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CrossPointe Church in Norman, OK is truly a church with a heart. With services, activities, and classes for adults, kids, students, and seniors, CrossPointe has a place for you. We offer three worship venues with three distinct styles of music.

Sermons

Heart in Hand: The Goal – Transformation

Mike Butler

The book of James is one of the most challenging texts of the Bible to read as a Christian. It may be the focus on works as evidence of faith that cause people frustration. Perhaps it is because it reads more like proverbs than a letter. It may be that it just rubs the reader the wrong way. Whatever it is that makes the text of James challenging for most to read, it is also what makes it a necessary read for any believer. The marriage between faith and works in the life of a follower of Christ must constantly and consistently be evaluated to ensure that we are truly living as Jesus expected. Through this 12 week series, we will be challenged to consider whether our faith and works are truly going together and whether others really are seeing us live with our “Heart in Hand”. This week, Brett Hardy, our Sports Ministry Director, speaks to us about the transformation that should be continually happening in our lives as we allow the Word of God to move from our minds to our actions. Visit us at www.crosspointe.tv or contact us at 405-329-0823 for information about when, where, and why we strive to be a church with a heart.

Heart in Hand: The Goal – Transformation (BRETT HARDY)

James 1:19-27: My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.  Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.  Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.  Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Is the Word of God moving from something that I read to something that I live?

James 1:19-22  “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”

What are the areas in my life that I wouldn’t recognize if someone were to point them out?

James 1:25  “…but the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.”

Where am I on my transformation journey?

Hebrews 6:1: Therefore, let us move beyond the elementary teaching about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death and of faith in God.

Set some spiritual transformation goals.

Matthew 17:20: “…truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

 

Image Bearer: #Dadthoughts

Mike Butler

As Christians, we believe that human beings bear the image of God. This means that who we are or we are supposed to be is based on the fact that God has made us to be like Him. Since God is a Spirit, the question must be asked, “How can I be made in the image of God?” While image means likeness, it doesn’t necessarily mean an exact likeness. Bearing it relates to the sum total of our humanity - which includes our Spirit. So we bear His image in man different ways and spaces. Perhaps one of the best examples of this image is found in the role of parents - mothers and fathers. Sometimes, we have such close relationships that feel almost like a parent to a child. This week, Pastor Butler leads us through 4 trustworthy sayings found in a letter from the Apostle Paul and his “son” Timothy. We’d love to have any and all join us Sunday mornings at 9 or 10:30 for a time of worship, community, and connection. For more information about CrossPointe, please visit us at www.crosspointe.tv or contact us at 405-329-0823.

Image Bearer: #Dadthoughts

1 Timothy 1:1-2, NIV 2011 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, 2 To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

2 Timothy 1:1-2, NIV 2011 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, 2 To Timothy, my dear son:

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Four Trustworthy Sayings:

Never forget the power of the Message.

1 Timothy 1:15-17, NIV 2011 15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Titus 3:3-8, NIV 2011 3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

Character will always be more important than a title.

1 Timothy 3:1-7, NIV 2011 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.

Let the thoughts of God shape your body.

1 Timothy 4:6-10, NIV 2011 6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.s 9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10 That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.

Our choices always have consequences.

2 Timothy 2:12-14, NIV 2011 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

Benediction

Colossians 4:5-6, NIV 2011  5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Reflection Questions

  1. What would you say is the “message” of your life? (e.g. what you were made for, what you are about, what you both hope and strive for people to see in you, etc.)

  2. Read 1 Timothy 1:15-17 and Titus 3:3-8. In what ways do these passages remind us that the Gospel must always be at the heart of our “message”?  How does this passage set you free to be that? In what ways does it bind you to it?

  3. Read 1 Timothy 3:-13.  While these verses are specifically directed a Elders/Pastors and Deacons, in what ways are they really descriptions of all followers of Christ? How could they be seen as instructions for everyone?

  4. Read 1 Timothy 4:6-10.  Followers of Christ are called to train their minds as well as their bodies, why? What do these verses say to followers about keeping the right perspective about life? Why is it so difficult for us to keep this perspective? What are some practical ways (day to day) that we can exercise all of our body to accomplish this?

  5. Read 2 Timothy 2:12-14.  What is most encouraging to you about this passage? What is the most challenging? Why on both accounts?

Heart in Hand: Common Standing

Mike Butler

The book of James is one of the most challenging texts of the Bible to read as a Christian. It may be the the focus on works as evidence of faith that cause people frustration. Perhaps it is because it reads more like proverbs than a letter. It may be that it just rubs the reader the wrong way. Whatever it is that makes the text of James challenging for most to read, it is also what makes it a necessary read for any believer. The marriage between faith and works in the life of a follower of Christ must constantly and consistently evaluated to ensure that we are truly living as Jesus expected. Through this 12 week series, we will be challenged to consider whether our faith and works are truly going together and whether others really are seeing us live with our “Heart in Hand”. This week, Pastor Butler speaks to us about our common standing before the LORD and how it affects who we are. Visit us at www.crosspointe.tv or contact us at 405-329-0823 for information about when, where, and why we strive to be a church with a heart.

Heart in Hand: Common Standing

James 1:9-18, NIV 2011 9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.  12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

We are to take pride in our standing.

James 1:9-11, NIV 2011 9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.

Things we hold in common to our standing:

  1. Our standing in “life” does not equal our standing in Christ.

Jeremiah 9:23-24, NIV 2011 “This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, 24 but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.”

Psalm 49:16-20, NIV 2011 16 Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases; 17 for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them. 18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed—and people praise you when you prosper— 19 they will join those who have gone before them,who will never again see the light of life. 20 People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.

