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LifeGroups

What is a LifeGroup!? Is it just a place where we can do more in-depth Bible studies? Is it just a time of getting together with people to eat and enjoy company? Well, yes! It is those things and so much more. In Acts 2, starting in verse 42, Luke is explaining what a fellowship of believers—of disciples of Christ—looks like and how it functioned for the earliest disciples. They meet together regularly and break bread together; they have a meal together. They prayed with and for one another, they made sure no one in the group was in need, and they studied the Scriptures. Luke is telling us they did life together. This is a LifeGroup. It’s people who come together regularly to “do church.” This weekend is the final opportunity to sign up to join a LifeGroup. If you aren’t plugged in with your fellow believers receiving teaching, accountability, and fellowship you’re not doing church right! This is the best place to get plugged into the bigger church and build relationships. Click HERE to sign up! If you’re still feeling the gentle tug of the Holy Spirit toward leading a LifeGroup, what are you waiting for?!?!? Let’s do it. . .shoot me an email and let me know: chad@lifepointaz.com God Bless you! Pastor Chad...

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Just Say Yes

  Have you ever had the desire to move boldly toward a burden God has placed on your heart, but didn’t know when or how to begin? Soon the busy nature of life took over and you felt locked in autopilot of daily tasks. This mission began in a whisper- three simple words- Just Say Yes. Last month (February), I started my morning in prayer, “Lord, where would you like me to serve You in this new year?” His response was not loud, nor was it long- “Just say yes.” Yes? Yes to what God? Well before I had much time to stay in that place of confusion, that busy day began, BUT a few hours later that yes was discovered and I had agreed to my first mission trip to Vicente Guerrero, Mexico. Very few times in my life have I experienced in real-time God ordaining something incredible- something undeniably set up by Him alone. As with all mission trips, there is the matter of fundraising and the logistics of childcare. In the span of 48 hours, my trip was funded and all the details were perfectly orchestrated. I was headed into the place God had set apart for me. Words cannot explain the experience and emotion felt on this trip; the ability to wash the feet of children… to share the love Jesus showed to His disciples. It was beyond incredible. God called on the deepest brokenness of my past to glorify Himself in this place. He called on my fears to be surrendered, my comfort to be shattered, and allowed me to step into an intimate setting with children and their mothers. Every day I was gifted the opportunity to serve people who I felt connected to through tragedy- through sin. God humbled my heart and offered...

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URGENT: LifePoint Worship & Congregational Meeting 8.16.20

To say that the last 5 months have been challenging would be an understatement. Whether you are now having to handle remote learning for your kids, have adjusted your work schedule, or are just missing the fellowship of the body of Christ on Sunday mornings, this has been such a physically, emotionally, and spiritually draining time. With so much uncertainty in our lives, many of us have turned to the Lord to seek answers, comfort & wisdom on what to do next. Here at LifePoint, we are asking those same questions. In the last 5 months, we have experienced great highs and equally difficult lows. I know there are dozens of questions many of you who call LifePoint home have about what we are doing, decisions we are making, and just the general direction of the church. I have shared through written communication and spoken from the stage, however, at the end of the day, some things are just better discussed in person and covered with worship and prayer to our almighty Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. This Sunday, 8.16.20, we will have a night of prayer and worship from 6-7:30pm, with a time of sharing from the pastors and elders and equally, a time of getting to ask questions and hear in person the response straight from the “horses” mouths. We WILL have child care available with all of the current health precautions in place. It is our strong recommendation that if you call LifePoint home or have concerns that you will take the time to come out this Sunday night and be a part of this ever-growing body that God has placed here. He has done great things through this body in the past and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he has even greater...

