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Stop at the Crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it.
Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.
Jeremiah 6:16

July 30, 2017

The Gospel in the Old Testament: Photograph of the Cross

The Old Testament's Psalm 22 is quoted by Jesus on the cross, and is a powerful photograph of the sufferings Jesus willingly underwent for us. This should produce a dramatic effect upon us.

Matthew 27:15-54
Psalm 22:1-19

    "Thou:" I can understand why traitorous Judas and timid Peter should be gone, but thou, my God, my faithful friend, how canst thou leave me? This is worst of all, yea, worse than all put together. Hell itself has for its fiercest flame the separation of the soul from God.
    ...he could only utter moanings and groanings as men do in severe sicknesses, like the roarings of a wounded animal. To what extremity of grief was our Master driven? What strong crying and tears were those which made him too hoarse for speech! What must have been his anguish to find his own beloved and trusted Father standing afar off, and neither granting help nor apparently hearing prayer! This was good cause to make him "roar."
    But I am a worm, and no man. This verse is a miracle in language. How could the Lord of glory be brought to such abasement as to be not only lower than the angels, but even lower than men. What a contrast between "I AM" and "I am a worm"! yet such a double nature was found in the person of our Lord Jesus when bleeding upon the tree. He felt himself to be comparable to a helpless, powerless, down trodden worm, passive while crushed, and unnoticed and despised by those who trod upon him. He selects the weakest of creatures, which is all flesh; and becomes, when trodden upon, writhing, quivering flesh, utterly devoid of any might except strength to suffer. This was a true likeness of himself when his body and soul had become a mass of misery - the very essence of agony - in the dying pangs of crucifixion.
    Turning from his enemies, our Lord describes his own personal condition in language which should bring the tears into every loving eye. I am poured out like water. He was utterly spent, like water poured upon the earth; his heart failed him, and had no more firmness in it than running water, and his whole being was made a sacrifice, like a libation poured out before the Lord. He had long been a fountain of tears; in Gethsemane his heart welled over in sweat, and on the cross he gushed forth with blood; he poured out his strength and spirit, so that he was reduced to the most feeble and exhausted state.
    Thou hast brought me into the dust of death; so tormented in every single part as to feel dissolved into separate atoms, and each atom full of misery; the full price of our redemption was paid, and no part of the Surety's body or soul escaped its share of agony. The words may set forth Jesus as having wrestled with Death until he rolled into the dust with his antagonist. Behold the humiliation of the Son of God! The Lord of Glory stoops to the dust of death.
Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Why can Psalm 22 be called a photograph of the cross?
  • What hit you as you listened to Jesus' sufferings described?
  • How did the illustration of the man who went to prison for what his dog did fit into the sermon?
  • Why should this all have a dramatic impact upon us that is
    1. Pervasive?
    2. Always?
    3. Forever?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

July 23, 2017

Acts: The Bigger Picture

We'll take a step back in Acts and look at the big picture surrounding the situation with Peter and Cornelius. A lot of things are happening simultaneously. Peter's vision of the unclean animals is an important turning point in the breaking of established traditions for the early church.

Acts 10-11

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

The Two Most Influential Men of the Gospel

According to the Apostle Paul the two most influential men of all time are Jesus Christ and Adam. In Romans 5 Paul argues for how the influence of each affects our eternal destiny.

Romans 5:12-21
2 Corinthians 1:20
John 5:39
Luke 24:25-27
1 Corinthians 15:45
Psalm 139:18

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • In What ways are Adam and Christ similar?
  • In what ways are we related to Adam?
  • In what ways are Adam and Christ different?

Scott Graubard
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

July 16, 2017

Acts: Shattering Traditions

In Acts the gospel has been shared and growing in Jerusalem and Judea. Now it makes that big move into the Gentile world. This is breaking down walls that have been in place for hundreds of years.

Acts 9-10

David Ruhl
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Free to Love

Does any medical procedure or ritually performing any works bring anyone closer to God? Or are these just stumbling blocks on our journey? Can the Holy Spirit's presence be earned? Paul says these efforts avail us nothing! Only the grace of God grants us the freedom to love through faith.

Galatians 5:1-6,3:1-5,3:13-14,4:6-7,6:2
1 Corinthians 15:10
Romans 14:7,8:14
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
1 John 3:18

Sean Byham
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

July 9, 2017

The Gospel in the Old Testament: God's Anointed

We tend to think of the gospel as being a New Testament thing, but it is throughout the Old Testament, even from the very beginning. A thousand years before Christ we find that God has appointed a world wide, forever King! That is both marvelous, glorious, and can be scary!

Psalm 2,89:20,89:27,110:1
Acts 4:23-31,13:22-36
Romans 9:5,1:3-4
Ephesians 1:20-23
Philippians 2:9-11
Matthew 28:18-20
1 Corinthians 15:24-26

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Why do modern people struggle with the concept of authority?
  • What is God's response in Psalm 2 to the nations' rage?
  • What are the blessings of having Jesus as God's anointed King?
  • Why should this be scary to some?
  • What is the glorious plan?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

July 2, 2017

Justice Will Prevail

Christians often have a deep set fear of being persecuted for their faith. However the level of that perceived persecution varies greatly. Jesus told us persecution is definitely coming but not to fear it! We've read the end of the book and already know who wins!

Matthew 10:24-33

Pastor Bob Zoba
Second Union Church
Guaynabo, PR



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