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

July 8, 2018

Acts: Between a Rock and Hard Place

In Acts we find Paul stuck between a rock and hard place. On the one side are the Jews angry about his association with Gentiles and on the other are the Romans who have arrested Paul for being the cause of a riot. Some Jews are conspiring to kill Paul and the Roman soldiers are embarrassed when they find out he is a Roman citizen. Yet Paul finds encouragement from the Lord; God is using Paul's enemies to get him to his goal: Rome.

Acts 23-24

Pete Keeley
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

He Is Risen

Imagine the mindset of the mourning women as they headed to the tomb that early Sunday morning. They were expecting to pay their respects to their beloved dead friend, but the angels asked them why they were seeking the living among the dead. That simple question should redirect our focus from the death on the cross to the living resurrection!

Luke 23:55-24:18,8:3,24:23
Matthew 27:60,5:17
Mark 16:3-4
John 20:1-2,10:11,10:17-18,14:1-4
Hebrews 11:17-19
1 John 3:16
Philippians 3:10-11
Acts 2:22-24
1 Peter 1:3,1:6,1:8-9

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Who asks, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?" Who is seeking the living among the dead and why?
  • Often in the Bible, dawn or early morning is the time God uses to make new revelations. Sunrise is when the Lord surprises His people. What were the surprises the Lord had for the seekers on the Sunday morning described in this chapter?
  • Abraham, Jesus, and the apostle Paul provide examples of people living in light of the resurrection. How have other people in the Bible shown that they live in light of the resurrection? How do you show that you live in light of the resurrection?
  • Why is it important for us to redirect our emotions in difficult situations to Scripture? What effect will that have on our thinking?
  • What does the angels' question teach us about God's sovereign providence?
  • What is the connection between the Lord's resurrection and our Joy?

Scott Graubard
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

July 1, 2018

We Have Not Attained It All Yet, but We Still Pursue

Everyone is running a race through life, but many are running with different goals. Our prize will be eternal fellowship with Christ; something that cannot be fully attained in this life, but we still need to pursue that goal as we mature in Christ!

Philippians 3
2 Corinthians 11:23-28
Acts 22:4-10
Hebrews 12:14,6:1
2 Timothy 2:18
Luke 9:62
1 Corinthians 9:24,3:12

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What kind of a spirituality race are you running?
  • How do you press on when life gets you down?
  • Has Christ laid hold of your heart?
  • What are you trying to forget from your past in order to reach forward to the upward call of Christ?
  • Are there sins in your life which are moving you backward in your Christian walk?
  • What spiritual goals do you have?
  • What is the prize you are running to obtain?

Matt Courtney
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

June 24, 2018

Acts: Strange Twists

Life can seem daunting and intimidating with many strange twists. Yet, the Lord is faithful. He keeps His promises. Now in Acts we enter into Paul's life filled with many enemies and strange twists. But, we will see Christ's sovereignty and faithfulness in the midst of it all. This will be an encouragement for all of us!

Acts 22-23

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Colossians: The Plan...The Glory...Why Christians Should Be Exuberant about the Future

The world is hopeless and fearful... but God's plan in Christ is to make the Christian: hopeful, confident, and exuberant about the future and the present! This is Paul's message to the Colossians.

Ephesians 1:1-12,3:1-12
Colossians 1:15-27
1 Corinthians 1:30-31
Romans 8:18
Philippians 3:20-21

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Why are people so hopeless today?
  • What is poverty stricken about the prevailing worldview?
  • Why is the Christian worldview so different?
  • What is God's plan?
  • How is Christ central to that plan?
  • How are we included in that plan?
  • Why is the future so bright for us?
  • What impact should this all have on us?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

June 17, 2018

Acts: Big Changes

We are at a place in the book of Acts where life and circumstances are changing big time for the Apostle Paul, but there is one thing that isn't changing in his life and that should be the same for you and me. It matters not if we are male or female, young or old, a pastor, mechanic, clerk, or a student. If we are a Christian, it should never change in our lives either.

Acts 22

Dave Ruhl
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Act Like Men

God created us in His image: male and female. We will explore those distinctions and their importance in society, church, and the home.

