was so convinced of the truth of the gospel that he was willing to be executed?
  • Why is an eyewitness so important in court?
  • Why is the Bible a unique book?
  • What was Jesus' view of the Bible?
  • How can we stir ourselves up?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

August 17, 2014

Hebrews: A Great High Priest and the New Covenant

The writer of the book of Hebrews is so excited in chapter 8. He can hardly contain himself because we Christians are so blessed. He opens up in wonderful detail that we have 1.) A Great High Priest and 2.) We are in the New Covenant. Here we will be reminded again of how blessed we really are and thrilled to study how good God has been to us.

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Hebrews 8

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

2 Peter: Faith's Add-ons -- Warnings and Encouragements

Peter wants us to add to our faith.. virtue, etc. Why is this so important? And what impact will this have on our assurance and our entrance into heaven. These are the issues we take up in this message.

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James 2:14-26
2 Peter 1:1-11
John 15:1-2
1 John 2:9-11
1 Peter 1:2
Ephesians 1:3-6
2 Corinthians 4:6
Acts 16:14-15
Romans 8:30
1 Corinthians 3:15

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Why is Peter so concerned that we add these virtues to our faith?
  • What is the result if we do not add them?
  • What is the result if we do?
  • How does this make our calling and election sure to us?
  • How does this effect our entrance into the Kingdom?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

August 10, 2014

Hebrews: The Superiority of Jesus’ Priesthood

A carpenter from Nazareth has become the God appointed High Priest through whom everyone must come to God!! That sounded ludicrous to Jewish ears (and still does). The writer to the Hebrews explains how this has been God's plan all along and proves it with the Bible. Then, in an amazing way, he shows us the wonderful implications for believers to have Jesus as our forever High Priest. Learn in a deeper way what a wonderful thing it is to have Jesus as your High Priest representing you to the Father. It will revolutionize your life.

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Hebrews 7:20-28

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

2 Peter: The God Appointed Add-ons

Some Christians feel that it is enough just to get saved and get one's ticket to heaven. God strongly disagrees and says so through the Apostle Peter. God wants us to add-on to our faith seven qualities according to this passage. These qualities give us a unique picture of what God wants us to become.

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2 Peter 1:1-11
Acts 17:11
Hebrews 5:12-14
Galatians 5:23
James 3:2
Philippians 2:14-15
2 Timothy 4:7
1 Corinthians 13:13

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Why does God want to do more than just get us out of foreclosure?
  • What are the qualities God wants us to add-on?
  • Discuss what each of these mean and how they would work out in our individual lives.
  • What has God said in this passage to help us not to become overwhelmed by this list?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

August 3, 2014

2 Peter: The Profound Impact of Knowing God

Following the exposition of 1 Peter we are moving right into 2 Peter. What would motivate a man like Peter to introduce himself as a slave of Jesus Christ. How could a person so deeply give up all rights and privileges to offer himself and all he is to Jesus? This illustrates the profound impact knowing God has upon a person... the theme explored in this message.

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2 Peter 1:1-4
1 Corinthians 7:22
1 Peter 2:16
Ephesians 4:20-24

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What type of knowing did Peter refer to when he talked about knowing God?
  • How does a river boat captain and a family relationship illustrate this?
  • How did Peter illustrate the profound impact knowing God should have in the first few words of this letter?
  • What are some of the great and precious promises of God?
  • How have these promises impacted you?
  • How can we live out a desire to know God practically in our life?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

July 6, 2014

1 Peter: Stopping a Lion

Peter tells us to resist the devil... whom he calls a roaring lion! This message will identify the devil's methods to devour and point out how it is possible for the Christian to resist such a powerful, evil being.

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Ephesians 6:10-20,4:26-27
1 Peter 5:5-14
Job 1:7
1 Timothy 3:6,4:1
2 Corinthians 2:11,4:3-4
Genesis 3:1
John 8:44
James 4:7
Romans 16:20
1 John 4:4
2 Timothy 4:7-8

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Why is the Devil someone we should be concerned about?
  • How bad is he?
  • What are some of his methods?
  • Is he so powerful that my attempts to resist him are hopeless?
  • What is my hope?
  • How is he to be resisted?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

June 29, 2014

Hebrews: Who is Melchizedek?

Who is Melchizedek and why is he important to us? We will be studying in Hebrews this mysterious person and we will see how vitally important he is in helping us understand how significant Jesus is. Practical question: How scared will you be when you die and launch into eternity... how about when you appear before God? It will be intimidating won't it? But because of Melchizedek... and through understanding him... you will better realize just how amazing Jesus's role is, and you will gain immense comfort and faith for that great day.

