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What if life is meant for more than working for more money in order to accumulate more stuff? Maybe life becomes more when we give more of it away.

Episode Breakdown:
00:56 On behalf of…
02:03 You are smart
05:25 Is the American Dream our only option?
07:40 The real meaning of life…
13:40 What real love looks like
16:52 Which life do you pick?
18:42 If you’re ready, a challenge
24:12 What’s next for you, for us
29:02 Qs and Cutz

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SHOW NOTES:
 Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-10-17_cg.pdf
 Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-10-17.pdf
 Alliance Resources: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/alliances
 Giving Resources: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/donate

▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon On-Site Gatherings
October  24th, 4:30pm at our new location! https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/gathering/ for more info.

 #forSalem October Opportunity: BOO YOUR NEIGHBOR
Buy or make treats for a neighbor.
Secretly leave the treats & the “We’ve Been Boo’d!” sign on their doorstep.
Download the PDF: https://yourcrosscreek.com/boo
We will have BOO Oreos for you to give to your neighbors at our October 24th gathering!

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Ephesians 2:1-10
James 2:14-26
Matt 6:19-34

 Music we listened to making this episode:
Stone Temple Pilots- Vasoline: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht672-wYelc
Bruno Mars- Money Make Her Smile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_czUZiTbwy0
Jon Foreman- Your Love if Strong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCDO_FcF5JA

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Discussion Questions

  1. How have you seen God working in your life and world this week?
  2.  What thoughts/feelings come up for you when you hear, “Our life isn’t meant to be spent on ourselves but to be purposely invested for others”? 
  3. Read Mathew 6:19-21 and 1 Timothy 6:17-19. Why do you think generosity is such an important aspect of following Jesus?
  4. Jon encouraged us to evaluate our resources and advised us to “evaluate, adjust, invest, and trust” this week. What is something you want to do in response to this and how can your group pray for you in that response?

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Christianity is usually presented as what you should and shouldn’t do if you want to make God happy with you. This type of religion only creates overbearing rules, unrealistic expectations, guilt, and fear. But the life Jesus offers isn’t about what you should do. It is about who you can be and what you can do. If you’ve ever wondered if you could truly experience the life you were made to live… Jesus answers, “You can.”

Show notes

Christianity is often presented as what you need to do in order to make God happy. But the life Jesus offers is about WHO you can be, not what you have to DO. How does that work? Can you really experience this new life? You can.

Episode Breakdown:
00:04 It’s us!
00:30 It’s not what you should DO
10:30 How do we experience new life?
17:35 A few examples
21:00 Imagine with us…
23:40 Move on in confidence
24:50 Stay Breezy, Salem + oopsies
25:50 Qs + MORE Outtakes

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SHOW NOTES:
▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-09-19.pdf
▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-09-19_cg.pdf

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Philippians 3:3-9
Ephesians 2:1-10

▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon Gatherings
September 26th, 4:30pm — https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/party/

▶ September #forSalem Opportunity: FOR Simonka
– Buy the following items and bring them to our in-person gathering. Or, deliver them to Simonka Place personally 🙂
BIGGEST NEEDS this month: Copy Paper, Flip Flops, Pork / Beef Roasts (frozen), Laundry Soap.
Find out more: https://ugmsalem.org/our-impact/womens-ministry/

▶ Music we listened to while making this episode:
Lauren Daigle- Rescue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYR0xP1j4PY
Weezer- Buddy Holly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kemivUKb4f4
The XX- Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veHqJSC-9Lo

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 Donate to Crosscreek & keep a good thing goin’: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/donate

▶ Discussion Questions:

  1. How have you seen God working in your life and world this past week?
  2. Read Philippians 3:3-9. What list could you make for ways you’ve tried or seen others try to be a “good Christian?” What result(s) have you seen from these efforts?
  3. What would it look/feel like for you to “trust your position rather than your condition?”
  4. How can your group pray for you this week?
Show notes

Every part of our life gives us something to fear. This is a dangerous world and there always seems to be something new to be afraid of. We can try to ignore, numb, or control our fear but that only makes things worse. There is a better way. A way that allows us to experience peace and confidence no matter what is coming at us.

