One of the primary ways that we get into God’s Word, and get God’s Word into us is through singing (Colossians 3:16). This is why, no matter the CrossPoint location you attend, you will find various expressions of singing. Singing songs that are theologically rich and centered on Christ connects us as a church in the 21st century to believers in the first century. We don’t sing primarily because we like to (because we very well may not like it), but because we are commanded to.
There are many reasons why we sing, but the greatest should be out of joyful obedience to God. After all, God commands our joy. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). God also commands us to sing songs that are new, which means that the church should write new songs for the church to sing (Psalm 98:1). God has been gracious to give CrossPoint Church some gifted songwriters, creatives, and musicians. There’s not one person to point at, but rather, we bring our many gifts together as a church in order to point to Jesus.
I’m over the top excited to announce the release of the first song we have recorded, “This Is The Day (Rejoice!)”. It’s available everywhere. You can download or stream it on your favorite platform. As I write this, I’m reminded that we have a unique blessing in this digital age to take the songs we sing with us on the go. Through the gospel, songs have the power to make a difference in you as you make a difference in the lives of others. My prayer is that this song will function like portable theology to help the Word of Christ dwell richly in your heart in the places you live, work, and play.
Lead Pastor Team | Executive Pastor of Worship & Engagement
God is at work in a big way in Liberal! As we look back at what all the Lord has done, we are amazed to see a steady growth in just our second year as a CrossPoint location. We have seen a big growth in our Worship Services and we are equally excited to see this growth translate over to almost every ministry in our church! People are not just “coming and seeing” but they are finding a home where they can love God, grow up, and serve all!
God has opened many doors of opportunities for us to make a gospel impact in our community. We saw over 100 families walk through our doors and hear about Jesus at our Vacation Bible School and our Easter Eggstravaganza event. Outreach events like these have helped us create long lasting relationships with families in our community. We are praying that these relationships will lead to families dedicating themselves to Jesus!
God has placed a burden on our hearts to reach the city of Liberal for Jesus. We know that this means that we are intentional in shining the gospel light in everything we do including the way that we worship. This year we have incorporated Spanish subtitles to the sermons to go along with our singing in both English and Spanish! We believe that if God has called us to reach our community then our aim is to look like the community He has called us to love and serve! May God be glorified in His church in Liberal!
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My wife Kathy is famous in our world for her momisms. She has some very predictable sayings that are snippets of her wisdom and practical parenting that have been proven true again and again:
She was almost never wrong.
As a preacher I know I have several of those generic responses that have served me well over the years. Things like these:
There is something about that last statement though, something that needs to be investigated. I really believe that if you will become a committed Bible student it will change your life. And, when I see so many Christian lives unchanged I must confront one of two facts. 1) Either I am wrong about the effectiveness of the Bible, or 2) someone’s not really reading their Bible. Thankfully, in this case even science is on my side.
The Center of Bible Engagement compiled the research findings by Arnold Cole and Pamela Caudill Ovwigho into a report called “Understanding the Bible Engagement Challenge: Scientific Evidence for the Power of 4” (https://research.lifeway.com/2021/04/30/the-key-to-life-changing-biblical-engagement/)
It surveyed 40,000 people (that’s a lot for a study) between the ages of 8 and 80 and they found that those who studied their Bible at least four days a week had some amazing results:
That is amazing! Apparently, “read your Bible” is solid advice and should be taken… ahem, yes, I am talking to you.
And, while I know that the number one reason people don’t read their bible is because they say they don’t know how, I have a great opportunity for you.
CrossPoint has been teaching the Reading It Right Bible study process for more than 10 years. You can learn it now and grow with it for a lifetime. Here is Reading It Right at a glance.
Imagine the Bible is a map that you are trying to read. There is a verse of Scripture that acts as a legends to the map to tell you how to read it:
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
In the above passage there are four things the bible itself says that Scripture is “profitable” for, or useful for in your life. These can be used a four steps to Bible study. It says that you should read the bible for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
We have created some common terminology surrounding these 4 steps and they are the framework for Reading It Right:
For teaching we use the word SUMMARIZE. The first step of Bible study is to take whatever you are reading and condense it down to its main thought, point or intention. To recreate the passage in a way that can be summarized in a nutshell.
For reproof we use the word EXPOSE. After we discover the main teaching of the Bible we ask ourselves what it reveals about our own life. We look for what is exposed as truth when you compare your life to the standards of Scripture.
For correction we use the word CHANGE. Based on what was exposed in the previous step there needs to be an adjustment. This is not a generic “I should be more like Jesus,” but a specific, measurable, immediate response to line your life up with the teaching from the Bible.
For training in righteousness we use the word PREPARE. The truth is that whatever God has taught, exposed and changed in you is just the beginning! It is one step that is leading to a place of more maturity and spiritual responsibility. You need to discover what this change may be preparing you for in the future.
As you study the Bible, here are some questions you can ask yourself to follow the steps of Reading It Right.
SUMMARIZE - (teach) What is the Bible saying? How can I summarize this passage in one, or two sentences?
EXPOSE - (reproof) What is the Bible saying about my life? What does this passage expose concerning the way I live?
CHANGE - (correct) What specific action should I take? What should I start, or stop doing today?
PREPARE - (train) If I make this change, God’s Word is getting me ready for what? For what future is God’s Word trying to prepare me?
If you practice this method of study it will become more and more natural. It will turn you into a lifelong learner and allow you to study the Bible with no other resources than a Bible and a journal for recording your Reading It Right steps.
If you’d like more information or would like additional resources go to ReadingItRight.com
Lead Pastor Team | Lead Teaching and Vision Pastor
This Is The Day (Rejoice!) is available to download or stream. May it help you know the joy of Jesus Today!