What kind of a year will 2013 be in your life? My hope for you, whether we’ve met personally or not, is that this coming year would be the best 12 months of your life. I’m serious. I really pray this will be an amazing year for you.
But what does that mean?
What would make 2013 a year to beat all years for you?
A new job?
A new relationship?
Accomplishing a weight-loss goal?
A new wardrobe?
The 49ers winning the Super Bowl?
As nice as any of these things could be (especially that last one), I think there’s something far more significant that can take place in our lives. What if 2013 was a year where:
1) You went from anonymous to known
2) You developed significant relationships within a faith community
3) You took major steps forward in discovering the purpose for which you were created
4) You grew significantly in your knowledge (knowing) of God
5) You discovered God’s plans for His creation, and the role you were designed to play in it
6) You experienced redemption, deliverance, freedom, forgiveness, and grace from God and others
7) You made an eternal impact in the life of another person
8) You grew far more generous and experienced the freedom of using your money instead of being used by it
9) You became a part of something that allowed you to contribute to an eternally vital and world-changing mission
That would be a good year, right?
If you are a part of LifePoint Church, I sincerely believe that all nine of the above objectives (and many more like them) are attainable for you and your family this year. With a little effort, you can step into a context within this faith community where you can learn, live, and lead in 2013. It’s going to take some effort though. If you want something that is worth having some level of effort and discipline is to be expected. Here are some very simple ways that you can get on the road to learning, living, and leading at LPC this year:
1) Commit to reading the Bible and praying daily. You don’t have to read the entire thing 4 times in Latin, but have a plan, even if you start small, and work toward spiritual discipline daily.
2) Show up on Sundays. Get in the habit of attending regularly. You will hear the Bible clearly and applicably preached and taught, you will be able to sing, pray, and connect with others who on the same journey as you. Beginning shortly here in 2013 you will also be able to learn through classes offered on Sundays on subjects ranging from theology, parenting, finances, the church and your role in it, and marriage.
1) Get connected to a Life Group. I can’t emphasize this enough. In a large church you will remain anonymous unless you make an effort to connect. As much as anonymity can be a comfortable thing at times, we all know it is not how we were created to function. We have around 30 different Life Groups launching this month- sign up and connect.
2) In a Life Group you will find a place of belonging and relationship within which you can grow spiritually as you discuss the Bible each week, care for one another, and develop a support structure of other Christians.
3) Sign up on The City. This is the online community of LifePoint where you can connect with all that is happening day to day in the church family.
1) As you connect on Sundays and in a Life Group you will hear of numerous opportunities to serve within and through LPC. We have dozens of ministry teams and chances to connect to and advance the mission of Jesus in our community. We believe God has placed us in our city to love and serve it, and there are opportunities every week to connect to this mission.
2) Commit to giving this year. Give of your time, talents, and treasures in an effort to lead others to Jesus. You will be amazed at how you grow when generosity becomes a way of life. You can contribute right now if you’d like.
Join with us this year at LifePoint as we Learn, Live, and Lead together. It is how we were designed to function. Imagine this reality breaking in on your life in 2013:
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.