Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bread & Butter

I get asked a lot about what makes Cross Point unique. Usually the person asking the question wants to know what novel or creative ideas and strategies are driving our church planting. Well I'm not that creative and I'm leery of novelty. The "bread and butter" of Cross Point Church is the weekly expository preaching that happens on Sunday and the fellowship in the Word that happens in Community Groups. Money, sound equipment, buildings, chairs, cars, and couches are all resources that serve these essential components but the really important things are the Bible-driven preaching and small group gatherings.

So where are these Bible-driven groups driven? We like to say they are driven "up", "in", and "out" (I've been helped in this terminology and practical thinking by Mike Breen as well as the book Total Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis)...
  • We want to focus "up" by giving attention to God through the study of God's Word.
1 Timothy 4:13; Acts 2:42-43; Colossians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 10:31
  • We want to focus "in" by giving time to each other and building closer friendships/ accountability.
Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:44-47; Romans 12:13; James 5:16
  • We want to focus "out" by giving hospitality and witness to those outside our covenant community.
Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 10:13-17; Romans 12:13; 2 Timothy 4:5

Now what does expository or Bible-driven preaching look like? Simply put, I take the point of a given passage for the point of my sermon. My goal is to study the selected text (working through one book at a time), explain the point of the text and how that point is "fleshed out", and provide application for our context. The Scripture provides me the outline and the content of my sermon so that those listening will learn the Word of God and learn how to read the Word of God so that they can live out the Word of God.

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