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Hebrews 7:1-22

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

1 Peter: Casting Cares on Him

We live in what is called the Age of Anxiety? Why are we so anxious when we have unprecedented wealth, safety, health care, and social nets? God has some very specific and wonderful things to say about how to overcome worry and have not anxiety but the peace that passes understanding.

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Luke 12:22-34,10:40-42,8:14,21:34-36
1 Timothy 5:3-5
1 Peter 5:6-7
James 2:5
Philippians 4:6-7,4:19
Psalm 50:7-12
Romans 8:31-32

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What is the dangers of worrying to our soul?
  • What are the possible consequences to those who become distracted by worry?
  • Why should we cast our cares on God?
  • What do we know about Him that should make this such a source of peace?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

June 22, 2014

Hebrews: An Anchor in the Storm

Everyone will face many storms in life. Storms toss us, scare us, and shake up our faith. Hebrews talks of an anchor. An amazing solid anchor that has kept the saints in the past solid and immovable in their storms. The writers of Hebrews encourages us immensely in the passage that we will study tonight by showing us how this amazing anchor for the soul is ours as well.

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Hebrews 6

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

1 Peter: Elder, Shepherd, Overseer

Who is supposed to lead the local church? In our generation Christians are revisiting this question and returning to a Biblical Eldership. Peter has much to say to elders as a fellow-elder... and much to say to all of us about how Christ's church is to be governed.

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Acts 20:17-38,14:21-23
1 Peter 5:1-5
1 Timothy 3:1-7,5:17
Titus 1:5-9
Hebrews 13:17
Matthew 20:24-28

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Why did God appoint elders for the church?
  • What did Peter tell the elders they were and were not supposed to do?
  • How are we supposed to relate to the elders?
  • Why are they important on our pilgrimage to heaven?
  • How are we supposed to treat each other according to this text?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

June 15, 2014

Hebrews: Perserverance of the Saints

We will continue our study of the book of Hebrews and the Doctrine of Perseverance of the Saints. Some of the topics we will study tonight: What about believers who backslide? What should we think if this goes on and on for years? What should I look for in myself to make sure I do not find myself like this?

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Hebrews 5:11-6:12

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

1 Peter: Living as a Christian in a Hostile World

We all dread persecution and suffering... it hurts, discourages and frustrates. Yet the Bible tells us to rejoice and to feel blessed?! How can we do this? Peter gives us solid reasons to help us do this very counter-intuitive thing.

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Ezekiel 9
Malachi 3:1-5
1 Peter 4:12-19,3:9,4:7,1:6-7,4:3-4
2 Timothy 3:12
James 1:2-4
John 15:18-19
Colossians 1:24
Luke 12:8-9
Romans 8:17-18
Acts 5:41
Matthew 5:11-12

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • How can someone rejoice during suffering?
  • What are the reasons given in this passage to do this?
  • How should we, as Christian, view the increasing hostility to believers in this country?
  • What should our attitude be?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

June 8, 2014

Hebrews: Can True Christians Lose Their Salvation?

Hebrews 6:4-6 It is impossible for those who were once enlightened... if they fall away... to be renewed to repentance. Some very sobering and powerful and quite frankly scary words. Will we get to heaven? Will we endure to the end? Can true Christians lose their salvation? What about people who once seemed to believe but later reject the faith? These are some of the important concepts we will be discussed in our continued study of Hebrews.

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Hebrews 5:11-6:12

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

1 Peter: An Active Kingdom Community

God's plan is to redeem the world through Jesus, and His way of doing it is through these amazing communities called churches. Peter outlines what we are supposed to be like and why we should be like this. A powerful passage which helps us examine how we are doing.

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1 Peter 4:7-11,4:3
Ephesians 3:21
Romans 12:13
Titus 1:8
Hebrews 13:2
1 Corinthians 12:7
James 3:1
2 Timothy 2:15

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Why does God want churches to be like He describes in this passage?
  • How can we be clearheaded?
  • What is the Number One Thing?
  • How good are we at covering over sins?
  • Do we practice hospitality like God says?
  • What are your gifts?
  • How are you using them?
  • Why should we do all of this?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

May 25, 2014

1 Peter: Persecution and Sanctification

All Christians suffer some kind of persecution. Peter has been describing how we are to handle that experience. In this text he has an interesting application: how does suffering persecution help us overcome sin??

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1 Peter 4:1-6,5:1,3:14-17,2:20-21,3:9,2:23
2 Timothy 3:12
Acts 5:41

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What is the mindset we are to arm ourselves with?
  • What affect does such an arming have on the person in terms of their relationship with sin?
  • Did people party in Peter's day like today?
  • What is the draw?
  • What is the danger?
  • How did suffering persecution help them resist that draw?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

May 18, 2014

Hebrews: Are You Strong Enough?