Isaiah 3
Genesis 1:26-28
Ecclesiastes 10:16-18
Matthew 11:28-29
2 Corinthians 10:1
1 Corinthians 11:7-9
2 Samuel 10:12
1 Corinthians 16:1-3
2 Samuel 10:12

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What does it mean the God made them in His image: male and female?
  • How are they equal, different, and complementary?
  • Masculinity: How could this be defined, what is it, and what is it not?
  • Why are godly men needed in Society, the Church and the Home?
  • How does the gospel help us recover biblical masculinity and femininity?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

June 10, 2018

Acts: Led by the Spirit

How can one humble man, who just wants to tell people the Good News, cause a riot? Well, it happens. The man is Paul, the place is Jerusalem, and the riot is real and mostly deadly. Why? What are people so upset about? Well, it has to do with the liberating power of the gospel. Do we know of this power? Let us investigate this important confrontation in Acts.

Acts 21

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Colossians: Realistic Expectations... or... How Not to Be Shocked

Rejoicing and suffering seem to not fit together: but Paul experienced both, as he emphatically expressed to the Colossians, as he took on the inevitable but glorious persecution all Christians must face.

John 15:18-25
Colossians 1:24-29,1:19-20,2:9-10
2 Timothy 3:12,2:8-10
Matthew 10:21-22,5:11-12
Acts 9:4-5
2 Corinthians 4:8-11,1:3-7
Philippians 3:10
1 Peter 4:12-14
Romans 8:16-18,12:21
1 Peter 3:13-14
Mark 8:36

    As, therefore, Christ has suffered once in his own person, so he suffers daily in His members, and in this way there are filled up those sufferings which the Father hath appointed for his body by his decree. John Calvin John Calvin's Commentaries On St. Paul's Epistles To The Philippians
    The oftener we are mowed down by you, the more in number we grow; the blood of Christians is seed. Tertullian Apology 50.13
    God hath called you to Christ's side, and the wind is now in Christ's face in this land; and seeing ye are with him, ye cannot expect the lee-side or the sunny side of the brae. Samuel Rutherford The Letters of Samuel Rutherford 1600-1661
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Jim Elliot The Journals of Jim Elliot
Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Why is it assumed Christians will suffer persecution?
  • What is Union with Christ and how does that fit into this topic?
  • Why is it important to have realistic expectations about this suffering?
  • How does rejoicing fit with suffering in this text?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

June 3, 2018

You Must Bear Fruit

Jesus probably shocked His listeners by one of His I AM statements when He said He is the True Vine. They would have understood exactly this reference to Messianic prophecy. But comfort comes from abiding in Him, thriving on the nutrients He provides, so we can bear fruit.

John 15:1-17,6:66-69,10:28-29,3:20-21,15:26
Psalm 80:8-18
1 Peter 1:22-25
Romans 16:25-27
Matthew 7:18,5:20
Mark 1:15
Galatians 6:8
2 Peter 1:2-11
James 2:20-24
Hebrews 12:14

Sean Byham
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

May 27, 2018

Union with Christ

We have a choice. We can remain under the curse of Adam or we can have union with Christ. One choice will lead to separation and destruction and the other brings an eternity of oneness. Choose wisely...

John 17,15:1-6
1 Timothy 2:5
Colossians 1:19,2:9
1 Corinthians 6:17
Ephesians 5:22-33,4:11-16
Galatians 2:20

Chris Bowser
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

May 20, 2018

Acts: From the Heart

Every once in a while in Scripture we are given the rare opportunity to listen in on a very special conversation or private meeting. In Acts we will listen in as Paul pours out his deep concerns to the Elders of the Ephesian church. To hear an apostle give a sort of last will and testament to a group of Elders whom he may never see again is not only a special privilege, it is incredibly instructive. Now our church can benefit from this special teaching.

Acts 20

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Colossians: On Old Stumps and Stubborn Mules

Paul is telling the Colossians that Christians are to be grounded and steadfast to the end... no matter what... never quit! How do we get so deeply rooted?

