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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.

 

LifePoint’ers at our Lynnwood Campus have been looking deeply at how Jesus made disciples. They want to move the the needle in the Northwest for the gospel and that will be done by making disciples who are living as missionaries in their neighborhoods, workplaces and communities. A core piece has been understanding that Jesus lived his life balancing three dimensions of relationship:

  1. Jesus had a deep UP relationship with the Father.
  2. He prioritized his life for IN relationships with a handful of men, the first disciples. He gave them truth and his life to imitate that involved high access, high accountability, and high care.
  3. Jesus intentionally pursued OUT relationships with those who were in need of the gospel and His Kingdom message and life.

Eggs in the ParkThis past Easter weekend, the Lynnwood Campus hosted, Eggs in the Park (view images in our Dropbox folder). The event’s focus was to model the life of Christ and pursue OUT relationships with the community. Eggs in the Park was a great community event bringing families of all types together for a fun and safe experience. 11,000 eggs for two egg hunts, bounce houses, artists, and more. Along with a mission team from the Smyrna Campus of two adults and four high school students, the event was a success! The win ultimately is the many invitations prior to the event that were made and the numerous conversations during Eggs in the Park. While hundreds of families played, gathered eggs, and took away bags of candy, LifePoint’ers were deployed on the edges and in the middle of the park connecting and encouraging parents and kids. Many of the conversations were surface conversations, positive and caring. A few moved past the surface, with people expressing their desire to connect more and find a faith family.

Now, the LifePoint Lynnwood campus is preparing for their next OUT environment where they will again invite the community for a fun family event . Once again, the priority will be conversations and relationships where beginning steps of discipleship can occur.

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LP Lynnwood is also celebrating the milestone for its largest worship gathering in its short history on Easter Sunday. Ninety-one people celebrating our Risen King together. Easter weekend was a beautiful picture of scattering OUT, then gathering to celebrate our UP relationship with God. Next, LP Lynnwood leaders are taking action on how to effectively and intentionally prioritize IN relationships to make disciples who make disciples. The result will be LifePoint’ers effectively living OUT so more can experience an UP relationship with a Heavenly Father. All of this for our King, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done…” Matthew 6.

Mission Vancouver

LifePoint Church —  February 17, 2013 — Leave a comment

My first impression of Vancouver was that it was exactly like Seattle. Buildings looked the same, houses looked the same…as we drove, we even began comparing neighborhoods to their Seattle counterparts. When we got downtown, I started to see how the dynamic was a little different. First, the majority of downtown high-rises are apartments, not office buildings. That’s a lot of people living in a pretty small area, and we learned that there are incredibly few churches in the area.

This doesn’t mean that it is easy to connect with them. Six of us went to Vancouver a couple weeks ago to help Jeff and Sara Phillips with their new church. Jeff, Sara, and their team are following God’s call to start a church in an area where it is incredibly difficult to build relationships. It’s the setup of the city: apartment elevator keys only access the one floor their apartment is on. The young church, the Crossings Church, currently meets in an apartment’s rentable theater room. Because it’s in a private apartment building, the door to the church is technically locked, although people were always standing nearby to open it when anyone arrived.

It’s also the dynamic of the Vancouverites. The first day we were in the city, Sara told us about the walls that people have. It goes like this: everyone has a core, the essence of who we are, and we protect it fiercely. We have built walls, and in the South, for example, where Sara and Jeff are from, the outer wall is low, but the inner wall is high. It’s easy to start a simple conversation with a total stranger, and to “connect” with people on every superficial level, without ever reaching their core. In Vancouver, and a little bit less so in Seattle, the outer wall is high and the inner wall is low. It’s not easy to start a simple conversation and in group settings, people stick to themselves. Scaling that outer wall takes roughly 18 to 24 months. But once you’re in, it’s a low hurdle to know someone on a deeper level.