What if your daughter was kidnapped and converted to Islam as happened to some in Africa recently? What if you were jailed for your faith for decades? What if you were chased out of your country and had to live as a refugee in a foreign land for the rest of your life? Would you still keep your faith? Are we that strong? Well, no, we are not in ourselves. But the Bible explains how we can get all we need to face trials and be more than conquerors!! That is what we are going to discover in this study of Hebrews.

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Hebrews 4:11-5:11

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

1 Peter: Christ, Noah, and Living in a Hostile World

Peter has a pastor's heart and he is concerned that as the believers are suffering for their faith that they do not grow discouraged or bitter. He appeals to Jesus and Noah as examples of how we should live.

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1 Peter 3:8-22,2:20-23,4:1,4:4,4:12-14
2 Peter 3:16,2:4-9
Luke 23:43,23:46
Hebrews 9:27-28
2 Timothy 3:12
Romans 12:17,1:4,8:11
John 10:16
Ephesians 2:17
Hebrews 11:7
1 Corinthians 1:13-17
Matthew 23:37

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • In what ways do Christians suffer in the world?
  • Why did Peter point to Jesus as our role model in how to handle this?
  • And also Noah?
  • How does God not want us to respond to unjust suffering?
  • How does He want us to respond?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

May 11, 2014

Why do Good People Need Christ?

We will seek to answer a question many ask that goes like this: I have this neighbor and he is the nicest guy: honest, hard working, good husband and dad, baseball coach... and he will give you anything... but he doesn't want anything to do with God. Why does he need Christ... or would God really send someone like that to Hell?"

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Acts 15:8-18,17:16-33,14:17
Romans 1:18-23,2:4,1:21,1:23,1:25,1:28,1:30,1:32,3:10-11,3:18,5:10,8:7

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • So what did we learn today about Good people and their need for Christ?
  • What is their sin?
  • Why is that sin so bad?
  • What did we learn from the beginning illustration concerning the big manor and lands you own and the person who uses it but doesn't like you?
  • Who do we know that this describes?
  • What should we be doing for that person?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

May 4, 2014

1 Peter: A Surprising People and Their Unexpected Response

Why is it so hard to follow God's commands to turn the other cheek, to not speak evil about those who do it to us or to not seek revenge? We will look at this as we continue through Peter. What is really amazing is how our response to such circumstances tells us and the world a lot about the Kingdom of God.

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Matthew 5:38-48,5:10-12
Romans 12:17-21
1 Peter 3:8-17,4:4,2:20-23,1:6-7
Proverbs 15:1
Acts 5:41
Isaiah 8:11-15

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What is your first reaction when people are mean to you or say bad things about you?
  • What does the Bible tell us about how we are supposed to respond?
  • What encouragements does Peter give to help us do the right thing?
  • Why is our response both shocking to the world and important for them to see?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

April 27, 2014

Hebrews: God's Rest

Ever get tired? Really tired? Ever get weary of life's battles, struggles, trials, even difficult people? Ever just long for rest? Hebrews 4 is a chapter that is about God's rest. What is God's rest? How do I enter into God's rest? What are the blessings of this rest? When do I enter into this rest? This is a wonderful topic. Let us hear the exhortations in the scriptures to let nothing get in the way of us entering this rest.

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Hebrews 4

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

1 Peter: God Transforms All of Life

It is amazing how the God impacts all of life! In this message from Peter we will explore how He impacts the marriage and the relationships of husbands and wives.

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Ephesians 5:22-6:4
Colossians 3:18-21
1 Peter 3:1-7,3:15
1 Timothy 2:9-10,2:2
Proverbs 11:22,31:30,31:10
Matthew 11:29
Genesis 18:12

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

April 13, 2014

Hebrews: Discouragement Antidote

Followers of God can become discouraged, down, and go through very hard trials... and that can be a dangerous time for their faith. In fact they can become bitter and turn on God. But the Bible teaches some very important and surprising antidotes so that this will not happen to us. This is what we will be looking at in Hebrews. Heads up: you may be part of the solution for your brothers and sisters in Christ... now see how!!!

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Hebrews 3

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

1 Peter: Godly Suffering in the Midst of Injustice

How do you feel when you are treated unjustly? How do you then respond? How does God want us to respond? The answer is surprising and hard... but the reasons that Peter give are a glorious look at Jesus.

