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
July 30, 2017 “The Door of Service” Based on Matthew 25
One of the most misunderstood verses in scripture comes from James. “Faith without works is dead.” While we know that works do not save us, we also know that Faith in the promises of Christ’s work does save us. Yet we often fall victim to the thoughts of the other world religions that point to James and say “See, works is parts of it.” But is it really? Faith in Christ and His work on the cross leads us, it does not compel us, to use the talents and gifts that God has given us to serve others. When we hide our talents and gifts from God and others, we rob God of His glory and rob ourselves and others of the joy of being faithful with these gifts. We should desire to invest the gifts we have given in the lives of others to see the fruit that this bears out. Out of faith comes our desire to serve. Without service, our faith is hidden from others and as James puts it, our faith is dead. Join us this week at 10:15 for our worship service and learn more about the Door of Service.
July 23, 2017 “The Door of Compassion” Based on Luke 10
Sometimes we enter into the lives of others through a door of compassion. Who doesn’t have a heart to help the needy, or those that we deem less fortunate than we are? It is something that as Christians, God has placed into our makeup. We don’t do this from compulsion, but from thankfulness for what God has already done for us in Christ Jesus. When we read the story of the Good Samaritan, we need to be careful as to which of the characters we identify with. Are we the Priest that even though he claims God as his savior, still walks away? Are we the Levite, the church member, who likewise doesn’t have the time. Are we the one who has been robbed and beaten and have had compassion poured out on us? Most want to be the Samaritan in this story, but can we really live up to what this means? Jesus is the good Samaritan. He is the compassionate one. We truly are the beat up and robbed people in the ditch of our sins. We can’t be the Samaritan, but we can still have compassion on the lost among us. Join us this week at 10:15 for our worship service and learn more about having compassion on others.
July 16, 2017 “The Door of Forgiveness” Based on Luke 7
“Our life as Christians under construction has been completed in Jesus death and resurrection. He built a foundation of His Word, used the best materials, set us free to move and grow. Last week we heard that we have a whole new identity and each of us are LIVING STONES IN A SPIRITUAL HOUSE. So now what do we do? We have a HOUSE WARMING PARTY!!!! How do we take this new life and live it properly? God wants us to open our doors of our Spiritual House. When people visit, they come through the door right? (Hopefully they don’t crawl through the window!!) So which door will people enter our lives and which door can we use to welcome people into our lives? Many homes have at least three doors…… front door, back door, garage door etc. As we live in a spiritual household we too have doors….. the DOOR of FORGIVENESS, the DOOR OF COMPASSION and the DOOR OF SERVICE. This week we will see what it looks like when we OPEN the DOOR OF FORGIVENESS rather than shutting others out through the LAW. When we forgive others, they feel the freedom to be part of our SPIRITUAL HOUSEHOLD. When we withhold forgiveness, we shut others out from the FREE GIFTS we have been given. So, join us this Sunday at 10:15 and read ahead for this week from Luke 7:36-50. You will see what it means to open the DOOR of FORGIVENESS.”
July 9, 2017 “Let the Living Begin” Based on 1 Peter 2
Sometimes you wake up in the morning and get ready for the day and you just say to yourself “I’m going to live today like it’s my last day.” You are excited for what the day holds for you. You just feel so alive and new. That is what today is for us as “Christians Under Construction”. God is transforming our lives and giving us a life that matters. He gave us the foundation of His Word to build on, He has used the best materials to build us into the creature He desires us to be, and He has set us free to live out our lives as Christians. This week Peter urges us, after all of the constructing God has done, he urges us to “Let the Living Begin.” Check out 1 Peter 2:1-12.
July 2, 2017 “Let Freedom Ring” Based on Galatians 5
“It’s a wonderful day for us Christians that are Under Construction. God has invited us to build a life that matters, and shown us where the foundation should be laid; on the Solid Rock of His Word. Last week God demonstrated that we have been given the Best Materials on which to build this NEW LIFE in Christ. This week, having torn down the old structure of our lives that has been marred by sin, we are FREE from everything that would prevent us from living an authentic Christian Life that reflects God’s Grace. So, we celebrate this freedom we have in the Gospel. The freedom from slavery and sin and ultimately the freedom from the sting of death. Now, living as new people, built on God’s Word, we are “Freedom Ringers”!!! We ring out the proclamation of God’s grace that we receive freely and we freely share that Grace with others in God’s Kingdom. Freedom comes the Sacrifice of Christ and we are given this FREELY! So let us celebrate our FREE LIVES and RING THE FREEDOM BELL.”
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.
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