The Four W’s
In recent weeks I have preached at all our campuses about what it means to be part of CrossLife. We can have lots of questions when we “join a local church” such as: What is expected of me? What is the main feel of the place? How can I get involved? What is the main priority of the church?
Well at CrossLife the answer is summed up in this wonderful phrase: walking arm-in-arm.
If you are part of CrossLife, we believe God has brought you to us so that you can walk arm-in-arm with God, one another, the world, and “walk with me”. The first three speak for themselves, the final “walk” underlines the personal nature of our walk: our personal commitment to investing in the lives of others closely as we walk in life.
In our church services we hope you are inspired to walk arm-in-arm with God. We encourage you to join a LIFE group – either a traditional bible study type group of 10-12, or even a small triplet that meets regularly over a coffee – to walk arm-in-arm with one another. We pray you will have an involvement in the mission opportunities that abound around your life – from you own personal family and workplace through to the mission opportunities that are part of CrossLife at our Young Discoverers child care services, Crossroads, English classes, playgroups, community venues or more so that you are walking arm-in-arm with the world.
And at CrossLife this is at personal cost our time, money, and heart: we hope you “walk with me” as you personally invest in someone else to help them walk arm-in-arm.
Walking arm-in-arm is a statement of how and why God shapes and made us: for relationships. For intimacy. We feel that desire for connection. We miss it when we don’t get it. God loves us and he made us, and he wants us to be his friend. Walking arm-in-arm is one way of describing his will and agenda for us individually and as one community.
May your involvement and investment in CrossLife bear this fruit as you walk life together with God in the world. If our prayers and efforts to follow the Lord Jesus this way as He builds his church in and through CrossLife are answered, then our localities will not stay the same no matter what the world brings. Join us on this journey. Matthew 28:18-20 sums this up this way,
“18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
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