June 11, we will begin a sermon series that will take us through the summer. It is a departure, of sorts, from the 3 year Lectionary that we typically use. While 2 of the 3 weekly readings will remain the same, there will be one reading that will be the basis for the sermon for each week that is not from the 3 year Lectionary.
The series theme is called “Christians Under Construction”. We are planning on about 8 weeks for this series. As we live in this life we are always and constantly “under construction”; being reformed into God’s Image, being transformed by the renewing of our minds, daily dying and rising to new life. As Christians, we are a constant renovation project to be that which God created us to be, in relationship to Him, to one another and to those around us. This type of “re-construction” encompasses the entirety of our earthly lives and only sees the finished product when Christ returns. So it is important that we examine how the Lord is working in our lives today, what the Holy Spirit encourages us to live out in our daily lives and how we can live in this “Now but not yet” time with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
I hope that you will join us on this journey and reflect on each message as the Gospel and the Master Craftsman molds us into the people of God that He intends us to be.
If you miss a week, that is understandable and we have resources available to keep you moving along this journey. Each week, we record the messages and they are available for playback from our website, www.holycross-crawfordsville.org.
The series will be as follows:
June 11: “Building A Life That Matters” based on Mark 8
June 18: “Foundations Are Critical” based on Matthew 7
June 25: “Using The Best Materials” Based on Colossians 3
July 2: “Let Freedom Ring” Based on Galatians 5
July 9: “Let The Living Begin” Based on 1 Peter 2
July 16: “The Door of Forgiveness” Based on Luke 7
July 23: “The Door of Compassion” Based on Luke 10
July 30: “The Door of Service” Based on Matthew 25
June 25, 2017 “Using The Best Materials” Based on Colossians 3
“when you build a house, what kind of materials are important to you? Would you use cheap lumber, the least expensive and yet watery concrete, windows made of Saran Wrap? I doubt any of us would. We would certainly want to keep things within a budget, but we would also seek to find the VERY BEST MATERIALS that would give us a beautifully constructed home. Well, as Christians Under Construction, what do we do? We have heard all about “Building a Life that Matters”, and we have talked about Location, location, location and how the “Foundation is Critical”. Now we are ready to begin the construction process, but what are the types of materials that we should use to build the house of our Christian lives? How expensive are they? Where do we get these materials? The Apostle Paul speaks to us this week and provides us with the Shopping list for the materials to build our Christian Lives. The very materials he describes to the Colossian Church, are the same materials we should be seeking to build on our Foundation of God’s Word. Please join us as we hear about “Using the Best Materials” from Colossians 3:12-17. Also remember that you can hear the previous messages in this series at www.holycross-crawfordsville.org/sermonrecordings.html
June 18, 2017 “Foundations Are Critical” based on Matthew 7
Last week we heard what it means to “Build a life that matters”. Every building project starts with the foundation being laid. That means ensuring the area to build on is also fit for laying the foundation. Too many times we have seen news reports of mudslides or rushing waters that simply sweep homes away. Perhaps it is because the ground, the foundation where the home was built was not suitable. As Christians that are always under construction, we too need to be certain that the life we build for ourselves; this “life that matters”, is also built on a firm foundation. That foundation is the Rock of the Word of God. Join us this week as we hear Jesus explain how critical that foundation truly is for us in His teaching from Matthew 7:24-29.
June 11, 2017 “Building a Life That Matters” Mark 8:31-38
This week, as we begin this series, we get a glimpse into the lives of the disciples and ourselves and see that we are NOT exactly the disciples and Christians that God intended us to be. He wants us to have a life of purpose, a life that matters, and not simply move from earthly living to the Heavenly Kingdom.
After living with Jesus for 3 years, even Peter had just confessed Jesus to be “The Christ” and then Jesus lays our His plan. It involves death and resurrection. Peter still doesn’t get it and actually rebukes Jesus.
Jesus then explains what it means and what the earthly costs will be to truly have a life that matters as a follower of Christ. He explains, “If ANYONE would come (follow) after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.” WOW!!! In a world of individualism and every man for himself…… what does Jesus mean “Deny myself”? When He says to “Take up my cross” does He mean to just accept the lot in life I have been given? We all know the saying…… “It’s my cross to bear.”
Join us as we dig into this text and see how Jesus is calling us to something greater than the here and now. How He is inviting us to live a life that truly matters both today and for our eternity. We pray you will be blessed by this and encouraged to rethink your own situations, seek forgiveness for where we each fail and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you to “Build A Life That Matters”
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us... Hebrews 12:1