At Crossway, belonging is about much more than attending a weekend service. Belonging is about how we can expand the kingdom of God and grow in our relationship with God and one another in community.
Joining a Life Group or Missional Community, serving on #TeamCrossway and actively using your unique gifts and experiences to serve others all plays a part in sinking your roots down deep at Crossway.
This weekend we celebrate another key aspect of belonging at Crossway – becoming a church member.
Membership at Crossway follows from a personal commitment to Christ and baptism by immersion. Membership is an important expression of partnership. It demonstrates commitment to our exciting vision and mission and choosing to actively partner with others in supporting the growth of our ministries at Crossway – practically, prayerfully and financially.
As we welcome new members across our services and campuses this weekend let me encourage others who are not yet members to consider making this important partnership step. You can complete a Partnering in Membership application form at the Welcome Desk this weekend, visit crossway.org.au/membership, or chat with one of our Pastoral Team.
Also let me remind those who have been considering and praying about baptism that we will have baptisms in our three morning services on Easter Sunday, 1 April. This is a wonderful opportunity to declare your faith in Jesus with family and friends on such a special day in the church calendar. To find out more, chat to one of our team or visit crossway.org.au/baptism
Bringing the Gospel to the nations is central to our vision at Crossway. Our missions team is made up of ordinary people like you and I, responding to the call of our extraordinary God. This month we’re focusing on international workers Ian and Josie, who are with One Mission Society (OMS) in Australia.
Ian and Josie have two children, Kia (15) and Kiana (12). Ian is OMS Executive Director and Regional Director for East Asia. Together they oversee more than fifty missionaries in the region and mobilise Taiwanese and East Asian churches into action amongst least reached peoples. In addition to these responsibilities they seek to reach the ‘out of reach’ Chinese on remote Pacific islands, establishing and multiplying communities of believers. Ian explains their motivation in these words,
“We, the church, can’t rest until we have given at least one opportunity to every person, in every corner of the earth, to hear the good news of Christ.”
Want to know how you can get involved in missions? Come and talk to Daron at the Welcome Desk or write to us at email@example.com.
As followers of Jesus we are called to be counter-cultural people. The Bible calls to us to a lifestyle that looks very different to the world we live in, where we are bombarded with messages about being in control of our lives, our future, our careers and our finances. In contrast, as disciples of Jesus we are called to be people of surrender – people who put God’s purposes first. And as we do that, as we pursue obedience, we discover that God opens the door to genuine, joyful and purposeful living.
In a tight-fisted world the Bible has much to say about money and how we should approach it. In March we’re going to be exploring this key discipleship area. The Bible calls us to be grateful and generous people; people who surrender control of our finances to God’s plans and purposes. We live in exciting times. God has given us a great vision at Crossway! We all have a part to play as disciples of Jesus and this includes our faithful and consistent giving.
With Easter now only five weeks away, preparations are well advanced for our 2018 Crossway Easter presentation of Near the Fire, a moving production that will focus our attention on the loving, gracious heart of our Father God.
This year’s Easter presentation will commence on Thursday evening 29 March and conclude on Saturday 31 March. We then move to our Easter Sunday celebration and baptisms on Sunday 1 April. Full details on show dates and times are available at crossway.org.au/easter2018. The presentation is rated PG.
There will be an interactive family experience for children and parents/caregivers during the Friday morning and Saturday evening shows, focusing on the Easter message and how it changes lives today.
Tickets for Near the Fire will be available from 9am on Monday 5 March. For the first time there will be a $5 charge for tickets this year. We hope this will help us to overcome large numbers of tickets being booked in advance but then not being used, as has become a regular occurrence in recent years. This trend has limited opportunities for others to be guaranteed a seat at a preferred time. People unable to pay the $5 fee or those requesting larger bookings for intentional missional purposes will still be able to obtain free tickets, with some free tickets available for each presentation.
Please look forward with me to sharing in this special celebration of Easter and reflecting afresh on God’s heart for us – “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1)
This weekend marks a new chapter for us at Crossway with the launch of our 5pm Saturday service. We look forward in anticipation and expectation to what God will do in and through this new worship experience as we seek to create more space for people in our local community to connect in community and discover the difference Jesus brings to life!
On Monday 19 February we will commence #Pray21 – 21 Days of Prayer for Lasting Impact. Can I encourage you to join with me and so many others as we seek the Lord’s leading for our individual lives and for our church community in 2018. This is a great opportunity to re-align our lives around Jesus and invite the Spirit do his work in our lives, positioning us to be people of lasting impact. #Pray 21 guides will be available at our campuses on the weekend as well as online atwww.crossway.org.au/pray21.
The wind is in our sails at the start of 2018. Let’s humbly surrender our lives and press in together for all that God has for us in the year ahead.
This weekend we’re launching a February series from Jonah. Some of the domains it takes us into are running from the call of God and our gracious God’s persistence when His people are reluctant to align with His will. We will be reminded of the incredible heart that God has for people. Vision Sunday will be embedded in the series too as we look ahead and consider God’s particular call on Crossway. This February is special in that for the first time, starting on February 17th, we’re opening up Saturday evening services in addition to regular Sunday mornings. This creates new opportunities for several congregations and enables a second Mandarin service to be added. You’ll find our new times listed below.
76 Missionaries, 25 Nations, One Saviour!
With Jesus at the centre of all that we say and do, Crossway’s international workers are engaged with the least reached in so many different ways. This includes education for women where culturally it is rare, care for AIDS orphans and children in need, medicine where there is no medicine, expansive church planting amongst unreached people groups, and working with youth where the gospel is seldom heard. We have workers in conflict zones who offer their lives to God in some of the most difficult contexts of the global community.
If your heart is stirred by global need, why not partner with us in missions! Talk to Daron Himstedt at the Welcome Desk or write to firstname.lastname@example.org