Colossians 1:9-23,2:6-7
John 10:25-30
Romans 8:30,8:38-39
Philippians 1:6
Ephesians 1:13-14
Philippians 2:12-13
Matthew 10:22
Luke 8:13
1 John 2:19
1 Timothy 4:16
Luke 6:48
1 Corinthians 15:58
For faith is not like mere opinion, which is shaken by various movements, but has a firm steadfastness, able to withstand all the machinations of the hell. John Calvin The Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians
Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What are the questions raised when the warning passages are read?
  • What are some of the answers?
  • What is Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility, and how do these realities fit into this discussion?
  • What do old stumps and stubborn mules have to do with Colossians 1:23?
  • How do we get this deep, persevering faith?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

May 13, 2018

Rescuers of Society

As society continues to deteriorate at a hectic speed... it is time to go back to the Word of the Living God to find out how we can recover.

Psalm 127-128
Romans 12:2
Genesis 2:24,1:27-28

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What does it mean that God established the family as the foundation of society?
  • In what important ways does the family form the future generations?
  • What are the termites weakening the structure of the family in our day?
  • What role do Moms have, and how should we view that role?
  • How can we support Moms who are actively raising children today?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

May 6, 2018

Enriching Your Devotions: Practical Guidelines

One of the most significant things that can impact our life for good is the practice of Daily Personal Devotions. It cannot be overstated how this can benefit a life over the years and how God has used it to mature and strengthen one's faith and walk with Him. It can be a source of struggle and frustration for many... finding time; what to do if you do find time; wandering thoughts; reading the Bible but feeling like you are not getting anything out of it. This concludes a brief series called Enriching Your Devotions. The goal behind this series is to give you the practical helps needed to have a very blessed devotional life that will bear fruit and yield years of enjoyment in fellowship with God.

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Colossians: Check Out Those People... Wow!!

Paul clearly tells us in Colossians that Christ will present the believers holy, blameless, and above reproach... how can that be? How can I be there?

Colossians 1:9-23,1:2,1:4,1:26
Ephesians 5:25-27,1:3-4
Habakkuk 1:13
Romans 8:33-34
Jude 1:24-25
Philippians 2:14-15
1 Peter 1:15-16

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What are some of the amazing aspects of the fact that God wants to be reconciled with us?
  • How are the saved people going to appear before God?
  • Why will no one dare to question how these people can be holy, blameless and above reproach?
  • What will these people feel like as they stand there?
  • Will you be one of them?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

April 29, 2018

None Left Behind

Much can be learned about the relationship between the Father and the Son with Jesus' final words on the cross. God turned away as His Son willingly suffered for us. He was separated from Jesus. But He did not leave His Son behind; God reclaimed Jesus' body as a resurrected and living Lord!

Matthew 27:27-46,27:55-56
Psalm 22:1-21,27:8-9
Luke 23:45
Exodus 10:21
Amos 8:9-10
John 1:1-2
Numbers 6:24-26
2 Corinthians 5:21
1 Peter 2:24
Galatians 3:13
Habakkuk 1:13

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Read Matthew 27:27-46 which describes the greatest abandonment ever to occur.
  • Who was being abandoned - and by whom?
  • Why was this the only abandonment with any honor and redemption?
  • How do we know that judgment occurred at Calvary?
  • Who was being judged?
  • What different individuals and groups contributed to Jesus' social abandonment while He was on the cross?
  • Read Psalm 22:1-21. From this passage, describe the emotional desertion the Son experienced on the cross.
  • What was the deepest part of Jesus' suffering on the cross?
  • Why was it the source of His greatest suffering?
  • How do we know that Jesus ultimately was not abandoned?

Scott Graubard
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

New Member Course: Leadership Structure and Member Responsibilities

This four-part course is presented to new member candidates for the purpose of demonstrating the importance and aspects of membership in a local church. This concluding session considers the role of elders and deacons and the responsibilities of members.

Ephesians 5:23,4:11-12,+2+Timothy+1:6-14
Acts 20:17,20:28
Philippians 1:1
1 Peter 5:2
1 Timothy 5:17
Hebrews 13:17
2 Timothy 1:6-14

Matt Courtney
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

April 15, 2018

Colossians: Why Me, Lord?

Why would anyone seek to reconcile with an enemy who hates them and wishes them harm? Why me, Lord? Paul is explaining to the Colossians God's amazing offer.

