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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

Hear the Story: A Voice in the Wilderness

Mike Butler

Hear the Story: The story of the miraculous arrival of a baby in Bethlehem long ago is a story that all must hear. For centuries, Jewish families listened attentively to the story of God’s promise to send a Savior to bring the world and all of creation back to right. The Story filled their minds with Hope and Peace as they waited for him to arrive. Now centuries later, the story brings Joy to all those who have learned to trust the Love of God found in Jesus while they wait for His arrival again to finish the story and start a new one.

Maria Von Wedemeyer to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “All that is Christmas originates in heaven and comes from there to us all, to you and me alike, and forms a stronger bond between us than we could ever forge by ourselves.”

In the story of Advent, we can hear God saying, “come to me.”

Mark 1:1-4, NIV 2011, The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God,  2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way” — 3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ”  4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Isaiah 40:1-11, NIV 2011 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. 3 A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  4 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. 5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

In the story of Advent, we can hear God saying, “consider Jesus.”

Mark 1:5-8, NIV 2011 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Advent calls us to consider or reconsider some things:

  • What is common to all people?

  • What does the arrival of Jesus really accomplish?

  • In what ways has the world truly changed because of this arrival?

In the story of Advent, we can hear God saying, “be thankful and be ready.”

2 Peter 3:8-15a, NIV 2011 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.  11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.  That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. 14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation.

Augustine (AD 354–430) “The first coming of Christ the Lord, God’s son and our God, was in obscurity; the second will be in the sight of the whole world. When he came in obscurity no one recognized him but his own servants; when he comes openly he will be known by both good people and bad. When he came in obscurity, it was to be judged; when he comes openly it will be to judge.”

Colossians 2:1-3, NIV 2011, I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Hear the Story: Longing

Mike Butler

The story of the miraculous arrival of a baby in Bethlehem long ago is a story that all must hear. For centuries, Jewish families listened attentively to the story of God’s promise to send a Savior to bring the world and all of creation back to right. The Story filled their minds with Hope and Peace as they waited for him to arrive. Now centuries later, the story brings Joy to all those who have learned to trust the Love of God found in Jesus while they wait for His arrival again to finish the story and start a new one. Join us at CrossPointe on Sunday Mornings at 9 and 10:30. For more information, visit us at www.crosspointe.tv

Hear the Story: Longing

Advent = Arrival, coming

2 Advents = Incarnation and Return.

Advent is a time to prepare, reflect, and celebrate!

Richard Hoefler, “We are saved and redeemed not because we have successfully made the effort to come to him, but because he has made the surprising effort to come to us.”  

The story speaks to our deepest longing.

Isaiah 64:1-9, NIV 2011 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! 2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze
and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! 3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. 4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. 5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against them, you were angry. How then can we be saved? 6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. 7 No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and have given us over to our sins. 8 Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. 9 Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord; do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look on us, we pray, for we are all your people.

Psalm 80:1-7, NIV 2011 1 Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth 2 before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh. Awaken your might; come and save us. 3 Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. 4 How long, Lord God Almighty, will your anger smolder against the prayers of your people? 5 You have fed them with the bread of tears; you have made them drink tears by the bowlful. 6 You have made us an object of derision to our neighbors, and our enemies mock us. 7 Restore us, God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.

The story reminds us of God’s presence.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel (circa 12th or 18th Century)

Verse 1

O come O come EmmanuelAnd ransom captive IsraelThat mourns in lonely exile hereUntil the Son of God appear

Verse 2O come Thou Dayspring come and cheerOur spirits by Thine Advent hereDisperse the gloomy clouds of nightAnd death's dark shadows put to flight
Verse 3O come Desire of nations bindIn one the hearts of all mankindBid Thou our sad divisions cease And be thyself our King of peace

Chorus Rejoice rejoice EmmanuelShall come to thee O Israel

Isaiah 7:14, NIV 2011 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin  will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Isaiah 9:6, NIV 2011 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 22:22-24, NIV 2011 22 I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 23 I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will become a seat of honor for the house of his father. 24 All the glory of his family will hang on him: its offspring and offshoots—all its lesser vessels, from the bowls to all the jars.

