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Sunday, October 07, 2018: To Pray for the Church is to Love the Church

“…without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers” (Romans 1:9-10) The purpose of the Christian life is to know and make known the love of God in Christ, beginning with how we relate to the church. Jesus told His disciples, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn. 13:35). And Paul said, “…do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:10). As Christ-followers, it seems like one of our most basic instincts should be to love our church family. At (Read More)

October 3, 2018 // 1 Comment

Sunday, September 16, 2018: Worshiping the God Who Speaks Well of You

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24–26) If you worship with LifePoint often, you are keenly familiar with these words. They constitute the blessing—or the benediction—by which we conclude our worship gatherings. Yet, by nature, this familiarity carries with it an inherent danger. Things with which we are most familiar can most easily be taken for granted—or worse, easily ignored. Therefore, we need to re-expose our hearts to the potency of this (Read More)

September 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, September 09, 2018: The Glory of the Church is Christ in You

…on the day of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we will boast of you. (2 Corinthians 1:14) The real glory of the church is distilled into these words. True, on a given Sunday, the church doesn’t seem to merit such boasting. She looks like nothing more than a rag-tag collection of rehabilitated sinners gathered in weakness to worship an invisible God. In the eyes of the world, that’s complete foolishness. And yet the church as we experience it today abounds with the glory of Christ, which is something that the apostle Paul well understood. Seeing past the mere (Read More)

September 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, June 17, 2018: Getting to the Heart of What Church is All About

“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. From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh…” (2 Corinthians 5:14–16a) When we truly experience God’s love, we are transformed into willing servants. Jesus frees us to love and serve others rather than regarding them according to the flesh. That’s what defined the apostle Paul’s life. (Read More)

June 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, May 06, 2018: The Key to Enjoying Church

…in your thinking be mature. (1 Corinthians 14:20) Worship leader and scholar Chip Stam once said, “A mature Christian is easily edified.” This means that people who are advancing in Christian maturity will probably find it much easier to enjoy church than people who are not. Immature Christians tend to want gathered worship to scratch their particular itch. They often assume that things like music, preaching, and kids ministry ought to adhere to their expectations and preferences; and when they don’t, church is hard to enjoy. On the other hand, mature Christians are (Read More)

May 2, 2018 // 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 03, 2017: Don’t Run to The Hills!

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 121) Psalm 121 is what’s called a “Song Of (Read More)

August 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, August 20, 2017: What Do You See on Sundays?

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. (2 Corinthians 3:18) Throughout His earthly ministry, thousands of people looked at Jesus with their own two eyes. But few people looked long enough to actually see Him for who He truly is. Few beheld Him. This is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in John’s gospel. One time, Jesus was speaking to a large crowd who had just witnessed Him perform a mind-blowing miracle with the meager contents of a little kid’s lunch basket (6:1-15). (Read More)

August 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, August 13, 2017: Where You Sit in Church Matters More Than You Think

And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” (Acts 8:29) Have you ever heard of a dude named Gavrilo Princip? If you’re a history nerd, you probably have. But otherwise it’s unlikely. Princip made a decision on June 28, 1914 to fire the bullets that killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophia. That decision set in motion the chain of events that led to World War I. Think about that. A politically-motivated snap decision made by a nobody a long time ago in a faraway country kickstarted what many credible historians have argued is the most (Read More)

August 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, June 04, 2017: The Blessing Of Life in The Household Of God

So then . . . you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. (Ephesians 2:19) A Strong Sense Of Family Ties According to Barna, the majority of Americans say that family is an essential part of their identity. When asked the question, “How much does family make up your personal identity?,” 62% of those surveyed responded, “A lot.” Thus Barna concluded that “People rank family as more central to their identity than any other surveyed factor,” including faith, nationality, ethnicity, or career. Based on these findings, we must (Read More)

May 31, 2017 // 0 Comments