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God is Faithful

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Being faithful can be hard. Especially when you are in the middle of a season that seems to have no clear end in sight. The good news is that God is always faithful and we can be too, if we remember to look to Him in all things.

When I first came to theCross I was walking into a transitional period for the church. In November of 2015 Tom Kern, the faithful worship leader of 4+ years, was stepping down and I was asked to take over on an interim basis. It was a rocky road at first, but in my times of prayer I kept hearing God tell me that I needed to be faithful for a season. The hard part about seasons for us humans is that God rarely gives us a unit of time to measure said season. This is especially difficult for me. I like calendars, schedules, routines, timelines, plans, deadlines, Google forms, clocks...you get the idea. All I knew was that God was calling me to be faithful. I kept putting one foot in front of the other, week after week, and on August 14th, 2016 – on our 5 year anniversary as a church – I was installed as the Worship Director at theCross. It was also a proud day in which my wife and I witnessed all 3 of our kiddos (London, McKinley, and Garrison) be Baptized.

In the past year we have grown as a team – in numbers of people, but also musically and spiritually. We have recently been challenged with adding a 3rd service (5FORTY7) and the entire team has stepped up big time! Many of you may not be aware, but if you serve on the worship team you are devoting anywhere from 12-15 hours a week to practice, rehearsal, and to serve all 3 services on Sunday. It’s a big ask, but everyone on the team knows that God calls us to be faithful. And it’s not just us up on the stage. Jon has done an amazing job building the tech team and I am honored to work with all of them every week. When you have a chance say hello to the men and women that run sound, lights, livestream, and ProPresenter week in and week out. Maybe your next step is to join them!

Over the past few months you may have noticed a new face on the stage with sweet glasses, rocking a man-bun, and mysteriously speaking into a microphone on stage. I have the incredible honor of working with and growing a friendship with Kharl Kapp. Kharl has been an incredible addition to our team as both a music director and a bass player. His wife, Kelsy, came to Africa with an NGO and completed her studies online. Kharl met her through their church and as he says, “I swept her off her feet and the rest is history! HaHa!”

Kharl’s background is in worship. He grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa in a family filled with musicians and singers. (South Africa? Yes, theCross is apparently a magnet for talented South Africans…and yes, Mark will take credit for bringing Kharl to theCross) After graduating from a 2 year Theology and Music Ministry program at Rhema Bible Church he started his career as a session bassist while working as one of two music directors at Rhema leading multiple bands, multiple services, and running megachurch conferences. Rhema was one of the first churches in South Africa to defy Apartheid laws and have non-racial church services - an example of what was to come in the new South Africa. It remains one of the most influential churches in the world. Today it proudly has a strong multicultural and multiracial congregation with tens of thousands in attendance every weekend.

Kharl has helped grow the culture of excellence in worship here at theCross and I am excited to announce that beginning on Sunday, August 13th – on our 6 year anniversary as a church – he will be installed as the new Director of Worship! God sent Kharl for such a time as this and I am blown away by God’s provision and faithfulness!

I will stay on as the full time Director of Communications. I will also remain on the worship team as one of many worship leaders on a growing and talented team that includes Linda and David.

I cannot help but be amazed by God’s timing. Exactly a year after I stepped into the role as Worship Director I am able to hand over the keys to Kharl on our 6 Year Anniversary. It has been one of my greatest honors in ministry to lead this team and I look forward to what God will do as he continues to grow His family of faith-filled, big-thinking followers.

I pray blessings over Kharl, the worship and tech teams, and our entire church for this coming season. Thank you for allowing me to lead and serve.

In Him,

-cb

Godconomy: Sermon Series Preview

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This August, we are launching a 5-week sermon series called Godconomy, in which we are learning about the way in which God’s economy works. Many times the way in which God’s economy works is far different from what we are used to. 

For the next 5 weeks, we’ll be exploring foundational truths that show us how God works and secondly, how He calls His people to live in this world.

August 6th - Everyone is a Minister:  

Many people believe that God has appointed specific people to build His kingdom in this world. But actually in God’s economy everyone that believes plays a role in building His kingdom. You have a specific purpose and you are a minister of God as much as the pastor on stage is.

August 13th - 1 > 99:

On our 6-year anniversary, we will explore the story in which the shepherd left the 99 in the pasture to find the one lost sheep. All of us are important in God’s economy, but in this story it shows us that God cares most about finding the lost. As a church, our mission is to grow our family of faith-filled, big-thinking followers of Jesus Christ and we do that best when we reach the lost. When we reach outside of ourselves and reach others, we are fulfilling the greatest purpose God has for us.

August 20th - Choose Joy:

God never promises us an easy life. In fact, as His followers, we are to expect persecution and suffering. But what would take others down in this world will not take us down. No matter what happens in this world, whether good or bad, we have the opportunity to choose joy because we know that whatever we are going through is temporal and God has great plans for us.

August 27th - Winning the Spiritual War:

It’s hard to remember that there is something greater going on that we cannot see. In fact, the Apostle Paul writes that our greatest struggle is not against flesh and blood, but in the heavenly, supernatural realms. The fact is that there is a God and there is a devil. There are angels and demons. There is a real spiritual war going on right now for your soul and for this church. In this message, we’ll talk about how to win that spiritual war.

September 3rd - You can’t do it alone:

Our world has never stressed individuality as much as it has today. Because of that many people want to do everything on their own. They even believe that they can have their own personal relationship with God outside of the church and others. But in Godconomy, we see that the church functions best when we are all working together. We need you and you need us. You can’t do it alone.

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