Anchor #4: Trust in God and remember that everything we have is by God’s grace. This month’s anchor is especially timely Read More
A Note From Matt 12/7/17
The Christmas season officially began Saturday, October 28 at 8/7 Central Standard Time. How did I come up with that specific date and time? Was it divine revelation? Nope. Was it the lining up of stars and planets? Nope. I’ll tell you what it was … that was the premiere of the first new Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel in 2017! That’s how I know it’s the Christmas season. I need to make a quick disclaimer: I’ve watched snippets of many Hallmark Christmas movies but never an entire one. But let’s be honest; if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Let me sum up: rich/poor boy meets poor/rich girl; they find some mysterious connection; the family gets involved; someone lies/hides something; there’s a miscommunication; the evil other steps in; everything falls apart; then by some Christmas miracle, the tide is turned, the boy and girl find each other again, and live happily ever after.
Here at CrossPoint, we’re not on the Hallmark schedule. We’re just starting our Christmas series and celebration, and I’m so excited to see what God has in store for our family this year! One of the things that is characteristic of Christmas stories is that there is almost always an element of coming home. I think there’s a reason for that and it’s imprinted in our human DNA. If you think about it, Christmas is all about coming home—God setting forth a plan to bring us home through the birth and then death of Christ. Christmas really is about coming home but, in order to bring us home, Jesus had to leave His. He’s the rich boy who left His home for the poor bride and, against all conventional thinking, loved her anyway. She lies and hides things but He overcomes all of that; once she surrenders herself and trusts Him completely, He brings her home and they live there happily ever after. Ok, that’s a super simplistic summary of the Gospel, but you get the picture.
This year at CrossPoint, we are focusing on being “home.” We celebrate that God will settle for nothing less than bringing us home and being our home. Here’s what the prophet Ezekiel says about it: “My dwelling place [home] shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord Who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary [home] is in their midst forevermore.” God sending Jesus was all about us coming home—think of it like coming home for Christmas! Our desire is that every person who is here at CrossPoint, whether visiting or a regular, finds their home in Christ. So, with that in mind, we are going all out to make our campus as inviting and “homey” as possible. We want to be the fleshy part of what God did in giving His Son for us, so that we could have the opportunity to finally come home and be welcomed into the loving arms of our Father! This Christmas, we want you to be home. We want you to bring others home. We want to see the family of God grow because, against all odds, people are coming home for Christmas!