Well…finally…we have a name. Most of you already know but I guess I should make it official. And we all know that nothing is official until it shows up on the internet somewhere via blog or facebook or twitter or jailblotter or…
For those of you who don’t know what we are naming scroll down this page a bit. A couple of months ago we started this venture of planting a church. God has blessed us so much. We have a core group of about 150 people and God is using them to do amazing things in our community (more on that in a minute), but back to the issue at hand. We have been meeting together for over a month in small groups, but remained nameless, until now. The name of our church is…Lifepoint Church (trumpets sound).
I love it! Our leadership team really wanted to have the word LIFE in the name because “living LIFE together” is so much apart of our DNA and who we feel like God is calling us to be. We want to introduce those who are far from God to the giver of LIFE and grow in Christ as we experience LIFE together as a church body.
What does it mean to live life together? It means we need each other. We need each other more than just an hour and 15 minutes on Sunday morning . As believers, if we are going to DO the things that God has called us to do, we need each other. We need more than a great worship experience (now, I love great worship experiences and starting June 2nd we are going to have great worship experiences with Jesus. I can’t wait!!!) but we need each other to stay accountable to what we learn through those experiences and to encourage each other through our disappointments and hurts.
I had the honor of meeting with about 13 of our Life Group leaders on Sunday. When we started Lifepoint, we challenge these leaders and their groups to get involved in the community. We charged them to not just be another Bible study, but be THE CHURCH, the hands and feet of Jesus in Oconee County. I can’t explain the excitement I felt as we went around the room and each leader described how their group is being mobilized to serve our community. Some are providing clothes and gift cards for fire victims. Some are strategizing on the best way to feed elemtary school students that don’t have food. Some are investigating why those children don’t have food and longing to find a remedy to the origin of that problem. Some are creating relationships with chidren whose parents are temporarily or permanently not involved in their lives. Some are working with organizations that help kids get a head start on their education. Some are wanting to get started helping feed the hungry in our county. As I sat and listened to each leader talk about the ways their groups were engaging our community I thought to myself, “their groups have only been meeting for 3 weeks! THIS IS WHAT THE CHURCH IS SUPPOSE TO DO!” We are to serve our community in the name of our Savour and for His sake. I can’t wait to see how these people are going to change Oconee county once our groups get establish. Imagine what this conversation could be like 6 months, a year, or 5 years down the road! Imagine all the opportunities for conversations about why they are doing what they are doing. Imagine all the opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus to people who are distressed and hurting.
Imagine all the opportunities we will have for our LIFE to POINT people to Jesus. (Did you see what I did there
Few dates to put on your calendar:
*March 30th – Easter Saturday – We are going to meet at Biggerstaff at 4pm. We will have a short service with a little something for everyone (kids and adults), we will eat supper (covered dish so bring plenty of food:), and then have an Easter egg hunt for all the kids. I think there will be an inflatible there too, so there will be all kinds of fun to be had. Be there and INVITE SOMEONE! This is a GREAT opportunity to invite someone that you are trying to get involved in your Life Group.
*April 21st and May 12th - Sunday night worship. We are going to worship together once a month before we start getting together weekly on…
*June 2 - Begin having services weekly.