Sunday was so good it’s taken me a day to recover and write this recap.
We begin with the Sunday morning worship service. Our worship leader, Trey, was out of town, so Bob Ludwig filled in for him. Bob really did a great job and, as usual, the band was right on.
The service was Spirit-filled from beginning to end. God is just showing up every Sunday and it’s an awesome thing. We’re doing a series called “The Road to the Hill”, which is a reference to Calvary. The first week we were in Genesis 3, finding out why there needed to be a cross in the first place. Jesus came as a sacrifice to cover us. Sunday we looked at “Three Along the Road.” Jesus’ interaction with three people He met in the gospel of John was the subject. These three were the woman at the well (John 4: Jesus frees us from our past), the woman caught in adultery (John 8: Jesus gives us hope in the present), and Lazarus (John 11: Jesus cares deeply about our future).
We slipped one in on the people who weren’t in our Wednesday night Bible study. Wednesday one of the verses we talked about is one where Jesus says “My sheep hear my voice.” If you’re a follower of Christ, you are His sheep; if you’re not a follower of Christ, you are not His sheep. Our term for that was “unsheep.” I mentioned unsheep Sunday morning. The Wednesday attenders laughed, the rest didn’t. Anyway, I guess you had to be there.
I think our Sunday morning attendance was 115. New faces. Good conversations. It’s wonderful.
Sunday afternoon we had an open house where we invited two of our sponsoring churches (First, Amory and Grace Fellowship) to come check out what they’re supporting. We had a big turnout, nearly 200 people. We combined the bands from LifePointe and Grace, and the choirs from Grace and First Baptist joined the band on stage. We had probably 40 people on stage during a time of praise and worship and they brought it! I then did a little talk, based on John 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another,” and challenged the people to blur the lines between congregations, love one another, cooperate with one another, work together, and present a unified body of Christ to the world. The world will know we’re Jesus’ followers, not by our buildings, our money, our rules, our little kingdoms, but by the love we have and express for each other. We’re in the business of building one kingdom: God’s Kingdom.
It was a good day.