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Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.
Jeremiah 6:16

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

Announcing New Audio Host and Player (UPDATED)

We are pleased to announce that Buzzsprout has been selected to host our future audio files. Buzzsprout was originally developed to help churches get their audio content online.

Currently the Buzzsprout player will be embedded directly in the sermon or Bible Study post. The player provides some extra tools for sharing the episode via social media (Facebook or Twitter) and for downloading the audio file to your computer or device.

The player should work the same on desktop computers, tablets, and phones.

Some recent sermons and Bible Studies have been converted to the Buzzsprout player. Older files will be migrated over as monthly upload quota restrictions allow. (If there is a particular past unavailable file that you need access to, please contact us using the Website Feedback option on the Contacts page.)

We are still investigating how to include our media files as podcasts on iTunes or other podcast sites.

Update: See this announcement for breaking news about podcasting, iTunes, and Google Play.

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.

      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



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