Do Not Be Afraid

Fear can, at times, be a good thing. God has given us a natural “fear” response that is beneficial to us when our physical or psychological safety is threatened. However, it all too easily grows to hold a place of authority in our lives… a place that it was never meant to hold. One of the greatest barriers to living a life on mission is allowing your life to be driven by fear. Fear can prevent us from doing what we have been called to do… and behind every irrational fear is a lie that must be identified and confronted with truth. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather living a life of obedience despite its presence. This week we pray that God destroys the fear that lurks in our hearts and that He bring us to a place of such great faith that we joyfully follow Him boldly & courageously wherever He leads us!

“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and a sound mind” – 2 Timothy 1:7

Prayer Focus #1: You as an individual

Some of the most common fears that keep us from living a life on mission are listed below. Take a few minutes to evaluate the list – ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any of these, or any other fears that are holding you back.

  • Fear of death
  • Fear of embarrassment
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of rejection / disapproval
  • Fear of being victimized
  • Fear of the unknown / the future
  • Fear of other cultures
  • Fear of confrontation
  • Fear of leaving young children behind (short term) or family behind (long term)
  • Fear of discomfort
  • Fear of spiritual warfare
  • Fear of not knowing enough / being able to do enough
  • Fear of financial hardship

Take a minute right now to confess that you have allowed these fears to control you and in doing so have lacked faith. Thank the Lord for His forgiveness. Renounce, in the name of Jesus Christ, that fear has any authority in your life and ask God to reclaim all surrendered ground for His glory in your life. Ask the Lord to increase your faith in Him!

Now courageously ask Him what is the next step of obedience He wants you to take for the sake of His Kingdom – pray for the courage necessary to step out in faith to do what He is calling you to.

Prayer Focus #2: His Church

Pray that God, in His divine power, would destroy the stronghold of fear in our church. Pray that we would be faithful to put on the whole armor of God and stand firm amidst the pressure from our culture and from the enemy to be fearful (Ephesians 6:10-18) Pray that God would replace our fear with relentless faith and sends us out. Pray that He grows our faith in who He is and our place of identity in Christ. Pray that we would seek first the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33).

Ask God to lay someone on your heart that is struggling with fear – take a moment to pray for them. Ask God to do mighty work – to destroy the stronghold of fear, to destroy the argument raised against Him in their heart and mind. Ask the Lord how you can be an encouragement to them this week, how can you strengthen them with truth, scripture, and love.

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Prayer Focus #3: Those Preparing to Go

Pray for those who are preparing to GO… for a week, for a month, for a year, for a long time.  Pray that God would destroy any fear that threatens to slow them down or delay their going.  Pray that God would replace that with a humble confidence that compels them forward in the purpose that God has set before them.

Slam Dunk

We will look at how public baptism relates to the New Testament and to us.

David and Goliath

In this shortened message, we look at the story of David and Goliath.  We discover that our true Goliath is sin, and Jesus is our only hope.

Faith vs. Sight

Mission Trip

Mission Together – Lifegroup Launch

We were made to live, love and serve in community.  We sharpen each other, we bear one another’s burdens, we pray and encourage one another.  We are the Body of Christ – His Church – His people, filled with the Holy Spirit, sent out to be His ambassadors in this world.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. – 1 Peter 2:9

This year, we are praying God sized prayers.

What if our Lifegroups made a commitment to pray intentionally and connect relationally –  not just for one another or those in our city – but with a global partner or unreached people group as well?  How would that change the landscape of missions at Lifepoint?  How would that impact the culture of our Lifegroups? How would God use us to minister to a lost and hurting world, in His name?

Prayer Focus #1: Break our hearts

  • Pray that God would break our hearts for the lost, the unreached and the unengaged.  Ask the Lord to lead us toward a movement of prayer that flows out of our groups – for those who have yet to hear His name.
    • “For the son of man came to seek and to save the lost.” – Luke 19:10
  • Pray that our groups would set our minds on the things of God.  Ask God to stir in our groups the need for His wisdom and we would respond with earnest prayer asking the Lord to give us direction.
    •  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” – James 1:5

Prayer Focus #2: Lift up our Lifegroup leaders

  • Take some time to pray for our Lifegroup leaders.  Pray that God would grant them vision and direction as they lead their group to live out the mission of God together.  Pray that God would give them an understanding of and passion for His global purpose.
  • Pray for YOUR Lifegroup leader(s).  Pray that God will show you how to support them and encourage them as they lead.
    • “9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,” – Colossians 1:9

Prayer Focus #3: Obedience & Action

  • Pray that our Lifegroups do to more than simply have conversations about doing mission together. Pray that those conversations lead to obedient response to the Lord’s leading.
  • Pray that our Lifegroups pray, that our LifeGroups connect, and that our Lifegroups GO!
    • “22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” – James 1:22-25

Prayer Focus #4: Pray for those who are sensing God’s call toward longer term mission.

  • Lift up those who may be sensing God’s call toward longer term mission engagement.
    • Pray that some would move their family to intentionally live among international populations here in our city.
    • Pray that some would take steps to move overseas. 
    • Pray that those who work among internationals would recognize their call and position and that God would give them spiritual eyes to see the “harvest field” surrounding them.  

Framed

We learn from David’s life about our personal struggles with politics and power.

Ignore The Cover

As we study the height, depth and breadth of the father’s love, and the character and nature of Christ we are changed into the image of the Son from the inside out. Out of the overflow of this relationship we serve the world, as we aim to bring glory to God in all that we do!

