Posted by bbullis on August 27, 2017
Dear CrossRoads Family,
I’m writing to respond to the seemingly overwhelming crisis that has gripped our nation over the last week, concerning the situation in Charlottesville and the terrible violence between the white supremacists and the antifa, or anti-protestors.
I didn't address this issue in the pulpit last week because I felt I didn't have enough information and hadn't heard from God on how to respond, other than prayer. My sermon on sexual purity may not have seemed as important as dealing with racial injustices, but please know that I pray and study over every message, and I felt that that was the message that God wanted me to preach.
Having said that, let me say that I realize that racism, bigotry and hatred ARE big problems in our society, and there are some of you in our congregation personally dealing with these issues. Please know I am here to help you through your pain (as are all of our ministry leaders). I believe that those who support racism are wrong according to the Word of God, which teaches us to love one another. I also believe that violence is not the proper response to those who hold such horrendous views as white supremacy.
God led me this week to John chapter 8, which deals with a woman caught in adultery. The penalty for this sin according to the law was death by stoning (which the crowd was ready to do) and then Jesus said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” Of course we know that everyone ended up dropping their stones and leaving; and Jesus then asked the woman where her accusers were, and had anyone condemned her, and she said, “No one, Lord.” Jesus then said, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8: 3-12).
As Christ followers, we have been given the light of life! And so I feel our main response as a church should be modeling the love that Jesus taught and not just condemnation to those walking in darkness. Racism, violence, and hatred are indeed sins, but they are committed by human beings made in the image of God, loved by God, and for whom Jesus gave his life that their sins may be forgiven.
May we unite around the truths of God’s Word and our love for God and one another to show the world a better way. And may we continue to be in prayer for our country and for the world to see the light of Jesus Christ and the abundant life that He gives.
Posted by bbullis on July 1, 2016
The summer can be a tough time to keep with all that's going on at CrossRoads, so be sure and stop by our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/crossoadscommchurch. Of course if you're reading this you've already discovered our website! We also have started posting the sermon notes for each week's sermons on the YouVersion Bible app. This app can be downloaded onto your mobile device, and then on Sunday morning you can bring up the app, go to the bottom of the page and hit "More," which will direct you to a menu with "Events" listed. Clicking on this will bring up our church and the corresponding sermon notes. Online giving will hopefully be coming soon! Thanks for taking the time to check out what's happening at CrossRoads!
Posted by bbullis on April 8, 2016
In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus commands his followers to "go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit…" Baptism is the means by which followers of Jesus Christ are identified.
In passages such as Acts 2:41, 8:12 and 10:47-48, it is evident that Baptism follows an individual's decision to trust Christ alone for salvation. Baptism was never intended to provide salvation for an individual, but rather to publicly identify a person with Christ. In Romans 6:1-11, the apostle Paul explains how the immersion mode of Baptism identifies the believer with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Going under water represents Christ's death and coming out of the water illustrates His resurrection.
You do not have to be baptized to have Christ in your heart any more than you must exchange rings to be pronounced man and wife. But if the inner commitment to trust Christ alone for salvation has been made, then the outward symbol of Baptism should be as valued and as visible as the gold ring on a newlywed's finger.
Once a person admits that he or she is a sinner and turns to Christ for salvation, the Bible says the watching world needs to know. Baptism has always stood as a kind of public test for people who have moved from being a seeker into being a believer.
Believers are those who have realized that their sin has separated them from God. They have given up all efforts to reach God through good works or religious activity. They have concluded that Jesus Christ's death on the cross for their sins is the only thing that can bridge the gap between them and God. A believer is someone who has decided to trust Jesus Christ alone for his or her salvation.
If you have come to this point in your spiritual journey, then you are ready to be baptized. Just as a bride and groom tell of their love for one another through the symbol of rings, you should also want to show the world through Baptism of your union with Christ. Let the miracle that has happened in you show through others as you follow the Lord’s command to be baptized. Contact me at ! Thanks!
Posted by binu on March 26, 2016
Dear CrossRoads Family,
This weekend, literally millions of people around the world will come together to remember the single most important event in human history. As one pastor remarked, "Christians, mainly, but even a lot of Muslims, Jews, Hindus and even atheists recognize that a man named Jesus was nailed to a cross and crucified almost 2000 years ago on the first Good Friday."
As Christians we also believe that Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday- a point that is rejected by many. To accept this truth is to accept Jesus is God, which is what we've been studying in our sermon series entitled "FrontRunner." And His resurrection is what we'll be celebrating this weekend (as we do every weekend)!
HERE'S THE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THIS SUNDAY, RESURRECTION (EASTER) SUNDAY:
- 6:30 a.m. SUNRISE SERVICE on the church property, 2610 Calvary Road, Bel Air. We’ll have a re-enactment of the women finding the empty tomb and Mary Magdalene encountering the risen Christ! Of course we’ll also have a wonderful time of praise and worship as we witness a beautiful sunrise! Dress warmly, bring a lawn chair, and invite a friend!
- 10:30 a.m. CELEBRATION SERVICE at C. Milton Wright High School. We’ll continue our celebration with a "relighting" of the Lenten candles, signifying the new life we "take on" after having released those things that don't honor Christ. Of course we'll have an inspiring time of worship including a Reader's Theater and a new praise song. Be sure and invite a friend!
I hope you’ll make every effort to attend one or both of these services! And please be praying for those who will come who don’t regularly attend.
See you Sunday! He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
Posted by bbullis on February 13, 2016
Last year as we were preparing to celebrate Resurrection Sunday, we delved into the stories of those involved with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection and entitled the presentations “Portraits of the Passion.”
This year we are joining our more liturgical brethren and adding a “Lent-Event” during our worship services leading up to Easter.
Lent is a period of fasting, service, and prayer traditionally observed by Catholics as a way to remind themselves of the value of repentance. Lent means “spring” and has changed over the years since it’s inception in 325 A.D. at the Council of Nicea. But its purpose has always been the same: self-examination and penitence, demonstrated by self-denial, in preparation for Easter. The focus of the Lenten season was seen as similar to how people in the Old Testament fasted and repented in sackcloth and ashes (Daniel 9:3).
Many people believe that “giving something up for Lent” is a way to attain God’s blessing. But the Bible teaches that grace cannot be earned; grace is “the gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17).
However, we are to practice self-denial (Luke 9:23), and God is pleased when we repent of sinful habits.
So, our focus will be on giving up on those things that do not honor God: hate and fear; worldliness; lies; pride; unbelief; and an unforgiving spirit. This is our way of “laying aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, to run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1).