Blog Post Sermon Discussion Questions John 5:18-29

Hey leaders, Here’s a recap on this last week’s message. I hope it’s helpful in your own preparation process. Since a lot of this study will have to do with the relationship between God the Father, God the Son, and (implicitly) God the Holy Spirit, I would urge you to spend some time praying for the Spirit to come and reveal his truth to you and your group this week and ask him to show you where to apply these truths before you launch into the study. Teaching Goal: Jesus imitates God the Father as Healer, Giver of Life, and Judge. Application Goal: That when we know who Jesus is, we are able to imitate him in our lives in such a way that it brings other people to life. TPQ: The message this last week was all about how Jesus the Son imitates God the Father. To some degree, we all imitate our parents. What are some of the things that you imitate from your parents that you’re thankful for? What are some things that you imitate from your parents that you previously... Continue reading

Blog Post John 1:1-5 Follow Up Discussion

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 1:1-5, you can view online here: http://thecrossingfc.org/sermons/the-word-is-life-and-light/   John 1:1-5  Discussion Questions: TPQ (Thought Provoking Question):  In his sermon this past Sunday, Aaron described a scene in a dark cave. Where's the darkest place you've ever been? (a cave, a rural road, camping on a mountain, etc.)  How did you react to such literal darkness?   As we begin to look at this passage in John's gospel, we'll see how the apostle John contrasts light & darkness. 1.  In verse 1, John uses wording that calls to mind the opening verses in Genesis (In the beginning...). How does this set the tone for the rest of this passage?... Continue reading

Blog Post Bible Reading Plan 2016

Let me take you back to a year ago...it's now January 12, 2015 and I'm debating if I should do a bible reading plan. I've read most of the bible but never actually gone through it in it's entirety. I'm not much of a reader but I love reading God's word. So I begin to search for some reading plans and I come across a tweet that led me to Tim Challies blog. From there I decided to do a reading plan that doesn't start on January 1, since I was already 12 days late, but one that I could start whenever and not worry about staying on schedule. I decided to do Professor Horner's System since it was touted as an intense reading plan and I like to think of myself as a pretty intense guy, just look at my beard. Anyway, you can click the link to find more information on that reading plan but basically it's 10 chapters a day from completely different books of the bible. I started this plan on January 15th and I was going pretty strong for a couple of months. Eventually I waned and had to... Continue reading

Blog Post Song of Solomon 8:6 quiz

Song of Solomon 8:6, "Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm.." This past Sunday we looked what it meant for Shulammith to be a seal on Solomon's heart and arm. Here is a fun little quiz to see how we are doing husbands. Lover’s Quotient Test* We need to find out just how creative you are as a husband! let’s take the following Lover’s Quotient Test. Give yourself ten points for each item on the following list if you have done it once in the past six months. If you have done any item on the list two or more times, you get twenty points. Once again: don’t take the results too seriously, but do take them seriously enough! ____ Have you phoned her during the week and asked her out for one evening that weekend without telling her where you are taking her? A mystery date is what we have in mind! ____ Have you given her an evening completely off? You clean up the kitchen; you take care of the kids; you get things settled for the night. ____ Have you gone... Continue reading

Blog Post Sunday Gathering, June 21

Here is our weekly blog that we post in hopes of helping those coming to The Crossing’s Sunday Gathering 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. 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 in powerful ways! Worship through the Word: Psalm 116 Worship through Singing: Behold Our God God Alone Jesus I My Cross Have Taken After All (Holy) It Is... Continue reading

Blog Post Sunday Gathering, May 2nd

Here is our weekly blog that we post in hopes of helping those coming to The Crossing’s Sunday Gathering 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. 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 in powerful ways! Worship through the Word: Acts 26:1-32 Worship through Singing: God Alone Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery Come Thou Fount I Have A Shelter Crown Him... Continue reading

Blog Post April 12th Gathering

Here is our weekly blog that we post in hopes of helping those coming to The Crossing’s Sunday Gathering 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. 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 in powerful ways! Worship through the Word: Acts 23:12-35 Worship through Singing: All I Have is Christ Not What My Hands Have Done I Will Glory In My Redeemer Our Great God Nothing But the... Continue reading

Blog Post Easter Gathering, April 5th

Here is our weekly blog that we post in hopes of helping those coming to The Crossing’s Sunday Gathering 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. 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 in powerful ways! Worship through the Word: Matthew 28:1-20 Worship through Singing: Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery It Is Finished In Christ Alone Christ Is Risen To Christ The Ransomed Sinners Run Revelation... Continue reading

Blog Post Sunday Gathering, March 28th

Here is our weekly blog that we post in hopes of helping those coming to The Crossing’s Sunday Gathering 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. 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 in powerful ways! Worship through the Word: Mark 11:1-11 Worship through Singing: It is Well With My Soul The Solid Rock Rejoice Come Praise and Glorify Jesus Thank... Continue reading