A church should be made to last. As LifePoint maneuvers through seasons of change, how can we be a church that’s made to last? Paul wrote letters – 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus – to the early churches addressing this very thing. He points to 6 things that help a church endure. Join us for this series kick off September 9th, and be sure to download the LifePoint App to join us in a Bible reading plan throughout this series.
Have you gone by our new location lately? Things are starting to happen quickly at 3926 Harrison. Walls, steel for the roof, wiring, and all sorts of things are starting to happen. Now that the building is physical and we can see it going up I thought it would be a good time to review some of the details. This update will primarily be a review from the Beyond Booklets we passed out last fall.
The timeline for construction still puts us in a building late this year or early next year. However, it is close. Fairly soon the outside of the building will be mostly done! The internal work will be an endeavor as there are many little pieces that will go into our building. Once a launch day is chosen though you will know – trust us we are pretty excited to get into the building!
What is the budget again?
The total projected budget for the building is $3.2 million. During our Beyond Campaign (listen to the sermon series here), we sought to raise $2.5 million that would cover our operating expenses, current ministries, giving to our mission partners, and put $1 million towards the $3 million cost of the building. Before starting the campaign we already had $1 million saved toward the building, so with the pledges and the previous amount collected the hope is to only owe $1.1 million dollars at the end of 2019. Pastor Chris shared in the 2nd Quarter Financial Update were we were at in this (Read his update here). The pledges that were taken during the Beyond Campaign go through December 2019 and we are excited and praying for God to meet and exceed the amounts pledged.
How big is the building again?
The land is 7.65 acres and the building itself is 13,000 square feet. In the building is a 300-seat auditorium, four classrooms, a multi-purpose room, lobby, mothers room, office space, and yes bathrooms.
Is the front really red and yellow?
No, it is not going to be red and yellow at the entrance. We hope to do some form of accent there, but that will be determined in the next few months.
How do I get involved?
If you’re new around LifePoint, this is a great season to join us on the mission of Jesus. Your joyful and sacrificial generosity will make a real impact in our church, in Quincy, and around the world! I know some of you might feel like you missed the bus if you were not here at the launch of this campaign. This is not the case it is not too late to get involved. LifePoint seeks to be a place for you to grow in your relationship with God. As someone who attends LifePoint, you help us on that mission. As we prepare for our new space help us prepare by attending each week, praying for your church, get involved in the different ministries, start volunteering, and consider giving to LifePoint.
If you have any questions about this season please reach out we are happy to share or explain. Call our offices at (217) 277-7772, submit a question through the app, or reach out to the elders by emailing them at email@example.com.
It’s that crazy time of the year again, where the chaos, out of routine, summer fun is coming to an end, and school is starting up again! Depending on your season of life, this time of year brings many types of emotions. Maybe you’re ready for the routine of taking the kids to school and heading off to work, or maybe you’re sad that the summer passed too quickly. Or, maybe you don’t have any kids at home and the buzz of school reminds you that fall is coming and gives you a little excitement and refreshment.
Whether you have small babies at home, kids off to school, or entering retirement, the truth is we were all made for community with other people. All people, in all places, for all time were made for
relationship; it’s engrained in who we are. But, even more so God calls his people together, calls us the Church, and gathers and sends us out together.
I have a feeling that among many Christians there is a lingering question, “Do we actually need each other?” and if so, “Why?” If you’re anything like me, there are a lot of things I can do on my own.” Sure, I can read my Bible in my own personal quiet time, I can pray or journal, and I can even serve and do a good deed. Those are good and right things to do, but if we are always doing them alone, how do we know if we are actually growing in Christ?
God is not nearly as interested in what we do as we are. In fact, he is very interested in who we are. The truth is, if what we do is only shaped by our isolated selves, then who we are will ultimately be a more sophisticated image of ourselves, not of Christ. Because we are sinful and selfish by nature, we will never be able to see ourselves truly, and that’s why we need other people.
In the letter to the Ephesians, Paul shares a foundational truth about community that we desperately need to hear:
“Rather, speaking truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, in Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, make the body grow so that it builds itself up in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16).
Right before these verses, Paul reminds the believers that when Christ came, he actually gave “gifts” to the church: apostles, prophets, evangelists, etc. What he is saying is that Christ gave the church one another, so that “we may no longer be children tossed to and fro by the waves…” (4:14). Paul reminds us that not only do we need one another, but it is actually Christ’s gracious gift to give us one another. We can try and do everything on our own to grow in Christ, but Paul reminds us that we need people “speaking truth in love” into our lives, so that we can grow up in every way into Christ.
Think on this for a moment: Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever been doing a bible study on your own and feeling the tug of the world pulling you away? How many times have you committed to start that study or to start praying each morning, but your commitment swayed to and fro like the waves? I know I have! None of us are strong enough on our own; not apart from oneanother, and certainly not apart from Christ.
