Dear CrossPointe,

When I was a child, one of our family dogs was a Chesapeake Bay retriever. They are majestic dogs bred for getting in and out of the water. Our dog could jump in a lake, climb out, shake, and be dry in seconds. It’s like he never really got wet! 

That’s picture I get when I read our text this week, Romans 12:14–21, in which Paul continues to describe the gospel-shaped life. We live in a hostile world that wants to pollute us and conform us to its image. It wants to get us wet with self-defensiveness, lowering our gaze so that we focus on our glory rather than God’s. But Paul’s point in this text is that the gospel frees us from this self-absorption and self-defensiveness. Knowing that we are right with and loved by God frees us from needing the approval of the world. And knowing that God will finally and fully execute his justice on the earth humbles us and reminds us that God is wiser than we are and can be trusted to do what is right. 

I’m looking forward to finishing chapter 12 with you. Let’s come ready to lean forward together.

Grace and peace,



Serving in Children’s Ministry || If you’re interested in serving in CM (Sunday mornings) or KidKeepers (paid childcare for events), please contact Cristin Wise! We have a new training process that you can begin any time.
Buddies for Children with Special Needs || Help us serve children who require one-on-one help on Sundays. Contact Cristin Wise for more info.
Midweek Fellowship (Wed., 5:45 p.m., Feb. 6–Mar. 13) || Join us for six weeks of fellowship with an emphasis on prayer. Dinner ($5/person; $20/family) starts at 5:45 p.m., followed by worship, teaching, and prayer in the sanctuary at 6:30. Childcare is provided! RSVP by Tuesday to Allie Webb.
Sunday Morning Classes (9 a.m., began Feb. 17) || We have two classes so far: Discipleship (w/Reuben & Edith Moyana) and Minor Prophets (w/Logan Copley). Childcare will be available as well. RSVP to Allie Webb.
Women’s Event: “Favorite Things” Party (March 1, 6–8 p.m.) || Get to know other women of CP! Pick oneof your favorite things (up to $5) and bring three to swap. We’ll also have dessert (bring one to share!). Childcare will be available for those who needit. RSVP to Allie Webb by Feb. 27.
Poets, Painters, and Storytellers (March 2, 7–9:30 p.m.) || Join Clement Arts for an evening of song, story, and art featuring musical guest Sandra McCracken at Christ Community Church. Proceeds will go to our own orphan ministry as well as an adoptive family from Columbus! Buy tickets online and mention CrossPointe.
Member Meeting (March 3, 6 p.m.) || CrossPointe’s members meet bi-monthly to welcome new members, hear updates on various aspects of church life, and share fellowship with one another. Childcare is available.
Child Dedication (March 17) || If you are a member of CP who has welcomed a child into your family recently, consider participating in our child dedication as we commit together to point our children to Christ. Please e-mail Robert Ward to sign up.