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Recently at LifePoint, we began a series called Genesis: A Story of Pursuit. We are seeing through every story in Genesis, that God is relentlessly pursuing those he made in his image…us. Even after all of man’s failures—the eating of the fruit, the murder of Abel, the evil on earth before the flood, and the pride of the people in Babel—God continues to run after mankind.

Before the deception in the Eden, Adam and Eve were in perfect communion with God. Walking with him together in the garden—naked and unashamed. All that God created was good. Adam and Eve were there to enjoy and serve the Lord. When sin entered the world, communion was broken and they were banished from His perfect presence. Out of Adam and Eve’s decision to choose sin over God, came the greatest need that has ever or will ever exist—the need for reconciliation. This would become the center point of the people of Israel’s worship. God showed that death was the price of sin as he clothed Adam and Eve with animal skins after the fall. For hundreds and hundreds of years, priests would continue to offer sacrifices in attempt to cover the sins of the people of Israel, but ultimately this system would simply show that we cannot bring about our own reconciliation.

In the end, only one could satisfy our greatest need:

But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” Hebrews 10:12-14

So how should the fall effect the way we worship today? Allen Ross says in Recalling the Hope of Glory, “Before sin entered the world, ‘worship’ was in effect pure celebration, adoration, and enjoyment of God; but after sin entered the world, ‘worship’ had to include the process of gaining access into the presence of God as a new creation for that celebration.” Now, we not only worship God as our Creator, but us our Redeemer. The one who pursues us no matter what. As we sing, pray, give our tithes, take communion, hear the Word and do whatever else we do in our worship services, we must never forget the separation and brokenness that Jesus healed for those of us he has called to be his saints. If we fail to acknowledge the fall in our worship, it will be impossible for us to understand the power of the cross. For it was by, through, and for Jesus that God created the universe and all of its wonders, and it’s through the cross of Jesus, that God creates in us a new heart and new life so that we can ultimately gain access to “Eden” again and spend eternity resting in the sanctuary of his presence.

Post by Micah Huebner, LifePoint Stewarts Creek Worship Pastor. Micah has a strong desire to see all people passionately worshiping God in spirit and in truth. Micah and his wife, Ashley, have a 2 year old daughter named Juliet and are in the process of adopting. You can connect with Micah on Twitter and Facebook.

Neighbors at the fenceSeveral years ago Randy Frazee and Rick Howerton launched me and my family into a lifestyle of making room for neighbors. That lifestyle continues today and we continue to see the multiplication as neighbors repeat the practice.

It all began with a 42-inch picket fence. Randy, in his book The Connecting Church, encourages the readers to not build privacy fences. He says to build 42-inch picket fences so you can talk over them to your neighbors. I even joke that 42iinch tall fence is perfect height to lean on as you talk. Fortunately, when we moved into our neighborhood, both our neighbors had 42-inch sectional fences.

For the first couple of years, I would make time for neighbors by talking to them over the backyard fence. Many times I would lean on their fences and chat. This investment over time developed into a deep friendship. The couple joined our small group. We ate meals together. We helped each other with projects, doctor visits, and service to other neighbors. We shared a lot of laughter about what God had done through our relationship that started by leaning on a backyard fence.

The time came when our neighbors had to move. It was a very sad day for us. We trusted God in what He was doing in all of our lives. They moved into an apartment in a much larger city, where they knew no one.

About a year after moving, I received a call from our friends. We caught up on old times. We laughed about the projects and ‘trouble’ we used to get into together. Then my friend mentioned our backyard conversations and how I leaned on his fence as we talked about projects, life, family and God.  He complained how he thought I had wore the paint off his rail fence by standing there so many times as we talked.  He then said “You know, I am doing that same thing with a guy who is far from Christ right here in our apartment building, except I am using a truck fender since we do not have a fence.”  We both laughed out loud.

God had used a fence and many conversations over time to draw an entire family to Him. Now, He is multiplying that practice to the next recipient hours away from where it started.

Spring is here and summer is near! Beautiful weather invites you to come lean on a fence.

Post by Eddie Mosley, GroupLife Pastor. The original post is from Eddie’s blog, Connecting in Communities, where you can read more stories and gain valuable tools for leading groups. Eddie has written a book with the same title as his blog, Connecting in Communities. Eddie brings an infectious enthusiasm for people to experience life-change at LifePoint as he gives direction and strategy to adult small groups and other adult ministries. You can also follow Eddie on Twitter and Facebook.

A LifePoint Brussels First

Kyle Goen, LifePoint Brussels Campus Pastor

On Sunday evening, May 5, 30 people gathered from LifePoint Brussels to experience our first Baptism Celebration. Four people followed Christ’s example of baptism. All of the guys who were baptized—Jonathan, Ario, Ryan and Ross—have a personal relationship with Jesus and now have identified with Him through baptism.

Brussels BaptismIt has been with much prayer that we have anticipated this incredible moment. Each person that was baptized took another step on their journey toward a Christ-centered life. Their first act of obedience was a true testimony to those who were witnessing the historic event. We know there will be others who follow on the same path toward being baptized as a result of their obedience.

