WHO WE ARE

  • OUR HOPE
  • MISSION AND VISION
  • CORE VALUES
  • OUR BELIEFS
  • LEADERSHIP

ABSOLUTELY GOOD NEWS

The Christian Gospel (which means “good news”) is unequivocally the most important message that God has given us. The Bible says that the Gospel is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).

The Gospel message is woven throughout the entire Bible (God’s revelation to man) and is its central theme.

So what is this good news? The Apostle Paul summarized the Gospel message in his letter to the Corinthians:

1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

THE GOSPEL MESSAGE IS SIMPLE

“Christ died for our sins… he was buried, [and] he was raised on the third day.”

Jesus Christ is at the heart and center of the Gospel. In another letter, Paul equated the Gospel message with the message of the “unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8). So while the Gospel is for us, it is not primarily aboutus. The Gospel’s main character is Jesus.

Now, what does this Gospel message mean to us?

We’ll start with the background: We are all sinners, guilty of wrongdoing and rebelling against God’s perfect law. The popular phrase “no one is perfect” is certainly accurate, but it is also really bad news. A perfect God who is perfectly good and perfectly just cannot join together with imperfect people. Therefore, we are separated from God (Isaiah 59:2) and unable to please Him (Romans 3:10-11). Even more, the result of our rebellion is death (Romans 6:23) and eternal damnation (2 Thessalonians 1:9).

Now, here is the Gospel good news: God himself, in Christ Jesus, took our sins upon himself and paid our penalty for us (1 Peter 2:24). Regardless of who you are or what you have done in the past, Jesus paid your debt and redeemed you from sin and death (Acts 20:28 and Colossians 2:14). If you trust in Jesus and accept his sacrifice on the cross as your payment, then God no longer sees your rebellion when he looks at you, but he instead sees the work of his Son. You are “clothed with the garments of salvation” and “covered with the robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10).

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

SALVATION : RECEIVING THIS GIFT

The Gospel message is great news. How will you respond? God has acted first and offered you an infinitely valuable gift. Will you receive it?

9b If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between [any person]; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Romans 10:9b-13

“Calling on the name of the Lord” begins by talking to Him through prayer. This isn’t too complicated. As C.S. Lewis said, “God doesn’t want something from us, He simply wants us.” You don’t need to clean up your life first or do anything else before calling on God. The Bible says that whatever we could do ourselves isn’t good enough anyway. We simply need Jesus.

So, if you haven’t started trusting in Jesus yet, the time is now. All you need to do to get started is talk to God (pray), confessing that you’re lost without him, and then turning to him to receive his love and his incredible gift of salvation. He hears you if you would simply start talking to him.

But salvation is more than merely reciting a prayer. Salvation is a God’s gift to you through faith, which is continually trusting the work that Jesus accomplished for you in his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. Your decision to trust Jesus today must genuinely transform you into a lifelong follower of Jesus Christ.

NEXT STEPS

OUR MISSION IS TO DEVELOP 
LIFELONG FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST.

Jesus gave two overarching commandments in the Bible:

37 And [Jesus] said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” 

– Matthew 22:37-40

In summary: LOVE GOD and LOVE PEOPLE.

Then, just before leaving the earth, Jesus expanded on these two Great Commandments by giving His church the Great Commission:

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” –
Matthew 28:18-20

So, we are to LOVE GOD and LOVE PEOPLE, while MAKING DISCIPLES (lifelong followers of Christ) of all nations (everyone, both here and around the world).

For this purpose, at LifePoint, we want people to:

  1. Experience Life through salvation and worship.
  2. Live Life through discipleship and fellowship.
  3. Share Life through service and evangelism.

OUR CORE VALUES

 

WE VALUE PEOPLE

8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

 

WE VALUE SERVING AND EVANGELISM

46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts. – Acts 2:46

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. – Galatians 5:13

 

WE VALUE AUTHENTICITY

23 “So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” – Matthew 5:23-24

15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.” –
Matthew 18:15

 

WE VALUE THE BIBLE 

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. – Colossians 3:16

 

WE VALUE SPIRITUAL INTIMACY

42And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. – Acts 2:42

 

WE VALUE COMMUNITY

46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts. – Acts 2:46

OUR BELIEFS

4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. –
Ephesians 4:4-6

1 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.… 4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.… 12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.… 22 The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. – Romans 14:1,4,12,22

2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. – 1 Corinthians 13:2

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. – 2 Timothy 3:16

13 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. – 1 Thessalonians 2:13

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

11 “This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:11-12

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

25 “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” – Matthew 16:25

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9

8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

18b …be filled with the Spirit. – Ephesians 5:18b

13 “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” – Luke 11:13

LEADERSHIP

Cecil & Leah Whitton

Lead Pastor / Guest Experience Pastor

Rivenson & Marcia Dige

Haiti Campus Pastors

Casey & Jessica Jackson

Worship Pastors

Thomas & Blanca Lomas

Youth Pastors

Benjamin & Stephanie Bammes

Connections Pastors

Amy Holt

Arise & Kids Pastor

Shannon Lawerence

KidsPoint Director

Adrienne Ruth

Office Administrator

Jessica Casarez

Children's Assistant