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Where Jesus Changes Lives


Here at The Crossing @ NWI we want you to experience the opportunity for lasting hope and positive change that can only come through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As you take the time to check us out, we pray that something will speak to you to visit us. 



DAY 17

…continuing notes on “Discipleship” *

Paul recognized that each believer is unique and needs individual attention.

Acts 20:31 “Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.”

Biblical truth is an essential component of Biblical discipleship.  A Christian cannot be spiritually mature without Biblical understanding, but a Christian may have much Biblical knowledge and yet not be spiritually mature.

1 Corinthians 8:1, 2 “Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies.  If anyone thinks that he knows anything, he has not yet known what he out to know.”

Ephesians 4:11-16 “…for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.  As a result, we are no longer to be children…”

Colossians 1:28, 29 “We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete (mature) in Christ.  For this purpose, also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.”

There are inherent problems with the commonly held belief that “presenting Biblical knowledge” equates to discipleship, and that the other components are “optional.”  If the other components are not given proper importance in the nurturing process, the Christian being mentored will typically have a difficult time growing to a reproductive spiritual maturity.

*This devotion taken from notes taught in Discipleship by Design – Pastor Sam Abbott

Added:  Recommended reading on New Testament discipleship.

▪ The Great Omission by Dallas Willard▪ The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer▪ Re-read the past devotionals on discipleship, Day 16 & 15.  Be a New Testament disciple and a discipler!



After months of sheltering in place, we are excited to be coming back together in Corporate Worship under the direction of the Holy Spirit! JOIN US IN PERSON 10AM Sunday mornings. We will still be streaming online via Facebook LIVE. 



The Crossing @ NWI is committed to Northwest Indiana. We have been ministering to the people of this region since 1950 and have no intention of leaving this area. We are committed to the people who live in this unique area of the Mid-West. In a world of changing values (lost values) and ever increasing challenges we are committed to making a difference. As a church we are committed to restoring hope and values into marriages, families, and homes. We believe strong people make strong marriages, and strong marriages make strong families. In return strong families make strong communities.

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The Crossing @ NWI is radically devoted to Jesus Christ, irrevocably committed to each other, and relentlessly dedicated to reaching all people groups with the gospel of Christ. We are a part of the fellowship of believers called His church, against which the gates of hell cannot prevail!


Our mission statement at The Crossing @ NWI is a place "Where Jesus Changes Lives." This statement lines up with the Great Commission..."go and make disciples of all people groups." The early church obeyed the command of the Holy Spirit. Here at The Crossing @ NWI our goal is to live in the power of the Holy Spirit while reaching a diversified and contemporary society.