Sermon – Crossings Community Church https://www.crossingscommunitychurch.org Crossings Community Church - Katy, TX Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:36:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 John – The Way to Joy: John 12: 37-50 (Sermon Jan. 31) https://www.crossingscommunitychurch.org/john-the-way-to-joy-john-12-37-50/ https://www.crossingscommunitychurch.org/john-the-way-to-joy-john-12-37-50/#respond Sat, 13 Feb 2016 06:00:00 +0000 https://crossingscommunitychurch.org/john-the-way-to-joy-john-12-37-50/ It’s good to be here with you guys this morning. I want to share something with you that may feel a little odd, but allow me to connect the dots.

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It’s good to be here with you guys this morning. I want to share something with you that may feel a little odd, but allow me to connect the dots. I promise I’ll do my best to do so. This was laid on my heart this week on Thursday as I was praying and wrestling with this Scripture and this sermon. I want to make this statement to you: I desire more homes, more families, more hearts, more minds to join what God is doing at Crossings Community Church. I desire growth, most simply stated. Now as soon as I say that, I know there are all kinds of reactions to that. It’s all sort of different things. Do you know what? As I was thinking about it this week (we could never put this experiment to the test in a healthy way, but…), I would bet in this room, there are some of you who hear that and respond in a certain way that another individual in this room would be completely shocked you’re responding in that way. I think there are a couple of reasons you respond, in all kinds of ways, to hearing somebody say “I desire growth.” One is we all bring a story and experience to this room this morning. I tell you, that’s big with me. Just to give you an authentic kind of Matt moment. In my journey, I have experienced a lot of things I have felt were unhealthy in a megachurch environment. I, in my own little internal pendulum, swung way over in the other direction. I’ve had to journey personally on finding what healthy, biblical church growth looks like. That’s been a huge journey for me as a pastor, as an individual, based on my experience. All of you bring experience and your journey to the table, and you’re all in a different place as you hear that statement and you process it. To continue reading, click HERE

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John – The Way to Joy: John 12: 27-36 (Sermon Jan. 24) https://www.crossingscommunitychurch.org/john-the-way-to-joy-john-12-27-36-sermon-jan-24/ https://www.crossingscommunitychurch.org/john-the-way-to-joy-john-12-27-36-sermon-jan-24/#respond Wed, 03 Feb 2016 06:00:00 +0000 https://crossingscommunitychurch.org/john-the-way-to-joy-john-12-27-36-sermon-jan-24/ It’s so good to be here with you guys this morning. I was thinking back, and I know there are various personality types in here. I could almost point at

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It’s so good to be here with you guys this morning. I was thinking back, and I know there are various personality types in here. I could almost point at some of you who I know better than others in the room and probably peg you on this journey. Some of you, immediately when you finished up high school, you knew exactly what the rest of your life was going to look like. I mean, you had the plan. Whether that included the college and the degree and the major and so forth, you knew. Others of you, if it didn’t include college, you knew the track you were going to go down and what all that was going to look like. Others of you who may have been a little bit more like me, you wanted to know, and maybe you even thought you knew, but you ended up on some winding, crazy path. I remember feeling the pressure of, “Okay, high school is over.” I felt like, “Okay, so I have to not only figure out what school I’m going to, what college I’m going to, but I also have to pick a major. That major is going to set me on track for what the rest of my life is going to look like.” I remember feeling that pressure. Then I remember getting to college, and all that pressure went away. Everything just sort of relaxed a little bit, and I enjoyed being in college for a little while. Then you get to the end of that, and it all came back again. It’s like, “I’m about to graduate college. Life is going to change. I need to be completely and fully responsible. I have to figure out what I’m going to do, what this job thing, career, all that looks like.” There’s a moment wherever it came for you where reality really begins to hit in a shocking kind of manner. It’s not just a slow fade, but there’s a point somewhere… Maybe you’ve forgotten if it was a really long time ago. I still remember just feeling a moment of shock when I realized, “This is all about to end, and I have to get some stuff figured out.” To continue reading, click HERE

