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Join us for our three-week class as we work through our fundamentals, theology and core beliefs as a church.

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Discipleship Groups are designed to help you grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ. These are discussion-based groups will that deepen your relationship with God, grow you in your knowledge and understanding of the Bible and equip you as a leader in the local church.

Discipleship Groups are organized into three learning tracks: Discovery Group Track (100 Level Series), Leadership Group Track (200 Level Series) and Theology Track (300 Level Series). Each of these tracks consist of 12 units that are typically scheduled to meet once a month (schedule will vary at times).

1. Discovery Series - The Discovery Series is designed for adult believers, seekers, and the general congregation. Through facilitated discussions in a small group setting, the Discovery Series moves people to godly living.

2. Leadership Series - The Church Leadership Series is designed for existing and emerging leaders in the local church. The courses in this Series guide participants to discuss the identity and role of the local church and to understand the responsibility of church leaders with practical applications.

3. Theology Series - This is a more in-depth study of different theology concepts in the Bible. All participants in the Theology Track will require completion of the Discovery or Leadership Series and will need a referral from their Community Groups Leader or a Pastor.

Discipleship Groups begin on Thursday, January 31st. Each Discipleship Group is held at the church from 6-8am (unless your assigned group specifies a different time and location). Coffee will be provided!

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If you're a member at Cross & Crown or want to learn more about becoming a member, join us Monday, February 4th at 6:30 pm as we discuss family business, provide financial updates, and explore future endeavors God has placed on the hearts of the leaders of C&C.

*Childcare and light snacks will be available

Several times a year, the women at Cross & Crown gather for a 9-week study of scripture. Our time worshiping Jesus, in the Women’s Study Series, is spent in conversation with each other, listening to teaching on God’s word, and discussing the teaching in small groups. Here are the details: What: 9-week Study Series on the topic of the Parables of Jesus When: Starting Wednesday, February 6th, from 10-11:30 am & Sunday, February 10th from 2-3:30 pm (includes childcare) Where: Cross & Crown Church How: Just show up!

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CG Questions: 5 DISTINCTIVES
Week 3: REFORMED SOTERIOLOGY - GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY IN SALVATION

Questions:

  • Read through Ephesians 1:3-14 out loud as a group. What in this passage stands out to you? Are there any parts of this doctrine that you struggle with? If so Why?

  • What's your salvation story? Do you remember choosing God or feeling God choose you?

  • Why do you think people have struggled with the doctrine of election?

  • As a Christian, the doctrine of Election answers the question “why did God choose me?” Most simply as: “because he loved/loves me.” What does this tell you about the character, person, and heart of God?

  • How should we treat/talk with those who do not hold to this doctrine? If you don’t hold to this doctrine what do you do with the verses we shared in the sermon this week?

Scripture:
Ephesians 1:3-14

THE APOSTLES REGARDING ELECTION

Ephesians 1:4-5, 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14, 2 Timothy 1:9, Acts 13:48, 1 Thessalonians 5:9

JESUS REGARDING ELECTION

John 5:21, John 6:44, John13:18, John 15:16-19, Matthew 22:14
 

Note, Quotes, and Slides:
MISCONCEPTIONS REGARDING ELECTION:
1. Electionis not Fatalistic or Mechanistic
2. Electionis not based on God’s Foreknowledge of Faith or Merit
3. Election does not lead to License
4. Electionis not fair

Order of Salvation:
Election - Gospel Call - Regeneration - Conversion - Justification - Adoption - Sanctification - Perseverance - Death - Glorification

Monergism vs Synergism
Calvinism vs Arminianism

PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF THE DOCTRINE OF ELECTION:
1. Humility
2. Hope
3. Evangelistic Courage
4. Worship

An Act of God before Creation in which He chooses some people to be saved, not on account of any foreseen merit in them, but only because of His sovereign good pleasure.
~ Wayne Grudem Systematic Theology, p.670

"I believe the doctrine of election, because I am quite certain that, if God had not chosen me, I should never have chosen Him; and I am sure He chose me before I was born, or else He never would have chosen me afterward; and He must have elected me for reasons unknown to me, for I never could find in myself why He should have looked upon me with special love. So I am forced to accept that great Biblical doctrine."
~Charles Spurgeon

"The wonder is not that some are saved and others are not, the wonder is that any are saved at all. For we deserve nothing at God’s hand but judgment. If we receive what we deserve (judgment), or if we receive what we do not deserve (mercy), in neither case is God unjust. Therefore, if anybody is lost, the blame is theirs, but if anybody is saved, the credit is God’s. This paradox contains a mystery our present knowledge cannot solve, but it is consistent with scripture, history, and experience."
~John Stott (Reading Romans with John Stott)


Check out this week’s sermon here and listen to the Sermon Extras here!

Cameron Morris