Drawing on the Scriptures from Ephesians 5-6 about our Relationships - Rev. Ted Abbott speaks about his experiences of learning how Right Relationships show that we are a Masterpiece in Progress.
The church is God's amazing masterpiece and it is showing how defeated the devil truly is...when we live in the authority and power God planned for us! Ephesians 3:1 - 4-16
Jesus made a UNITED church possible by His Death on the Cross. Both Jew and Gentile are now included in ONE Exciting Body...because THE GOSPEL HAS NO FAVORITES!
God wants to use the gifts and ministries that He has given us to FURTHER HIS KINGDOM!
Striving for the GOAL of Eph. 4:13 (That we all become Just Like Jesus) - and do things the way that HE would do them.
Have your mind made up - Eph. 4:14...quit being babies and infants - Be Responsible to do what God has gifted you to do!
When we use our gifts/ministries - we display God's powerful church - the masterpiece that it is! (Eph. 3:10)
Pastor Dummitt preaches from 1 Chronicles 29:10-19 (NASB) - We need to LOOK UP to God. He is the source of our help!
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
God Can DO EVERYTHING!
Can God Heal your body? YES LOOK UP
Can God FIX your marriage? YES, LOOK UP
Can God break addictions off of you? YES, LOOK UP
Can God BLESS your finances? YES, LOOK UP
Can God Protect and Help your kids? YES, LOOK UP
Can God SAVE your family & Friends? YES, LOOK UP
Can God give us DOUBLE for our TROUBLE? YES, LOOK UP
Psalm 121:1-2 (NKJV)
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
What are you facing today? Look UP.
Our Help Comes From God!
(Almost 200 pictures from the past were displayed during this service)
To see a history of theCrossroads we have a few youTube videos available here:
Looking Back at what God has done for theCrossroads since it Began in 1985 until this very Sunday.
A church reaches it’s prime; then either moves into a GREATER VISION ERA or the DEATH of that church begins!
This church has seen some incredible things, but I believe that the BEST IS YET TO COME…we have a GREATER VISION for the future, and in order to achieve it - we must take a look back and REMEMBER what God has done.
Let’s Read Together…
Deuteronomy 6:10-12 (NKJV)
10 “So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, 11 houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full— 12 then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
It is VITAL that we take the time to Remember What God Has Done for Us. We must then pass it this to our children and grandchildren by Instilling Faith in the Next Generation.
When God brought the children of Israel over the Jordan River - they were commanded to set up a memorial with large stones to help them remember.
JOSHUA 4:6-8, 24 (KJV)
6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?
7 Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.
8 And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jordan, as the Lord spake unto Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them unto the place where they lodged, and laid them down there.
24 That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the Lord your God for ever.
The purpose of the Memorial or Taking the time to remember was to REMEMBER what God had done, Instill faith in the Next Generation and also to Roll Away Past Defeats that they had experienced! GOD HAD GREATER THINGS intended for them…but they had to be careful to LOOK BACK and Remember what God can do!
It is great to look back, we will do that, and then we will MOVE FORWARD to the GREATER THINGS God has planned for this church and community!
(Media - walk through history of the church and people)
I want to challenge you right now…take a second to LOOK BACK and see WHAT GOD HAS DONE in your life and let your heart fill up with gratitude and thankfulness!
Let’s read a few more scriptures as we close today:
Joshua 13:1 (NKJV)
Now Joshua was old, advanced in years. And the Lord said to him: “You are old, advanced in years, and there remains very much land yet to be possessed.
Philippians 3:12 NKJV
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
KEY POINT of this MESSAGE TODAY:
Our dreams must be bigger than our memories!
God is not finished yet. We LOOK BACK to
REMEMBER what God has done, to Instill faith in the Next Generation and see how God is Rolling Away our Past Defeats that we have experienced! GOD HAD GREATER THINGS intended for US!
We have a choice today…a choice to be part of the GREATER FUTURE of this church!
Are you part of the "I Beat Myself Up Club"? If you are, then you need to interact with this series of messages on how you are a Masterpiece in progress.
Pastor Dummitt preaches about God's Master Plan for you from Ephesians chapter 1. You will be encouraged to know that a Relationship with the Master-Planner (God) will bring four things into your life:
1) Restoration (We are all Fixer Uppers)
2) Inheritance (We are the Children of God)
3) Wisdom (Along with Revelation and Understanding)
4) Power (Resurrection Power to be exact)
- There is nothing to FEAR!
Trust God with the Master Plan for your life!
Pastor A.J. Dummitt Preaches the Keynote Message of 2019 from Haggai 1-2. God is giving us the opportunity for GREATER in our lives, our families, our church and our communities. Will we rise to the CHALLENGE and make the most of the opportunity that God has given us? Listen and Apply this message to your life today!
TEXT: 1 Corinthians 1:9, 4:2
One of the most tragic events during the Reagan Presidency was the Sunday morning terrorist bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, in which hundreds of Americans were killed or wounded as they slept. Many of us can still recall the terrible scenes as the dazed survivors worked to dig out their trapped brothers from beneath the rubble.
