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Participant vs Spectator

Participant vs Spectator

How would you classify your relationship with the local church, specifically, the church you attend? Every single relationship we have has some sort of classification in our lives, your work is most likely a business relationship, your spouse a marriage, children are familial, friends are well…friendships, neighbors are neighborly, drivers on the road in STV…enemies, (Just Kidding 🙂 ). I think you get the idea of what I am trying to say. So, what is your relationship to the church you attend? What should it be? Is there anywhere in scripture that God directly or through the disciples tells us how to relate to one another in a communal setting as well as throughout the week? If you answered YES to any of the above, then go ahead and give yourself 3 gold stars. In God’s word, it says that the relationship between the church and Christ is one of head (Christ) and body (church). Then Paul continues this imagery so that we might understand how we, in many cases total strangers, are to relate to one another. The church is referred to as the bride of Christ. The most intimate selfless relationship that exists, and yes, even more so than parent and child. While your bond with your child is close, they are a part of you, even though they can be a pain they are literally our flesh and blood. Your spouse however is somebody who was once a stranger to you, a person that you chose to spend the rest of your life honoring, serving, and loving them. You are both different yet equal. This is a much more difficult relationship to cultivate. If the Bible had asked us to be neighborly to one another that would be so much easier, we can be nice to our...

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All Church Night of Prayer

All Church Night of Prayer

On Friday 2/26, LifePoint Church is hosting an all-church prayer meeting from 7p-8p. This is an awesome opportunity for churches from around the area to come together in unity and pray together for our communities, our churches, and our nation. This is an open invitation for anyone that is interested in coming to pray for an hour. It will be a casual time of prayer for you to come and intercede with others. This is a monthly event with the ACCO (Area churches and Christian organizations) with other churches taking turns to host. We hope you can come and support this event with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Tim Ferrara Executive Pastor

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A Shepherds Call

A Shepherds Call

This week we will continue the series on understanding the historical church and what LifePoint see’s as God leading us into a more Biblical representation of, “The Church.” Usually, I would spend the next couple paragraphs explaining what I will be speaking on this Sunday, however, I feel that reading the attached scripture is more than sufficient to prepare your hearts for Sunday’s message. I urge you to take time this weekend to read and re-read these scriptures and come Sunday expecting God to reveal His word to you. Exodus 33:4–9, 15–23; 34:1–7 4 When the people heard these distressing words, they began to mourn and no one put on any ornaments. 5 For the Lord had said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. If I were to go with you even for a moment, I might destroy you. Now take off your ornaments and I will decide what to do with you.’ ” 6 So the Israelites stripped off their ornaments at Mount Horeb. 7 Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. 8 And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent. 9 As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses. Now there’s a break here. Moses is speaking to God. 15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased...

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Vineyard Pregnancy Center Partnership

Vineyard Pregnancy Center Partnership

We are excited to announce our partnership with Vineyard Pregnancy Center. If you were in attendance for our Missions Sunday, you might have seen their table, complete with the models of babies in utero. Vineyard Pregnancy Center is “A place to help people who think they might be pregnant, or are pregnant, get the services they need to have a healthy baby. Vineyard Community Pregnancy Center’s purpose is to encourage, educate, and equip people in Queen Creek with the resources you need to have a happy, healthy pregnancy and parenting experience. Our goal is to meet you at your point of need… Let us come alongside you and help you sort out all your options. With life-centered counseling a birth plan can be constructed. Sometimes our past choices have left us wounded and in need of healing. We can help with this as well.” Vineyard Pregnancy Center offers free pregnancy tests, help women choose life, hand out home-made baby blankets, diapers and supplies, as well as conduct classes, and advocate on behalf of new mothers and adoptive/foster families. They offer ultrasounds and a wonderful educational program called BrightCourse, a Christian based and life-affirming prenatal and parenting curriculum. These classes are offered to all their moms and families. The pregnancy center also has a “she-shed,” on the property of the King and Queen Farms in Queen Creek. This spot is a great for the collecting and distributing of diapers, wipes and other supplies. Vineyard Prengnacy Center also has a brick-and-mortar building in downtown Queen Creek, near Amadeo Church. However, the most exciting adventure for Vineyard is the purchase/acquisition of a large “previously owned,” mobile pregnancy center bus for traveling between the two pregnancy centers in Queen Creek and San Tan Valley, as well as around the state. They are in the...

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I could never host a LifeGroup!

I could never host a LifeGroup!

