The Church

Sunday, November 18, 2018: How Jesus Cares for His Flock

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul… (Psalm 23:1–3a) Mark 6:30-44 tells the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand. After sending out His disciples two by two to preach the Kingdom (6:7), they returned to Him, reporting all they had experienced (6:30). Jesus understood that an intense time of ministry ought to be followed by a period of rest, so He wisely invited His disciples to retreat with Him. They sailed out to a desolate place on the other side of the sea in order that they (Read More)

November 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, November 04, 2018: To Jesus, You Are Something Better Than Useful

And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. (Mark 2:14) The world assesses a man’s value based on his apparent usefulness to its causes. It asks of the individual, “What can you do to advance such-and-such agenda?” Whether in politics, business, or sometimes even churches, people are too often treated as if they are cogs in some vast machine—there to “get stuff done” until they burn out in a fit of frustration and resentment. But Jesus shows us a different way. (Read More)

October 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, October 21, 2018: The Tempter Still Flees from His Presence

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” (Matthew 4:1) According to Henri Nouwen, “…the true quality of our spiritual life can only be recognized in our temptations.” If that’s the case, we must understand the nature of the spiritual life (i.e. our new life in Christ). Moreover, we must expect that we will be tempted and tried as we learn what it means to walk in the fullness of the spiritual blessings we’ve received in Jesus (see Eph. 1:3). If you’ll remember, I wrote about Christ’s baptism a (Read More)

October 17, 2018 // 1 Comment

Sunday, October 14, 2018: To God, You’re Not Just Another Face in the Crowd

“. . .you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God” (Galatians 4:9) The world is more connected than ever. Technological advancements have made constant connectedness possible. In mere seconds, you can email a co-worker, text a family member, or make a new “friend” from across the globe. However, we as a culture are realizing that people are lonelier than ever. There’s even a name for it now—”The Loneliness Epidemic.” Psychology Today reports that, in the past 50 years, the rates of people who feel lonely have skyrocketed. In a survey of (Read More)

October 10, 2018 // 1 Comment

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, September 02, 2018: Coming to Church With a Sword to Your Neck

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:12–13) How we approach God’s Word is the difference between growing and remaining stagnant in the Christian life. I doubt that anyone taking time to read this post has trouble affirming that the Bible plays a vital role in the life of a believer. Yet I (Read More)

August 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, August 05, 2018: You’re in Two Places at Once

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) In Scripture, God occasionally allows us a peak behind the curtain of this material world to see how He is worshiped in heaven. One can’t help but marvel while reading such accounts—Isaiah’s vision in the temple, Ezekiel’s calling at the Chebar Canal, John’s encounter with Jesus while in captivity on the island Patmos. These men experienced heaven and their lives were forever transformed as a result. Indeed, these passages cause us to long for the bright future that awaits (Read More)

August 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, June 24, 2018: What Are You Confessing?

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. (1 John 4:16a) “You are loved.” If you worship with LifePoint regularly, you’re not unaccustomed to hearing those three words. They’re spoken over you every week. They’re the punctuation mark of our worship gatherings. But how do we know those words are true? How do we know that God loves us? The apostle John says it’s because we “confess that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 4:15). Whoever makes that confession by faith, “God abides in him, and he in God.” And (Read More)

June 20, 2018 // 0 Comments