Colossians 1:19-22
Romans 5:9-10,8:7,8:31-32
2 Corinthians 5:18-21

This is the most wonderful scene that the universe will ever witness; a beseeching God, an imploring Savior, 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 insulted Omnipotent Creator of the universe, beseeching a worm, whom an exercise of His will could sink in a moment to hell, and His justice be glorified in the act, to accept His pardoning mercy, and waiting year after year, in all longsuffering, for the sinner’s reconsideration of his obstinate refusals. Be astonished, O heaven, 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 topics for parents to use with their children:
  • How are people enemies of God?
  • Why is it amazing that God even wants to be reconciled to us?
  • What is so amazing about How God reconciled us to Himself?
  • Why is it amazing that God pleads with us to be reconciled to Him?
  • How beloved and safe are those who are reconciled?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

New Member Course: The Inspiration of Scripture and What We Believe about Salvation

This four-part course is presented to new member candidates for the purpose of demonstrating the importance and aspects of membership in a local church. This session discussed the source and infallibility of scripture and what salvation really means.

2 Timothy 3:15-17
Galatians 1:8-9,3:10,2:16
John 10:31-35,14:6,14:21-24
1 Thessalonians 2:13
2 Peter 1:19-21
Acts 15:13-17,28:23,4:12
Matthew 22:29-33
Ephesians 5:6,2:8-9,3:8-9
Romans 1:16,3:20,11:6

Paul Sereda
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

April 8, 2018

Colossians: God Moves to Reconcile

Why would a God, whom we offended, seek to reconcile with us? What does this teach us about Him? Let's look to Colossians for the answers.

Colossians 1:9-21

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • How is preeminence of Christ over all things shown in this passage?
  • Why is this so unsavory to the world... especially today?
  • Why should it not worry us that such power is in this God's hands?
  • What does it mean that God is: relational, others oriented, and sacrificial?
  • Why is it not the normal way reconciliation works that God chose to reconcile and to do something dramatic to bring it about?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

New Member Course: The Foundations of the Church

This four-part course is presented to new member candidates for the purpose of demonstrating the importance and aspects of membership in a local church. The first session covers the foundations of the church.

Matthew 16:18
Revelation 2-3
Romans 16:5
Ephesians 5:22-32

Dave Ruhl
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

April 1, 2018

Jesus Rose from the Dead?... Are You Serious??... Yes!!!

How can we know... for a fact... that Jesus really did rise? And why is that great news and possibly unsettling?

Matthew 27:57-28:20
Acts 2:32-36,17:30-31
Romans 1:3-4
1 Corinthians 15:22
Psalm 130:3
1 John 2:1

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Why do we believe some people when they tell us something is real or it really happened?
  • Why do the facts of Jesus' resurrection and the eyewitness accounts point to the fact that He did rise?
  • Why do you and I need a risen Savior?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

March 25, 2018

Enriching Your Devotions: Prayer Time

One of the most significant things that can impact our life for good is the practice of Daily Personal Devotions. It cannot be overstated how this can benefit a life over the years and how God has used it to mature and strengthen one's faith and walk with Him. It can be a source of struggle and frustration for many... finding time; what to do if you do find time; wandering thoughts; reading the Bible but feeling like you are not getting anything out of it. This continues a brief series called Enriching Your Devotions. The goal behind this series is to give you the practical helps needed to have a very blessed devotional life that will bear fruit and yield years of enjoyment in fellowship with God.

Matthew 6

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Colossians: First Over Many, First of Many

Paul emphasizes in Colossians and several other of his epistles that Christ is the firstborn from the dead and the beginning of an astounding renovation of people, the world, and the universe!

