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.
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.
When our knees shake and our voice quivers, where do we find the courage to take a Stand?
Daniel was willing to take a stand – but only because he knew when to kneel. Daniel’s visions give us a vivid portrait of God’s sovereignty and faithfulness, even when all we see is the evil around us. Join us as we explore the second half of the book of Daniel, and the visions that give Daniel the confidence that even when evil roars, God reigns.
Join us Sundays, July 8th – Aug 12th, at John Wood Community College! Services start at 9:15 and 10:45.
“We’re on a mission from God.”
This isn’t just a great line from the Blues Brothers. If you’re following Jesus, your future has a unique purpose in God’s Kingdom. Everyone has a unique role to play in the Jesus mission. Why settle for success when Jesus has called you to significance?
In John 20:21-22, Jesus had just risen from the dead, and appeared to his disciples. And, when he
saw them he said, “‘As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you…’ and he breathed on
them and said to them, ‘receive the Holy Spirit.’”
There are no “unsent” disciples of Jesus. There are just obedient or disobedient disciples. Jesus
has commissioned all of his disciples, from every tribe, tongue, and nation as sent into the world,
for the sake of the world. What does it mean when Jesus said “As the Father sent me?” How does
our sending reflect Jesus’ coming?
Jesus came bringing wholeness to the broken, healing bodies and relationships, and serving
instead of ruling. Similarly, we are called to the same mission.
But this begs the question, how do we do this, especially as we move into a busy summer? Well,
the good news is that God has not only called us, but he has equipped us with the Holy Spirit
who gives us power and assurance of who we are in Christ and who we are sent to. And, I think
its safe to say, its not as mysterious and complicated as we have made it out to be.
Here are THREE ways that we can intentionally live as sent disciples this summer:
1. You are sent to your kids
School is out, which means you will most likely be spending more time with your kids this
summer than you have all year. And while that might be overwhelming, exciting, and stressful
all at once, it is truly a blessing. The summer can serve as a reminder that the first people we, as
parents, are sent to is our children. They are the closest, hardest, and most rewarding mission
field, and the summer often brings us a unique opportunity to invest and disciple our children.
We are always looking for our mission field, and we can miss the ones who are right in front of
What could this look like?
- Read a bible study/devotional with the kids over the summer
- Serve somewhere together with your kids, and ask them to come up with an idea
- Learn to pray together
- Sing worship songs together
2. You are sent to your neighbors
Other than those who live in your house, you can’t get much closer than a neighbor. We are
usually pretty good at knowing about our neighbors, but not really knowing them. You probably
know who lives in the house, if they work, what time they leave and come home from work, and
how they mow (or don’t) their grass. But do you know their story? Do you know what makes
your neighbor happy? Do you know how to serve them? As followers of Jesus we need a mental
shift when it comes to neighbors. Neighbors are not a nuisance, intrusion, or extra; neighbors are
a blessing. What if we started living and loving our neighbors this summer like we were sent to
What could this look like?
- Grill out for dinner with your neighbor
- Collect your neighbor recycle or trash can
- Bring them over some flowers or cookies
- Take an evening walk with your neighbor
3. You are sent to your friends
Its often said “everyone comes out of the woodwork” in the summertime. People finally want to
go out and do something. The friends you’ve been trying to hang out with all winter are finally
going to come over. Summer is filled with Memorial Day, graduation, birthday, 4 th of July, and
so many more gatherings. Other than family, our friends are the people we spend the most time
with. Being imitators of Christ, who laid down his life for his friends, should change the way we
love, serve, and bless our friends. Let’s be intentional, sent friends.
What could this look like?
- Cook a dinner for your friend
- Help them with a home project
- Listen and talk with them through a hard situation
- Offer to take something off their plate
I hope and pray that as your summer fills up with all kinds of fun and busy, that you would be
reminded of your identity as a sent disciple of Jesus. The most beautiful thing about this call is
that we get to live it out with intentionality and commitment in our everyday, normal life. And,
the most freeing thing about this call is that we are empowered and sent by the Holy Spirit, who
gives us the words, boldness, sacrificial love and service to be all we are called to be.
So, this summer, when you’re running to baseball games, grilling out for dinner, or sitting by the
pool, how will you live as a sent disciple of Jesus?