A few days after the tragedy, Marine Corps Commandant Paul X Kelly, visited some of the wounded survivors then in a Frankfurt, Germany, hospital. Among them was Corporal Jeffrey Lee Nashton, severely wounded in the incident. Nashton had so many tubes running in and out of his body that a witness said he looked more like a machine than a man; yet he survived.
As Kelly neared him, Nashton, struggling to move and racked with pain, motioned for a piece of paper and a pen. He wrote a brief note and passed it back to the Commandant. On the slip of paper were but two words -- "Semper Fi" the Latin motto of the Marines meaning "forever faithful." With those two simple words Nashton spoke for the millions of Americans who have sacrificed body and limb and their lives for their country -- those who have remained faithful.
J. Dobson & Gary Bauer, Children at Risk, Word, 1990, pp. 187-188.
1 Corinthians 1:9
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 4:2
Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
1 Corinthians 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
2 Corinthians 1:18
But [as] God [is] true, our word toward you was not yea and nay.
FAITHFUL - comes from the GREEK ‘pistos’ which simply means: trusty - that can be relied on
If You Want a Promotion
George Boldt worked faithfully for years at the front desk in a small hotel. One day an elderly couple came into the lobby and asked for a place to stay. Every room in the hotel—and every hotel in town—was occupied. Realizing that the elderly couple had nowhere to sleep, Boldt offered them his own room. Although they were reluctant to accept his offer, they eventually did so because George insisted.
The next morning when the couple was checking out, the elderly man said to George, "You're the kind of man who should be managing the best hotel in the country. Some day I'm going to build that hotel and let you manage it."
Several years later, Boldt received a letter in the mail. It contained a round-trip ticket and a note from the man to whom he had given his room years before. The man invited George to visit him in New York City.
When Boldt arrived in New York, the gentleman took him to a downtown corner where a huge building stood. “George, this is the hotel I built for you to manage."
Boldt stared in amazement at the glorious structure. The hotel was the Waldorf-Astoria! The elderly man was William Waldorf Astor, one of the wealthiest men in the country. Boldt’s faithfulness in managing a small hotel had prepared him to manage one of the most magnificent hotels this country has ever seen.
On judgment day, God will examine how well we managed our lives on earth. If we were faithful in fulfilling our responsibilities in this life, He will assign us better things to manage in the next life. (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, pp. 50-51)
1 Thessalonians 5:24
Faithful [is] he that calleth you, who also will do [it].
2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep [you] from evil.
Dynamite and Firecrackers
How we manage little things indicates what we would do if we had more. Why would God give dynamite to someone who can’t handle a firecracker? (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, p. 150)
WHAT DOES FAITHFULNESS LOOK LIKE?
1. The first mark of faithfulness is ACCOUNTABILITY.
All of us as Christians are going to be held accountable. Who will you and I be accountable to? We are going to be accountable to God. It would be a good idea to start being accountable NOW - be accountable to your spouse, to your pastor and other leaders…your job probably has systems in place to keep you accountable.
In the judgement - God will ask:
What did you do do with the Gospel?
What did you do with what I gave you?
our time, talents, possession, and information
HE WILL JUDGE IF WE HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL!
25 cents at at time
Fred Craddock, teaching the practical implications of consecration said… "To give my life for Christ appears glorious," he said. "To pour myself out for others. . . to pay the ultimate price of martyrdom -- I'll do it. I'm ready, Lord, to go out in a blaze of glory. "We think giving our all to the Lord is like taking $l,000 bill and laying it on the table-- 'Here's my life, Lord. I'm giving it all.' But the reality for most of us is that he sends us to the bank and has us cash in the $l,000 for quarters. We go through life putting out 25 cents here and 50 cents there. Listen to the neighbor kid's troubles instead of saying, 'Get lost.' Go to a committee meeting. Give a cup of water to a shaky old man in a nursing home. Usually giving our life to Christ isn't glorious. It's done in all those little acts of love, 25 cents at at time. It would be easy to go out in a flash of glory; it's harder to live the Christian life little by little over the long haul."
2. The second mark of faithfulness is PREPAREDNESS.
If we are faithful we are to always to be prepared.
There is a parable in Mathew chapter 25
3. The third mark of faithfulness is COMMITMENT.
Jesus said it this way:
“No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 (HCSB)
He also said:
“He who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.” Matthew 10:38 (NKJV)
The commitments we make – MAKE US.
The commitments we make – SHAPE OUR LIVES.
God does not require a lot of things from you.
You’re not required to be brilliant.
You’re not required to be articulate.
You’re not required to be literate.
You’re not required to be handsome or beautiful.
You’re not required to be eloquent.
But you are required to be faithful.
THE GOOD NEWS -
If you will be FAITHFUL TO GOD, HE will be FAITHFUL to you. It starts by REPENTANCE, then BAPTISM FOLLOWS..
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Once you have been baptized in Jesus’ Name and repented of your sins - you are ready to receive God’s Spirit - the gift of the Holy Ghost.