Please pray for our new brothers as they learn to grow and follow Christ more closely each day. Please continue to pray for LifePoint Brussels as we seek to be “sent-out” ambassadors for the name and the glory of Jesus.

New Disciples Baptized in Lynnwood

Dale Braswell, LifePoint Lynnwood Campus Pastor

One of the greatest images of the gospel at work in the life of someone is baptism. Baptism is a symbol and expression of men, women and children taking a new form of how to be human in Jesus. Watching someone publicly declare their faith in Christ through baptism is powerful; an example of the spiritual transformation that has taken place within their life.

LYN BaptismsOn Sunday, April 7, LifePoint Lynnwood once again celebrated two people publicly profess their new identity in Jesus. Lindsey, and her husband Jason, began attending LifePoint two years ago because of an invitation of another LifePoint family. The couple quickly joined a small group and soon after began serving. It has been exciting to watch this family grow so quickly in their faith.

Chris began attending LifePoint Lynnwood three years ago with his father and older sister. Over the past several months, Chris was obviously growing in his faith. He knew the next step in His journey was baptism. Already at a young age, Chris demonstrates a sincere and passionate love for Jesus and a desire to devote his life to Christ.

Continue to pray for these families and others in LifePoint Lynnwood who are growing in their journey with Jesus. Pray for lives that will be impacted by those in our Lynnwood faith family. We desire to live out our calling to make disciples with boldness and passion.

If you would like to discover more about baptism, read more and you can also make contact to take your step of expressing your identity in Jesus.

 

LP Kids: Patience

In May, LP Kids will learn Patience in our SoulStation series “Keep It Cool”. As a fruit of the Spirit, patience is a foundational way we reflect God’s character. When we show patience, we are less likely to hurt our relationships with others. We are more likely to trust that God has something better for us in the future. Parents, you can be prepared to point your kids to Jesus this month from the article below provided by the ReThink Group. Be sure to check out more resources as you point your children to Jesus: the Parent Cue App, GodTime Card, and Parent Cue Card.

From the very beginning, God has shown patience with people. All the way back in the garden, when Adam and Eve first chose their own way instead of God’s, God started His plan to give all of us a chance to come back to Him. And time and again, God is patient with us when we make daily choices that separate us from Him. He waits for us to turn back to Him.

Patience is waiting until later for what you want now. Waiting isn’t always easy. When having patience seems too difficult, the Lord will give us strength to wait. At its core, patience is fueled by faith. We trust that what we’re waiting for is best for us.

But patience is more than just waiting. It’s also about our attitude while we wait. A patient person can wait with joy even when the situation might be stressful or anxious. A patient person avoids searching or settling for a quick fix.

The monthly memory verse is: “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14, NIrV Sometimes it feels too hard to be strong while we wait, but our trust in God gives us the strength to wait well.

In Week One’s Bible story, Esau comes in from hunting and is very hungry (Genesis 25:24-34). Because he can’t wait, Esau ends up trading his entire inheritance for a full stomach. Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, think twice. Don’t give up what’s best for something immediate.

In Week Two’s Bible story, the Israelites grew impatient waiting for Moses to finish meeting with God (Exodus 32:1-35) and asked Aaron to build an idol for them. Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, don’t forget what’s true. God had put Moses in charge of the Israelites and led them out of slavery. But in a moment of impatience, they forgot everything they’d experienced.

In Week Three’s Bible story, Hannah wants to become a mother but is waiting for a baby (1 Samuel 1:9–2:1). Even through the sadness of her prayers, God gives her the strength to wait until the time is right. Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, tell God about it. God wants us to talk to Him when we’re facing a difficult time.

In Week Four’s biblical principle, we learn the wisdom of being patient (Proverbs 14:29). Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, don’t lose your cool. We can work hard to keep control of our words, actions, and attitudes while we wait. That way we can avoid doing something we might regret.

For God, it seems as though patience is all about relationships with people. Even after we sinned, He still pursued us. He waited time after time for people to repent and work to make things right. Something He still does today.

By Jessica McKee ©2013 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. www.ThinkOrange.com *Used by permission.

One Day BKKImagine reasoning that the only way to support your family is to sacrifice yourself physically, nightly in the darkest corners of society. Women in many places around the world, including Thailand, feel caught with no where to turn but to the last place they want to go…into an industry of sacrificing themselves so their family can survive. This is the life and incredibly difficult destination of thousands of women in Bangkok. The hurt is so great, our LP Bangkok team has discovered prostitutes outnumber Christians 4 to 1 in the city where we have been sent.

Along with our partner Benita and the Home of New Beginnings, LifePoint wants to show these women Jesus loves them and has a life of hope and wholeness. What a privilege and responsibility we have to make a difference! We will give and sacrifice one day’s salary through the One Day Offering so women can be “purchased” out of prostitution for an evening. During the evening, women will experience a dinner where they will be introduced to Jesus, given a sense of family as they are surrounded by the Body of Christ, and honored as creations of our Heavenly Father.

The need is enormous. The challenge and opportunity to give is clear: for the faith family of LifePoint Church to give one day’s salary as an offering above our tithes so:

Pray for your obedience and faith as we give. Pray for the resources we joyfully give to the work of the Kingdom to be multiplied beyond our own efforts. Pray for the lost and hurting to know the love of hope of Jesus.