1 Corinthians 15:35-58,15:20-23
Colossians 1:12-20,2:10,2:19
Ephesians 4:15-16,1:20-23,5:22-32
Romans 8:18-23,8:29

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • In what ways is Christ Head of the body?
  • Just how significant and important is the Church?
  • In what way is Christ first-born from the dead?
  • How big, important, and gracious is all of this?
  • How dangerous to reject?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

March 18, 2018

Enriching Your Devotions: Daily Personal Devotions

One of the most significant things that can impact our life for good is the practice of Daily Personal Devotions. It cannot be overstated how this can benefit a life over the years and how God has used it to mature and strengthen one's faith and walk with Him. It can be a source of struggle and frustration for many... finding time; what to do if you do find time; wandering thoughts; reading the Bible but feeling like you are not getting anything out of it. This is the start a brief series called Enriching Your Devotions. The goal behind this series is to give you the practical helps needed to have a very blessed devotional life that will bear fruit and yield years of enjoyment in fellowship with God.

Psalm 1

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Colossians: All Things Through Him and For Him

Far from being the product of chaos, this world, the universe, and even the future and time all have their meaning and purpose in Jesus! This is Paul's powerful message to the Colossians.

Ephesians 1:1-2:7,6:11-12,3:8-12
Colossians 1:16-18
John 1:1-3
Hebrews 1:1-3

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Why are we uncomfortable with Grace?
  • How was Creation a group project?
  • What was God's master plan?
  • How does Jesus factor so centrally in that plan?
  • What does this amazing plan reveal about God?
  • What does it offer me?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

March 11, 2018

Acts: Feelings and Emotions are Real

How much in my reading and study of God's Word, whether at home or listening to a sermon at church, is really grabbing hold of my life and changing it forever? God has given us many tools and how to use them to address our need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We continue in Acts 20 with picking up one such tool and making sure we use it in our lives. Are you using this tool? Listen to see what it is!!

Acts 20

Dave Ruhl
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Colossians: Jesus, The Firstborn

In Colossians Paul calls Jesus God's Firstborn. What does that mean? Why could that be a threat to folks? Why is that actually a great blessing, especially to modern humankind today?

Genesis 48:8-22
Psalm 89:19-37
Colossians 1:13-19,2:9
John 1:1-3
Deuteronomy 21:15-17
Acts 2:36,5:30-31,7:56,17:30-31

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What does it mean that Jesus is the Firstborn of God?
  • What does it not mean?
  • Why is the fact that Jesus is firstborn a threat to people?
  • Why is this fact a blessing to people... especially to modern man today?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

March 4, 2018

Gain or Loss

Paul gave an account for all the reasons why his own righteousness should have saved him, and then boasted they were all a loss compared to the righteousness of Christ!

Philippians 3,1:21
Acts 27:10
2 Peter 1:3
2 Corinthians 11:22-28

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What reasons can you give to rejoice in Christ?
  • Have you had a vision of the Lord in your life?
  • Have you been found in Christ; that is by Christ?
  • What thing or things have you counted as loss for Christ?
  • What have you counted as gain for Christ?
  • Is there rubbish in your life that you should lose to gain Christ?
  • Have you come to a point in your life that you want to know Christ more and more?
  • Have you thought about what it might mean to fellowship in His suffering?

Matt Courtney
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

February 25, 2018

Acts: Here's Why!

In the book of Acts, the Church was being established. We here at Crossroads believe that the present day church should follow the pattern of the church originally established by Christ and His appointed apostles. We will watch these Apostles in action, and we will see answers to such questions as: Why does the church meet on Sunday? Why the Lord's Table? Who are to be the church's leaders? How is the church supposed to work? These are important questions, especially in a day when there seems to be a free-for-all approach to how we are to do church! God has not left us to flounder... He has given us lots of direction. And, if we follow that direction, we will be blessed!! Isn't it always that way!!

Acts 20

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Colossians: Jesus, Image of the Invisible God

If you asked Paul to summarize his whole life in one word it would be Jesus. He would summarize his life by naming another person. This message from Colossians will explain why.

1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Hebrews 1:1-4
Colossians 1:12-18
Philippians 3:8,2:6
1 John 1:18
Romans 1:19-20,8:31-32
Psalm 19:1-4
John 1:1,8:57-58,10:30,5:18,12:45,14:9,1:14,1:18

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What one word would Paul use to summarize his life and more?
  • How has humankind attempted to know the invisible God?
  • Why have those attempts failed?
  • What are the various ways God has revealed Himself to us?
  • Why is Jesus the ultimate way?
  • What does it mean that He is the image of God?
  • Why does this make His rescue mission so amazing?
  • What one word can summarize your life?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

February 18, 2018

Acts: Idolatry Economics 101

What do Demetrius the silversmith from the first century, the NCAA, and some large corporations all have in common? What do Paul the apostle, the state of North Carolina, and the legislature of the Island of Bermuda all have in common? The answer to both questions is - a lot. And, understanding that answer tells us how relevant the Bible's message and teaching from Acts is for today. Well, what do they have in common, and why is all of this important for today's Christian?

