Getting Ready for Sunday January 24th at The Crossing


This week Keith Simon preaches from John 7:1–5 and 6:44 in a sermon entitled, “Why Do Some Believe and Others Don’t?” The Scripture reads,

1 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him. 2 But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, 3 Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. 4 No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him.

44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

It’s a simple yet difficult question. Why is it that some people believe in Jesus, while others don’t? Is it because of upbringing? Is it personality? Does it come down simply to what a person wants to believe? It’s a question that matters for understanding how and why we believe and for what’s happened when somebody else believes, or doesn’t. Join us Sunday for Jesus’ answer.

Here’s our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and music):

Behold Our God [lyrics and listen] – Jonathan Baird, Meghan Baird, Ryan Baird, and Stephen Altrogge

Holy, Holy, Holy (Lord God, Almighty) [lyrics; listen] – words by Reginald Heber; music by John Dykes

Almighty God [lyrics and listen] – Leslie Jordan, David Leonard, and Sandra McCracken

Have Mercy [lyrics and listen] – Sandra McCracken and Thad Cockerill

This I Believe (The Creed) [lyrics and listen] – Ben Fielding and Matt Crocker

Awakening [lyrics and listen] – Chris Tomlin, Reuben Morgan

See you on Sunday!


  1. John Byler said:

    Wow! What can I say but …….if you didn’t feel the awesome presence of God today you are truly dead and blind. Keith you are my favorite preacher; if I may say it without sounding prejudice. You are all good preachers but Keith you are the best. That comes from God if you can accept it!

    I like the way you articulate on very sensitive subjects and by the gift of God that He has given you. You are able to break it down and make it very understandable, acceptable, and clear; so that any person; even the least able minded person can understand. I want to share with you my thoughts and feelings today before it goes cold, I forget, and I get numb and dumb again.

    The message: God spoke so clearly through you “the message of His love”. He answered and confirmed my place and vision in life that He has given me as you were preaching. “By the foolishness of preaching we become saved.”

    You covered the entire subject of believing and unbelief in a way that I have never heard before and everyone can understand. It helps me clear up some of the doubts I have about the church, and it’s positions that have been taken that are against the grain of the typical church culture these days; which are not routed in love; and makes me more willing to be a participant in the body of Christ. My own vision is to operate in the love of Christ and be whole, healed, and be an instrument of the body of Christ as He has chosen for me. It is so complex to understand and have the confirmation of God’s will in my life in the church for God’s vision and purpose for me.

    The Holy Spirit ministered God’s love, belief, and acceptance in a very powerful way for me. God bless you brother, Keith! God was amazing!

    Also if I may share a suggestion. When you came out to share the last part of your message. You were drowned by the key board; it was way to loud; and it distracted from what you were saying, and throughout the entire musical last part of the service; I felt. I am somewhat hard of hearing and it was way too loud for me, and It drowned out all the other musicians, and players. It was not typical of the worship leader to be that loud.

    The thought came to me that this was unintentional; but was so annoying; that it would have been to wise flag or clue or send a signal to the key board player; that he is playing too loud; tone it down a little. My suggestion that came to me was: If you could put a red light in the back of the auditorium where the song leader could recognize and interpret without any distraction to the service would be advisable.

    God is so Good!

  2. Scott Johnson said:

    John, thanks for the feedback on the keyboard volume level during the of end Keith’s message. I’ll pass it on to our tech team.

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