About Daniel Smith

Daniel has been apart of The Crossing since 2010. He loves Christ and wants to see His bride rooted and established in the faith. Daniel became a pastor in 2014; he enjoys mustaches as well as anything that has to do with the National Hockey League.

Blog Post Sunday Gathering 06.25.2017

The purpose of this blog post is to help our church to engage and prepare our hearts to worship King Jesus. We will highlight the Scripture that we will preach on as well as the songs we will be singing during our Sunday Gathering. Here are a three simple ways to prepare your heart: 1) Read through and meditate on the text that will be preached that Sunday with your family or friends. 2) Sing, listen or read through some of the song lyrics that we will sing together and ask God to grow and strengthen our faith and understanding of Him through them. 3) Pray for God to reveal Himself to you and the The Crossing church in powerful ways! Worship through the Word: Psalm 46   Worship through Singing: Our Great God Not What My Hands Have Done In Christ Alone Rock Of Ages (Ascend the Hill) A Mighty Fortress Is Our... Continue reading

Blog Post Sunday Gathering 06.11.2017

The purpose of this blog post is to help our church to engage and prepare our hearts to worship King Jesus. We will highlight the Scripture that we will preach on as well as the songs we will be singing during our Sunday Gathering. Here are a three simple ways to prepare your heart: 1) Read through and meditate on the text that will be preached that Sunday with your family or friends. 2) Sing, listen or read through some of the song lyrics that we will sing together and ask God to grow and strengthen our faith and understanding of Him through them. 3) Pray for God to reveal Himself to you and the The Crossing church in powerful ways! Worship through the Word: Psalm 24 Worship through Singing: Lord I Need You The Wonderful Cross Give Us Clean Hands Lift High the Name of Jesus Beautiful Behold Our... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion Questions John 6:60-71

Here’s a few sermon discussion questions to help our church love God by applying his word to our lives. Feel free to use these questions for personal reflection, alongside your family, within a smaller discipleship/journey group, or even within the context of your Life Group. If you missed Sunday’s sermon from John 6:60-71 you can view it online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CUZ4M38w5I TPQ: When is a time that you had a hard saying shared with you? How did you respond?   Does this offend you? verses 60-65 As we heard on Sunday, this hard saying the disciples (or his followers) are referring to is not an intellectual issue but rather it was offensive to them. This eventually leads them to no longer walk with Jesus (verse 66) The reality is, the truths of Jesus are often offensive to people. What are some offensive truths from Jesus that the culture around us rejects? and/or What are some offensive truths you have wrestled with and how has that... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion Questions

Here’s a few sermon discussion questions to help our church love God by applying his word to our lives. Feel free to use these questions for personal reflection, alongside your family, within a smaller discipleship/journey group, or even within the context of your Life Group. If you missed Sunday’s sermon from John 6:35-59 you can view it online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBpWZLXUvVw TPQ:  To open the sermon, Rich shared a story of a 'good day gone bad'. When have you had a good day, seemingly going well, then it all changed? What was that like? How did it affect your attitude or your mood? As we look more closely at this passage, we're reminded that we can tend to base our satisfaction with life on our outer circumstances rather than our satisfaction in Christ. In the context of this passage, Christ had provided food for the crowd the day before. Now, in conversation the next day, Jesus claims that He is the Bread of Life. From the verses that follow, Rich poses 3... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Follow-up Questions John 6:1-21

Here’s a few sermon discussion questions to help our church love God by applying his word to our lives. Feel free to use these questions for personal reflection, alongside your family, within a smaller discipleship/journey group, or even within the context of your Life Group. If you missed Sunday’s sermon from John 6:1-21 you can view it online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2S-us2vA8c John 6 is a unparalleled passage in the fourth gospel. The evangelist (John) leverages Jesus' miracle of feeding 5,000 (men) to get to the heart of following Him. Let me encourage you, and your Life Group, to devote time reading John 6 multiple times over the next month as we preach through it.   TPQ - How has our American culture bought into the lie that bigger is always better? You could also ask - what are some ways that bigger is better; what are some ways that bigger is not better? THE PESSIMISTIC DISCIPLES - verses 3-13 Pessimism defined - The tendency to see the... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion John 5:30-47