Episode Breakdown:
00:45 Quick-fast hello
01:45 Where we go wrong
08:05 The better way to deal with fear
18:45 4 Smaller Steps of Trust
28:10 5ish News-y things
31:15 Qs and Cutz

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SHOW NOTES:
▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-09-26_cg.pdf
▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-09-26.pdf
▶ Alliance Resources: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/alliances

▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon On-Site Gatherings
September 26, 4:30pm at our new location! https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/gathering/ for more info. Every 2nd and 4th Sunday in Salem, Oregon.

#forSalem Opportunity: SEPTEMBER FOR SIMONKA
Find out more: https://www.instagram.com/p/CT8lJU6hteW/
Bring your items to our on-site gathering or donate directly to UGM Salem.

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
John 10:27-29
Romans 8

Music we listened to making this episode:
Diet Cig- The Unforgiven: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsNatjL0_uY
Green Day- She: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnF0pkWD2Tc
Josh Garrels- Fear Thou Not: https://youtu.be/BvIGgVjDJJE

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https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/messages/#podcast

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▶ Discussion Questions:

  1. What’s God doing in your life & world?
  2. What’s your reaction to this message that you can “confidently trust Jesus”? Why do you think that is?
  3. Read 1 Peter 5:6-7. When do you find it most difficult to trust that God cares for you? What would choosing to confidently trust in those times look like for you?
  4. How could this week’s message be applied to some of the fears you are currently wrestling with? How can your group pray for you in this?

 

Show notes
Religion tells us that to be accepted we must meet an unattainable standard of do’s and don’ts. This causes us to hide our true selves in order to find acceptance. Jesus came to dismantle this horrible cycle and made a way for us to authentically connect with others while being our authentic selves.

Episode Breakdown:
00:53 Aaron welcomes you
01:58 “Religion forces us…”
04:50 The Jesus way: Authentic
15:30 The cure for loneliness
20:30 News and Boo’s
24:45 the Bloopers have me like…

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SHOW NOTES:
▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-10-03_cg.pdf
▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-10-03.pdf
▶ Alliance Resources

▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon On-Site Gatherings
October 10 & 24th, 4:30pm at our new location!

▶ #forSalem Opportunity: BOO YOUR NEIGHBOR
Buy or make treats for a neighbor.
Secretly leave the treats & the “We’ve Been Boo’d!” sign on their doorstep.
Download the PDF
We will have BOO Oreos for you to give to your neighbors at our October 10th gathering!

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
John 13:12-17, Ephesians 4:31-32

▶ Music we listened to making this episode:
Blue Swede- Hooked on a Feeling
Inhaler- Honest Face
The Oh Hellos- Tiny Desk Concert

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Discussion Questions:
1. How is God working in your life & world this week?
2. Read John 13:12-17. What stands out to you about Jesus’ “authentic connection” to His followers here?
3. Share your 1-10 evaluation of prioritizing loving others as Jesus loves you in one or more of your relationships.
4. What is your next step in “authentically connecting” with others or loving others like Jesus loves you this week? How can your group pray for you?

Are you still reading this far? HI! Good job. 👏

Show notes

One of the first words that usually comes to mind when we hear “Christianity” or “church” is boredom. That’s understandable, but it wasn’t always this way. What happened? Can you really experience the excitement and adventure the first Jesus Followers experienced? You can.

Episode Breakdown:
00:45 We greet thee
02:12 Question: Why does it seem so boring?
04:15 It’s not a new problem…
08:20 What good is just knowing?
11:30 Wasting our time…
13:30 The actual point
16:15 So let’s get started…
18:53 Adventure time
20:50 Interpretive Dances & Invitations
24:20 Jon’s warm up BTS and a throwback

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SHOW NOTES:
▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-10-10_cg.pdf
▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-10-10.pdf
▶ Alliance Resources: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/alliances

▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon On-Site Gatherings
October 10 & 24th, 4:30pm at our new location! https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/gathering/ for more info.

