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3|25|2022 Cultivating the Kingdom...

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Before you know it we will be planting our seeds in the ground for another gardening season.  Now, I’ve had my share of gardening success and gardening failures over the years.  I’ve seen bumper crops when the conditions were just right and scarcity when soil conditions were less than ideal.  I’ve had massive produce, and plants choked out by weeds and neglect.  So how can we achieve the kind of harvest we hope for? - A good gardener knows it takes more than scattering our seed on the ground to reap a harvest.  It begins by cultivating and preparing the soil for the season to come.

In Matthew 13, Jesus tells one of my favorite parables, a story about a sower, some seed, and the various soil conditions. But Jesus isn’t giving a lesson on gardening;, he is teaching his disciples about the importance of cultivating the Kingdom of God.  

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” - Matthew 13:18-23

So what kind of harvest do you hope for?  What kind of fruit are you bearing?

In Jesus’ story, the seed is the gospel message, a word proclaiming God’s grace and kingdom.  The various soils represent the various responses we might have to the word that is sown.  It is a story that has us examining, what kind of soil are we?  How might we cultivate the kingdom in our own life, and in the life of others?  Are we cultivating seeds of individualism, selfishness, irresponsibility, divisiveness, bitterness, and anger?  Or are we cultivating seeds of grace?  Because in the end we will reap what we sow.

Jesus calls us to sow the seed of the kingdom in our lives and in the world around us.  We do this by sharing the good news of our faith, by giving reason for the hope we have, and by sharing the grace we have received with others. We can cultivate the soil by pulling some weeds, removing the rocks that cause us to stumble and nurturing the seed that has been planted.  But we do not work alone.

Community is key in cultivating the kingdom.  Being connected in community helps us drown out the weeds and thrive.  Being connected in community helps encourage us as we spur one another on.  And as we share our lives with one another, community helps us cross pollinate our faith helping us bear spiritual fruit in our lives.  

Whether you have been active in your faith your whole life, or your journey is just beginning, keep cultivating the kingdom and you will see the harvest you are working for. 
 


In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Gordon



 





 

 

It's a Pool Party! March 27th 4-6pm
Join us at the Tri City United Pool located at the TCU Middle School in Montgomery MN for an end of Crosstraining Celebration Pool Party. The kids will perform a song they've been working on as well as sharing some highlights from this past year. Everyone is welcome to attend but please let us know how many are coming so we can let the pool know how many to expect. 



Facebook Live is Back! - We recently have switched streaming software and the past two weeks Facebook Live has worked without any issues!  You can once again join us at 10 am on facebook and as always you can still watch the service or past services on our Youtube channel shortly after 11 am.  If you have a smart TV with the Youtube app it is a great way to watch the service and other content.  Be sure to subscribe for an easy convenient way to watch.  

 Register for worship here!

 

Crossroads Church Elko New Market is looking to hire a part time worship leader to help us experience God and grow deeper in our relationship with Him through worship.
Responsibilities include (but not limited to):
  • Worship planning and selecting music around message series, seasons, themes, etc.
  • Working with, recruiting, and discipling a team of worship volunteers
  • Providing leadership for the worship team
  • Helping the community fully engage in worship
  • Preparing Propresenter, music, etc. for Sunday Service
  • Assisting with set up and tear down for the Sunday Service
  • Being a representation of Crossroads in the local community
 

Compensation: $150-200/week based on ability/experience

Hours: (10-12 hrs/wk)
Contact Pastor Gordon to Apply.

Join us online or in person:
10:00 am Live In Person or at 11:00 am on Youtube & Facebook

Upcoming Message Series: Thy Kingdom Come


For a link to this past Sunday's message, or any other messages be sure to visit us online.  You can now catch previous services on Youtube.  
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