Here’s a few sermon discussion questions to help our church love God by applying his word to our lives. Feel free to use these questions for personal reflection, alongside your family, within a smaller discipleship/journey group, or even within the context of your Life Group. If you missed Sunday’s sermon from John 5:30-47 you can view it online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVkG_gqpMt0 TPQ:  Pastor Aaron gave an example of serving on a jury. Have you ever served on a jury? What was the experience like or what do you think it'd be like? This passage shows Jesus using courtroom language and has Him presenting witnesses. He uses the legal process that the Jews understood. Jesus' First Witness- v31-32, 36-37 Jesus makes reference to the Father, God Himself. Elsewhere in scripture, we see the Father claiming Jesus as His Son. In Jesus' baptism, the Father affirms the Son. In the Transfiguration, He confirms the glory the Son deserves. Q: can you think of other examples... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion Luke 19:28-40

We are in the midst of our Holy Week celebration. Here's a few questions to stir up conversation and worship of our humble king. These questions are to support Sunday's sermon as well as reflection for the week. You can view Sunday's sermon from Luke 19:28-40 online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5OpAXlkmWA On Palm Sunday, Jesus makes his 'triumphal entrance' into Jerusalem. Triumphal can be defined as, "made, carried out, or used in celebration of a great victory or achievement." What we see in this passage is in fact a great celebration. But the victory or achievement celebrated is not what the Jews were expecting. They clearly wanted a physical king who would establish the nation of Israel over Caesar; however, Jesus didn't come to overthrow the Roman political powerhouse. He came to overthrow the powerhouse that we all battle with and cannot achieve victory by ourselves - namely our sin it the pending judgement because of it. In Sunday's sermon, pastor Aaron highlighted... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion Questions John 5:1-14

Here’s a few sermon discussion questions to help our church love God by applying his word to our lives. Feel free to use these questions for personal reflection, alongside your family, within a smaller discipleship/journey group, or even within the context of your Life Group. If you missed Sunday’s sermon from John 5:1-14 you can view it online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=davwNXKwio8   TPQ's - Thought Provoking Questions: Pastor Aaron started his sermon with a few statements that are often misquoted and thus misrepresented as scripture. These included, "money is the root of all evil" and "cleanliness is next to godliness." Can you think of any other statements like this that often misrepresent scripture? Another false statement mentioned was "God only helps those who help themselves." How is this statement in opposition to the gospel? THE INVALID MAN We see early on in this passage that this invalid man was known and cared for by Jesus. First he... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion – John 4:1-26

Here’s a few sermon discussion questions to help our church love God by applying his word to our lives. Feel free to use these questions for personal reflection, alongside your family, within a smaller discipleship/journey group, or even within the context of your Life Group. If you missed Sunday’s sermon from John 4:1-26 you can view it online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfSTe-BNTAM Pastor Aaron said that we all have a disorder, the desire for something more or something different. "If only... then everything would be good." It's a thirst that we think we can satisfy in various ways. TPQ: What are some of the cultural "if only's" for Fort Collins? What have been some of the "if only" desires in a previous season of life? An unusual route - 4:1-6 Jesus heads back to the Galilee area from Jerusalem, and this meant He could go north through Samaria. The history of conflict & animosity between the Jews and  Samaritans was well known, so much so that Jews... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion Q’s – John 3:22-36

Here’s a few sermon discussion questions to help our church love God by applying his word to our lives. Feel free to use these questions for personal reflection, alongside your family, within a smaller discipleship/journey group, or even within the context of your Life Group. If you missed Sunday’s sermon from John 3:22-36 you can view it online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGxDQg42hjU The sermon's title is Humility: The Perfect Remedy. Humility is defined as a modest or low view of oneself. Humility is the perfect remedy for pride which is defined as an excessively high opinion of oneself. In light of these definitions, let's jump into some discussion questions. TPQ - Thought Provoking Question: Pride was characterized as lethal and destructive. What are some stories (outside the bible) that depict pride leading to a great demise? This can be answered on a "macro or micro level" as Aaron described in his sermon.   1. - Everything is given from... Continue reading