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John – The Way to Joy: John 12: 12-26 (Sermon Jan. 17) https://www.crossingscommunitychurch.org/john-the-way-to-joy-john-12-12-26-sermon-jan-17/ https://www.crossingscommunitychurch.org/john-the-way-to-joy-john-12-12-26-sermon-jan-17/#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2016 06:00:00 +0000 https://crossingscommunitychurch.org/john-the-way-to-joy-john-12-12-26-sermon-jan-17/ A few years ago, I came to a place where I stopped using the word Christian. Many of you, maybe you’ve felt that as well, and you journeyed to a

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A few years ago, I came to a place where I stopped using the word Christian. Many of you, maybe you’ve felt that as well, and you journeyed to a place where you no longer felt comfortable using it. I want to tell you a little bit about why I don’t like to use that word. If you’ve been here a long time, maybe you never noticed, but it doesn’t come out in my preaching either. I really do try to avoid it. There are a couple of different reasons for this. The first is, even around the church, being in the church, the way it’s been used and the way it’s been talked about, I feel like it’s been watered down incredibly. Amidst our culture, the way it’s used, the way it’s talked about and understood, it’s been watered down significantly. I found this study from 2014, so this is pretty recent stuff. In 2014, of the Americans polled, 70 percent said they believed they were Christians. I think that is an incredible indictment on the way the word is understood, because as heartbreaking as it is to say, I wish that were a reality. I wish 70-plus percent of Americans were gospel-transformed, Jesus-loving people, but it’s not the case. What is the case is we have a word or an idea that’s been thrown around. The meaning of it has been so destroyed over time that it doesn’t mean anything close to what it meant in the Bible or even within our own country many years ago. When you look back into the eighteenth century, still the definition and the meaning of the word carried such great weight. It’s so different than it is today. To continue reading, click HERE

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John – The Way to Joy: John 12: 1-11 (Sermon Jan. 10) https://www.crossingscommunitychurch.org/john-the-way-to-joy-john-12-1-11-sermon-jan-10/ https://www.crossingscommunitychurch.org/john-the-way-to-joy-john-12-1-11-sermon-jan-10/#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2016 06:00:00 +0000 https://crossingscommunitychurch.org/john-the-way-to-joy-john-12-1-11-sermon-jan-10/ It is good, good to be here today. I enjoy the whole New Year thing. I really enjoy New Year thoughts. I like the idea of sort of realigning life

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It is good, good to be here today. I enjoy the whole New Year thing. I really enjoy New Year thoughts. I like the idea of sort of realigning life amidst… When things kind of get a little bit out of whack, I like the New Year to think about putting them back into whack. You know? For us, the fall when school starts and New Year’s… Every year I think that way, because life, I think, for everybody in Katy really but especially my home and those homes that are in school, when school starts… You’re like, “Okay, we’re going to set a rhythm.” Then something about January, right? You can kind of reevaluate and set a rhythm. I’m also incredibly excited about what God is going to do in the life of our church in 2016. Sometimes when I say things like that, I know certain people and personalities are like, “How can he say that? He doesn’t know what God is going to do in our church this year.” Here’s how I can say that and how I can say it so confidently. Every single year in the life of Crossings Community Church, God has done amazing things. It’s the truth! There has never been a year in the life of our church where God hasn’t done amazing things. Now the difference is there have been years where God moved in the way our leadership and I were praying and expecting, and he moved that way amidst all the other ways. There were other years (and there will be years) where the way we’re praying and we feel led, he moves in a different way. It’s no less beautiful. Every year, God has done amazing things. I think this year is just going to be another one of those years inasmuch as we are a church that continues to pursue the things of his Word, proclaiming his Word boldly, seeing lives discipled and transformed by the truth in his Word, seeking to live our lives to glorify him. He will move in amazing ways. That’s what we’re here for. To continue reading, click HERE

