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CityRise Crosspoint Church - Bellaire Service 3/19/2023
Our worship service at our Crosspoint Church - Bellaire campus for Sunday, March 19, 2023.
Locations & Times
  • Crosspoint Church - Bellaire
    4601 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401, USA
    Sunday 11:00 AM
  • CityRise Network
    Sunday 11:00 AM

Watch Live!

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A Thousand Hallelujahs

Check out one of our favorite versions of our first worship song for today by clicking this link!
Sermon Notes

Jesus came to die.

And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
Luke 9:21-22

…even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Matthew 20:28

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Romans 5:6

For one will scarcely die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person one would even dare to die.
Romans 5:7

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
Romans 5:9

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
Romans 5:10

More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Romans 5:11

What God saw IN us.
--We were weak
--We were ungodly
--We were sinners
--We were enemies

Before God, we are all sinners. And there is only one kind of sinner. There are not successful, high-capacity sinners with a lot of potential and unpromising, down-and-out sinners. Nope. Just hopeless, dead sinners. Heaven is not a scholarship program where God rewards the best. The best résumé in God’s eyes, Paul says, is a big, steaming pile of scubala, or “garbage” (to put it mildly).
JD Greear

What God desired FOR us.
--We are justified
--We are saved
--We are reconciled

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16

For one will scarcely die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person one would even dare to die.
Romans 5:7

“I’ll do whatever I gotta do for him to live!”
John Q

Who in the world would die for their enemies?

God’s love is not like me laying down my life for my kids. I was his enemy! It would be like me laying down my life for a terrorist that murdered one of my kids. Imagine if a terrorist murdered one of my children and was being sentenced to life in prison, and I showed up at the trial and offered to take his place so that he could go home to his children? You say, ‘Who would do that?’ God did, to make us his sons and daughters.
- JD Greear

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

Why did Jesus come to die?
To show His wealth of love and grace towards sinners.

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