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For many, the idea of following Jesus sounds about as interesting as doing our taxes or freshman algebra. But Jesus’ first followers got in trouble for having too much fun. What have we missed? Maybe we need to rethink what the life of a Jesus Follower actually looks like.

Episode Breakdown:
0:00 What's your opinion of "Christians?"
1:00 A lil' bit about what this is
2:30 Freedom, w/ Jon
24:00 Deep thoughts & giveaways
28:20 dem outtakes

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Let us know you’re here! || Read Transcript || Discussion Questions || For Kids

June 13 #forSalem June Opportunity: Woodmansee Park Day!
June 13, 1-3pm Woodmansee Park in South Salem. Details & RSVP on the web. https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/party

▶ P A R T Y ! ! !
Our next Outdoor Party! June 27, 4:30pm. Yard games, music, dinner! Woot! find out more at https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/party/

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on our Social Media later this week or email to enter!)
- Enter to win this week on Social Media- Donatello’s Pizza: https://www.facebook.com/DonatellosSalem/
- Last week’s giveaway: Gilgamesh Brewing https://www.facebook.com/gilgameshbrewing

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Acts 15:1-35 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+15%3A1-35&version=NLT
Romans 8:1-4 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8%3A1-4&version=NLT
Galatians 3:1-14 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians+3%3A1-14&version=NLT
Hebrews 8 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+8&version=NLT

▶ Additional Resources:
Irresistible- Andy Stanley https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/irresistible-faith-our-chance-to-change-the-world--again_andy-stanley/14571262

Music we listened to making this episode:
Joy to the Word: Three Dog Night- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSDp4zTiLEo
Phantom of the Opera Song: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8epSdXPco0
What if I Stumble: DC Talk- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ0ApcY1KBY

Donate to Crosscreek & keep a good thing goin’ 🙂

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How have you seen God working in your individual and community life this week?
  2. What do you think someone could lose and gain from following Jesus, or what could/have you, if you are ready to share?
  3. Pre-read Galatians 5. What’s something that stands out to you about the freedom in Christ described here?
  4. What’s your next step in freely following Jesus? How can your group pray for you this week?

…let’s rethink what following Jesus looks like in the 21st Century.

SHOW NOTES

So much of what we think it means to follow Jesus would seem strange to his first followers. By looking at Jesus’ interaction with his first followers we can rethink what it really means to follow Jesus in the 21st century.

Episode Breakdown:
0:24 We welcome you
1:15 Who’s Willing? w/ Jon
26:00 Take a next step?

🔔  Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast or the YouTube channel 😊  https://bit.ly/yourcrosscreek

💬 Ask a question! https://bit.ly/wlcmccc

Let us know you’re here! || Read Transcript || Discussion Questions || For Kids

June 13 #forSalem June Opportunity: Woodmansee Park Day!
June 13, 1-3pm Woodmansee Park in South Salem. Details & RSVP on the web. https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/party

▶ Our next Outdoor Party! June 27, 4:30 pm.

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on Social Media later this week)
– Enter to win this week on Social Media- Gilgamesh Brewing https://www.facebook.com/gilgameshbrewing
– Last week’s giveaway: Xicha Brewing https://www.facebook.com/xichabrewing

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
The Book of Mark! https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/15625-30-days-in-the-gospel-of-mark
Matthew 4:18-22 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+4%3A18-22&version=NLT
Philippians 3:8-11 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians+3%3A8-11&version=NLT

▶ Additional Resources:
Knowing God- J.I. Packer: https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/knowing-god_ji-packer/245803/#isbn=083081650X
The Chosen Series: https://watch.angelstudios.com/thechosen

Music we listened to making this episode:
U2- I Will Follow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv51LO7NOTo
Redbone- Come and Get Your Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bc0KhhjJP98
The Police- When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What’s Still Around: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC8vxXC0UMc

Donate to Crosscreek & keep a good thing goin’ 🙂

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. In what way(s) have you seen God working in your life & world this week?
  2. Jesus knows you, accepts you, and invites you. Is one of those easy or difficult for you in some way? Why is that?
  3. Read Philippians 3:8-11. How would you describe “knowing Jesus?” Why do you think Paul saw it as having “infinite value?”
  4. What would knowing Jesus closer look like in your life right now? How can your group pray for you?

 

SHOW NOTES

For many, the idea of following Jesus sounds about as interesting as doing our taxes or freshman algebra. But Jesus’ first followers got in trouble for having too much fun. What have we missed? Maybe we need to rethink what the life of a Jesus Follower actually looks like.