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1 Peter 2:18-25
2 Corinthians 5:21
Isaiah 53:7
1 Corinthians 4:12-13
Matthew 5:44
Romans 12:20-21

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • How do we feel when we are treated unjustly?
  • How does God want us to respond?
  • Why is this so hard?
  • What reasons does Peter give to help us to respond correctly?
  • Why is Jesus our great helper in this area?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

April 6, 2014

1 Peter: Good Works, Submission, and The Biblical Doctrine of Vocation

Peter and Paul both tell slaves to be submissive to their masters... what implication does that have for how we view our daily work, our boss, our employees? The implications are huge. Christ came to redeem work... and the redemption He purchased has transformed the world and will transform your view of what you do all day long!!

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1 Peter 2:11-3:1
Galatians 3:28
1 Corinthians 7:22
Genesis 1:1,1:31-2:2,1:27-28,2:15,3:17-19
Ephesians 6:5-9
Colossians 3:22-4:1
1 Timothy 6:1-2
James 5:1-6

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What does the Bible teach us about work?
  • Does God work?
  • What are the implications that we are His image bearers?
  • How has sin affected work?
  • How does Christ's redemption redeem work?
  • What practical implications should all this have on my daily life?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

March 30, 2014

Hebrews: In Awe of Christ

The Christian is right to be in awe of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is not only God, eternal, and glorious... He also is human and that aspect of Him is so important to understand as we trust in Him and relate to Him. Actually this Hebrews text tells us in a powerful way how He relates to us, understands us, and is able to be sympathetic to us when we are in trials and temptations... Halleluah, what a Savior!!!

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Hebrews 2:5-18

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

1 Peter: Good Works That Glorify God

The Christian is to be passionate about glorifying God. Why? Because God has done so much for us! How are we to glorify God? Peter says through our good works. What good works did Peter have in mind? Interestingly enough he begins with submission!

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1 Peter 2:9-18,1:3-5,1:18-19,3:1
Ephesians 5:21
Romans 13:1-7,12:21,12:19
Acts 23:1-5,4:19,5:29
1 Timothy 6:4
2 Timothy 2:23
Titus 3:9

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Why should we be concerned to glorify God by our good works?
  • What does Peter say God has done for us that we should have a passion to glorify Him?
  • What is submission?
  • What are the 9 things that were listed that Christians are to be submissive to?
  • Why does the Bible call government God's deacons and ministers?
  • Why is being unsubmissive to government being unsubmissive to God?
  • What principle was taught by the illustration of setting the cruise control on the speed limit?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

March 9, 2014

1 Peter: Our Identity, Our Battle, Our Witness

Peter once again talks about the Christian's identity. Then he talks about the Christian's battle and the implications of that battle for the lost of the world and for the glory of God.

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Galatians 5:16-26
1 Peter 2:9-12,1:14,4:1-5
Philippians 3:20
Hebrews 11:13-16
2 Timothy 4:10
John 1:14
Romans 7:18,7:24,8:1-13
Matthew 5:16

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • What does God say our identity is in this passage?
  • How should that impact our lives?
  • What is our battle?
  • How should we fight it?
  • Why should we worry about our witness?
  • What is at stake?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

March 2, 2014

1 Peter: The Christian's Self-identity or Who Has the Right to Define Who You Are?

Who do you allow to define you? The world is always attempting to do this to the Christian. God alone has the right to define who we are and in this passage Peter says some amazing things about who Christians actually are. Listen to them...believe them... because only God has the right to define you!

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1 Peter 2:4-10,1:2-3,1:23,1:14-16,4:3-5,1:18-19
Matthew 21:33-46
Exodus 19:5-6
Isaiah 43:21

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Who do you let define you?
  • What happens to us when we let the world do it?
  • Who alone has the right to define you?
  • What has He said Christians are?
  • Why is this important for us to grasp and how will it change our lives?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

February 23, 2014

1 Peter: Precious or Worthless?

Some see the Savior who was chosen by God to be precious and some see Him as worthless according to Peter. How and why and what are the implications of all of this?

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Matthew 2:23-46
1 Peter 2:4-10
Romans 9:30-33
1 Corinthians 1:18-24

Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
  • Why do some see Jesus as precious and why do some see Him as worthless?
  • How can people's opinions be so different?
  • Which one is Jesus to you?
  • Does your life reflect your words?
  • What should our heart attitude be toward those who think He is worthless?
  • What can we do to reach them?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

February 16, 2014

Hebrews: Messianic Expectations

Do you realize what an amazing, powerful, authoritative person you are talking to when you bow your head and talk to Jesus? Just how important He is? What sway He has in the universe? How special He is to the Father? How far above all other beings -- including angels -- He actually is? The author of Hebrews examine this and your faith and confidence will grow from what you experience about the Mighty Savior.

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Hebrews 1:5-14

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

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