Acts 19

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Colossians: Joy Inexpressible

A deep, substantial, ocean current of joy and thankfulness should predominate in every believers life... How to get there is not hard! Paul tells us how in Colossians.

1 Peter 1:3-9
Colossians 1:9-14
Romans 1:20-21
Philippians 3:1,4:4,4:6,4:10
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Ephesians 2:1-3
Nehemiah 8:10

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • How is Joy as the Bible describes it more substantial than how the world speaks of it?
  • Where does a Christian's joy come from?
  • What is the dominion of darkness?
  • How were we qualified and transferred out of it?
  • Why was the rescue mission deadly?
  • How does knowing these realities impact people?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

February 11, 2018

Acts: What is Demon Possession?

In Acts 19 severe spiritual battle breaks out, to the point that Jewish exorcists are physically attacked by a demon possessed man. What are we to make of all this? Was demon possession only in the past? Why was it so prevalent then but doesn't seem to be today? Can people be demon possessed today? Can Christians be? How can a person be delivered? Is this stuff still going on today? We will seek to tackle these issues through our study of the Bible.

Acts 19

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Colossians: Strange Bedfellows

Suffering and joy make for strange bedfellows... how does this relationship work? Paul put them together in his prayer for the Colossians.

2 Corinthians 11:16-12:10
Colossians 1:9-12
Matthew 5:11-12
James 1:12-13
Romans 5:3-4
Hebrews 12:2
1 Peter 4:13-14
2 Corinthians 6:10
1 Thessalonians 1:6-7
Romans 8:18
Acts 5:40-41,16:25,13:50-52
Hebrews 10:32-34
Habakkuk 3:17-19

    But Paul lays a harder duty on us even in promising a great gift to us, when he puts before us an ideal of joy mingling with patience and longsuffering. The command would be an impossible one if there were not the assurance that we should be 'strengthened with all might.' We plainly need an infusion of diviner strength than our own, if that strange marriage of joy and sorrow should take place, and they should at once occupy our hearts. Yet if His strength be ours we shall be strong to submit and acquiesce, strong to look deep enough to see His will as the foundation of all and as ever busy for our good, strong to hope, strong to discern the love at work, strong to trust the Father even when He chastens. And all this will make it possible to have the paradox practically realized in our own experience, 'As sorrowful yet always rejoicing.' One has seen potassium burning underwater. Our joy may burn under waves of sorrow. Let us bring our weakness to Jesus Christ and grasp Him as did the sinking Peter. He will breathe His own grace into us, and speak to our feeble and perchance sorrowful hearts, as He had done long before Paul's words to the Colossians, 'My grace is sufficient for thee, and my strength is made perfect in weakness.' Alexander Maclaren Expositions of Holy Scripture
Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Who are the strange bedfellows?
  • Why do they seem so strange?
  • What future realities should our joy be based on?
  • What present realities?
  • What practical impact should this have on our lives both now and in the future?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

February 4, 2018

Colossians: Endurance and Patience

These are two traits every Christian desperately needs and Paul prayed for himself and others in Colossians. They are the very traits our culture seems unable to produce... in fact it produces the opposite.

Colossians 1:1-12

  1. Endurance and Patience, in the context of persecution, trials, the spiritual battle and the second coming:
  2. These are qualities we are to desire and get:
  3. Why we need these:
  4. How to get them:
    1. Pray: Colossians 1:11
    2. Know your Hope:
    3. Trials:
    4. The Bible: Romans 15:4-5
    5. Jesus’ example: Hebrews 12:1-4
Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • How were endurance and patience described in the sermon?
  • Why is our culture so bad at helping us develop these traits?
  • Why does the Bible say these are so important?
  • How can we get them?
  • Why are trials so important in all of this?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

January 28, 2018

Acts: The Much Traveled Apostle

So much goes on in each section of Acts we study that it is exciting to see God at work and to meet amazing people. This time we will meet a zealous and gifted man named Apollos and see his humility as well as the humility of the early church leaders... it's refreshing and instructive. Then, we will be challenged with lots of questions when some disciples of John the Baptist don't know about the Holy Spirit, then experience Him. What does this teach us about the Holy Spirit today and the gift of tongues, etc.? We will seek to unravel some of these issues and answer questions folks may have.

