Getting Ready for Sunday October 25th at The Crossing

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Charles Anderson continues this week our sermon series in the Gospel of John with a sermon entitled “Truly Alive,” from John 3:1–15. The Scripture reads,

1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

The term “born again” doesn’t have a great reputation for a lot of people. It’s seen as overly churchy, or maybe something for only a sub-set of Christians, or worse, just a label for someone who’s hypocritical and judgmental. But it actually expresses a crucial, wonderful biblical truth. What does it actually mean to be born again? Why does it matter? Join us Sunday as we look at significant biblical truth and how it matters for us.

We’re doing for the second time this Sunday, “Empty Me Out.” It’s been recently performed by Liz Vice with a Motown vibe (check out here for more on Vice). And the arrangement of “In Christ Alone” is a new one. Take a listen to both songs if you can before Sunday.

Here’s our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and music)

Divine Invitation [lyrics; listen] – Eric Owyoung and Steve Hindalong

Trees Will Clap (based on Isaiah 55) [lyrics and listen] – Andrew Camp, Scott Johnson, Patrick Miller and Greg Wiele

In Christ Alone [lyrics; listen] – Stuart Townend and Keith Getty; additional lyrics and arrangement by Kristian Stanfill

Empty Me Out [lyrics and listen] – Josh White

See you on Sunday!

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