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Over the last 2000 years, Billions of people have chosen to become Jesus followers And the Church has literally changed the history of humankind. HOW? Was it an accident? Was it some mystical heavenly force? Or did normal people, through the power of God and the simple message of Jesus do it on purpose? Can we play a part in this movement? And can we also do it on purpose?  A March 2018 message series.

Part 1: The Purpose
March 4, 2018

How can we be a church on purpose?

Part 1: The Purpose

by Jon Silva, 3-4-18 | Church on Purpose

Part 2: The Power
March 11, 2018

We can be God’s ambassadors because God empowers us.

Part 2: The Power

by Jon Silva, 3-18-18 | Church on Purpose

Part 3: The Process
March 18, 2018

We can do “church on purpose” when we participate in the process of church.

Part 3: The Process

by Aaron Fiedler, 3-18-18 | Church on Purpose

Part 4: The Prayer
March 25, 2018

The prayer of a church on purpose is for the courage to work with God to save others.

Part 4: The Prayer

by Jon Silva, 3-25-18 | Church on Purpose

Everyone has a Starting Point.

Catch up online with our Starting Point series, which will ran live at Crosscreek Sundays in January & February of 2018.

December 31, 2017

Everything that exists had a starting point . . . including you. You may have started on purpose. You may have started by accident (from your parents’ perspective). You may even have started through the magic of medical science. Whatever the circumstances, you had a starting point and it began before you were aware of it. Physical life is one of many starting points. Your formal education had a starting point. Your career had a starting point. Your romantic life had a starting point. Your experience as a parent had a starting
point. Faith has a starting point as well.

January 7, 2018

During childhood, you may have been handed a faith framework through which you began to view the world. For a lot of us, that childhood framework didn’t survive the rigors of adulthood. It’s not enough to say, “The Bible says . . .” in the face of real-life tragedy. Adults often need a new starting point. But the starting point for Christian faith isn’t “The Bible says . . .” It’s better than that. It’s Jesus. but more.

January 14, 2018

Three major world faith traditions—Judaism, Islam, and Christianity—claim the same starting point: a man named Abraham. All three agree that sin made a mess of the world and God started his clean-up operation with Abraham. God made a series of promises and Abraham’s responses to those promises didn’t just have implications for his personal starting point or the starting points of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. It had implications for your starting point as well.

January 21, 2018

Practically speaking, rules are often the centerpiece of religious life. Many people think the Ten Commandments are rules that make a relationship with God possible. If you follow the rules, God will be happy. If you don’t, he won’t. But what if a relationship with God doesn’t depend on our obedience? When it comes to your relationship with God, what is the role of rules?

January 28, 2018

Shame can be crippling. Guilt is powerful. We all have things in our past that haunt us. It only takes a word, a picture, or a name to bring it all back.We have sin. We know we can try to do better from this point forward, but how are we supposed to fix the past? We try… We can say we’re sorry. We can ask for forgiveness. But some of the things we’ve done hang over our lives like a fog. What can wash away our sins?

February 11, 2018

At some point in your faith journey, you will settle into a bargaining posture with God. “God, if you will . . . , I promise I will . . . .” We all do it. That’s just part of religion—every religion. In fact, it’s so much a part of human nature that even some atheists and agnostics do it when they find themselves in desperate circumstances. But is that really how God wants us to relate to him? The problem with a bargaining posture is we never keep up our end of the bargain, do we?

February 18, 2018

Everything has a starting point including your faith journey. Faith has a starting point. But faith is perhaps the most confused, misused, and abused concept in religion. But, a single event—the resurrection of Jesus—separates Christian faith from every other religious belief movement.

Every year many of us hope this is the Christmas that will finally live up to the hype. And every year we end up at least a little disappointed because Christmas just seemed so… ordinary. Where is the magical feeling we are promised in the songs, movies, and see in the story of the first Christmas? Yet, on the outside, the first Christmas didn’t live up to the hype either… until you look a little closer. Let’s explore the extraordinary story of the ordinary first Christmas and maybe this year can be our Best Christmas Ever.

Part 1: Deal with Your Expectations

Dr. Ken Silva, 11-26-17

False expectations can blind us to the real joy of Christmas.

Part 2: Hard to Believe

Jon Silva, 12-03-17

God chooses ordinary people.

Part 3: Another Ordinary Christmas

Jon Silva, 12-10-17

Extraordinary is found in the ordinary

Part 4: The Purpose

Jon Silva, 12-17-17

Jesus transforms the ordinary into extraordinary.

Does God really want us to be Happy?

Find out the truth! View our 6-part Happy series from Fall of 2017.

What Makes You Happy

by Jon Silva | Happy Series, Part 1 || 10-15-17

Something you don’t normally hear in churches, and might actually be controversial, but… believe it or not: God wants you to be happy! No thing makes you happy. So what does make us happy? What do all happy people have in common?  Watch or listen to find out more.