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Advent 2015 – Isaiah 12 (Sermon Dec. 13) https://www.crossingscommunitychurch.org/advent-2015-isaiah-12-sermon-dec-13/ https://www.crossingscommunitychurch.org/advent-2015-isaiah-12-sermon-dec-13/#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2016 06:00:00 +0000 https://crossingscommunitychurch.org/advent-2015-isaiah-12-sermon-dec-13/ Another element I wanted to share with you this week as we just continue to layer on the significance of this Advent season is there’s a group of Scriptures that

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Another element I wanted to share with you this week as we just continue to layer on the significance of this Advent season is there’s a group of Scriptures that align with every week of the Advent season. Another cool thing about this is not only the purpose of us having this rhythm every year where, as we celebrate Christmas, we’re celebrating the birth of Jesus, but really what we’re doing is we’re celebrating the fulfillment of promises. In the confidence we have in that Jesus was prophesied to come and be born of a virgin and live and die, in the same way, we’re told he is coming back again. We have confidence in this season because he did come. He was born, and he did live, and he did die, and he rose again. That gives us confidence of the fulfillment of his coming promises of his imminent return. We celebrate this Advent season and just realign our lives around that rhythm. Another cool thing is this group of Scriptures that is designated for each week of the Advent season is something that at least in our minds takes us and reminds us that he is not just coming back for Crossings Community Church. He is not just coming back for Katy, Texas, or even American Christians. He is coming back for the global church, all of those around the world who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ. That means those who are in Asia, those who are in Latin America, every spot around the globe, every tribe and every language. As we gather around these groups of Scriptures, every church that celebrates Advent, most of them gather around these Scriptures that I’m preaching from this morning. It’s just a reminder that we’re part of something so much bigger than this building, this place, or even this country. To continue reading, click HERE

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Advent 2015 – Luke 1: 46-56 (Sermon Dec. 20) https://www.crossingscommunitychurch.org/advent-2015-luke-1-46-56-sermon-dec-20/ https://www.crossingscommunitychurch.org/advent-2015-luke-1-46-56-sermon-dec-20/#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2016 06:00:00 +0000 https://crossingscommunitychurch.org/advent-2015-luke-1-46-56-sermon-dec-20/ It’s good to be here with you guys this morning. Today marks the completion of 18 years of marriage for me. It’s crazy to say out loud. It’s not just

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It’s good to be here with you guys this morning. Today marks the completion of 18 years of marriage for me. It’s crazy to say out loud. It’s not just a guy thing; some of you other couples in here know when you get around that mark, you both have to begin adding it together to realize how long it’s been. It doesn’t come easy anymore. So we have to kind of do the math. “We were married… Has it really been that long? Surely not!” We always default less, because it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. What an amazing journey. I thought about this a lot this week for multiple reasons. I have an amazing wife. In ministry, I cannot tell you how important that is. There are no words to articulate how important a wife is in ministry. I was thinking about that with our staff this week. We kind of did a little staff Christmas shindig, and I’m so thankful for Kimberly and Casey, the wives of Daniel and Chris, and just the way they blow wind in the sails of those guys and support them so well. It was just a great time of reflection. It always feels weird for me this week. We don’t celebrate our anniversary on the 20th because of the craziness that’s always around that time of year. We wait till right after Christmas, and that’s kind of a deep breath moment for us. I always get here, and I’m like, “It’s that time again! Here we are again.” I don’t know about you guys, but as we get to this week… This is it. Some of you may be in denial, but guess what? This is Christmas week, okay? It’s coming next week, and there’s nothing you can do about it. So if you’re at that point, you’ve got to trust some Amazon drone technology at this point. If you haven’t done any Christmas shopping, then you’re in trouble. I don’t know that Amazon Prime 2-Day shipping is going to make it or not. Maybe they can, but I’m not sure. We’re here. You’ve all been through it, and you know this to be true. Here’s what’s going to happen. We’re looking ahead, and Thursday (Christmas Eve), we’re going to be here. Hopefully you, your family, friends, neighbors will be here, and we’ll be worshipping. We’ll have a great evening together. You’ll go home, and you’ve got traditions and stuff you do on Christmas Eve. To continue reading, click HERE