Episode Breakdown:
0:00 What’s your opinion of “Christians?”
1:00 A lil’ bit about what this is
2:30 Freedom, w/ Jon
24:00 Deep thoughts & giveaways
28:20 dem outtakes

🔔  Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast or the YouTube channel 😊  https://bit.ly/yourcrosscreek

💬 Ask a question! https://bit.ly/wlcmccc

Let us know you’re here! || Read Transcript || Discussion Questions || For Kids

June 13 #forSalem June Opportunity: Woodmansee Park Day!
June 13, 1-3pm Woodmansee Park in South Salem. Details & RSVP on the web. https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/party

▶ P A R T Y ! ! !
Our next Outdoor Party! June 27, 4:30pm. Yard games, music, dinner! Woot! find out more at https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/party/

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on our Social Media later this week or email to enter!)
– Enter to win this week on Social Media- Donatello’s Pizza: https://www.facebook.com/DonatellosSalem/
– Last week’s giveaway: Gilgamesh Brewing https://www.facebook.com/gilgameshbrewing

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Acts 15:1-35 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+15%3A1-35&version=NLT
Romans 8:1-4 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8%3A1-4&version=NLT
Galatians 3:1-14 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians+3%3A1-14&version=NLT
Hebrews 8 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+8&version=NLT

▶ Additional Resources:
Irresistible- Andy Stanley https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/irresistible-faith-our-chance-to-change-the-world–again_andy-stanley/14571262

Music we listened to making this episode:
Joy to the Word: Three Dog Night- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSDp4zTiLEo
Phantom of the Opera Song: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8epSdXPco0
What if I Stumble: DC Talk- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ0ApcY1KBY

Donate to Crosscreek & keep a good thing goin’ 🙂

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How have you seen God working in your individual and community life this week?
  2. What do you think someone could lose and gain from following Jesus, or what could/have you, if you are ready to share?
  3. Pre-read Galatians 5. What’s something that stands out to you about the freedom in Christ described here?
  4. What’s your next step in freely following Jesus? How can your group pray for you this week?
SHOW NOTES

The world has changed. This new future needs a Church that adapts as well. This episode sheds some light on how the leadership of Crosscreek has imagined this adaptation and where we see ourselves heading in the near future.

Episode Breakdown:
0:45 Donna & the dogs
1:30 The Big Picture, update from Jon
19:00 Giveaways & Partyin’

🔔 Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast or the YouTube channel 😊  https://bit.ly/yourcrosscreek

Let us know you’re here! || Read Transcript || Ask a Question || For Kids

#forSalem May Challenge: Meals FOR Teachers (Teacher Appreciation)
–Buy a meal for a teacher AND support a local restaurant.–
HOW: Pick a teacher… either of a family member or just from your neighborhood’s school (google is your friend here). Teacher emails are easy to find on school websites! What a surprise it would be to get a thank-you in what has been a pretty interesting and trying year!
🆒 Here’s a list of some #salemoregon restaurants who have egift card options. (You can also just go directly to your favorite spot’s website to see if they have them available!) https://www.giftly.com/restaurant-gift-cards/salem-or

▶ Upcoming Outdoor Parties!!! — NEW DATE — WEDNESDAY May 12, 6pm.
Music. BBQ. Gifts for moms and mother figures. Play area for kids and laid-back fun. Bring your own chair or blanket, and drinks. We’ll take care of the rest. RSVP Here.

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on Social Media later this week)
– Enter to win this week- Ankeny Vineyard
– This week’s winner-Flight Deck

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Matthew 28:18-20
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
2 Corinthians 5:11-21

▶ Additional Resources:
Teach Me to See My Need for God’s People- https://conversatio.org/classroom/teach-me-to-see-my-need-for-gods-people/

Music we listened to making this episode:
2Cellos- Despacito: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9LrEXF3USs
Van Halen- Can’t Stop Loving You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFNdhm3mli0
Elevation- Wait On You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3TYG7Q_fj4

Donate to Crosscreek & keep a good thing goin’ 🙂

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: (none this week)

SHOW NOTES

When we read the historical accounts of the first Jesus Followers there seems to be a vast difference between what we see in them and what we see in our current American Church. Why is that? What made a group of persecuted Jesus Followers who were on the run for their lives such an effective force for change in their world? What have we missed in our current view of the Church?

