Sunday, November 19, 2017: A Simple Prayer for Sunday

Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your rules. (Psalm 119:108) This sentence, though simple, can be used as a profound prayer for us as we walk into church. It gets to the heart of why the Sunday gathering matters: it’s an environment where worship and the Word are the priority. It also teaches us what our posture should be in that environment—one of responsiveness and receptivity. Therefore this verse ought to shape how we pray for what happens at church this week. Let’s examine it more closely. First, consider our level of responsiveness in worship. Look (Read More)

November 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, November 12, 2017: The Lord’s Day Is Our Weekly Gospel-Pivot

If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. (1 Corinthians 15:19) Yesterday I read an opinion piece by a man who claims to be an anti-natalist—someone who believes that having children is immoral. Throughout his article, this man attempted to prove that the cruelty of life in this world should de-motivate procreation. One of his main arguments was the fact that the death rate among human beings is one-hundred percent. If you’re lucky, you only get 95 years on this planet. Death always comes before long, and it always seems to get the last word. (Read More)

November 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, November 05, 2017: Does Your Life Revolve around God’s Presence?

The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “The people of Israel shall camp each by his own standard, with the banners of their fathers’ houses. They shall camp facing the tent of meeting on every side.” (Numbers 2:1-2) While they were encamped at Mount Sinai, God gave Israel this instruction to show them that worship was to be their ultimate priority. Everything about the arrangement of their camp in the wilderness was meant to be oriented around the tent of meeting, facing toward the place where His presence dwelled. This means that each morning, when the typical (Read More)

November 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, October 29, 2017: How to Make The Most Of Celebration Sunday

O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own. I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you. (1 Chronicles 29:16-17) This Sunday will be the culmination of LifePoint’s COMPELLED campaign—Celebration Sunday. If you haven’t already, you can make the most of it by going to The City and watching this (Read More)

October 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, October 22, 2017: What We’re Singing This Sunday

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15) What is COMPELLED? COMPELLED is a movement among our church to live as we’ve been loved by Jesus. We believe God is calling us to do this by expanding our ministry capacity so that we can impact more people with the Good News that His Kingdom has been unleashed amidst our fallen world through Christ’s life, (Read More)

October 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, October 15, 2017: What We’re Singing This Sunday

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15) COMPELLED is a movement among our church to live as we’ve been loved by Jesus. We believe God is calling us to do this by expanding our ministry capacity so that we can impact more people with the Good News that His Kingdom has been unleashed amidst our fallen world through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. (Read More)

October 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, October 08, 2017: What We’re Singing This Sunday

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15) COMPELLED is a movement among our church to live as we’ve been loved by Jesus. We believe God is calling us to do this by expanding our ministry capacity so that we can impact more people with the Good News that His Kingdom has been unleashed amidst our fallen world through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. (Read More)

October 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, October 01, 2017: Are You Compelled to Pray?

The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. (Acts 10:9) People who are fully devoted to Jesus know that His Kingdom advances through the work of believing prayer. Acts 10 demonstrates this reality. As Peter was praying on a rooftop in the city of Joppa, little did he know that a Roman centurion named Cornelius had already been seeking God in Caesarea (v. 2-3). As a result, God set in motion the events which led to the Holy Spirit being poured out on the Gentiles just as He had among the Jews on the Day of (Read More)

September 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, September 24, 2017: An Encouragement to Prioritize Gathered Worship

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25) Priorities are spiritual. What takes precedent in our lives indicates the true reality of our spiritual state and determines who we’re becoming. This is particularly true of life in the local church. Together, the churches that comprise the Southern Baptist Convention claim to have a grand total of 16 million members. And yet it’s likely that only 6 million (Read More)

September 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, September 17, 2017: Is Everything on The Table?

And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to have eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16) Matthew 19 tells the story of the time Jesus encountered a man who wanted to know how to obtain eternal life. This man, we are told, was very wealthy—so wealthy, in fact, that when Jesus told him that he must give up his riches on earth in order to have treasure in heaven, he couldn’t bring himself to do it. He loved his wealth too much to part with it. For him, it was simply off the table. Watching him walk away sorrowfully, Jesus turned to His disciples, who had been listening (Read More)

September 13, 2017 // 0 Comments