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the crossroad blog

Author: Jerel Kuravackal

What A Gospel-Centered Church Is and Isn’t

July 22, 2015 | By

What does it mean to be a gospel-centered church? This was a question posed on an online forum which brought about some interesting and even controversial responses. I’d like to use this to echo and build upon some particularly helpful responses that were given. Before discussing the topic of a gospel-centered church though, it would be helpful to define what we mean by gospel and gospel-centered. These days using the term “gospel-centered” has almost become trendy. There are books on everything from gospel-centered parenting to gospel-centered funerals. We are told that the gospel must be central to all we are and all we do. This, in and of itself, I believe is a good thing, because God really does intend for the gospel to be central to the lives of His people and certainly at the center of His church. Confusion may arise however when one author uses the term differently than another.

So here is what we mean by “the gospel” and “gospel-centered” at Crossroad. Read More

Ash Wednesday, Lent, and The Gospel

February 18, 2015 | By

Today is Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a 40 day period (not including Sundays) leading up to Easter. For those like me who come from a denominational background that does not observe Lent, it along with Ash Wednesday and even Holy Week may seem foreign to you. However, I think there’s great benefit in observing Lent on some level, whatever form that might take for you. Not only does it connect us to church history (it’s been a practice of the church since the 4th century), but most importantly it allows us to let the gospel make its way deeper into our lives.

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Q52: What hope does everlasting life hold for us?

February 8, 2015 | By

It reminds us that this present fallen world is not all there is; soon we will live with and enjoy God forever in the new city, in the new heaven and the new earth, where we will be fully and forever freed from all sin and will inhabit renewed, resurrection bodies in a renewed, restored creation.

The One-Anothers of the Bible

February 2, 2015 | By

Because of our identity as family, we as a church value community. This stands in stark contrast to the western world’s value on individualism. If we’re not careful, this value of individualism can seep into the church with sentiments like “my faith is personal – it’s just between me and God.” But even a cursory look at Scripture reveals that we are not meant to live in isolation but in community with one another. How else can we be obedient to the many, many commands of Scripture related to how we ought to treat one another? As we seek to live as family together, in a loving community that is wonderfully different from the world, let’s keep in mind this list of the many “one-anothers” of the Bible. Read More

Q51: Of what advantage to us is Christ’s ascension?

February 1, 2015 | By

Christ physically ascended on our behalf, just as he came down to earth physically on our account, and he is now advocating for us in the presence of his Father, preparing a place for us, and also sends us his Spirit.

Q50: What does Christ’s resurrection mean for us?

January 25, 2015 | By

Christ triumphed over sin and death by being physically resurrected, so that all who trust in him are raised to new life in this world and to everlasting life in the world to come. Just as we will one day be resurrected, so this world will one day be restored. But those who do not trust in Christ will be raised to everlasting death.

Q49: Where is Christ now?

January 18, 2015 | By

Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us, until he returns to judge and renew the whole world.

Q48: What is the church?

January 11, 2015 | By

God chooses and preserves for himself a community elected for eternal life and united by faith, who love, follow, learn from, and worship God together God sends out this community to proclaim the gospel and prefigure Christ’s kingdom by the quality of their life together and their love for one another.

Q47: Does the Lord’s Supper add anything to Christ’s atoning work?

January 4, 2015 | By

No, Christ died once for all. The Lord’s Supper is a covenant meal celebrating Christ’s atoning work; as it is also a means of strengthening our faith as we look to him, and a foretaste of the future feast. But those who take part with unrepentant hearts eat and drink judgment on themselves.

Q46: What is the Lord’s Supper?

December 28, 2014 | By

Christ commanded all Christians to eat bread and to drink from the cup in thankful remembrance of him and his death. The Lord’s Supper is a celebration of the presence of God in our midst; bringing us into communion with God and with one another; feeding and nourishing our souls. It also anticipates the day when we will eat and drink with Christ in his Father’s kingdom.