Cross Fellowship Church - Black Forest
A Lead Pastor's Farewell - Bob Bender, Lead Pastor
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  • Cross Fellowship Church Black Forest
    10915 Black Forest Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80908, USA
    Sunday 8:00 AM, Sunday 9:30 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM
“The smallest one will become a clan and the least one a mighty nation, I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time.”
Isaiah 60:22
A Lead Pastor’s Farewell
Acts 20:17-38
“Love one another, just as I have loved you.”
John 13:34, 15:12
What was the reason for our growth?
What is the theme of the Bible?
What is the theme of the Bible?

RELATIONSHIP
The theological purpose of the Bible is
REVELATION

The soteriological (salvation’s) purpose of the Bible is
REDEMPTION

The practical purpose of the Bible is
RELATIONSHIP
“What every person needs for health and wholeness are strong, sustaining relationships.”

Paul Johnson
The Psychology of Religion
Relationships for Life

“The modern church does a lot of things well. We preach well. We teach well. But one thing we struggle to do well is connect with our brothers and sisters in Christ.”
The Southern Baptist Texan editor
Relationships for Life

“The sin of disunity has caused more souls to be lost than all the other sins combined.”
Paul Billheimer
Relationships for Life

“That they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that you sent Me.”
John 17:23
Relationships for Life

“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 13:35
Relationships for Life

What is the message of the cross?
Relationships for Life

“We know love by this that He laid down His life for us (vertical beam): we ought to lay down our lives for others (horizontal beam).”
1 John 3:16
Relationships for Life

Don’t forget the horizontal message of the cross!
Relationships for Life

Don’t forget the horizontal message of the cross!

“For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body.” Ephesians 5:29-30
Relationships for Life

Don’t forget the horizontal message of the cross!

“For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body.” Ephesians 5:29-30

“Woe to the person through whom the conflict comes!”
Matthew 18:7
Relationships for Life

“Love’s Embrace”
Love's Embrace

“I am not smart enough, sharp enough, creative enough, intuitive enough, spiritual enough or strong enough of a leader to accomplish this threefold mission. We must live in a constant state of dependence on the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
Love's Embrace

“I am not smart enough, sharp enough, creative enough, intuitive enough, spiritual enough or strong enough of a leader to accomplish this threefold mission. We must live in a constant state of dependence on the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, AND a mutual interdependence on one another.”
"Love's Embrace"

“There is a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.”
Ecclesiastes 3:5
The Legend of Johnny Lingo

“If you treat people the way you want them to become, more often than not, they will become that person.”
Relationships for Life

“Little children, love one another.”
Relationships for Life

“Little children, love one another.”

“Because it is the Lord’s command, and if this only is done, it is enough.”