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2601 24th Ave SE
Norman, OK 73071

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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

Rebuild: Great Vision

Mike Butler

We are built to see when things are wrong. Within each of us is the desire to make things right in the world. However, sometimes we fail to see the heart of why things need to be right. It is true that we should want better lives for others. It is true that we should see for security and the most basic - if not more - needs being met in all people. We have within us the drive toward change. However, change is less about us and more about God. The ultimate desire we see the need for change is that God sees the need for change. When that is seen, then we are compelled to change. We realize that something is likely damaged and we must find a way to rebuild it. This week, Pastor Butler begins a series focused on the book of the Bible called Nehemiah. With “Rebuild: Seeing God’s Vision for Life”, we are invited into perhaps one of the most exciting stories in the Scripture of how God compelled one man to make a change in his world that would rebuild it so God could shine! Join us Sunday morning at either 9:00 or 10:30. For more information about CrossPointe or for access to previous sermons visit us at www.crosspointe.tv or contact us at 405-329-0823.

Every great vision has a problem to be solved.  

Nehemiah 1:1-3, NIV 2011The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah:  In the month of Kisleva in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa,b 2 Hanani,c one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnantd that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. 3 They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.e”

Every great vision begins with prayer:

Nehemiah 1:4-11, NIV 2011 4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept.f For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5 Then I said: “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God,h who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. 7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses. 8 “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’ 10 “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” I was cupbearer to the king.

Threefold prayer:

  • Prayer of “confession”

  • Prayer of persistence

  • Prayer of preparation

Every great vision believes certain things:

A great work requires a great God.

Nehemiah 2:1-5, NIV 2011 In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had not been sad in his presence before, 2 so the king asked me, “Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart.” I was very much afraid, 3 but I said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” 4 The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven, 5 and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.”

It requires constant prayer.

It requires some rational fear.

It requires chutzpah!

Michael Youseff  “Our king is the King of heaven. He has all the resources of the universe at his disposal. When we go to him with bold and audacious requests, daring to ask him to do the impossible and to lavish his resources upon us, we actually glorify, honor, and please him. If we pray halfheartedly and timidly, if we dare to ask only for a few crumbs of his grace, we do not honor God, we insult him. It’s as if we are saying, “God, I know your power is limited. I know your resources are finite. I don’t want to ask too much of you, because I know your blessings are very tightly budgeted. But if you could spare me just half a blessing, I’d really appreciate it.”

Ephesians 3:20-21, NIV 2011 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!

Every great vision has its supporters and its opponents

Nehemiah 2:17-18, NIV 2011 17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on mer and what the king had said to me.  They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

Nehemiah 2:19-20, NIV 2011 19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they mocked and ridiculed us.u “What is this you are doing?” they asked. “Are you rebelling against the king?” 20 I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.”

 

Love: "Broken World"

Mike Butler

Every follower of Christ has a purpose and calling. In some ways, it may be that God calls people to do different things with different intentions overall, but the primary goal is always to bring us back to showing our Love for God, Love for One another, and Love for a Broken World. CrossPointe is no different. We long for Norman to truly see Jesus Christ as the source for all hope, peace, and joy. We long for people to treat each other in ways that show them the Love of God. Lastly, we long for people to see the world around them through the eyes of the Holy Spirit and call people to consider their eternity. This week, Pastor Butler draws the series to a close by challenging us to accept that the world is broken and the only cure can be found in Jesus. Join us Sunday morning at either 9:00 or 10:30. For more information about CrossPointe or for access to previous sermons visit us at www.crosspointe.tv or contact us at 405-329-0823.

CrossPointe Mission:  We exist to live out our Love for God, Love for One another, and Love for a Broken World.

Matthew 28:18-20, NIV 2011 All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Why is the world broken?

Genesis 3:1-5, NIV 2011 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

What is broken in the world?

Genesis 1:6-9, NIV 2011 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.  7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.  9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

We try to hide from God.

Genesis 1:10-13, NIV 2011  10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” 11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

We try to hide from others.

Genesis 3:14-20, NIV 2011 14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring  and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”  16 To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” 17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” 20 Adam named his wife Eve,  because she would become the mother of all the living.

We simply cannot find hope in our lives.

Genesis 3:21-24, NIV 2011  21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

How do we Love a Broken World?

Go to them - don’t wait for them to come to us! (28:19a)

Matthew 28:18-20, NIV 2011 All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

2 Corinthians 5:14-15, NIV 2011 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

Show them the way. (28:19b-20)

2 Corinthians 5:16-19, NIV 2011 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

Send them out. (Matthew 28:20)

2 Corinthians 5:20-21,  NIV 2011  20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Romans 10:9-15, NIV 2011 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”  12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Repeat

Matthew 28:18-20, NIV 2011 All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

2 Corinthians 6:1-2, NIV 2011 6 As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”  I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

CrossPointe’s Mission: We exist to live out our Love for God, Love for One another, and Love for a Broken World.

John 3:16-18, NIV 2011 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Weekly Challenge:

Love: "Love for One Another"

Mike Butler

Every follower of Christ has a purpose and calling. In some ways, it may be that God calls people to do different things with different intentions overall, but the primary goal is always to bring us back to showing our Love for God, Love for One another, and Love for a Broken World. CrossPointe is no different. We long for Norman to truly see Jesus Christ as the source for all hope, peace, and joy. We long for people to treat each other in ways that show them the Love of God. Lastly, we long for people to see the world around them through the eyes of the Holy Spirit and call people to consider their eternity. This week, Pastor Butler challenges us to ask who is our neighbor and how am I supposed to love them? Join us Sunday morning at either 9:00 or 10:30. For more information about CrossPointe or for access to previous sermons visit us at www.crosspointe.tv or contact us at 405-329-0823.

We exist to live out our Love for God, Love for One another, and Love for a Broken World.

Mark 12:28-31, NIV 2011 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.”

Luke 10:25-29, NIV 2011 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”  

What is key to loving my neighbor?

  1. Loving God

  2. Loving ourselves

Who really is my neighbor?

Luke 10:29-37,NIV 2011 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

How am I supposed to love my neighbor?

Call out to them!

Help both mend and build fences.

Zechariah 7:9-10, NIV 2011 This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’

Jeremiah 22:3-4, NIV 2011 This is what the Lord says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.

Feel what they feel.

Galatians 6:3, NIV 2011 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Matthew 5:43-48, NIV 2011 You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor  and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Carry a mirror.

Matthew 5:21-24, NIV 2011 You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,  and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister, will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. 23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

1 Peter 3:7, NIV 2011 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

Matthew 7:1-5, NIV 2011 Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Matthew 7:9-12, NIV 2011  Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets

Weekly Challenge:

  • Bible study - Names of God (14)

  • “One Another” Project - (something to do this week for your actual neighbor - lawn, trash, gift card, etc.), FB live - “My church challenged me to love”

  • Storehouse Challenge