Before you ignore this quick note because you agree with the title, just read on. . .I promise it will be worth your while! All through the Bible, we see reluctant servants following the call and command of God. Moses was afraid and felt like he was less than good enough (Exodus 3:11). The entire account of Jonah is about a leader called by God who physically runs away from God’s commands! Gideon is another very reluctant servant with the approach to ask for more and more and more confirmation from God when it was made abundantly clear Gideon was called to a special mission for God. LifeGroups are about to start up again and we are in need of hosts—not necessarily leaders. That’s not to say we don’t need servants who can lead, but the leader we’re looking for needs to be FAT. What!? Ok, well maybe we’re looking for hosts and leaders who are F.A.S.T.  to host a LifeGroup at your home all YOU need to be is: Faithful, Available, Servant-oriented, and Teachable. Leading a LifeGroup isn’t for everyone—I know that—but it doesn’t take any Biblical knowledge, a degree in theology, or even any idea how a LifeGroup should run. But, what if I’ve never done this before?! I don’t know how to pick out a study?! I don’t know how many people should be in my group. I don’t know how to structure the evening. Can I do it with Zoom? Don’t worry! If you feel God calling you (don’t worry, He is) to host or lead a LifeGroup at your house you can simply sign up at this link (https://lifegroup-hosts-lifepointaz.pushpayevents.com/) and we’ll teach you the rest. There will be a LifeGroup leader training on February 28, 2021 (the last Sunday of the month) where we’ll go...

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Blood Drive Results

Blood Drive Results

Sponsoring blood drives is one way LifePoint Church can show our love and support for the community and also give people the opportunity to visit us and feel comfortable coming here. Thank you for 21 successful blood donations on February 1st at the first of two February blood drives at LifePoint Church! The donation goal was 18. It is helpful for the area blood supply to meet and exceed the forecast. Vitalant is the sole blood provider for Banner Ironwood, Banner Casa Grande, and every hospital in Maricopa County. The February 20th drive has been canceled but if you would like to donate you can do so at the San Tan Valley Veteran’s Center on March 8th. Information in the flyer below. Jim Bentley Minister, Pastoral Care

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Learning From Our Mistakes

Learning From Our Mistakes

This week we will begin a new series about what it means to “BE” the body of Christ. Take a moment and think about this concept. The church is meant to represent the body of Christ that walked this earth 2,000 years ago. A body that went around loving others, no matter who they were or what they said about him, daily praising and seeking the Father’s heart, and teaching any who would listen to a message on the most important topic mankind has ever surveyed, what is the meaning of life. Throughout history, man has attempted to capitalize on this gathering of people for monetary, political, military, and personal gain. There has never been a generation where the Christian church has not been persecuted, martyred, or tried to be snuffed out. Just as the body of Christ rose from the dead and exists still to this day, the church has survived and grown exponentially. Where the principles of what it means to be the body of Christ are implemented, as laid out by the Apostle Paul in his letters to the various churches, history has shown incredible transformation of the culture and strength of the people. All over the world today, the church is growing in strength, we know of the Chinese church, but Christianity is also on the rise in places, like Singapore, South America & Africa. One place in the world where Christianity has been on a 60+ year decline would be in the U.S. A country that has undeniably benefited more than any place in the world by the principles of Christ and the work of the church. It is no mystery why this has happened, rather, the mystery lies in what your personal responsibility is for the solution.  In 2 Samual 11:1, we’re told of when...

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Bike Blessing Praise Report

Bike Blessing Praise Report

On behalf of Black Sheep all over the country, and more specifically here in Arizona, we want to thank everyone that came out to our first annual Black Sheep Bike Blessing & Show! It was definitely a successful community event! We had approximately 250 people attend the show and enjoy all the booths. The line for face painting never ceased and the raffles drew in some great excitement! We also enjoyed music by DJ M-Cat, corn-hole, Gaga ball, street tacos from Habaneros, hotdogs from Alpha Dogs, as well as snow cones from Desert Relief. A big thank you to all of them and those that helped make this event happen. The winner of the Bike Show, Levi A., rode in on a 1993 Harley Davidson FXR with an American WW2 era bomber theme. It was a beauty! This wasn’t just a Black Sheep event though. We saw God’s vision for this event come into full view with riders from all over the state! In addition to our Black Sheep friends and family, we saw members of Christian Motorcycles Association and the Legions Riders Post 97 as well. A special thank you to all those that prayed and blessed the riders and bikes, as that was our focus for the event. We thank God for the beautiful weather and again, thanks to all who came out for a good time! Veronica Thiele, Missions Director

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How do we find Unity?

How do we find Unity?

Ephesians 4:11-15 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. I implore you to read this scripture this weekend and meditate on its meaning and your personal reaction to it. Unity requires sacrifice, letting go of debts of apologies owed you, and giving forgiveness anyway. It requires us to lay aside differences that are not critical to the salvation of a human soul and seek God earnestly as to how exactly we are to proceed in any situation. Often, we will find that the answer the Holy Spirit gives will challenge us more than we think. Jesus bride, the church, has been so divided for so long because we think we are acting out of some sort of righteous indignation when in fact we still operate from the flesh and ignore His Spirit in our lives. I have labored over this since my late teens, I have fallen into the trap of judging others based on my flesh, yet deceived I was doing the will of God, I have wanted to see the many denominations come into a unity...

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