Acts 18-19

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Colossians: Real Power, Real Help, Real Change

In someways it is simple: Know God's will and then do it... but once I know it I need power to do it. Paul knows; listen to his answer in this companion prayer to our study in Colossians.

Colossians 1:9-11
Ephesians 1:15-21,2:4-6,6:10
Romans 1:16
1 Corinthians 1:18
Philippians 4:13
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What is the outline of Paul's prayer so far in our study?
  • What does he pray for?
  • What does each of the requests mean?
  • What does he pray about power in the life of the believer?
  • Whose prayer is it, and how was it displayed in history?
  • How do we get this power?
  • Why do we have to make sure we really want it?
  • Do we believe all of this to be true for us individually?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

January 21, 2018

Acts: The Gospel Divides and Unites

The gospel divides and unites. It divides believers from unbelievers, and at times this can be awkward and even painful. But, it also unites. It unites people from different backgrounds, ages, races, educational levels, sexes, even former enemies... and brings them into closeness like family. Life in the midst of all of this has its tensions. Living in that tension and being used of God in the midst of it will be much of our discussion in Acts.

Acts 18

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Colossians: A Full Orbed Life

Paul's prayers in Colossians are so important to study because they show us what God wants us to be like and how to live a full orbed life of fruitfulness.

Colossians 1:1-12,3:12-4:1
Isaiah 6:5
Matthew 5:21-22,5:27-28
James 1:19-20
1 Peter 3:7

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • What attitude did Paul assume his hearers had about their salvation?
  • What are the things Paul is praying for?
  • What does it mean and how does it look in a person's life when they are filled with a knowledge of His will?
  • What are the practical ways this was illustrated, and what are ways this should work out in our lives?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

January 14, 2018

Acts: Explaining Our Faith

It is becoming very difficult to share the gospel with this present generation. There is less common ground to begin with than was true in the past. How do we get started? If you have struggled in sharing and explaining your faith with modern folks, you will this section of Acts to be very helpful. We will be studying how Paul addresses the people of Athens who were very much like our culture today. As we hear him reason with them, we will be better equipped to share our faith today.

Acts 17

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

Colossians: The Dynamic Gospel

There is a powerful, living, transforming dynamic when the gospel comes to people with power. The Colossians experienced it and Paul thanks God for it and them.

Colossians 1:1-18,4:12,1:23,1:27
1 Corinthians 13:13
1 Thessalonians 1:3,5:8
Hebrews 11:1
1 John 2:9-11,3:10,3:14-15,4:20

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • Why is the gospel characterized as dynamic?
  • What are the three effects the gospel had on the Colossians?
  • Why does faith in Christ make all the pieces fall into place?
  • Why is love for the saints such an important effect of the gospel?
  • What is the Christian's hope, and how does it impact his/her faith and love?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

January 7, 2018

Facing the Future Determined to Trust

Jesus exhibited a determined resolve to trust His Heavenly Father and not Himself... from Him we learn to trust!

Deuteronomy 8
Matthew 3:13-4:4,4:11
Genesis 3:1-5
2 Corinthians 9:10
1 Corinthians 3:6-7
Philippians 4:19

Sermon discussion topics for parents to use with their children:
  • How is the Devil's approach to Jesus and to Eve similar... how about to us?
  • Why did Jesus not make the bread?
  • Why did God test Israel in the wilderness?
  • What were they supposed to learn?
  • How did Jesus show He learned the lesson?
  • Why can we trust God?
  • Why is trust an act of the will... like hanging on the rope and not the stump?
  • Will you trust God for this year?

Pastor Todd Jaussen
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
Greenville, PA

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