So, I want to encourage and challenge you.
If you’re not in community, ask yourself “why?” Are you growing weary trying to follow Christ alone, carry all your own burdens, and constantly tossing to and fro by the waves of the world? Then, consider joining a LifeGroup this fall, not because it checks off a box, but because God made you for community and it is his gift of grace to us!
’re already in a LifeGroup, do you view your community like this? Do you speak truth in love to one another? Do you allow people into your life to help you grow up into Christ? Do you view one another as the gift of grace that they are?
Wherever you are in this journey, I pray that you would consider the gift of community afresh and pursue it as God has laid out for us in his Word!
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On behalf of the Elders, I wanted to reach out to the Lifepoint family and encourage all of you during this difficult season. While the situation we are all in is not what we would have chosen, I believe it is an opportunity for all of us to acknowledge this simple truth:
We are not in control.
As much as we all like to think that we have dominion over our lives, as much as we try to schedule our day-to-day activities, we don’t have to wait very long before some small (or large) event happens to show us how little control we actually have. Our tire blows out on the way to work, or one of our kids wakes up with a fever, or maybe we get a phone call that completely rocks our world…a million things can happen at any moment that confirm the truth that we have very little control over our lives.
Thankfully, we know a God who is in control. In fact, we have a God who is absolutely sovereign over all human events. One of the main themes in the book of Daniel is the sovereignty of God. If you recall from the sermon series we just wrapped up, Daniel was part of the group of Jews taken from Judah when King Nebuchadnezzer conquered the land as he expanded the Babylonian Empire. Nearly 18,000 men, women, and children were taken from their homes to Babylon, where they were to learn about the Babylonian way of life. For 70 years, God’s chosen people were forced to live in a land that was not their own. I’m sure for some of the Jews, it seemed like God had lost control of the situation, and that they would never return to their homeland. God put Daniel there among them as His prophet to tell them that nothing could be further from the truth:
He changes times and seasons;
he removes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding;
…until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.
for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;
all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
and he does according to his will among the host of heaven
and among the inhabitants of the earth;and none can stay his hand
or say to him, “What have you done?”
Daniel is clear: God is sovereign over kings and empires, and he will use them as he pleases. Everything that God’s people were going through was just as God had ordained. Nothing is ever out of His sovereign control. In Chapter 7, Daniel writes of a King that will come “like a son of man” who’s “dominion is an everlasting dominion.” Daniel is looking forward to the future reign of Jesus, when he establishes his kingdom and all the other kingdoms will fall.
This was written to give the Jewish people hope, but do you think the disciples of Jesus believed that prophesy when he was arrested and then executed? No, if there was any time in history that looked like God had lost control, it was when Jesus was crucified on the cross. But the truth is, God was in control of every moment of Christ’s crucifixion. He had placed the people in Jerusalem to ensure that it happened the way it did (Acts 4:27) to fulfill His plan of redemption for His people. Jesus rose from the grave proving that he was the King sent to fulfill that prophesy, and his reign is visible today in His Church as we spread a passion for His glory!
So for us, Lifepoint, when our lives seem like they are spinning wildly out of control, or maybe just when things don’t go as planned, we know that God “works all things according to the counsel of his will..” (Eph. 1:11), and we hope in the kingdom of Jesus that will be fully revealed at His return.
In light of this truth, we ask three things:
1. Pray for the staff as they handle the day-to-day ministry of Lifepoint, even as they struggle to work through this difficult season. We have a great group of people that love Jesus, and desire to serve His church well, but are having to rethink and re-prioritize their time in the wake of Brett’s departure.
2. Pray for the elders as we begin the process of finding a Lead Pastor. We have a plan moving forward, but ultimately we trust the Holy Spirit to lead this process, and give us the right man for this next season of ministry at Lifepoint. I know we have already grown in dependance on God, and know that we can do nothing apart from his sovereign leading.
3. Pray that God would already be stirring in the hearts of a man and his family to join us in Quincy. We know that God has the right person in mind, and we are trusting Him to make that clear to this man, and to the staff and elders.
Thank you for being part of the Lifepoint Family.
There’s always that one cousin at a family reunion. A little strange, not sure what they do, easily forgotten. When we talk about God, most of us have thoughts on who we’re talking about. When we mention Jesus, we have a clearer picture of who he is. If we’re honest, the Holy Spirit… he’s that one cousin. Often misunderstood and forgotten, the Holy Spirit has a definitive purpose in the life of a follower of Jesus. Let’s explore together how the Holy Spirit is meant to be the power inside you.
Join us Sundays, August 19th – September 2nd, at John Wood Community College. Services begin at 9:15 and 10:45.