Worship Expression

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 27, 2018: With Empty Hands And A True Heart

The twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast down their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:10-11) Nothing says “I’ve made it in life” like wearing a crown. It is a status symbol, an almost universally recognized image of authority and nobility. In our world, the few who receive a crown receive a thing of tremendous value. (Read More)

May 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, April 15, 2018: What Compels Us to Sing?

I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me. (Psalm 13:6) Why do we sing to worship God each week? Because, as the psalmist says, He has dealt bountifully with us. In Christ, God’s greatest provision has met our greatest need in abundance: redemption and everlasting life. It’s like Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). Abundant life in Jesus? God’s glorious bounty for sinners like us? What Good News! Because the life we have in Jesus should compel us to sing God’s praises, why wouldn’t (Read More)

April 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, April 01, 2018: Simple Ways to Make The Most of Easter

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18) “Whose fool are you?” That’s the question LifePoint will be considering this Easter. If you’re planning to join us (8:00, 9:30, or 11:00AM), here are a few simple ways you can make the most of it: (1) Attend our Good Friday service. Join us this Friday, March 30th at 6:30pm for an evening of remembrance. We will focus on Christ’s crucifixion through singing, prayer, the Lord’s Supper, and listening to (Read More)

March 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, March 18, 2018: How to Guard Your Steps When You Go to God’s House

Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words. (Ecclesiastes 5:1–3) If we thoughtlessly stroll into church each week, too preoccupied to be mindful of God’s presence, we are being foolish. Instead, Solomon advises, we must be (Read More)

March 14, 2018 // 2 Comments

Sunday, March 11, 2018: Do You Take The Lord’s Name in Vain?

You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain… (Exodus 20:7) When I was a kid, I assumed that taking the Lord’s name in vain was a commandment people tended to disobey when stubbing their toe on the coffee table. Today, I still believe it’s not a good idea to thoughtlessly invoke the divine name under such circumstances, no matter how badly your pinky toe smarts. But I’ve come to understand that taking the Lord’s name in vain is much weightier than that. It’s actually a matter of true worship versus false worship. You see, when God laid out the (Read More)

March 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, February 18, 2018: The Bitterness of Death And The Hope of The Gospel

I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD… Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. (Psalm 116:13, 15) Death is a bitter reality. The psalmist understood this; he testified vividly to the trauma of his own near-death experience (116:3, 8). However, as you know, we don’t always live to tell the tale of such an experience. God, at some point, allows His people to die. That’s why Psalm 116:13 says that the death of a saint is precious to God. Tim Keller points out that this means “our deaths are costly and painful to (Read More)

February 14, 2018 // 1 Comment

Sunday, February 11, 2018: Where Joyful Worship Begins

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100) This psalm is about loading the dishwasher. That’s an odd thing to say, I know. But in a very real sense, it’s profoundly true. You see, Psalm 100 (Read More)

February 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, January 14, 2018: Connecting Our Daily Worship to Sunday Morning

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up… (Psalm 68:19a) Life can be an emotional and spiritual roller coaster. Its ups and downs can make it difficult to get a grip on what’s happening in our souls. As a result, our perception of God, ourselves, and the world around us becomes cluttered, and spiritual confusion prevails. The answer for this problem? God’s daily presence. Our first priority as Christ-followers is to spend time in God’s presence each day. He has made Himself available to us through His Word and through prayer. We must therefore draw near to Him through (Read More)

January 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

What We’re Singing on Sunday, December 31, 2017

But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you. Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me. (Psalm 5:7–8) We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our (Read More)

December 27, 2017 // 0 Comments