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Equipping at the Cross

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…” – Ephesians 4:11–13

God desires for his people to be mature and active in doing the work of ministry. Jesus gave leaders to the church to equip his people to promote their growth and engagement in the mission. Whatever God is going to do, He is going to do it through all of His people, not just through professional clergy. Equipping at the Cross is a monthly gathering focused on equipping God’s people for maturity and ministry, including theological instruction, character development and practical skills for participating in God’s mission.

FALL EQUIPPING 2016

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It’s been said, “God loves you, and has a wonderful plan for your life.” But, could it be that the plan we need to be concerned with is not God’s plan for my life, but simply, God’s plan? God is at work all around the world accomplishing His purpose. In every neighborhood and every nation, He is restoring men, women, and children to himself and bringing them into the Kingdom of His Son. We are made to join Him in that work, to be his ambassadors to those across the street and across the globe. The question we should ask is not, “Where does God fit into my plan?” The question we should ask is, “How do I fit into God’s plan?”

What God Loves Most | September 12

What God Loves Most: Aligning ourselves with God’s Greatest Passion. You might be surprised by the thing that God loves more than anything…  

    • JR Vassar, Lead Pastor of Church at the Cross

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GOING GLOBAL | October 3

Going Global: God’s heart for the World. God loves the world. What does this mean for us in a city of growing diversity? How do we understand the opportunities of globalization?

  • Afshin Ziafat, Lead Pastor of Providence Church

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NO PLACE LEFT | November 7

No Place Left: Reaching our Neighbors and the Nations. How do we practically participate in reaching people with the Gospel?

  • Kyle Pierson, East West Ministries and Sarah Guthrie, For the Nations Refugee Outreach

UNDERSTANDING ISLAM | December 12

Understanding Islam: Befriending Muslims: Every local church needs to equip every Christian to “Go and make disciples.”

  • Scott Venable, Glocal Impact Pastor, Northwood Church

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SPRING EQUIPPING 2016

I CANNOT BELIEVE BECAUSE…

Click Here to view to FEBRUARY 1 – …THE BIBLE IS UNRELIABLE

Many people claim that the Bible is merely a human book, irrelevant, full of errors, and unreliable as an authoritative source of truth for all people. But, what does the evidence suggest? Can we trust the Bible?

  • Speaker: Dr. Dan Wallace, Author and Sr. Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

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click here to view MARCH 7 – …THERE IS TOO MUCH EVIL AND SUFFERING IN THE WORLD

If there was a God and He was powerful and good, why is there so much evil and suffering in the world? Can we really believe in a God who has all power and is perfectly good when the world is broken as it is?

  • Speaker: Burk Parsons. Editor of Tabletalk Magazine and Co-Pastor of St. Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla.

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW APRIL 4 – …THERE CAN’T BE ONLY ONE WAY TO HEAVEN

In a culture of pluralism and tolerance, many reject Christianity because it is exclusive in its central message of salvation in Christ alone. Is it unreasonable to claim that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the exclusive way of salvation?

  • Speaker: Dr. Barry Creamer, President of Criswell College, Dallas, TX

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CLICK TO VIEW MAY 9 – …CHRISTIANITY IS ANTI-GAY

Many claim Christianity’s teachings on human sexuality are outdated and constitute bigotry. Does an accurate reading of the Christian Scripture lead to an anti-gay bias? What is to be Christianity’s posture to the LGBT community?

  • Speaker: Peter Hubbard, author of Love into the Light and Teaching Pastor of North Hills Community Church in Taylors, SC.

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THE GOSPEL, THE CHURCH, AND ANXIETY

Beau Hughes, Pastor of the Village Church Denton, helps us face the realities of depression and anxiety that exists in the Church and discern how we find help and care for one another in the struggle.

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THE GOSPEL, THE CHURCH, AND RACE

Afshin Ziafat, pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, TX helps us navigate the issue of race and how we as the church can model reconciliation.

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THE GOSPEL, THE CHURCH, AND PORNOGRAPHY MEN’S SESSION

THE GOSPEL, THE CHURCH, AND PORNOGRAPHY WOMEN’S SESSION

Pastor JR Vassar leads a men’s forum and author and speaker Jen Wilkin leads a women’s forum on the destructive nature of pornography and the Church’s responsibility to those who suffer with it.

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THE GOSPEL, THE CHURCH, AND ABORTION

Brian Fisher, President of Online for Life speaks on making abortion unthinkable and unavailable in our lifetime.

 

PAST EQUIPPING AUDIO

CORPORATE AND PERSONAL WORSHIP

Worship Arts Pastor Joseph Tenney brings insight into personal and communal worship and addresses the role of the arts in shaping a worshipping community.

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EVANGELISM IN A POST-CHRISTIAN WORLD

Lead Pastor JR Vassar describes our roles as Christians in a rapidly growing post-Christian world. He shows us how we can be effective in sharing Christ in every day life.

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A THEOLOGY OF VOCATION

A practical and biblical look at how we should view our work and do our work for the glory of God and for the good of our communities. A Theology of Vocation can set us free into greater joy and purpose in our positions and labors.