How the Resurrection Changes Everything

Cross Theatre exists to coach the Church to embody the Kingdom of Christ by becoming through the Spirit a Theatre of hope powered by the Gospel.

1 Corinthians 4:9 "God has put us apostles on display, at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have become a Theatre to the world, to angels, and to men."

2019 John Bunyan Conference of Tennessee

Cross Theatre is an arm of Providence Theological Institute (PTI) that helps equip (coaches) pastors and local churches to move beyond bare affirmation of doctrinal systems to the dynamic embodiment of real discipleship in the life of the fellowship.  Doctrine is not just information to make smart Christians but graced indoctrination that produces faithful followers of Jesus Christ. 

The Drama of Redemption is not primarily about what you have been saying and doing but about what God has been saying and doing in sending Jesus to embody and display His  love. So, it can be properly called “TheoDrama.”  Cross Theatre (CT) is the Drama where God has chosen to stage and share His Love.  God is the Author, the Producer, the Director, and the Marquis player.  Each of us are also players on this same stage and can only fittingly play our assigned role when we understand the storyline of Cross Theatre.  Theodrama stages the mighty act of God when he raised his Son and enthroned him as King of Kings. We retell it again and again as we gather to worship and then go back into the world to embody the Gospel.

   
The Playwright: God the Father
The Hero: God the Son
The Director: God the Holy Spirit
The Stage: Heaven and Earth
The Script: The Bible
The Plot: Creation, Fall, Redemption, Consummation
   

Cast of Characters: The Players

God the Father The Voice
Jesus Christ Protagonist and Chief Improviser
Holy Spirit Producer-Director
Satan Chief Antagonist
Soldiers Angels and Demons
People Supporting Actors
   

Where God Stages His Love

STAGING GOD’S LOVE

Oakwood Baptist Church
Winter 2019

Stage Directions: James the Stage Director

James the Stage DirectorGod is Staging His Love on many different platforms; Oakwood Baptist is one of them. God is not indifferent to how we play our roles. So, God sends us His stage directions through assistant directors he has chosen; James, the Lord’s brother, is one of them. James writes down the directions OBC needs to stage Cross Theatre. They do not, in fact, actually originate with him but come from God Himself, the Playwright and Producer. One day we will all appear before God to have our performance judged and rewarded. God is speaking to us and directing our performance so that we can show and share His Love.

Sermon Series Staging God’s Love:

Under Trials, Jas. 1:1-18
By the Book, 1:19-27
Without Prejudice, 2:1-13
Through Working Faith, 2:14-26
By Tongue Taming, 3:1-12
Around Peacemaking, 3:13-18
Under Authority, 4:1-12
…Amid Contingencies, 4:13-17
…Against Consumerism, 5:1-6
…With Patience, 5:7-12
…In Prayer, 5:13-20

Read God’s Word

You can’t Stage God’s Love if you don’t follow His stage directions. You can’t follow them if you haven’t read them. So, read James with your family after dinner. Listen to it on your IPhone coming home from work. Read it in different versions. Read it out loud in a secluded place. Just Read It!

Memorize the book of JamesMemorize the book of James

Memorization of Scripture is “…Hiding God’s Word in your heart.” There are three different ways you can commit together with others at OBC to memorize this Scripture.

Plan A: Memorize the book with Pastor Gary.

Plan B: Memorize some key sections of James:

Jas. 1:13-15 Jas. 1:19-25
Jas . 2:14-19 Jas. 3:13-18
Jas. 4:4-10 Jas. 5:13-16

Plan C: Memorize Key Texts from James

Jas. 1:2 Jas. 3:14-15
Jas1:12 Jas. 3:17-18
Jas. 1:21-22 Jas. 4;2
Jas. 2:8-9 Jas. 4:4
Jas. 2:17 Jas. 4:
Jas. 2:24 Jas. 4:17
Jas. 3:5 Jas. 5:7-8
Jas. 3:9-10 Jas. 5:16

James - A Faith to Live By

Staging Love! Embodying Grace!

The book of James is not some helpful information to learn and then store away in your memory. Instead, give God your full attention and trust the Holy Spirit to open your understanding to really embody this in your life, your family, your community, and your church. If you don't, “Do It!” you ‘re not really listening to God.

God Is Love

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