Our Core Values | Serve

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One of my favorite things I enjoy as a pastor at Crossroads is that I get to watch people serve.   I peek in the doors of the children’s classrooms and watch volunteers care for children.  Some are pacing the nursery as they hold babies who have fallen asleep in their arms.  What I see in their eyes is ... joy.  At the other end of the building, I shake hands with door greeters or go out into the parking lot to chat with the parking crew.  I discover the same thing. Joy! Crossroads volunteers experience joy as they serve in the ministries of our church. 

I have the privilege of overseeing the Welcome Team. I like to think of it as the first impressions team. We have 15 ministries made up of 300 volunteers. If there is one thing I hope our guests notice first when they drive onto the parking lot and walk through the doors is joy on the faces of our people. I have watched numerous times how people new to our church come in smiling. It all starts by someone rotating in, filling a spot, shaking a hand and sharing a smile.

One of the 5 core values of Crossroads is serving.  Serving is in our DNA; it’s what we do. We love serving needs and putting smiles on people’s faces. The reason is because this is what Jesus has done for us. He serves us and meets our needs . . . our need of forgiveness, of acceptance, of a reconciled relationship with God and reconciled relationships with others.  He gives us joy.

I encourage you to make our church core value a personal core value as well, as a Christian, as a follower of Jesus.  Here’s why:

  1. Think of Jesus!  He said “Even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for others”  (Mark 10:45).   When we serve, we are most like Jesus, because he did not come expecting people to serve his needs.  He served theirs, and gave himself as a sacrifice for sin.
  2. Something will always be missing in your life if you come and sit but don’t serve.  God has wired us as Christians to serve.  He saved us and set us free – from sin and from ourselves – so that we might serve. We read in Galatians to not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, for self-gain, but to serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13). Christ died to save us not just from our sins but from ourselves. You will always feel some spiritual constipation if you’re not serving in some area of ministry.
  3. Lastly, a practical reason, the best way to meet people and connect at Crossroads is by serving.  Nursery workers get to know one another as they care for the little ones, swap phone numbers and set up play days for their kids. I have seen how people new to our church start by serving in the café or greeting at the doors. They meet a lot of people.  It’s not long before they feel connected. New friendships form, and it all started by serving!

If you would like to take the next step in serving, take a minute and talk to someone at the Welcome Centers in the main foyer and MAC or the Check-In Desk in the children's hallway. Someone will be there to help you find a place and get started to serve. 

Several years ago, Stu Weber spoke at a conference we hosted, and he said this: “I am following the King of kings who came as the Servant of servants, so I must serve.”  He’s absolutely right.  Jesus did not come to be comfortable.  He came to serve, to meet our needs, to set us free.  He hands us the servant’s towel and says “It’s your turn!”

Jim Wright, Pastor of Connections

Our Core Values | Connect

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In various seasons of my life I have been known to withdraw and isolate myself from my closest relationships…from community. I have done this because I’ve not wanted to be a burden to others. I’ve done it because I have been fearful of being judged and to protect myself from receiving unsolicited and uninformed feedback from “well-meaning” people.  I have isolated myself in these seasons because I believed that I could, or I needed to, get through my stuff on my own.

How many of us default to dealing with life, and all that it throws at us, by ourselves - with a belief that we must pull ourselves up by our own bootstrap?  How many of us, either by default or design, are living in some form of isolation right now?

We live in a culture where we can access community with the swipe of a finger.  We have “community” coming out of our ears, but it is increasingly becoming virtual community.

We can be “followed”, “friended” and “liked” by 1000 people yet truly known by no one. It’s quite possible to be “trending” and still live a life of desperate isolation.

Some of us remain isolated from community because we are better able to control the image of ourselves we project out to the world when we don’t allow anyone to get close enough to know us as we truly are…flawed, broken and wonderful.

Whoever isolates (themselves) seeks (their) own desire; (they) break out against all sound judgment. (Proverbs 18:1, ESV)

Not only is it emotionally and spiritually unhealthy for us to isolate ourselves from community…it is unwise.  In isolation, we are absolutely left to our own devices, our own perspective, our own biases, our own judgment and our own strength to get through life.

