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, March 25, 2018: How Gathered Worship Puts Us in Touch with Our Identity

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” (Ephesians 5:1) When getting to know someone, it’s common to be asked, So what do you do? That question is an implicit inquiry about your career or lifestyle. In response, you’re expected to say something like: “I’m a stay-at-home mom.” Or: “I’m a marketing consultant.”  More than simple curiosity, though, this familiar question reveals something profound—that what we do tends to define us. Our career, lifestyle, ambitions, relationships—these things often provide for us (Read More)

March 21, 2018 // 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, September 10, 2017: How LifePoint’s Worship Team Prays For Sunday

“We always pray for you…” (2 Thessalonians 1:11) Each week, LifePoint’s worship team gathers to rehearse our music for the following Sunday. And each rehearsal begins with team prayer. Before we ever play a note, we gather around and call upon the Lord together. Though we often pray for other needs during this time, we always make sure to pray for at least three things—three things which are vital to the effectiveness of LifePoint’s gatherings. First, we pray for all who are attending and participating in the gatherings. For LifePoint’s members and (Read More)

September 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, August 27, 2017: What Explains Your Life?

“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 explains your life? By just observing your daily patterns of living, can others plainly see what defines you, consumes you, makes you tick? There are two categories in which this question can be answered. The first is a worldly category. In this category, people explain their lives by their family history, (Read More)

August 23, 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, May 21, 2017: What Are You Bringing to Church This Sunday?

For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. (Romans 1:11-12) It’s Sunday morning and you’re getting ready to head out the door for church. What do you bring? Think about it, what’s on your “mental checklist” of stuff you need? Probably your phone and car keys. Hopefully your Bible. Maybe you need a quick, on-the-go breakfast so you reach for that trusty protein bar. Oh, and don’t forget your kids. No matter what the (Read More)

May 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, April 09, 2017: Odds Are, Church Needs to Become More Inconvenient For You

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. (1 John 3:16) Inconvenienced by Revival I once read about a revival which took place among some of Scotland’s rural churches back in the 1800s. Many of the believers who belonged to these churches, living in the middle of nowhere, would travel long distances for gathered worship. Bear in mind that this was before the emergence of automotive technology! What’s more, the revival came during winter months, which made the commute quite treacherous due to weather (Read More)

April 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, January 15, 2017: How Exactly Does Gathered Worship Impact Your Daily Life?

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may . . . [be] filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:9-11) The Good (And The Bad) of Muscle Memory Most of us know what it’s like to be in the infancy stages of developing a new skill or habit. When you first pick up that guitar or start that new workout regimen, it feels awkward, clunky, and unnatural. But ideally, when a person routinely practices an activity over a prolonged period of time, he (Read More)

January 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, August 21, 2016: The One Thing We Can’t Afford to Come to Church Without

“What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.” (1 Corinthians 14:26) A Concert Hall Or A Banquet Hall? A couple of years ago, I did some reading about a really interesting analogy—one which had to do with pinpointing the nature of the local church’s weekly gathering. As I’ve sought to plan and lead LifePoint’s worship services in a biblically faithful manner, I can’t get away from this analogy. It has stuck with me in a profound way, (Read More)

August 17, 2016 // 0 Comments