Have you had those moments when you look back at something you did (or didn’t do) and say to yourself, “man what were you thinking?” I had that feeling this morning. As I began thinking about this post, I realized that my past “Looking Back on Sunday” posts pretty much included only our middle TN campuses- primarily Stewarts Creek. This morning I had that moment when I realized that I’m forgetting to communicate 2/3 of what God is doing in and through LifePoint Church. So here goes, Here’s a quick look back at the headlines from LifePoint around the world from Sunday.
- SACRED SEX STUDY BEGINS Yesterday, we began a brand new series at both middle TN LifePoint campuses. It’s called Sacred Sex. Why do we talk about sex this openly at our church? That’s a great question. Our Senior Pastor, Pat Hood answers it here.
- FORMER CATHOLIC CONNECTS TO SCC, CROSSES LINE OF FAITH A week or so I had a conversation with Raena, a lady who has been attending our Stewarts Creek campus for 3 months or so after being invited by a friend at work. She indicated that while she’s still employed here, she had received a job offer from a firm back home in New England. She was excited about the job and about being closer to family, but turned down the opportunity. Her reason? LifePoint! She was afraid she’d not be able to find a church like us there. Here’s the kicker: Raena was not a Christ-follower! Yesterday, she emailed me to tell me about making the decision to follow Christ! All I could say was, wow!
- SERVING IN KIDS MINISTRY NOT JUST FOR YOUNG WOMEN Some of the most amazing small group leaders in our kids ministry are not flashy What’s more, they’re neither young nor women. Just today I heard a story of Dick, a 58 year old tire salesmen who leads a small group of kindergarten boys at our Smyrna Campus. He takes his group very seriously preparing for Sunday throughout the week. And, even more importantly, investing in the lives of those boys OUTSIDE of church. This past week as his group talked about Honor, Dick actually laid in the floor and allowed the boys to trace him and a huge piece of paper. He then had them trace themselves inside the outline of himself and name ways they can honor teachers, parents, and others.
- BANGKOK CAMPUS PREPARES FOR FIRST BAPTISM Sometimes evangelism is easy. But sometimes it takes some cultivation. The latter was the case with Bakery, a native Thai who has been attending LifePoint Bangkok for some time now. Bakery has been invested in by several members of our team in Bangkok. After many questions being answered, Bakery recently chose to follow Christ and will be baptized in a swimming pool on the roof of a high rise. It will be LifePoint Bangkok’s first baptism.
- LYNNWOOD, WA CAMPUS MAKING DISCIPLES If you walk in to LifePoint Lynnwood, you’ll find a welcoming environment, relevant teach from Campus Pastor, Dale Braswell, along with engaging music. Those are great things. But the most compelling stories from that campus don’t come from within those 4 walls. It’s what LP Lynnwood is doing in the community! There are story after story of people like Tim, a Microsoft employee, who is investing in men at his office. He’s even meeting with them and studying the Bible. Then there’s Chad. He’s only been a member of LP for a few months. He’s now decided to step out of his small group to start a new one and fill it up with his friends who’ve yet to follow Christ. Shelly is doing the same thing with a group of women at the YMCA. LifePoint Lynnwood is BEING the church!
- CULTURAL CHRISTIAN CROSSES LINE OF FAITH IN BRUSSELS As Brussels Campus Pastor, Kyle Goen finished the series, Who Are You? on Sunday, he was excited to see a family they’d been investing join them for worship. A man, his wife, and their kids. After the service the man told Kyle that he had been what he described as a cultural Christian for years. He had “attended a church”. “But on Sunday”, he said, “I realized what it means to follow Christ and I choose to do that today.”
What’s your story from Sunday? I’d love to hear from you!