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LifePoint Update 7.1.20

Dear LifePoint, What incredible times these are. Currently, Arizona is under a new executive order that limits gatherings to less than 50 people. Here at LifePoint, we wish to abide by this law and love our neighbors who attend the church and those who don’t. Effective this Sunday, July 5th we will limit our in-person service to less than 50 people. We recommend that you watch the live stream like many of you have been doing since the initial quarantine began and maybe invite some friends or neighbors over to fellowship with a smaller group of people. This Sunday we will have one service at 9:45am as previously mentioned but we ask that you Email us at, info@lifepointaz.com, to let us know how many in your family will be attending, we will get back to you with a confirmation. This will be a family service, so no childcare available. We will limit the number of reserved spots and leave room for those who would have just shown up so we will not have to turn anyone away. For the remaining three Sundays in July, we will have services at 9:45 &11:30 and ask that you again let us know which service you will attend and how many. Currently, our numbers have been much lower with many LifePoint members choosing to stay at home and watch the Livestream, and we do not anticipate a large number of people having to be turned away. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at info@lifepointaz.com, and we will get back with you as soon as possible. Thank you for bearing with us as we navigate these decisions with fear and trembling before the Lord, and seek his blessing and wisdom in how we minister in the community. Peace, Nathan Bentley...

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Be the church

Community. The church, in the US and all over the world, has always a key part of communities. It may not seem evident today, but the Body of Christ (His church), played a crucial role in the development of the U.S hospital system. If we look again at the Book of Acts, we see the development of a community of Christians in chapter 2, we see the early church band together in homes and not publicly in all instances. But let’s look at another example of how we can and should live in community as believers: Romans 12:4-5. “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ, we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to the other.” (NIV) The end of verse 5 makes a powerful statement that not only are we one body, but we belong to one another. In the Koine Greek (the language in which the NT is written), the words used here are μελος (melos) and αλληλον (allelon), meaning members together or in other words, we are in this together! We must band together as a community of believers to care for and love one another and our neighbors. Read through Romans 12, Colossians 3:13-14, and Acts 2 then as a family work through these simple questions: What is one way you are living as the Body of Christ today? How are you bearing up with each other and forgiving others? What are three things you can do in the next week to serve the other members of the Body of Christ at LifePoint? We are praying for each and every one of you during this time; we love you and miss you and can’t wait to...

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Letter to the Public

Acts 2:42-47 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”  Bible-believing churches across the country (and likely the world) have been speaking with a loud collective voice about fear. By now, you should have read somewhere on social media or email or somewhere else that, as Christians, we should not give in to a spirit of fear. This is a biblical mandate: fear not. The best ways to counter fear and worry is through being in the Word daily, praying, and fasting. Right now, this is an opportunity for the church—the Body of Christ—to be the shining light. We have a God-given responsibility to care for others in this time of global need. In the account above from the Book of Acts, we have a beautiful example of how the church should be looking inward as well as outward. We need to make sure that the members of the Body of Christ are cared for and we have families at LifePoint who are already on hard times. Many of you have responded to the call and the church is being stocked up on canned goods, long-lasting foods like noodles, and some toiletries. If you have a little extra, please drop it off at the church because we are already helping families in need. In the...

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Day 2 of the Covid Quarantine

As part of our church’s continued shepherding and discipiling those in our care, I will be sharing daily with you through various avenues. We have continued conversations here amongst the pastors and staff and have some amazing opportunities in the works to meet the needs of the community, as well as to provide paths for you to give and serve as well. You may have heard by now that the Haiti trip was canceled by the host nation/mission, as they assessed that the team would be able to get in the country but would most likely not be able to leave with sweeping regulations and closures of international borders. Becky and her team immediately went to work separating the medicine, food, and materials they were going to take with them and will be distributing them to the places in need right here in our back yard. The Genesis Project, Hope Women’s Center, San Carlos, Christ the Victor, and LifePoint are all receiving these items to help distribute them to those in need. We will still be accepting donations for the items that are currently in high demand in our area. If you are in need of any items and do not have the means to attain them, please contact us at info@lifepointaz.com and we can work to help with any resources we have available. The church is going to move forward mightily in this time, as we put the phrase, “trust the Lord” into action. Peace, Nathan Bentley Senior Pastors Thought of the Day   This is a blog post that was shared with me today and I thought it was incredible on a theological level, practical level and TRUTH level. In the midst of the current state of things take a few moments out of your quarantine and read this interpretation of...