▶ #forSalem October Opportunity: BOO YOUR NEIGHBOR
Buy or make treats for a neighbor.
Secretly leave the treats & the “We’ve Been Boo’d!” sign on their doorstep.
Download the PDF: https://yourcrosscreek.com/boo
We will have BOO Oreos for you to give to your neighbors at our October 10th gathering!

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Matthew 5-7
Ephesians 4:11-16
James 2:14-26

▶ Music we listened to making this episode:
Beethoven- Symphony No. 9 in D minor: Ode to Joy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlSR8Wlmpac
Foo Fighters- This is a Call https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imxAeQZjBeI
Phil Wickham- Your Love Awakens Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQyXsJMkUPg

▶ Subscribe to the Podcast & listen on the go:
https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/messages/#podcast

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Discussion Questions:
1. How is God working in your life & world this week?
2. What stood out to, bothered, inspired, or irritated you in this week’s message?
3. What experiences/feelings have you had with church before? How do you think Crosscreek’s version of Independently Growing compares to those experiences/feelings?
4. Look at Jesus’ description of life in the Kingdom of God in Matthew 5-7. In which area(s) do you feel you could use some more “Independent Growth.” What are some steps you can take to grow in this area and how can your group support/pray for you in this?

 

Show notes

What if life is meant for more than working for more money in order to accumulate more stuff? Maybe life becomes more when we give more of it away.

Episode Breakdown:
00:56 On behalf of…
02:03 You are smart
05:25 Is the American Dream our only option?
07:40 The real meaning of life…
13:40 What real love looks like
16:52 Which life do you pick?
18:42 If you’re ready, a challenge
24:12 What’s next for you, for us
29:02 Qs and Cutz

🔔 Don’t forget to subscribe 🙂 https://bit.ly/yourcrosscreek

💬 Let us know you’re here! Comment, or https://bit.ly/wlcmccc

SHOW NOTES:
 Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-10-17_cg.pdf
 Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-10-17.pdf
 Alliance Resources: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/alliances
 Giving Resources: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/donate

▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon On-Site Gatherings
October  24th, 4:30pm at our new location! https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/gathering/ for more info.

 #forSalem October Opportunity: BOO YOUR NEIGHBOR
Buy or make treats for a neighbor.
Secretly leave the treats & the “We’ve Been Boo’d!” sign on their doorstep.
Download the PDF: https://yourcrosscreek.com/boo
We will have BOO Oreos for you to give to your neighbors at our October 24th gathering!

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Ephesians 2:1-10
James 2:14-26
Matt 6:19-34

 Music we listened to making this episode:
Stone Temple Pilots- Vasoline: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht672-wYelc
Bruno Mars- Money Make Her Smile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_czUZiTbwy0
Jon Foreman- Your Love if Strong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCDO_FcF5JA

 Subscribe to the Podcast & listen on the go:
https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/messages/#podcast

 Donate to Crosscreek & keep a good thing goin’: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/donate

Discussion Questions

  1. How have you seen God working in your life and world this week?
  2.  What thoughts/feelings come up for you when you hear, “Our life isn’t meant to be spent on ourselves but to be purposely invested for others”? 
  3. Read Mathew 6:19-21 and 1 Timothy 6:17-19. Why do you think generosity is such an important aspect of following Jesus?
  4. Jon encouraged us to evaluate our resources and advised us to “evaluate, adjust, invest, and trust” this week. What is something you want to do in response to this and how can your group pray for you in that response?

An Update…

Main Points & Discussion Qs
Main Points:

Inviting our neighbors to discover, enjoy, and share the life Jesus offers… together.

We all discover the life Jesus offers in our own way and time. 

The life Jesus offers is fully discovered by belonging to a community. 

The life Jesus offers was designed to be enjoyed with others. 

When we support each other we can share what we have with others. 

What you can do:
Pray
Give
Volunteer
Participate
Invite

We all have a role to play… together 

Our community needs a community that is FOR them.