I think this struck me most when I spent a few minutes at Starbucks. There was one friendly barista behind the counter, and he apparently had a side role as life counselor. I listened as numerous people asked him for advice and told him their problems. One woman had a nephew struggling with depression, and another was concerned about getting his flu shot. The barista offered up advice along with a smile. The reason this lodged into my brain: People are getting their advice from the man that hands them their morning drug. I’m not saying baristas can’t offer good advice, but I was struck by the fact that the people I was hearing didn’t know where to get good wisdom.

Our main focus for the two days we spent in the city was providing child care and assisting with services so the church planting group could participate in worship and focus on encouraging members and other pastors. Saturday night, we worked with a pastor in the nearby city of Richmond to host a worship night for his church. On Sunday morning, we participated in The Crossings morning service, and later Sunday night we helped with a joint worship gathering of three churches in the Vancouver area.

Jeff and Sara Phillips face the challenge of following God’s call to start a church in an area where people live in isolated apartments that no one can get to unless they are invited. It’s not an impossible challenge; God is always at work in ways we don’t know. When we attended The Crossings Church on Sunday morning, we had a chance to meet several members, including a new Christian who heard the gospel through Jeff and Sara’s persistent friendship. You can learn more about The Crossings online.

Post by Elizabeth Olmsted. Elizabeth is a young professional who is a part of our faith family at the LifePoint Lynnwood campus in North Seattle. Elizabeth and a team from LifePoint Lynnwood served in Vancouver partnering with a church plant who is trying to Be the Church where there is no Church.

Life in Lynnwood

LifePoint Church —  November 6, 2012 — Leave a comment

A heart for the people of Seattle and the Northwest.My family and I arrived in the Seattle area in the spring of 2008 to plant a church in one of the most unchurched cities in the nation.  In our 4+ years, we have witnessed God do incredible things in the lives of several individuals and families. The result is a growing LifePoint campus with a passion to impact this area with the power of the gospel.

Currently our campus is reaching close to 90 adults and children.  We have seen several people baptized and several more people commit to making disciples and taking on leadership roles within the campus.  We are very excited and thankful for what God has done in the past. We eagerly look forward to what He has in store for us in the weeks and months ahead.

We believe that this campus has amazing potential to reach out to the communities around us.  In order to more effectively reach our potential, we began a thorough examination process of the systems, programs and structure of our church.  Our goal was to determine how to more effectively accomplish our mission of making disciples and impacting the Northwest.  We are now in the process of restructuring and improving our campus in several areas.

This restructuring is primarily taking place in the following areas:

  • Leadership – Over the past few weeks we have witnessed several people accept new roles of leadership within our church.  It is exciting to watch people match their talents, skills and experiences with their passion for God and His church.  The result is people that are able to do their job with energy and effectiveness.
  • Children’s Ministry – Over the past few years we have watched our children’s ministry double in size!  To respond to the growth and prepare for more, we giving new direction for an excellent, Christ-centered LifePoint Kids in the Northwest.  We are seeing growth in the children’s experience, communication and new volunteers with a passion for children.
  • Small Groups – We are thankful for a season for a great percentage of our campus in groups. We celebrate that people are connecting relationally. Yet, we are looking at ways to improve this ministry of our campus.  We want to provide a structure that allows us to make disciples who are then able to make more disciples.  We also want to implement a structure that allows people to more effectively serve within and be a part of the community.
  • Technology – We are looking in to new online technologies that will greatly enhance our campus in the aspects of communication, fellowship, and discipleship.

Exciting days are ahead for LifePoint Lynnwood.  I believe God is allowing us to get create a better structure and organization for our campus so that He can allow us to impact even more people. I am thankful for the encouragement and support of LifePoint (from Middle Tennessee to Bangkok to Brussels) as we look to impact the entire Northwest.

Post by Dale Braswell, LifePoint Lynnwood Campus Pastor. Dale and his wife, Tina, have two school age daughters. After serving churches in Birmingham, AL and Nashville, TN, the Braswells have spent the last 4+ years serving in the Northwest. Dale has a passion for building God’s Kingdom through teaching the truth of God’s Word and church planting. You can connect with Dale on Twitter and Facebook.