Episode Breakdown:
1:00 Backyard Hello
3:00 The Church’s Problem w/ Jon
23:00 Challenge, Giveaways, and Knight Rider

🔔 Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast or the YouTube channel 😊  https://bit.ly/yourcrosscreek

Let us know you’re here! || Read Transcript || Discussion Questions || Ask a Question || For Kids

#forSalem May Challenge: Meals FOR Teachers (Teacher Appreciation)
–Buy a meal for a teacher AND support a local restaurant.–
HOW: Pick a teacher… either of a family member or just from your neighborhood’s school (google is your friend here). Teacher emails are easy to find on school websites! What a surprise it would be to get a thank-you in what has been a pretty interesting and trying year!
🆒 Here’s a list of some #salemoregon restaurants who have egift card options. (You can also just go directly to your favorite spot’s website to see if they have them available!) https://www.giftly.com/restaurant-gift-cards/salem-or

▶ Upcoming Outdoor Party! WEDNESDAY May 23, 4:30pm. RSVP Here.

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on Social Media later this week)
– Enter to win this week: Shaka Brah
– This week’s winner: Ankeny Vineyard

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Acts 1-12

▶ Additional Resources:
Future Church- Will Mancini and Corey Hartman https://www.amazon.com/Future-Church-Seven-Laws-Growth/dp/1540900614
Irresistible- Andy Stanley https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/irresistible-faith-our-chance-to-change-the-world–again_andy-stanley/
Evangelism in the Early Church- Michael Green https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/evangelism-in-the-early-church_michael-green/

Music we listened to making this episode:
Heart Songs- Weezer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS6HBXHS0Ok
Mack the Knife- Bobby Darin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iooViITRp9M
Wait for It – Hamilton Soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZH8TyHUzRQ

Donate to Crosscreek & keep a good thing goin’ 🙂

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How have you seen God working this week?
  2. What stood out to you most in this week’s message? Were there any portions that were confusing or bothersome? Discuss reactions and highlights together.
  3. Read Matthew 28:18-20. What is your first reaction to the “Great Commission?” What might it practically look like for this to be a guide for both your personal life and the overall life of the Church?
  4. As you consider Jesus’ command to his followers, how can your group pray for you this week?

 

 

SHOW NOTES

For many, the idea of religion brings up negative feelings and thoughts. And for good reason: religion has been used to control and manipulate people for thousands of years. We see in the Gospels that Jesus created his Church to be something completely different. But if that is the case, why does the American Church seem so religious? How can we get back to what Jesus intended from the beginning?

Episode Breakdown:
0:45 30 seconds of welcoming
1:30 The Problem with Religion, w/ Jon
32:00 A Plea for Tacos
37:00 Secret Bloopers every week if ya know ya know

🔔  Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast or the YouTube channel 😊  https://bit.ly/yourcrosscreek

Let us know you’re here! || Read Transcript || Discussion Questions || Ask a Question || For Kids

#forSalem May Challenge: Meals FOR Teachers (Teacher Appreciation)
–Buy a meal for a teacher AND support a local restaurant.–
HOW: Pick a teacher… either of a family member or just from your neighborhood’s school (google is your friend here). Teacher emails are easy to find on school websites! What a surprise it would be to get a thank-you in what has been a pretty interesting and trying year!
🆒 Here’s a list of some #salemoregon restaurants who have egift card options. (You can also just go directly to your favorite spot’s website to see if they have them available!) https://www.giftly.com/restaurant-gift-cards/salem-or

▶ Upcoming Outdoor Party! WEDNESDAY May 23, 4:30pm. RSVP Here.

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on Social Media later this week)
– Enter to win this week: Tacos Del Sur
– This week’s winner: Shaka Brah

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Letter to the Galatians (Listen?)
Colossians 2:6-23

▶ Additional Resources:
Future Church– Will Mancini and Corey Hartman
Irresistible– Andy Stanley
Andy Stanley: Brand New, Part 1- Letting Go 
Andy Stanley: Brand New, Part 3- Recycled
Andy Stanley: Starting Point, Part 8- Invitation 
Crosscreek’s Jesus vs. Religion Series

Music we listened to making this episode:
Troublemaker– Weezer
Wake– Lauren Daigle
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – Jimi Hendrix

Donate to Crosscreek & keep a good thing goin’ 🙂

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How have you seen God working in the lives of yourself & others this week?
  2. What stood out to you most in this week’s message? Were there any portions that were confusing or bothersome? Discuss reactions and highlights together.
  3. Read Matthew 11:28-30. What does this mean for you individually and us as a group of Jesus followers?
  4. In the context of being simply free to love this week, how can your group pray for you?

 

 

SHOW NOTES

Crosscreek’s mission is to invite our neighbors to discover, enjoy, and share the life Jesus offers… together. What does that actually mean and what role do we all have to play in this mission?