The Story points us again to God’s promises.

Mark 13:24-37, NIV 2011 But in those days, following that distress, “ ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; 25 the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’  26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.
28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.  32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. 35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ ”

1 Corinthians 1:3-9, NIV 2011 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

NT Wright, “What we ought to celebrate at Christmas, instead of wrapping it tightly in trivia to prevent the glory bursting out, is the story of heaven opened, glory unveiled, God’s shame and intimacy meeting ours. Advent... is the end of the church year, as well as the beginning. Those who await the final unveiling of God’s majesty and love are to be sustained by meditating on its first mysterious appearing.”

Rebuild: Questions for Nehemiah, The Church, and CrossPointe

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. “Rebuild: Seeing God’s Vision for Life”, is a series taking the story of Nehemiah from the Bible and pointing us again to see what happens when people respond properly to God’s calling for their lives. For more information about CrossPointe or for access to previous sermons visit us at www.crosspointe.tv or contact us at 405-329-0823.

What does Nehemiah say to the Church?

  • God’s vision overrules “what we’ve always done”.

  • God’s vision will require prayer, confidence, hard work and nerve.

  • God’s vision is never solely about you, but always includes you.

  • God’s vision will have to be revisited often and fearlessly.

What is the report of the ‘Church’ to the Church?

Nehemiah 1:3, NIV 2011 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.”

What has caused the walls and gates to be destroyed?

Nehemiah 9:16-17, NIV 2011 But they, our ancestors, became arrogant and stiff-necked, and they did not obey your commands. 17 They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery.

Nehemiah 9:27-31, NIV 2011  28 “But as soon as they were at rest, they again did what was evil in your sight. Then you abandoned them to the hand of their enemies so that they ruled over them. And when they cried out to you again, you heard from heaven, and in your compassion you delivered them time after time.
29 “You warned them in order to turn them back to your law, but they became arrogant and disobeyed your commands. They sinned against your ordinances, of which you said, ‘The person who obeys them will live by them.’ Stubbornly they turned their backs on you, became stiff-necked and refused to listen. 30 For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you warned them through your prophets. Yet they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples”

How have the “wall and gates been destroyed”?

Nehemiah 1:5-7, NIV 2011 “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, 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.”

  • Outside the walls

    • Jesus is just another face in the crowd.

    • Christianity is just another trail up the mountain.

    • Bible is an ancient text with little relevance or reliability

    • Foundation of the home is cracked.

    • The world is always changing.

  • Inside the walls

    • Fellowship deferred

    • Anemia

    • Stunted Growth

    • Hearts of Stone

    • Distorted View

How should CrossPointe go about helping to rebuild these walls?

Nehemiah 2:17-18a, NIV 2011 “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 me and what the king had said to me.”

Understand what you have! (The Church)

Matthew 5:13-16, NIV 2011 You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.   14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Use it for it primary purpose. (Prayer)

Nehemiah 1:11, NIV 2011 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.”

Nehemiah 4:4-5, NIV 2011“Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. 5 Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders.”

Nehemiah 9:5b-6, NIV 2011 “Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. 6 You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.”

Matthew 6:5-8, NIV 2011 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.  7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

Updates (What’s Going On)

Matthew 22:37-40, NIV 2011 “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 16:13-20, NIV 2011 “When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,  and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.”

Get the right Apps! (Focus on what Matters)

Matthew 7:24-27, NIV 2011 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

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Upgrade when it’s time! (Perspective)

Matthew 28:18b-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.”

 

Rebuild: The Work is Never Done

Mike Butler

God has a vision for each of us and that vision is a call to rebuild something that needs repair. Our job is to listen, seek, and then act. “Rebuild: Seeing God’s Vision for Life”, is a series taking the story of Nehemiah from the Bible and pointing us again to see what happens when people respond properly to God’s calling for their lives. This week, Pastor Butler continues with “The Work is Never Done” by focusing on the call to rebuild even after we’ve “finished”. 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.

Rebuild: The Work is Never Done (Neh. 12-13)

Nehemiah calls for each of us to see:  

Vision = a call to change something.