 

Discussion Questions:
  1. What excites, concerns, inspires, or confuses you about the direction Crosscreek is taking in this new season?
  2. Read 1 Peter 2:9-10. Jon said, “We all have a role to play… together.” What do you feel your role is/might be right now? 
  3. How can your group support you and pray for you this week?
SHOW NOTES

Crosscreek was planted four years ago with the vision of being a church for people who don’t normally go to church. As we turn four we have rethought and reimagined what a local church can really be. Join us as we create a community that is for our community.

00:00 Let’s re-plant a church together!
00:30 Obligatory Jaunt Down Memory Lane
02:20 Something was missing…
04:30 So here’s the plan:
14:30 Your role!
17:15 What’s next…
18:00 Bloopers

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SHOW NOTES:
▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-09-12.pdf

▶ #SalemOregon #local Giveaways
– Enter to win this week on Social Media- Stay tuned to socials!)
– Last week’s giveaway: Espresso Road Coffee https://www.facebook.com/espressoroad/

▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon Gatherings
September 12th, 4 year party!!! https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/party/

▶ Additional Resources:
Our series “What Lies Ahead…” https://youtu.be/939Olf7I3Go

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https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/messages/#podcast

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The Bible. No matter what that phrase brings to mind, we can’t deny that this book has had a huge impact on our society. But what is it? Where did it come from? And what’s the big deal anyway?

SHOW NOTES

The Bible. No matter what that phrase brings to mind, we can’t deny that this book has had a huge impact on our society. But what is it? Where did it come from? And what’s the big deal anyway?

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SHOW NOTE DOWNLOADS:
▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-08-29_cg.pdf
▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-08-29.pdf

▶ Ask for Prayer or Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/welcome/

▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon Gatherings
September 12 & 24, Location TBD

▶ #SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on Social Media later this week)
– Enter to win this week on Social Media- Mina’s Cafe https://www.facebook.com/MinasCafeSalem/
– Last week’s giveaway: BigWig Donuts https://www.facebook.com/bigwigdonuts

▶ #forSalem Opportunity: AUGUST BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
School Supply Drive for CASA of Marion County. https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/school for details

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Hebrews 8
Galatians 3:1-14 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians%203%3A1-14&version=NLT

▶ Additional Resources:
Irresistible- Andy Stanley
Jesus and the Eyewitnesses- Richard Bauckham
The Problem of God- Mark Clark
Can We Trust the Gospels?- Peter J. Williams
The Canon of Scripture- F.F. Bruce
The Dating of the New Testament- Norman Geisler: https://www.bethinking.org/bible/the-dating-of-the-new-testament
How Can the Bible be Authoritative- N.T. Wright: https://ntwrightpage.com/2016/07/12/how-can-the-bible-be-authoritative/

▶ Music we listened to making this episode:
Live- T.B.D: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQuhs498lzI
The Kid LAROI- Without You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZuY2GXQAcg
Salt of the Sound- As the Mist Clears: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIs57NgaDzM

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SHOW NOTES

So we can trust that the biblical writings are accurate… but what do we do with them? How can something written to people of a different culture, language, and place 2000 years ago apply to anything happening in our lives now? But the thing is… when we understand how to use the biblical writings we can understand our role in the Kingdom of God.

Episode Breakdown:
01:15 How do we use the Bible?
04:10 Sticky Situations
05:10 How NOT to use the Bible
06:55 A helpful analogy
11:45 3 Practices
22:40 An example
27:15 Difficult verses
30:15 Wrap up & Giveaways
32:15 Questions & Stupid Human Trick

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SHOW NOTE DOWNLOADS:
▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-09-05_cg.pdf
▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-09-05.pdf
▶ Helpful Bible Reading Bookmark:

▶ Ask for Prayer or Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/welcome/

▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon Gatherings
September 12 & 24, Location TBD

▶ #SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on Social Media later this week)
– Enter to win this week on Social Media- Espresso Road Coffee https://www.facebook.com/espressoroad/
– Last week’s giveaway: Mina’s Cafe https://www.facebook.com/MinasCafeSalem/