Inside Out

In our first message of this new series, we look at what God considers when choosing a leader, and what that means for our church today.

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See what the Worship & Arts staff of Lifepoint is listening to and click the links to purchase the music to own for yourself.

A Note From Central Asia

This week’s TenTwo is written by one of our sent ones, currently residing in Central Asia.  Please join us as we pray and fast on behalf of so many around the world!

The Sacrifice Festival

I once asked a friend, “How do you know you will go to heaven after you die?” She responded, “You have to follow the five rules of Islm. You have to have faith in Al’lah, pray five times daily, fast during Ramadan, give to the poor, and if you can, go to Mecca.” I said, “But how do you know? Is there a guarantee?” And she responded, “No, there is no hope like that. But still, I am Mslm, because my family is Mslm. This is what we believe.”

Can you imagine living like that, knowing that no matter what you do or how hard you try, there isn’t a guarantee that you will ever earn enough credit with God to enter the kingdom of heaven? This is what 99.9% of the people in my country believe. Even if they say they are not religious, the main religion of my country is so engrained within the culture that they are constantly trying to “earn favor” without even realizing it.

Today most in my country, along with so many around the world, celebrate the festival of sacrifice, Kurban Bayram. Similar to the story of Abraham and Isaac found in Genesis 22, their book writes about Ibrahim and his willingness to follow Al’lah to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, before God intervened and provided an alternative sacrifice for him.

In this religion, families, depending on their income, is required to sacrifice a sheep, goat, bull, or camel. The animal is divided into three parts; one for the family to keep, one to give to neighbors or friends, and one to give to the poor. This sacrifice is to remember the ways that Al’lah has provided for them and as a way to stay faithful to the teachings in their book.

After learning about the holiday, I shared the Good News with the same friend that told me she does not have hope in following her religion, but yet continues to go through the actions because it is what her family believes. I shared with her the truths we find in Scripture and about Jesus being the promise and the perfect last sacrifice. Freely given to us, beaten and shamed on the cross, casting upon himself all of our guilt and bearing our death sentence, not because we deserve it, but because of he was the only way for us to be reunited with our Father. Through Christ alone, we are saved. There is nothing we can do to earn our favor with God or a place in heaven, but it is by our genuine, underserving faith in Him. And after hearing all of this, my friend with confusion written on her face looked at me and said, “I do not understand what kind of love this is”, which made me giggle but isn’t that true for us as well? How great is His love.

This holiday began yesterday and will last through Thursday. Will you please join me and those that I serve along side of, in lifting up so many who practice this religion living around the world.  Ask that they would come to know our Lord Jesus and will be able to experience the sweetness of His grace. We would love if you could join us through prayer and/or fasting during one day this week.

Please continually lift up the lost in this world. They are not just overseas, but they are your neighbors, family members, and friends. Let us be the Body on mission so we can see Matthew 24:14 come to fruition and we can go home to be reunited with our Father. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. – Matthew 24:14 ESV.

‘Til we go home,

V*

Serving in Central Asia

3 Marks of a Gospel-Centered Person

Gospel-Centered people believe there is hope for the hopeless.

Where is the Kingdom?

In this message, we finish our four week study on the Kingdom of God.  We wrestle with the question, “Where is the Kingdom of God?  We discover that the Kingdom is both a present reality and something that we still look forward to with the return of Christ.

Buried Treasure

In this final message of Photoshopped, we discuss the value of the kingdom of God. What does it cost to be a Jesus-follower?

This Summer At-A-Glance (Part 3)

This the final recap of the summer as we celebrate what God is doing in Jamaica. Lifepoint has been serving in Jamaica for the past 7 years, this year building our 15th, 16th & 17th Little Blue House.  We ask of you to interceded on behalf of the people of Jamaica and the ministry there.

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Jamaica

  • Praise the Lord for how He continues to draw people to Himself.  Our first team had planned daily Bible studies with the men and women.  On the second day of their trip, 10 minutes before the planned start time, no adults were around.  A group went aside to pray that the Lord would bring people to hear His word.  5 minutes later a group of 4 men and 1 woman walked up the hill, sat down with us, and the Gospel was shared with them.  
  • Pray that the Lord would do a mighty work in the local church in Jamaica.  Pray that barriers created by class and legalism would be broken and that the church would desire to love and serve the ‘least of these’ (Matthew 25:31-46).
  •  Pray for the IsleGo staff that we work with year after year. Ask the Lord to work in the lives of Bobby, Red, Damain, Gregory & Million.  Pray that God would grant the strength to resist conforming to the patterns of this word and be transformed by the renewing of their minds (Romans 12:2).  Praise the Lord for our friendship with these men and for the way that they care for us year after year while we are in country.
  • Pray that God would grant wisdom and align our vision for next steps in planting a Hope Center focused on discipleship in one of the areas in which we work.  Pray that the right partner in Jamaica would step up and that the ministry could begin.

Spotting the Fake

Having an authentic view of the kingdom will allow you to easily spot a fake or photoshopped version.

 

His Law is Love

In this message, we continue our study of the Kingdom of God.  We discover that the law of God’s Kingdom is love…love of God Himself and love for others.

Humble Beginnings

The Bible says that God uses weak things to shame the strong and foolish things to shame the wise. In other words, he doesn’t think or always work the way we’d expect Him to. In this message, we look to the parables of Jesus to teach us about the humble beginnings of God’s Kingdom.