Episode Breakdown:
0:30 Liz & Monica say hello
1:30 Life on Purpose, w/ Jon
23:40 Do you feel alone?
28:20 Questions & Outtakes

🔔  Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast or the YouTube channel 😊  https://bit.ly/yourcrosscreek

Let us know you’re here! || Read Transcript || Discussion Questions || Ask a Question || For Kids

June 13 #forSalem June Opportunity: Woodmansee Park Day!
June 13, 1-3pm Woodmansee Park in South Salem. Details & RSVP on the web. https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/party

▶ Our next Outdoor Party! June 27, 4:30 pm.

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on Social Media later this week)
– Enter to win this week: Manna Japanese Comfort Food
– This week’s winner: Tacos Del Sur

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
John 10:1-11
Galatians 5
Philippians 1

▶ Additional Resources:
Future Church– Will Mancini and Corey Hartman
Irresistible– Andy Stanley
Crosscreek’s Jesus vs. Religion Series

Music we listened to making this episode:
The Greatest Show– The Greatest Showman Cast
How Far I’ll Go– Auli’i Cravalho
Happy– Pharrell Williams

Donate to Crosscreek & keep a good thing goin’ 🙂

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How have you seen God working in your life and “neighborhood” this past week?
  2. How do you understand the “WHAT” of our mission? What are you still wondering?
  3. Read John 10:1-11. What are your initial thoughts/questions about the life Jesus offers? If you’ve experienced this life, what are some examples you would use to describe it from your own experience?
  4. Who is in your “neighborhood” that you can discover/enjoy/share Jesus’ life with? How can your group pray for you in that this week?

 

SHOW NOTES

How is Crosscreek going to be a community that invites our neighbors to discover, enjoy, and share the life Jesus offers… together? The key to all of it is YOU.

Episode Breakdown:
0:30 Hiiieeee
2:30 ‘Here We Go… Together,’ w/ Jon
35:30 GIFs & Winning
39:00 Alwayz Bloopin’

🔔  Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast or the YouTube channel 😊  https://bit.ly/yourcrosscreek

Let us know you’re here! || Read Transcript || Discussion Questions || Ask a Question || For Kids

June 13 #forSalem June Opportunity: Woodmansee Park Day!
June 13, 1-3pm Woodmansee Park in South Salem. Details & RSVP on the web. https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/party

▶ Our next Outdoor Party! June 27, 4:30 pm.

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on Social Media later this week)
– Enter to win this week: Xicha
– This week’s winner:  Manna Japanese Comfort Food

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Romans 12 
1 Corinthians 12:12-31

▶ Additional Resources:
Future Church– Will Mancini and Corey Hartman
Irresistible– Andy Stanley
Crosscreek’s Jesus vs. Religion Series

Music we listened to making this episode:
Now We are Free– 2Cellos
Sleep Now in the Fire– Rage Against the Machine
Soul’s Anthem (It Is Well)- Tori Kelly

Donate to Crosscreek & keep a good thing goin’ 🙂

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How has God worked in your life and community this week?
  2. What stands out to you most in Crosscreek’s way of being the Church/Ekklesia?  What questions or concerns do you have about this approach? 
  3. Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. What does being “Christ’s ambassador” mean and look like to you?
  4. What’s your next step? How can your group pray for you in that this week?

 

SHOW NOTES

How is Crosscreek going to be a community that invites our neighbors to discover, enjoy, and share the life Jesus offers… together? The key to all of it is YOU.

Episode Breakdown:
0:30 Hiiieeee
2:30 ‘Here We Go… Together,’ w/ Jon
35:30 GIFs & Winning
39:00 Alwayz Bloopin’

🔔  Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast or the YouTube channel 😊  https://bit.ly/yourcrosscreek

Let us know you’re here! || Read Transcript || Discussion Questions || Ask a Question || For Kids

June 13 #forSalem June Opportunity: Woodmansee Park Day!
June 13, 1-3pm Woodmansee Park in South Salem. Details & RSVP on the web. https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/party

▶ Our next Outdoor Party! June 27, 4:30 pm.

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on Social Media later this week)
– Enter to win this week: Xicha
– This week’s winner:  Manna Japanese Comfort Food

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Romans 12 
1 Corinthians 12:12-31

▶ Additional Resources:
Future Church– Will Mancini and Corey Hartman
Irresistible– Andy Stanley
Crosscreek’s Jesus vs. Religion Series

Music we listened to making this episode:
Now We are Free– 2Cellos
Sleep Now in the Fire– Rage Against the Machine
Soul’s Anthem (It Is Well)- Tori Kelly

Donate to Crosscreek & keep a good thing goin’ 🙂

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How has God worked in your life and community this week?
  2. What stands out to you most in Crosscreek’s way of being the Church/Ekklesia?  What questions or concerns do you have about this approach? 
  3. Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. What does being “Christ’s ambassador” mean and look like to you?
  4. What’s your next step? How can your group pray for you in that this week?

 

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