▶ #forSalem Opportunity: SIMONKA HOUSE Items!
We will be collecting their BIGGEST needs: laundry soap, printer paper, flip flops, and beef or pork roasts. Find out more about Simonka house or donate to them directly if you can’t make an in-person Crosscreek Event.
https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/simonka

▶ Additional Resources:
How can the Bible Be Authoritative- NT. Wright: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-kUk_S3CJdq4veI7XVyUEhJvUrj6Chi6RlKVjhYHxv0/edit?usp=sharing
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth- Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart
Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes- E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien
Playing with Fire- Walt Russell
Irresistible- Andy Stanley
NLT Illustrated Study Bible- https://www.amazon.com/Illustrated-Study-Bible-NLT-Tyndale/dp/1496402006/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=nlt+illustrated+study+bible&qid=1630518689&sr=8-3

▶ Music we listened to making this episode:
The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in F Major, Op 8 No. 3, RV 293 “Autumn”: II. Adagio molto. Written by Antonio Vivaldi. Performed by Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Itzhak Perlman.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8fQIUBMW0U
Figure it Out: Royal Blood- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHX3lWJxQPA
Power of Love: Huey Lewis & the News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBl2QGAIx1s

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Influenced.

A guide to changing our thinking.

We and our thinking are products of multiple influences. Many of us feel stuck in the same patterns of heartbreak, failure, frustrations… We see it in our society, too: same arguments over and over. Same divisions. If we were somehow able to change our influences, we could change our thinking and therefore change our lives. 

SHOW NOTES

We seem to live through the same unhealthy and unproductive cycles over and over. How can we make different choices that lead to better and healthier outcomes? The first step is changing our thinking.

Episode Breakdown:
00:26 Caterpillars & Connecting
02:30 Influenced Intro, w/ Jon
20:00 Do you have a chair and ten minutes?
23:00 Giveaways & Coming Up Stuff
26:45 Discussion Qs and Outtakes

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

▶ Upcoming #salemoregon Gatherings 2nd/4th Sundays 4:30pm:
August 8th @ 922 Hylo Road SE (Music & Hangout): RSVP via Facebook & share: https://www.facebook.com/events/217436217053375/
August 22nd @ Wallace Marine Boat Ramp — 297 Musgrave Ave NW, Salem, OR 97304-  Baptisms!!! Email us if you want more info on that: info@yourcrosscreek.com

▶ #SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on our Social Media later this week or email to enter!)
– Enter to win this week on Social Media The Ike Box https://www.facebook.com/IKEbox/
– Last week’s giveaway- Gamberetti’s https://www.gamberettis.com/

▶More about The Ike Box’s mission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRNoqyUrKIk

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Romans 8:1-17
Colossians 3:1-17

▶ Other Resources:
Better Decisions. Fewer Regrets- Andy Stanley: https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/better-decisions-fewer-regrets–5-questions-to-help-you-determine-your-next-move/26354877

▶ Music we listened to making this episode:
Muse: Pressure- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2eKImKZviw
Queen: Under Pressure- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a01QQZyl-_I
Destroy Boys: Fences- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn8oLdHsb2o

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How have you seen God working in your life and world this past week?
  2. Read Colossians 3:12-15. Which of these are typically harder things to “clothe” yourself with? How have you seen that impact your life?
  3. What are some key influences in your life? How do you think they’ve formed your thinking?
  4. Are there any influences you feel you might need to add or subtract? How can your group pray for you this week?
SHOW NOTES

If we constantly fill our bodies with empty calories we won’t be able to live healthy lives. The same is true with the quality of the influences we allow into our lives. But how do we know which influences are healthy and which are empty? It all comes down to asking the right questions.