Vision requires prayer, confidence, and chutzpah.

Vision must be seen, embraced, and engaged.

Vision will change the way you see yourself, others, and God.

Vision must be recast.

Warnings with Rebuilding:

Make sure the house is in order.

Nehemiah 13:4-7, NIV 2011 “Before this, Eliashib the priest had been put in charge of the storerooms of the house of our God. He was closely associated with Tobiah, and he had provided him with a large room formerly used to store the grain offerings and incense and temple articles, and also the tithes of grain, new wine and olive oil prescribed for the Levites, musicians and gatekeepers, as well as the contributions for the priests. But while all this was going on, I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I had returned to the king. Some time later I asked his permission and came back to Jerusalem. Here I learned about the evil thing Eliashib had done in providing Tobiah a room in the courts of the house of God. I gave orders to purify the rooms, and then I put back into them the equipment of the house of God, with the grain offerings and the incense.”

Make sure what matters, always matters first!

Nehemiah 13:10-14, NIV 2011  “I also learned that the portions assigned to the Levites had not been given to them, and that all the Levites and musicians responsible for the service had gone back to their own fields. So I rebuked the officials and asked them, “Why is the house of God neglected?” Then I called them together and stationed them at their posts. All Judah brought the tithes of grain, new wine and olive oil into the storerooms. I put Shelemiah the priest, Zadok the scribe, and a Levite named Pedaiah in charge of the storerooms and made Hanan son of Zakkur, the son of Mattaniah, their assistant, because they were considered trustworthy. They were made responsible for distributing the supplies to their fellow Levites.

Remember me for this, my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services.”

Nehemiah 13:15-22, NIV 2011 “In those days I saw people in Judah treading winepresses on the Sabbath and bringing in grain and loading it on donkeys, together with wine, grapes, figs and all other kinds of loads. And they were bringing all this into Jerusalem on the Sabbath. Therefore I warned them against selling food on that day. People from Tyre who lived in Jerusalem were bringing in fish and all kinds of merchandise and selling them in Jerusalem on the Sabbath to the people of Judah. I rebuked the nobles of Judah and said to them, “What is this wicked thing you are doing—desecrating the Sabbath day? Didn’t your ancestors do the same things, so that our God brought all this calamity on us and on this city? Now you are stirring up more wrath against Israel by desecrating the Sabbath.” When evening shadows fell on the gates of Jerusalem before the Sabbath, I ordered the doors to be shut and not opened until the Sabbath was over. I stationed some of my own men at the gates so that no load could be brought in on the Sabbath day. Once or twice the merchants and sellers of all kinds of goods spent the night outside Jerusalem. But I warned them and said, “Why do you spend the night by the wall? If you do this again, I will arrest you.” From that time on they no longer came on the Sabbath. Then I commanded the Levites to purify themselves and go and guard the gates in order to keep the Sabbath day holy.

Remember me for this also, my God, and show mercy to me according to your great love.”

Make sure not to pursue lovers less wild.

Nehemiah 13:23-31, NIV 2011 “Moreover, in those days I saw men of Judah who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon and Moab. Half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod or the language of one of the other peoples, and did not know how to speak the language of Judah. I rebuked them and called curses down on them. I beat some of the men and pulled out their hair. I made them take an oath in God’s name and said: “You are not to give your daughters in marriage to their sons, nor are you to take their daughters in marriage for your sons or for yourselves. Was it not because of marriages like these that Solomon king of Israel sinned? Among the many nations there was no king like him. He was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel, but even he was led into sin by foreign women. Must we hear now that you too are doing all this terrible wickedness and are being unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women?” One of the sons of Joiada son of Eliashib the high priest was son-in-law to Sanballat the Horonite. And I drove him away from me.

Remember them, my God, because they defiled the priestly office and the covenant of the priesthood and of the Levites. So I purified the priests and the Levites of everything foreign, and assigned them duties, each to his own task. I also made provision for contributions of wood at designated times, and for the firstfruits.

Remember me with favor, my God.”


Make sure not to make excuses.