Sunday Highlights

Crazy Love continues this week with Crazy for Community.

**My HOT husband set up the message by singing the Lenny Kravitz song “Love Revolution”.  (Just had to throw that in… I know I’m a little biased, but it’s my blog, right? 🙂 )

Pete reminded us that our vision as a church can be summarized by these three statements:

  • Intimacy with God
  • Community with Insiders
  • Influence with Outsiders

He then went on to explain how our vision or strategy is modeled after the patterns of Jesus’ life.

Luke 6:12-13

“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.  When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles.”

Luke 6:17-19

“He went down with them and stood on a level place.  A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases.  Those troubled by evil spirits were cured and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.”

Matthew 22:37-39

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  ‘And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

John 13:34-35

“A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Pete challenged us today about how we as Christians are living in Community.  Are we living in love toward one another?  Are we looking at each other and calling out the best from each other? Unfortunately we as Christians have failed miserably at this.  Oftentimes we are the most judgmental and critical of others.

Pete shared three things that he believes Jesus was all about in regard to community and he challenged us as a church to get serious about living out these three things:

  1. Everybody’s welcome
  2. Nobody’s perfect
  3. Anything’s possible

How did this message affect you today?  Which of these three things do you have the most trouble with?

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  • Eve Annunziato August 17, 2008  

    I heard the first part of the new series today out in Dickson. I must say, I’m crazy in love with Crazy Love! It’s so great and can’t wait to hear more. It’s getting me more and more pumped and excited for our fall ministry season – YEA!!

  • tam August 18, 2008  

    “Which of these three things do you have the most trouble with?”

    “anything is possible” – and i really should know better.

    there is a man named Clay, who attended our church for awhile. he was a Vet, and a recovering drug addict. some friends of ours reached out to him, led him to the Lord and invited him to church. he was hard. he was rough around the edges. but he came week after week. he began to soften. he began to smile. he went from casual “hellos” to full on bear hugs. today, my girlfriend informed me that Clay died of unknown causes in his sleep. he was once thought humanly impossible to ever surrender to God to being ushered almost immediately into His presence as his precious child for eternity…because anything is possible!

  • Christina Schmidt August 18, 2008  

    I thought it was a GREAT service!!! The Love Revolution was somewhat unexpected, but VERY cool, and you do have one HOT hubby 😀 No wonder he’s one of your top searches LOL

    Nobody’s perfect, I think, is my most difficult. I know I’m not perfect, but for some reason, I think other people are. When I sit and think about it, everyone has their past,, and there’s always something unenviable about them, but it’s hard to look past the superficial layer of some people, famous or not, and think “they’ve got it all” and then you wonder why it is you’re not perfect, and insecurities start flyin’, and it’s downhill from there, inevitably making you question, then if anything really is possible. Not sure if it makes sense to anyone else, but it did in my head!

    @Tam – thanks for sharing your story, just a reminder of how the Lord works in mysterious ways!

  • Jenni Catron August 18, 2008  

    @Tam – what an amazing story! Thanks for sharing.

    @Christina – I totally understand and can completely relate. Why oh why do we compare ourselves to others so much?

  • Heidi August 18, 2008  

    ((it would help for us foriegners from california to see hot hubby with a pic, maybe??) Ha!!!

    Wow… I love this subject….
    Honestly I don’t struggle with any of these, but I’ll tell you from me looking at other people. Anyone’s welcome is a hard one.

    Our church is small about 250
    We had a young lady in her teens come in yesterday, with twins. The Impress team quickly asked about nursery services and she had declined, because the baby had been sick. But she still needed church. ANyways.
    Baby cried, and an attender whom I knew turned around rudely and told this teen mother off. I was shocked and in horror at the response. I went and picked up the baby and rocked it and another mom rocked the other twin and the teen mom gave her life over to Jesus. (goosebumps still this morning)

    I am not for crying babies in auditorium, but being proactive instead of reactive sometimes reveals God’s purpose and grace and love in it!.

  • Pete Wilson August 18, 2008  

    God’s doing some really cool things right now at Cross Point. I love serving with you Jenni and can’t wait to see what the future holds.