Episode Breakdown:
00:00 Pregame Warmup
00:45 Bringing howdy back
02:00 The BEST Questions, w/ Jon
22:55 Final Thoughts & Flying Biscuits
28:40 Questions & BTS 😉

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

▶ Upcoming #salemoregon Gatherings 2nd/4th Sundays 4:30pm:
August 22nd @ 922 Hylo Road SE, Salem, OR –  Dinner + Baptisms!!! Email us if you want more info on that: info@yourcrosscreek.com

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on our Social Media later this week or email to enter!)
– Enter to win this week on Social MediaWord of Mouth Bistro https://ilovewom.com/
– Last week’s giveaway- The Ike Box https://www.facebook.com/IKEbox/

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Ephesians 4:21-24 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%204%3A21-24&version=NLT
Book of Philippians (“fill the space w/ what’s nourishing” challenge)

▶ Other Resources:
Better Decisions. Fewer Regrets- Andy Stanley: https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/better-decisions-fewer-regrets–5-questions-to-help-you-determine-your-next-move/26354877

Music we listened to making this episode:
Imagine Dragons-  Wrecked: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2NkuFIlLEo
Josh Garrels- Home (Full Album): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElsXbALlO0Y
Lauren Daigle- Wake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X45Jh6g-W3Yhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn8oLdHsb2o

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How have you seen God working in your life & world this past week?
  2. Re-read the “6 questions for evaluating influences” (see below) again from the message. Which would be most important for you to focus on and why?
  3. Read Ephesians 4:21-24. What do you think life would look like if you were able to follow Paul’s instructions here? 
  4. What poisonous, empty, or nourishing influences do you have? What do you want to do about them this week and how can your group pray for you?

6 Questions for evaluating influences… 
1. Is this committed to truth?
2. Does this lift me up or pull me down?

3. Does this help me love more?
4. What is this attempting to produce in me?
5. Does this promote peace or fear, unity or division?

6. Is this done with excellence?

SHOW NOTES

Our relationships are supremely influential in our lives and determine our life outcomes to an enormous degree. The problem is, many times, we participate in relationships that aren’t necessarily healthy for us. The good news is that we can choose to build nourishing relationships with Jesus and others by focusing on and prioritizing them and being mindful of the influence they have on us.

Episode Breakdown:
00:45 Sup, Podcasters
01:40 In Good Company, w/ Aaron
17:40 The Challenge
18:00 Giveaways, School Supplies, & Upcoming Events

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▶ Upcoming #salemoregon Gatherings 2nd/4th Sundays 4:30pm:
August 22nd @ 922 Hylo Road SE, Salem, OR –  Dinner + Baptisms!!! Email us if you want more info on that: info@yourcrosscreek.com

#forSalem Opportunity: AUGUST BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
School Supply Drive for CASA of Marion County (Foster Care Non-Profit). https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/school for details

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on our Social Media later this week or email to enter!)
– Enter to win this week on Social Media! (Monday)
– Last week’s giveaway- Word of Mouth Bistro https://ilovewom.com/

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Book of Philippians (“fill the space w/ what’s nourishing” challenge)

Music we listened to making this episode:
Jon Foreman- All Seasons (spring and summer, fall and winter): https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVxgouPB1CxuMh25Z-Ico5DrErDS8zu5o
J.S. Bach- 6 Suites for Cello Solo (Full Album) played by István Várdai: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D83cMncj_Ig
Audrey Assad- Everything is Yours https://youtu.be/TNfR3mQHxkk

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How have you seen God working in your life & world this past week?
  2. How have you seen relational influences (healthy and/or not healthy) affect your life?
  3. Read Philippians 3:7-8. How does your experience relate to Paul’s?
  4. Look at/think about your “target”. What relational influences do you have? What do you want to do about them this week and how can your group pray for you?


REVIEW (Part 2): 6 Questions for evaluating influences… 

1. Is this committed to truth?
2. Does this lift me up or pull me down?

3. Does this help me love more?
4. What is this attempting to produce in me?
5. Does this promote peace or fear, unity or division?

6. Is this done with excellence?

https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/EI-questions-cell.jpeg

…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?