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You Are Happy When

by Jon Silva | Happy Series, Part 2 || 10-22-17

What we discovered last week was you can actually have both… You don’t have to choose between God and happiness. God created us to be happy. This week we’ll look at what Jesus says about how happy people think and act.

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Peace With God

by Jon Silva | Happy Series, Part 3 || 10-29-17

Every happy person has peace.  Peace with themselves, others, and God. Peace with God paves the way to peace with ourselves and equips us to make peace with others. And it begins with faith is Jesus Christ. Not changing our behavior… just like going to Oktoberfest doesn’t make you German… acting righteous doesn’t make you righteous. The only way to get to the Kingdom of God is through faith, trusting what Jesus has done.

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Managing Money Well

by Aaron Fiedler | Happy Series, Part 4 || 11-05-17

Money won’t make you happy or unhappy. It’s about how well you manage what you have. Money contributes to your happiness if you manage it well. Managing money well looks like putting our stuff in proper perspective (Matthew 6:19-21), and not letting “it” be in control.  We can do this by Giving 1st, Saving 2nd, and Living off the rest.

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by Jon Silva | Happy Series, Part 5 || 11-12-17

Have you ever watched someone else’s life and it was like watching a slow-motion car wreck? You can see self-inflicted pain headed in that person’s direction. You wonder how he or she doesn’t see it coming. Maybe you’ve been that person. Others tried to warn you, but you couldn’t see the danger that was so obvious to them. How does that happen? Why are we tempted to make decisions that hurt us in the long-run? The problem often stems from our confusion about the relationship between pleasure and happiness.

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Give it Away

by Jon Silva | Happy Series, Part 6 || 11-19-17

We’re tempted to believe that happiness comes from things. But happiness is an outcome of what we invest in. So, one could say doing makes the difference—especially doing for others. You won’t be happy as long as you are all about you.

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God doesn’t just love religious church people. He passionately and wildly loves people who have never even stepped foot in a church building or have decided they never want to again. In this series, we addressed some of the things that have kept people away from church. And what we discovered was, most of the things some resist about church are things the church should be resisting too. Jesus came to make things brand new.

9-10-17  Brand New: Letting Go

Unfortunately a lot of “temple thinking” (explained in this sermon) is still part of the Church today… and it is the reason sooo many people resist church. The​ ​arrival​ ​of​ ​Jesus​ ​signaled​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​temple model​ ​and​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​of​ ​something​ ​entirely​ ​new. We are going to try to let go of the things that have been holding the church back and holding us back from really experiencing the NEW RELATIONSHIP and NEW LIFE that Jesus offers us.  
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9-17-17  Brand New: CUT IT OUT

When Jesus came he started something brand new. It wasn’t just another religion. The arrival of Jesus signaled an end to the Temple Model and the arrival of something Brand New. This Jesus thing was not Judaism, religion 2.0; this is a completely new thing. Not an add on. In the past, we as Christians, have allowed the old way, the religious rules, to seep in. Making the church resistible to others. But we are not going to let it continue. Because, the only thing that counts is FAITH expressing itself through LOVE.
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9-24-17  Brand New: RECYCLE

There’s a little “Temple Model” in all of us. We all feel there are things we have to do, or not do, to make our version of God like us better. Our consciences have been shaped by it. Because of this, we continue to hold onto things that hold us back. BUT, God’s unearned and unconditional love for us and for those around us must inform our consciences and shape our behaviors. Only then can we live out this thing that was Brand new, and have a new relationship with God and a new life now and forever… where the only thing that matters is faith expressing itself through love.
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10-1-17  Brand New: WHAT DOES LOVE LOOK LIKE?

As a result of blending the Temple Model with the Brand New Jesus Model, we hang onto attitudes and approaches to life, God, and others that hold us back. We miss out on experiencing the freedom of New Relationship and New life… and from sharing God’s love with others. The Temple model is YOU-centered. The Jesus Model centers on the YOU next to YOU. It’s easy to hide in the temple, but there is nowhere to hide when you are following Jesus… no loopholes or shortcuts. Your devotion to God is illustrated, demonstrated, and authenticated by your love for others. “In this situation… What does love look like?”
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10-8-17  Brand New: A Brand New World?

In this final session, we will discover the 5 ways the Jesus Model can change our world, making our view of church and living as Jesus followers Brand New… even though, it’s not *actually* new, but how things should have always been.  We just need to fine tune our consciences to what Jesus is actually about. The Jesus Model gives us a new view of the Church, Authority, Family, Spirituality, and Holiness.  Imagine if we has Jesus followers got this right?  It would change our homes, our city, our world! And, the Jesus’ Model was irresistible to others. And it’s that type of Christianity that changed the world forever.  It is a New Relationship with God and a New Life of freedom forever. Where the only rule is… “What does love look like?”  Let’s be that to the world around us, through the love of Jesus.
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