The COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the world into a crisis that is unprecedented for many nations in the post WW2 era. For many people across the world, it will be nothing new, as they live in a state of perpetual disruption thanks to war or famine or both. It is nevertheless a significant shock to many Australians who have grown up with the comfort of living in the land of plenty. This is exactly a time for the church to step up and continue in the tradition first established by the Early Church of sacrificial service and living out the love of God in the face of crisis. (more…)
Thank You For Your Investment In Evangelism & Mission
Crossover has partnered with Baptist Churches around Australia at Easter time for over 30 years now. Crossover is Australian Baptist Ministries’ agent for helping pastors equip people in the local Baptist church to creatively share the good news of Jesus, as they demonstrate Christ’s love in community.
Your State Leaders value the contribution Crossover makes as a catalyst and resource developer in evangelism, church planting and church revitalisation. In 2020 they have made a video for you to share with your congregation about the Easter Offering for Crossover:
As the Easter Offering is Crossover’s only source of funding, it is vital to us as a movement to facilitate and support church leaders to equip congregations for mission.
We recognise that there are many demands on church finances these days, especially given the Coronavirus pandemic. We really appreciate the opportunity to partner with you as we seek to resource the body of Christ for effective mission.
Many churches take up the offering in the lead up to Easter, others over the Easter weekend. Due to churches not meeting participating in the 2020 Offering for individuals is through our secure online giving portal.
Share The Gospel Through Story
We encourage you to share this video resource produced with Karl Faase and Olive Tree Media. It tells the compelling story of Australia’s first-ever World Sporting Champion who went from success to failure before an encounter with Christ that changed his life.
Here’s a special message from Karl Faase to help you understand the value of your investment in evangelism and mission through the Crossover Offering.
The Coronavirus has forced churches to go online. Some have been online for a while whilst others are on a steep learning curve. Across the board, an important consideration appears to have been overlooked – and that is the degree to which people are able to interact. One platform that allows that is ZOOM. Jamie Freeman takes us through the advantages of using ZOOM and making your online presence more interactive. (more…)
Bleak Holidays this Easter…
As we watch our worlds being torn apart and are not at all sure of how the new normal will look, there is a very deep sense of communal and personal anxiety. A health crisis leaving significant sections of our community at great risk of premature death has now morphed into an unimaginable economic crisis unparalleled in our recent history. We are finding ourselves asking a set of questions about work and food and shelter that we thought belonged in an era long past.
We are returning to the bedrock question of a way through the darkness of a desperate situation. Perhaps more than in previous Easter seasons that this generation has experienced, the simple yet profound narrative of the death and resurrection of Jesus speaks poignantly and profoundly to a troubled nation.
“Darkness came over the whole land” is the summary of the Gospel writers as the death of Jesus was imminent. (Mark 15:33-34) The betrayal, abuse and mockery had reached its climax. Where was the hoped-for bright future for his followers, who like us today, stared into a cataclysmic abyss?
So much promise had come to a sudden halt. The sound of hammer on nails of the crucifixion ritual rang out the end of the life of Jesus. His cry of ‘My God my God why have you forsaken me’, could well be the cry of us all captured by the COVID-19 pandemic.
But this is not the end, we have not been forsaken. God the Father had not deserted Jesus or us. The sure hope of the resurrection of Jesus stands as the eternally guaranteed promise that the darkness will come to an end. Death with all it’s anguish and pain will not triumph. The Easter story is the message of hope. Ned Trickett, Australia’s first world champion discovered the journey from despair to hope. Watch the video of his story here.
The apostle Paul understood the power of the resurrection of Jesus as he wrote to the believers in Rome, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-9)
This is the sure hope of the love and presence of God that is on offer to us again this Easter.
Rev Keith Jobberns