Guys. Have you heard? LifePoint is going to have an actual BUILDING by (please, Jesus) the end of this year! Ok, I know that you know this. This is such exciting stuff, though, and I’ll still be shouting from the rooftops well after the doors are open.
In these Building Updates, we have heard from so many passionate, talented, and deeply involved people about the many opportunities that this new building will afford us. Opportunities to spread the gospel and love on our community. With an understanding of what’s on the horizon for this church, how can we not strive to put our best foot forward, as individuals? What I mean is, if LifePoint Church is filled with believers who are stretching and challenging themselves to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ on a daily basis, its impact could be boundless. Now, how do we do it?
In our culture, we love a good New Year’s resolution. But why? I think there are three things that really drive this idea’s popularity:
- We love a fresh start.
- We feel driven to be better.
- We work best with a deadline (end of the year, in this case).
With this whole concept in mind, I propose we set some New Building Resolutions.
Cheesey? Maybe. Effective? Definitely.
- We love a fresh start. We are there, right in the foyer of that fresh start. God is giving us a brand new, fresh chapter in the life of this church and it all takes shape when we open the doors of the new building. But that’s not where it starts. To me, that actually started when we asked God to change our lives, take control of our finances, and reorient our hearts to give with joy to LifePoint Church last fall during the capital campaign.
- We feel driven to be better. This is where the good stuff can really happen. What is the thing (or thingS for some of us *cough* me *cough*) that is keeping you from going deeper? Struggling to carve out daily prayer/quiet time? Finding it difficult to land on the right fit in a bible reading plan? Not loving on or investing in the people closest to you the way you wish you were? These things are the building blocks of a passionate Jesus-follower. That’s what we want! That’s the goal! So, whatever it is – pick it, pray it, pursue it.
- We work best with a deadline. True story- we love to procrastinate, when we finally get around to it. (come on, laugh) So, let’s give ourselves the “deadline”, so to speak, of December 31st, 2018. This says that I aim to accomplish ______________, and join my brothers and sisters at LifePoint to become a more Jesus-focused, prayer-devoted, scripture-scorching, gospel-driven, people-loving, grace-giving, grace-receiving body of believers by the time we do church on the first Sunday in LifePoint’s new building.
Lofty? Maybe. Possible (with God)? Definitely. As we prepare to open a new building, let’s ask God to make our hearts ready for what He wants to do!