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Sunday, September 30, 2018: Two Life-Changing Blessings You’ve Received in Christ

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16–17) God’s nature was revealed at Christ’s baptism. Jesus rose up from the waters of the Jordan, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him, and a Voice bellowed from heaven, referring to the baptized as His own beloved Son. What was once shrouded in divine mystery is made manifest; now, at (Read More)

September 26, 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, August 26, 2018: What Is Your Heart’s Desire?

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3) John’s words provide important insight into the nature of Christian obedience. As missionary and martyr Jim Elliot once wrote, “Commandment-keeping is terribly laborious when it doesn’t spring from an eager . . . heart.” From where does this eagerness of heart come? It comes from God alone. To be eager to obey Him, we must love Him, which means that we first need new hearts, for the human heart, in its natural state, cannot possibly love God (Ez. 36:26). Thus (Read More)

August 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, August 19, 2018: God Doesn’t Sit on A Swivel Chair

The LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. (Numbers 6:25) Author James Bryan Smith, sharing his testimony, talks about how he used to view God before coming to a true knowledge of His love: “For years I related to God as if He sat in a swivel chair. When I did something good, God would look at me and smile. When I did something bad, God would turn His back to me until I made amends, when He would swivel back and accept me again. I kept God constantly on the move.”  Smith’s testimony is something most—if not all—of us can relate to in some way or (Read More)

August 15, 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, 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