LifePoint, God did not call me to be a pastor to build a building. God called me to minister to the church, to encourage the members of the church, to be in service of that church. As we take this next step, as we go beyond, I am excited and in prayer for all of you. A building is just the space, but the church is so much more than a building could ever be.
As a member of the building vision team, I have spent time discussing this building and what excites me is that the discussion is centered around purpose. As we talk about outlet placing, door knob function, use for today, use from 10 years from now, safety measures, traffic flow in the lobby on a Sunday, and so much, more I’m excited! Why? Because the thoughts being put into our church home are centered around how we can be the church. LifePoint, a building is just a space, but that space is being made intentional for you: For you to worship on a Sunday morning; For your kids to grow up in LPK; For you to invite your neighbor into; For you to grow in your faith; For you to be the church. After all, a building is just a space, and for LifePoint’s new home I pray that space is filled with all of you being the church. I pray for you to be the church today and as we prepare for a building to get excited. There is so much we can do with our own space! Just remember it is just a space, and that you can be the church today. I want to leave you with this N.T. Wright quote to ponder;
“The church exists primarily for two closely correlated purposes: to worship God and to work for his kingdom in the world … The church also exists for a third purpose, which serves the other two: to encourage one another, to build one another up in faith, to pray with and for one another, to learn from one another and teach one another, and to set one another examples to follow, challenges to take up, and urgent tasks to perform. This is all part of what is known loosely as fellowship.”