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John – The Way to Joy: John 11: 17-44 (Sermon Nov. 15) https://www.crossingscommunitychurch.org/john-the-way-to-joy-john-11-17-44-sermon-nov-15/ https://www.crossingscommunitychurch.org/john-the-way-to-joy-john-11-17-44-sermon-nov-15/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:00:00 +0000 https://crossingscommunitychurch.org/john-the-way-to-joy-john-11-17-44-sermon-nov-15/ My son is at a fun age. He is still at that age where he believes his shoes do make him faster, and it’s fun. I love it because literally

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My son is at a fun age. He is still at that age where he believes his shoes do make him faster, and it’s fun. I love it because literally he’ll put on a pair of new shoes, and then he’ll say, “Watch!” Because he really believes that as he takes off running, those shoes do, in fact, make him perceivably faster. It’s amazing what our children believe about themselves. I know you probably didn’t celebrate Halloween. Maybe like us, you celebrate Reformation Day by your kids dressing up and going door-to-door asking for candy. That’s what we do. A few weeks ago, we were engaged in that going around. They put costumes on. It’s funny that my son who wore some kind of a hybrid, sort of a ninja costume but with a Nerf sword… Putting on that costume, for a moment he just kind of changed the way he believed about himself. I mean, he thought he was something else, something different. You’ve all seen it in your children when they go and they play dress-up or whatever it is. They can momentarily change the way they believe they are, what they’re capable of, who they are even. It’s kind of nestled in that beautiful naïveté that we get to watch in our children. I think a lot of us are really good about talking a talk, talking in a language that speaks about the way we believe about ourselves, but when reality hits or when we maybe around one or two people… Maybe for some of us, the reality is there’s no one who knows this truth about you. In the depths of your heart of who you are, what you believe about yourself is different than what God’s Word says about you. To continue reading, click HERE

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John – The Way to Joy: John 11: 45-57 (Sermon Nov. 22) https://www.crossingscommunitychurch.org/john-the-way-to-joy-john-11-45-57-sermon-nov-22/ https://www.crossingscommunitychurch.org/john-the-way-to-joy-john-11-45-57-sermon-nov-22/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:00:00 +0000 https://crossingscommunitychurch.org/john-the-way-to-joy-john-11-45-57-sermon-nov-22/ I want to share with you this morning a constant struggle I fight in preparation for sermons each week. There are times, for two primary reasons (and I’ll share those

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I want to share with you this morning a constant struggle I fight in preparation for sermons each week. There are times, for two primary reasons (and I’ll share those with you here in just a moment), where I feel like, “We’re doing the same thing again this week.” I’m studying the Scripture, and I’m reading it, and I’m wrestling with it. I’m like, “We’re back here. We’ve already dealt with this.” There’s this temptation, I think… That’s what I’ll call it. I think that’s accurate. There’s a temptation in me that says, “No, we can’t do that again. I need to bring something new and different and fresh.” I think there are a couple of reasons why that feeling kind of emerges as I’m working through the text. First is as a church here at Crossings Community Church that works through books of the Bible, well, those books of the Bible are written beautifully and perfectly. They have unity and themes throughout them. So when we work through books of the Bible, it’s logical that a lot of times the way those books by God’s work through the author and the work of the Holy Spirit… There are themes we have to come back to over and over again because they’re the themes of the Book. Second (one that really rested on me differently this week) is even though I plan a year in advance… I can tell you what Scripture I’m preaching on what week. I still think God works, his Holy Spirit works, in ways we cannot know or expect or predict even amidst that plan. I think oftentimes when I get in the middle of this preparation phase and I’m back here and I’m thinking, “We’ve dealt with this. This is something we’ve talked about sort of over and over again,” God reminded me this week, well, maybe we need to talk about it again. To continue reading, click HERE

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