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I want to take a minute and update everyone on LifePoints position and response to the COVID-19 virus. Based on the recommendation by the Governor’s office we will be having services this weekend, with extra steps to clean and disinfect commonly used spaces and greeters who will wave “Hi,” and limit contact. We have a plan going forward to help the elderly or those who could not get out and get some basic groceries and toiletries this weekend to meet their physical needs along with their spiritual. Common sense is the thought of the times right now. If you are sick or feeling under the weather, then stay home, if you fall into the age range where this can be especially dangerous then stay home, if you have a compromised immune system and it would be unsafe for you to gather with a large group of people then please stay home. But, for those of us that studies have shown will be affected by this virus, like a bad flu…do not let fear stop you from loving your neighbor, giving of your personal possessions when needed, and yes gathering together on Sunday. We are so grateful that you choose to call LifePoint home and are preparing ourselves to move forward boldly in this time and to not shrink back. I believe we are going to see breakthroughs and miracles in this season, let’s ask God for His Holy Spirit and go forth with courage. Peace, Nathan Bentley...

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Intermediary Prayer for the Youth of San Tan Valley

Today (1/22/20) we are observing a corporate fast with our church. We are spending the day fasting and praying over the youth of our community. Our community like many others across America has seen an unsettling increase in the numbers of youth (especially teens) suicide. According to a recent (2019) report [source: National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control ], death rates among teenagers and young adults have increased at an alarming pace in the past decade. Suicide has steadily become more common across the population, but suicides among youths have outpaced all other age groups. From 2007 to 2017, the number of suicides among people ages 10 to 24 suddenly increased 56 percent, while for decades prior it had remained relatively rare and its frequency, for the most part, remained stable. Now, it has become the second-most common cause of death among teenagers and young adults, overtaking homicides and outpaced only by accidents. Also, no racial or ethnic group has been spared in this rising rate, said Sally Curtin, a statistician with the National Center for Health Statistics who has studied these suicide trends for years and served as the report’s lead author. This trend is no more evident than at Herriman High School in Utah where In less than a year, six students who had attended the school committed suicide leaving a community searching for answers as they struggle with the loss. Here is a video from The Wall Street Journal who visited Herriman High. https://www.wsj.com/video/multiple-suicides-one-year-one-high-school/1BB09D50-ABD6-4829-9987-06B65FF36E1B.html This epidemic affects us all, it affected my own family several years ago when my daughter’s best friend took her own life at 19. On the one year anniversary of her death, I wrote a blog post following my having watched “13 Reasons Why” a show that attempts...

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Community Partner: Compassion Connect AZ

When we consider mission work, we often forget some of the basic locations, our own backyard. It is not always an option to travel abroad and serve others. That is why we feel it is important to feature various ministries and opportunities that are close to home and close to our hearts. We aren’t the only ones serving locally, Mark and Jamie Morse attend LifePoint as well as serve in the community. When asked about why she volunteers, Jamie said, “I learned about Compassion Queen Creek through my former church where I was overseeing the family assistance and benevolence programs. Initially volunteering at the events with other church members, I quickly formed a bond with Jennelle and the rest of the Compassion Connect AZ team. I have served with them in a variety of roles over the years. I grew up in a small farming community in IL. When I was a kid, my Dad served as a volunteer firefighter and was on the village board. I believe this is why I am drawn to helping others within my own community; I was born and raised that way…I was meant to be a helper.” On Friday, October 4th several of LifePoint’s couples joined Jamie and Mark in attendance at the Compassion Connect AZ Gala held at Encanterra on Ironwood. This year’s gala theme was “ONE VOICE.” The gala was held as a fundraiser to celebrate the impact God’s people have made in the community simply by deciding to put differences aside to serve in the areas of health, family services, and anti-human trafficking. This message showing the community that our local churches serve ONE GOD TOGETHER. Jamie was part of the team that worked on the Gala as well as the decorations. The One Voice 2019 Compassion Gala was a...

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