LifePoint Church, we are about to enter into a new Sunday series on the book of Matthew beginning Sunday, March 3rd. On the heels of our vision series – which was all about what it actually looks like to follow Jesus – we believe it’s important for us to begin to dive deep into the life of Jesus. We want to step into his world, listen into his conversations, walk in his footsteps, and get covered in his dust. And, what we’ll discover is that the book of Matthew depicts the good news of the new Genesis that has been brought about through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the anointed King of the world. I believe this will be a transformative journey that will help our community step into the new identity we have in Jesus, and make us effective partners in bringing his good news to the world.
It’s essential that we as a community are on the same page when it comes to the particular vision and direction God has for our church body. “Unexplainable” is a teaching series intended to cast vision for where LifePoint is headed. God has called us to live lives that, to the outside world, seem odd and unexplainable apart from the supernatural work of the Spirit of the God of the universe working mightily amongst us. Join us Sunday mornings beginning January 13th at 9:00 and 10:45 for this transformational series.
In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus beckons any and everyone who is weary, anxious, and burdened by the empty ways of this world to come to him to find rest. He invites us all to take his teachings and integrate them into the fabric of our lives because his way is light and peaceful. He came to give us life to its fullest extent.
At LifePoint we yearn for this building that God has graciously entrusted to us to become a refuge all who are seeking a better narrative, a deeper peace, and a more secure hope.
Although the family of God cannot be restricted to these four walls we pray that this structure would be a respite for anyone seeking what Jesus has to offer. We desire this to be a safe place to authentically journey through your questions, confusion, hurts, and brokenness. Whether you’ve been in church your whole life and you long to go deeper or are simply investigating come, relax, enjoy, and celebrate Jesus with us. Welcome home!
You’re invited! Come walk through our new church building to see how this new facility will be used for ministry. The staff will available to answer questions and help paint a picture for how each environment has been intentionally designed to help lead people in a growing
relationship with Jesus. We hope to see you there!
3926 Harrison St
Quincy, IL 62305
9:00 & 10:45am
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. — 1 John 2:1
Okay, full disclosure: I have a little, twelve pound, yorkie-poo, puppy dog named Anabelle. Well, to be completely honest she isn’t a puppy anymore—she’s twelve. And she owns me. I know it’s supposed to be the other way around but who am I kidding? It’s not.
When I was training her as a puppy I was a complete novice. Poor thing. I had no clue what I was doing. Growing up we always had big dogs and big dogs are significantly different. I was far too harsh with her, but I didn’t know it—until one day. One day I was walking down the wooden steps in our log cabin and right there in front of me on the little landing where the stairs turn was a gigantic puddle pee. I was furious! Anabelle was a year old by then! We had worked hard to potty train her. How in the world could she not know that type of behavior was unacceptable by now?
I felt the scream rising from my gut. I couldn’t hold it in anymore. “ANABELLE! ANABELLE! NO!” I glanced around, but she was nowhere in sight. I took off looking for her. It was time to teach her a lesson. I searched upstairs, downstairs, the bedrooms, the bathrooms, but she was nowhere to be found. Finally I went to the laundry room where her little travel cage was. She hated that room because it was where we would put her when we had to leave her at home. There was no way she’d be there. But, sure enough as I peeked into the room, there she was cowering in the back of her little, pink, travel cage.
Everything changed for me in that instant. The look of that sweet, little dog peering up at me in fear was enough to melt even my heart of stone. I realized in that moment that she was terrified of me. How could she be afraid of me? I love her. I take care of her. But, in spite of all that whenever she did something wrong I wasn’t a safe space for her.
So often growing up that’s exactly the way I felt about God. I could go to him when I was good. I could run to him when I was sad. But, whenever I sinned, whenever I failed I was terrified. Wasn’t he the judge? Wasn’t he the one who carried out the punishment? How could I run to him in my sin?
When I discovered this verse it blew me away! The picture painted here is that Jesus isn’t my accuser, or the judge, or the jury. Jesus is my defense attorney! He is my advocate—not just when I’m good. Jesus is my advocate when I sin! He is the one who loves me, protects me, and takes care of me even when I sin against him! This is one of the most beautiful pictures of God’s love that I’ve ever seen.
Should we avoid sin at all cost? Absolutely! Sin wants to destroy us. But, whenever we do sin, whenever we fall, whenever we fail, the first person we should seek out, the person we should run to is Jesus. He is the one person who is most for us in the entire world. Can you believe that? What an amazing God!