The Crossroads Christian Center theme for 2014-2015 is found in the Book of Philippians 1:21 – “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” As Christ followers, we realize that Jesus lives, breathes, and energizes the life of His saints. The Church is living in a society that increasingly lives in opposition to the Christian worldview requires Christians to take steps to refocus upon those things that really matter.
During the next several months, there will be three characteristics Crossroads will be focusing upon:
Keeping it Real – How can we do this? By being authentic in our faith! Our faith must be genuine, not a copy, and not a counterfeit. Our faith is based completely upon the Word of God. His Word tells us we should live a balanced and understanding life of faith so we can know the mysteries of Christ (1 John 5:20, Colossians 2:2 – 4).
Keeping it Simple – People often want to make faith complicated by adding something to it. When Jesus was asked by the religious leaders of his day to clarify what His faith was based upon, He responded with two items (Matthew 22:35-39). We are called to love God with all that is within us and to love our neighbor as our self. Just because it is simple doesn’t mean it cannot be deep. Deep faith extends deep and wide (Ephesians 3:17). Simple is not the same thing as shallow. Jesus wants our faith to be deep and powerful!
Keeping it about Jesus – Jesus must always be the central message of what we communicate to others. Crossroads is not about partisan politics, religious ideology, or denominational loyalty, it is about Jesus! The apostle Paul states it clearly, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Jesus must be the central message of our faith.
As you reflect upon your faith, ask yourself these questions:
- Is my faith real? Do I genuinely live out the faith described in God’s Word? What must I change to be more sincere in my relationship with the Lord?
- Have I added anything to my relationship with Jesus that complicates my walk with the Lord? How do I love God and my neighbor? Do I love myself (or anything or anyone) more than the Lord?
- Has anything slipped into my life that crowds out Jesus Christ? Does my life reflect a life that has been surrendered to Him?