  1. We all have blind spots.

Isaiah 40:6b-8, NIV 2011  “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. 7 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

Luke 18:18-25, NIV 2011 18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’ 21 “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor,y and you will have treasure in heaven.z Then come, follow me.” 23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. 24 Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!a 25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

  1. We are called to treat both  wealth and poverty as gifts.

Philippians 4:10-13, NIV 2011 10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:14-20, NIV 2011 14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica,f you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.  20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

  1. We must decide to manage whatever God gives us.

Luke 20:45-21:4, NIV 2011 45 While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, 46 “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 47 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

21:1 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

Things to consider with our standing:

James 1:12-18, NIV 2011 12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.   17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

  1. We need to examine our hearts consistently and often.

  1. Testing is from the LORD and temptation is from ourselves.

  2. Our hearts will give birth to either death or life.

1 Timothy 6:6-10, NIV 2011  But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

1 Timothy 6:17-19, NIV 2011 17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth,c which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

Benediction

Colossians 4:6, NIV 2011 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Reflection Questions

  1. Read James 1:9-11. As you reflect on James’ instruction about poverty and wealth what do you sense he means by taking pride in our situation - regardless of what it is? What do you sense his motivation for saying this was? (see James 1:2-8 for some possible context)

  2. How does this passage speak to our “common standing” in the Gospel?  How does/should it shape the way you view your own circumstance? What is most difficult about applying these truths to your life?

  3. Read Luke 18:18-25. How does the story of the rich young ruler speak to the blind spots we all have in our lives? Why was he saddened when he walked away? Why did that make him sad? What formed the way he understand his wealth? What has formed yours?

  4. Read Ephesians 1:3-14. How do these blessings exalt the Christian to his/her new status?

  5. Read James 1:12-14. How do these verses speak to the role of temptation in the life of the believer? What is God’s role in testing? What about temptation? How does this impact your own understanding of temptation?

  6. Read James 1:15-18. How do these verses challenge the way you see God and your responses to trials and temptations? Do you find any reassurance in these verses?

  7. What are some temptations you are facing right now? How are they connected to your tests? (remember you can be tempted while being tested, but that doesn’t mean that God is doing it.)

  8. What are some ways that we can become more aware of the source of temptations and how during our tests to best handle them?

James: Heart in Hand

Mike Butler

The book of James is one of the most challenging texts of the Bible to read as a Christian. It may be the the focus on works as evidence of faith that cause people frustration. Perhaps it is because it reads more like proverbs than a letter. It may be that it just rubs the reader the wrong way. Whatever it is that makes the text of James challenging for most to read, it is also what makes it a necessary read for any believer. The marriage between faith and works in the life of a follower of Christ must constantly and consistently evaluated to ensure that we are truly living as Jesus expected. Through this 12 week series, we will be challenged to consider whether our faith and works are truly going together and whether others really are seeing us live with our “Heart in Hand”. This week, Pastor Butler speaks to us about the importance of having Confidence in God’s work, even when it doesn’t feel like He’s present. Join us Sunday morning at either 9:00 or 10:30. We have a number of opportunities for children, students, and adults. For more information about CrossPointe or for access to previous sermons visit us at www.crosspointe.tv or contact us at 405-329-0823.

Hand in Hand: Confidence in God (James 1:1-8)

James The Man:

  1. Brother of Jesus

  2. Follower after Resurrection

  3. Preacher

  4. Martyr

James the Book:

  1. Highly controversial

  2. Written like Proverbs

  3. Works and Faith go hand in hand.

James 1:1-8, NIV 2011 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Trials are signs of God’s work among and within us.

James 1:2-3, NIV 2011  2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

1 Peter 1:6-7, NIV 2011 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed

We must finish the course to see the work completed.

James 1:4, NIV 2011 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Hebrews 5:7-11, NIV 2011 7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Romans 5:1-5, NIV 2011 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Seeing the work completed means that we have asked, believed, and trusted God’s plan.

James 1:5-8, NIV 2011 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Benediction

Colossians 4:6, NIV 2011 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.


Reflection Questions

  1. How do you tend to view “trials”? Do you consistently view them as from God as a means of blessing or punishment?  

  2. Read James 1:2-4.  What do you sense James means by “consider it pure joy”? Why would saying it this way be so shocking to our system as believers?

  3. How does James speak to the idea that our trials are really the result of having faith not the absence of it? (consider 1 Peter 1:6-7)

  4. If the presence of trials are for the purpose of producing perseverance to lead us to become “mature and complete, lacking nothing”, then what are some ways that we can begin to view our trials as God’s refining process?

  5. Read James 1:5-8. James encourages his listeners to “pray for wisdom” when they know they are lacking it. What are some reasons that we fail to pray for wisdom? What does James say to respond to that?

  6. Read Psalm 25:4-5, Proverbs 1:2-4; Proverbs 4:5-9. What do these passages say about Wisdom and our need of it? How do they speak to our need to trust God with his plan and direction?

  7. Think about this quote from the 16th Century theologian John Calvin, ““Since we see that the Lord does not so require from us what is above our strength, but that he is ready to help us, provided we ask, let us, therefore, learn, whenever he commands anything, to ask of him the power to perform it.”  As you consider this quote, ask God some questions:

    1. What trials have you brought me through up to this point in my life? (e.g. death of a parent, loss of a sibling, job restructuring or loss, diagnosis of cancer, uncertain about future plans, etc.)

    2. How long did it take for me to feel as if I had “come through it”? What was different on the other side? What did I learn about myself? What did I learn about You?

What am I going through right now? Does it look anything like any other previous trials? What do I need to be reminded about during this time?