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

We often assume Jesus is FOR what we are FOR and AGAINST what we are AGAINST. But what if we are wrong? What if Jesus has a purpose better and bigger than our personal agendas?

Episode Breakdown:
0:35 Shalom & Greetings
1:45 Trade, w/ Jon
27:45 A bad Dad joke and some news
33:00 The actual flippity flip

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 Upcoming #salemoregon Parties
Potluck & Music night: July 11, 4:30pm @ Gateway CC 922 Hylo Road SE, Salem, OR 97306
Baptism & Picnic: July 25, 4:30pm @ Minto Brown Island Park Shelter (email us if you’re interested in baptism info@yourcrosscreek.com)

 #SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on our Social Media later this week or email to enter!)
– Enter to win this week on Social Media- Shades of Brew https://www.shadesofbrew.com/
– Last week’s giveaway- Furbish https://www.facebook.com/furbishsalem/

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Romans 12:1-2 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+12%3A1-2&version=NLT
Proverbs 3:5-6 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%203%3A5-6&version=NLT

▶ Wallpaper from this episode: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/luke22-42-wallpaper.jpeg

▶ Additional Resources:
Visioneering- Andy Stanley: https://www.amazon.com/Visioneering-Discovering-Maintaining-Personal-Vision/dp/159052456X

 Music we listened to making this episode:
Muse- Time is Running Out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzpGk44UXKQ
The Spinners- Rubberband Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzpGk44UXKQ
Josh Garrels- Fear Thy Not: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvIGgVjDJJE

▶ Donate to Crosscreek & keep a good thing goin’ 🙂

▶ The bible we used in the Scripture section: NLT Life Application Study Bible
https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/nlt-life-application-study-bible-third-edition-hardcover/20777487/#isbn=1496433823

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How has God been working in your life and world this past week?
  2. What are some important dreams/passions in your life? Why do you think these are important to you?
  3. Read Luke 22:42. How does Jesus’ prayer relate to where you are at in your life currently?
  4. What’s an agenda of yours that might need to be traded for Jesus’ purpose for you? How can your group pray for you in that this week?
SHOW NOTES

Why does our society seem so polarized and contentious? We have chosen to define ourselves by what we are against… which forces us to define others as either allies or enemies. But Jesus showed us a better way. Following Jesus in the 21st century requires us to define ourselves by what we are FOR.

Episode Breakdown:
0:20 30ish seconds you could skip unless you’re new
1:15 Enemies, w/ Jon
25:00 Giveaways & Gatherings
29:00 What’s Baptism?!? + a Minto baptism

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Upcoming #salemoregon Parties
Baptism & Picnic: July 25, 4:30pm @ Minto Brown Island Park Shelter (email us if you’re interested in baptism info@yourcrosscreek.com)

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on our Social Media later this week or email to enter!)
– Enter to win this week on Social Media- Roth’s Groceries https://www.roths.com/ (Big Eater’s burger review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pClZPgGMoR4)
– Last week’s giveaway- Happy Bibimbap House https://www.happybibimbaphouse.com/

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Micah 6:6-8 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Micah%206%3A6-8&version=NLT
Romans 12:9-21 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+12%3A9-21&version=NLT
1 Corinthians 13 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+13&version=NLT
1 Peter 3:8-12 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Peter+3%3A8-12&version=NLT

▶ Additional Resources:
Love Does- Bob Goff https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/discover-an-incredible-life-in-an-ordinary-world_bob-goff/263299/item/11363735/

Music we listened to making this episode:
Guardians Inferno: The Sneepers Ft. David Hasselhoff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MMMe1drnZY
I’m a Believer: Smash Mouth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zCv_BLdVtE
Chan Chan: Buena Vista Social Club: https://youtu.be/o5cELP06Mik

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▶ The bible we used in the Scripture section: NLT Life Application Study Bible
https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/nlt-life-application-study-bible-third-edition-hardcover/20777487/#isbn=1496433823

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How have you seen God working in your life and sphere of influence this past week?
  2. What do you tend to be AGAINST? What would change if you chose to define yourself by who you are FOR instead?
  3. Read Luke 6:27-36. How does this contrast with other codes of conduct in the world?
  4. What enemy/enemies do you need to pray for and love this week? How can your group support you in this endeavor?
SHOW NOTES

Following Jesus should make Christians the happiest and most humble people in the world. Then why does it seem that they always are fighting each other and society? Maybe it’s time to rethink what it means to follow Jesus in the 21st century and rediscover what actually made the first Jesus Followers so different and inviting.

