The Groove Chops Contest!

30 09 2008

Someone had this great idea in one of our Creative Team meetings – “Hey, what if we had a side-burn growing competition during the series to see who can grow the biggest chops?” The rest is history.

Bring your ‘chops’ to the second service this Sunday and we will ‘award’ the winner. It’s been fun and it’s given us many opportunities to explain our ugliness and talk about the church.

Hey, if looking ugly helps someone come to church, I’m all for it!


Brain Cramp

30 09 2008

It was near the end of the second service, and my hard drive was starting to smolder 😉 I was trying to give 1st Wednesday a plug and I pretty much ‘crashed’ unable to think of anything. So I did what I usually do in situations like that… I looked to the first row for help. They weren’t much help!

1st Wednesday is an opportunity to go deeper. It’s a more intimate setting (relaxed) with a more acoustic sound. Like Sunday, it’s a ‘come as you are’ atmosphere and no one will be put on the spot. Many of our families love 1st Wednesday because they don’t have to worry about supper (meal starts at 6, kids age 3 and over go straight downstairs). The nominal charge is $3/person or $10/family. Sweet.

Also, for what it’s worth, we find that people from a Catholic or a more liturgical background really, really enjoy 1st Wednesday. We’re just glad that everyone feels welcome. That’s the way it should be!

See you Wednesday!

Groove Notes

29 09 2008

Here are your follow-up notes from Sunday to help you take a deeper look at Philippians 3:1-16.

v.1 Don’t forget that Paul was in prison when he wrote this, and being a Christian meant that there was a good chance you would be persecuted and/or martyred. Still, he starts this chapter very positively and optimistically. How about your day today or your week? Are you positive? Are you optimistic? Any mumbling, grumbling or complaining? It’s a choice to rejoice. 

v.3-6 Some people are stuck in the past. Paul uses his past to turn the church in Philippi towards the future. He reminds the church that it isn’t about rules, ritual or religion… it’s about a relationship with Jesus Christ. Some churches do a really good job at protecting their past and teaching their ritual. That’s fine, as long as they are making every effort to teach people who Jesus really is. Jesus didn’t die on a cross so that we could be really religious people. He died so that we could be forgiven of our sin and have a personal relationship with him. Groovy! Think about your relationship with Jesus. Get a pen and paper and just start jotting down some thoughts. Why do you go to church? Why do you read the Bible? Why do you pray? Why do you believe? Is it out of ritual or is it because you know Jesus and you want to know Him more?

v.7 Rubbish. Garbage. Junk. We all have some in our past. For Paul, in light of who Jesus is, everything else looses value. He’s not saying that we shouldn’t have any valuables in our lives or that it is wrong to be rewarded for working hard. It’s simply a matter of priorities. The only thing that God is going to rescue out of this world is your soul. So your relationship with Jesus should be the most valuable ‘thing’ that you possess. 

v.10 Paul says something strange here that we didn’t have time to deal with yesterday. It’s the phrase (NLT version) “…sharing in his death”. There are two sacraments in the Wesleyan church that symbolize this: Baptism and Communion. Both are an indication that we have died to sin, we’ve in a sense crucified our old selves and we’ve been transformed by the resurrected power of Christ. It’s deep, I agree. Just read the verse a few times and quiet your heart before God. Don’t worry about wrapping your head around it. As God brings things to mind that you need to turn over to him, you’ll begin to understand what it means to be ‘sharing in his death’. 

v.12-14 Unless you drove to work with the car in reverse, you spent more time looking out the front windshield than the rearview mirror. That’s what Paul is talking about. Stay focused on your future. The past is the past. Leave the junk in the trunk. Here’s your assignment: What do you need to do this week that will help you stay focused on the future? Putting everything through the shredder is a great step, but maybe there are some other steps that you know have to be taken. A conversation? A visit? A phone call? Throwing something out? Etc. 

Life is full of races. Make sure you are running the right race for the right prize. Jesus.

Groove 3

29 09 2008

Groove 3 is History! And what a day it was. Many of you ‘Crosspointers’ are still talking about it and talking about who you can invite to church. The Groove Series is basically a study of the book of Philippians, one chapter each week. Yesterday’s theme was about getting past your past, kicking it in the teeth, leaving the junk in the trunk, not putting up with false guilt, and moving on to the groove that God has planned for your life. 

It was very ‘groovy’ to see so many people write out things from their past that they want to be free from and then walk to the front of the church to shove their ‘past’ in a shredder. While the band played, “My Chains Are Gone”, one of our senior members walked away from the shredder, grinning ear to ear, and saying “It’s gone!” Wow. That is very powerful stuff.

Other highlights of the day included a couple of guest musicians from Sussex, John Sherwood leading and Ruthie having a well deserved day off, (though she was still very busy!!), a ‘Ministry Fair’ where all the ministries of the church set up shop in the Fellowship Hall and lured us their way with goodies like sticky buns (man, they were good), and a special love offering for John Sherwood.

We crushed 300 for the 3rd week in a row. Drop your coffee and run laps around the office!

Groove 4 is coming this Sunday. Who are you inviting?

Also, don’t forget Thanksgiving Sunday: Boom! What does it mean to be blessed by God?

1st Post on the New Blog!

29 09 2008

Welcome keeners! You are the very first to make the shift over from my old Blogger blog to my new WordPress blog. Why the shift? Well, blogger is essentially a ‘starter’ blog. It’s pretty entry-level in its abilities and I often found that it just wouldn’t do what I wanted it to do. So, welcome to WordPress!

If you are here because someone has told you about Crosspoint, Woo Hoo and Welcome. 🙂 Yeah, we’re pretty much having a blast. We believe that church should never be boring and that the greatest story ever told (Jesus) deserves our very best creativity and innovation. If you haven’t been to church in awhile, check us out. Happening atmosphere…Second Cup coffee…Awesome band and music…etc. Wear your favorite jeans. Everyone else does!

Recap of Groove 3 coming soon…