I don’t know about you – but, my situation doesn’t get better when I isolate.  In isolation, I always seek after my “own desires”.  The longer I remain isolated the more unsound my judgment gets.

No one’s life gets better in isolation.  Yet, many people in our culture live in varying forms of isolation - unknown as we truly are and not truly knowing other people as they truly are.

We all long for community.  We all long for a place to belong.

Why is community so critical for us?  Because we were created in the image and likeness of a God who exists in community. Because our life, our calling and our purpose, as people who are meant to follow Jesus, are incomplete if we are isolated from Biblical Community.

None of us needs another “thing” to do.  What we need is each other. We need each other if we are to grow in faith. We need each other if we are to care for, and be cared for by, one another.  We need each other because our mission is to be living expressions of Jesus’ love to the people we encounter every day.

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Our Core Values

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“Know where you’re going.”  

Helpful advice, huh?  New to this area last winter, my wife, Anna, would have appreciated knowing where she was going one dark and rainy evening.  She was driving on EAST Lake Sammamish Blvd, growing increasingly frustrated as she searched for her destination, only to find out she needed to be on WEST Lake Sammamish Blvd.  We can laugh about it now, but that night the confusion resulted in tears.

It is just as important for a church to know where it is going. Core values set its direction and priorities, impacting how it invests its time and resources. The core values define what’s important and what really matters—the big ideas.  For a church, core values not only determine the priorities of the church leadership, but they also describe what each member of this faith family should be valuing individually.

Crossroads Bible Church describes the Christian life in five big idea words that we call our core values:

  • Worship 
  • Connect
  • Equip
  • Serve
  • Outreach      

These values summarize the essential characteristics of biblical discipleship in our faith family. The way in which we live out these core values forms the foundation of what we do in ministry and how we're known by the community we serve. 

As we join together in a passionate pursuit of these values, watch out planet earth!  There is great power when a team rows together in the same direction. This common purpose will help us achieve our mission of building a community to change the world.

Over the next five weeks and periodically throughout the year, we'll be sharing more details on how we're putting our core values into action here at Crossroads.  You can also read a summary of our core values here: Core Values.  Our goal is to help us each to be more aware of our core values, and to identify ways we can live them out in our personal walk. 

We pray as you read and study these values, evaluating the current level of priority they receive in your own life, that it will become a season of new growth for you and our church family.

 

Tom Clagett
CBC Executive Director

 

Week 1 (52 Promises to Change 2018)

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We're starting a new blog category this year called the "52 Promises to Change 2018".  The Bible contains promises from God that change lives.  Some promises give us spiritual benefits that apply directly to our experience, and others pertain to God’s greater plan of redemption that give us hope for our future.  They key is to know and trust them.  Each week, the promise is posted in a format to use as the screen background on your phone. Just save it to your phone and you'll be set to consider it all week long.

 January, week 1: this week's promise is from Roman's 10:9.

"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."

LOVE

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We see and hear stories of love all the time; a parents love for a child or a couple being reunited and these are all great things, but none of them compares to the love that was shown to us the day Christ was born. This was a prophesy that had been made many years before that people had been waiting for, and God always keeps His promises. Christ humbled Himself as a baby to come to this earth for us. As John 3:16 states, “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” This started with Christ being born on earth. This moment is truly life altering. The love shown to us in this moment is amazing. Our God, all powerful, all knowing, chose to be born as a baby. He chose to learn how to walk and talk and face every temptation we face, all so he could empathize and save us from our flesh. That is true love. That is a love that surpasses everything else. He chose to live for us on the earth and then be ridiculed, mocked, beaten, and hung on a cross to die for us. That is a love that we cannot even fathom. We are not worthy of such a love, yet God loves us despite our failing and sins because that is who He is, love. Christmas is about celebrating this love that has been shown to us. It is a time to show glory and praise to God for coming to this world and loving us. Take some time to praise God and thank Him for His undeserving love for you.