Episode Breakdown:
0:30 Headbands Welcome
1:45 Superiority Complex, w/ Jon
28:45 Big things this weekend!
34:05 Hi Mom!

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▶ Upcoming #salemoregon Gatherings
Park Picnic: July 25, 4:30pm @ Woodmansee Park, South Salem
Coming up in August: August 8th & August 25th – Stay Tuned!

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on our Social Media later this week or email to enter!)
– Enter to win this week on Social Media– Welcome to Salem, Tokyroll! https://tokyroll.com/
– Last week’s giveaway- Roth’s Groceries https://www.roths.com/

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Philippians 2:3-11 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%202%3A3-11&version=NLT
Matthew 5:14-16 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%205%3A14-16&version=NLT
Ephesians 2:8-10 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+2%3A8-10&version=NLT

▶ Additional Resources:
In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership, Henri Nouwen- https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/in-the-name-of-jesus-reflections-on-christian-leadership_henri-jm-nouwen/

Music we listened to making this episode:
Nowhere Generation- Rise Against: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75S5PDXTEVQ
Jack Johnson- Mudfootball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aTEqqa7LjU
Typhoons- Royal Blood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9SQ2xfHEiM

Donate to Crosscreek & keep a good thing goin’ 🙂

▶ The bible we used in the Scripture section: NLT Life Application Study Bible
https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/nlt-life-application-study-bible-third-edition-hardcover/20777487/#isbn=1496433823

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How have you seen God working in your life and sphere of influence this past week?
  2. Who is someone you or others generally consider “great?” What makes them stand out? How would they compare to Jesus’ definition of great?
  3. Read Philippians 2:1-11. What would be the difficulties and benefits from thinking and living this way daily? 
  4. Who has God put in your life for you to serve? What steps can you take to start/continue serving them and how can your group pray with you in that?
SHOW NOTES

It seems there are only two types of Christians: aggressively loud or passively silent. But the first Jesus followers were neither, and the world was changed forever. The world can be changed again, but first we need to rethink what it means to follow Jesus in the 21st Century.

Episode Breakdown:
00:00 Who we are
00:33 The Rundown
02:11 Lookalikes, w/ Jon
29:30 Giveaways & Stuff
32:36 Outtakes

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▶ Upcoming #salemoregon Gatherings
Coming up in August: August 8th & August 25th – Stay Tuned!

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on our Social Media later this week or email to enter!)
– Enter to win this week on Social MediaGamberetti’s https://www.gamberettis.com/
– Last week’s giveaway- Welcome to Salem, Tokyroll! https://tokyroll.com/

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Acts 1-8
Colossians 4:5-6 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians%204%3A5-6&version=NLT

Music we listened to making this episode:
The Greatest Showman- Come Alive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDd9dejw2HY
Rage Against the Machine- Testify: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm7ych5qH14
Salt of the Sound- Dwell Among Us: https://youtu.be/kREVylNmIwchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9SQ2xfHEiM

Donate to Crosscreek & keep a good thing goin’ 🙂

▶ The bible we used in the Scripture section: NLT Life Application Study Bible
https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/nlt-life-application-study-bible-third-edition-hardcover/20777487/#isbn=1496433823

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What have you seen God doing in your life and world this past week?
  2. Look back further. Can you tell of a time God showed up in your life?
  3. Read Colossians 4:5-6. What might this look like in an individual and/or community’s life? What might it NOT look like?
  4. Who might you be willing to share your story with this week or who should you be “seeing”? How can your group pray for you during 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’

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#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

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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

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#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

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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

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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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