Daily Scripture

JOY

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The story of Zechariah and Elizabeth is one of true joy. They waited and prayed for years to have a child of their own but Elizabeth was not able to conceive. Waiting is one of the toughest things we are called to do. It takes a lot of patience and even more trust. But it is in those times that we find our joy through Christ. God did not leave Zechariah and Elizabeth, nor was He punishing them for anything they did. In fact, Luke clearly states that they followed God’s commands blamelessly (v. 6). It was just a time for them to wait and trust in God’s plan for their life. God did eventually bless them with a child in their old age, a child that brought them so much joy and who would lead the way for Christ. The Christmas season can be a fun and joyous time for many, but for others it can reminder of all the things you are still waiting for. Whether that is to reunite with family, to find healing, or for a longing to be fulfilled, the holiday season can be a harsh reminder of these things. But there is joy in waiting. God is with you always and has a plan we cannot comprehend. Joy doesn’t mean you are happy all the time, instead it is knowing that God is in control always and is there for you through every moment. Joy is resting in God and trusting that He is faithful. Joy is understanding that He chose you and loves you. God sent His Son to be born in this world for you! If you can’t find anything else to be joyful in, be joyful in that this Christmas season and praise God for humbling Himself to be a servant on earth for us and to die on the cross for us. Trust that He is in control even while you wait. 

Daily Scripture

  • Isaiah 2:7-9: What brings you joy in your faith?
  • Luke 1:5-25: Think of a time when God answered a prayer for you. What were the emotions you felt and how did you respond?
  • Luke 1:39-45: What humbles you in your walk with God?
  • Luke 1:46-66: Just as Elizabeth and Mary rejoiced together, we are called to rejoice with one another. When was the last time you truly rejoiced with someone over God’s gifts?
  • Luke 1:67-80: How have the mercies of God shaped your life?

PEACE

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Lately, it seems that there has been much disruptive behavior in our world. We can’t seem to go a day without hearing about some negative or terrible thing that has happened. But we have the Prince of Peace ruling in our world even amid the pain and toil. God sent Christ to share His commands with the people of the world. Christ was born in this world to glorify God and spread His Word to all places, and now it is our job to continue this task. He never said it would be easy or fair, but He did promise that one day He would return and bring justice to the world. Without justice, there is no peace. But we have a God of justice and the Prince of Peace who walks with us through our lives. We have the peace of knowing someday all will be right again and there will be no more pain or sorrows. We have peace in knowing that God is sovereignly in control of all things so there is no need to worry about tomorrow. The Christmas season can be a hectic and stressful time, but God calls us to remember Him and instead help bring peace to the world. This is a time we should all be slowing down and remembering that God is in control and He will never leave our side. 

Daily Scripture

 

Hope

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We have a God who is faithful and kind and who will never leave a promise unfulfilled. Throughout the Old Testament, God promised His people a savior, a Messiah who would come down and rule, bringing peace and justice with Him. These people never saw that promise fulfilled, yet they had faith that God was true to His word. They believed that someday He would send a savior from the line of David to rule because they had hope in God. As Christians, we should have this same hope in God. God promised that Christ would return one day and bring justice to this world and defeat our enemy once and for all, and we must have hope for this day. God has never left an unfulfilled promise and He won’t now. He is true to His Word and He is faithful to us, never leaving us. Just as he fulfilled the promise that someday a shoot of Jesse would come to rule, so He will fulfill the promises He has given to us. We have an amazing God and we should be filled with trust and hope in Him. During this Christmas season, remember that God always fulfills His promises and share that hope with others.

Daily Scripture

  • Genesis 3:8-15: What will God do to the serpent in the end?
  • Psalm 89:1-4: What does it mean to you that God’s love and kingdom will last forever?
  • Isaiah 11:1-10: What are some of the characteristics of Christ?
  • Jeremiah 33:14-17: Do you believe that God always follows through on His promises? Why or why not?
  • John 1:1-9: How does it give you hope knowing that Christ has been there from the beginning and will continue to be there through eternity?