NEW SERIES: JESUS – WHO HE IS – WHAT HE DID – WHY HE CAME

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series JESUS – WHO HE IS – WHAT HE DID – WHY HE CAME

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Do the miracles that Jesus performed 2000 years ago have anything to do with our lives today? Come tomorrow morning and find out. Pastor Chuck’s series “JESUS” continues in the morning with the message titled, “Jesus: A Mover And Shaker”

Harvest America LIVE at LifePointe October 5th at 6pm

 

LifePointe will be a host site for the Harvest America LIVE Simulcast

Sunday, October 5, 2014 @ 6pm.

This event is free and open to everyone.

Bad news is all around us. We are bombarded with it every day. More than ever, we all need a message of HOPE. We invite you to join us on Sunday, October 5th at 6pm as Greg Laurie shares a message of hope with us. Harvest America is an amazing event that will be held in Dallas and simulcast LIVE to LIfePointe Church. Please come and join us for this event featuring the music of MERCYME, Phil WIckham, For King & Country and more. Everyone is invited!

Pastor Chuck Accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

 

Watch the video of Pastor Chuck’s Ice Bucket Challenge

 

Find out more about ALS.

LifePointe Church is One of the Top 20 Fittest Churches in Texas

 

LifePointe Church has been Named One of the Top 20 Fittest Churches in Texas

Why LifePointe made the list …

  • annual 5k fun run
  • sermons include healthy lifestyle tips
  • seminars on healthy lifestyle
  • Pastor Chuck Bernal made our Top 10 Fittest Christian Leaders in America list because he promotes fitness as part of the foundation of their church and healthy lifestyle
  • Holds Annual Fit Weekend
  • Promotes fitness through social media,blog, using members as examples to become active and healthy.
  • Talks about how healthy lifestyle and physical activity can help overcome issues
  • Members who are part of the church that have a background in nutrition educate other members on nutrition.
  • There are trainers available at the church that help people with weight training and nutrition training also in addition to members who already have a background in nutrition

Easter By The Numbers – LifePointe Church Prepares for Easter

 

 

Easter is only about a month away. This is an important time of year for our church to reach out to our community and beyond.

Strategically it is important because study after study has shown that people who do NOT normally attend church are the MOST receptive and open to an invitation to attend church at Christmas and Easter. What does this mean for us?

It means that we need to do everything we can to reach out and to invite everyone we can to come to LifePointe on Easter Sunday. In fact, we have set as a church-wide goal to have 500 people in attendance on Easter Sunday. 500 people would be the highest number of people we have ever had at our church on any given Sunday.

Some might think this is simply a stunt to get numbers for numbers sake. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.  As Rick Warren has wisely stated on many occasions, “We count people because people count. Every number is a person Jesus created, Jesus loves, Jesus died for.”

There is an entire book in the Bible called – NUMBERS!! And the Bible is full of references to specific numbers that were important enough to God to include.  We know that 3000 people were baptized at Pentecost. We know that 120 people were in the upper room before that happened. There were 500 witnesses of the resurrected Christ.  5000 men were fed with the 5 loaves and 2 fishes. 5000 men and women and children. We are not told how many women and children were present, but the Holy Spirit thinks it suffices to say that there were 5000 men, not counting women and children, to make the simple point that there were a lot of people! The point is this – The Bible is filled with statistics because numbers are most definitely important.

So what does this mean for us? It means that we need to do all we can to make sure as many people as possible hear the life-changing message of the Easter story. We need to work hard and invite our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to come with us on Easter Sunday. And why do we do this? Because one day those people might be in  heaven because you invited them to church on Easter. WOW!! Now that should get us excited about reaching as many people as possible. So let’s make 500 people on Easter a reality because everyone of those people matter to God and should matter to us!

The truth is they were both in the same boat – they both needed Jesus.

The lesson? To get to God on your own requires one thing – absolute perfection from the moment you take your first breath until you take you last. And that is the problem of every person that ever lived (other than Jesus). None of us are perfect. All of us have done the wrong thing in our words, deeds, attitudes and actions. That is why the Bible describes the human condition like this:

“For everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23)

 God’s glorious standard is perfection and all of us – yes, each one of us have missed it.

The problem is that we often view our lives on a scale from bad to good and we think that if we aren’t “too bad” – then we are okay. In other words, at the end of the day  if our “good” outweighs our “bad” then we will get to heaven. But that isn’t the standard we have to live up to. Remember, to get to heaven on your own you have to be perfect – not just good or partially good or have some good – you have to be perfect.

And that is why the religious leader Nicodemus and the loose living anonymous woman were in the same boat – because neither of them could get to heaven on their own.

In these messages, I introduced an important theological term – DEPRAVITY. The concept of depravity means this – “We are not as bad as we can be, we are as bad off as we can be”. Do you get it. The uptight religious leader was a good man – in fact, on the scale of morality he might have been an 8 or even a 9 – but he was imperfect. The loose living woman had a “morality deficit” and she may have only scored a 2 or a 3, and she knew how imperfect she was.

But here is the point – if you are 9, you are good but still imperfect and if you are a 2, you are still imperfect. That is why all of us are as bad off as we can be – because our imperfection (whether we’re really bad or really good) disqualify us for heaven.

And that is why we all need Jesus because we all need a Savior. I love how Paul describes God’s love in Romans 5:8:

“But God demonstrates His own great love for us in this –

while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”.

The good news of the Gospel is that although we are imperfect and although  we cannot get to heaven on our own – God loves us anyway and He sent Jesus to do for us what we could never do for ourselves – get us to heaven. Because Jesus came and because Jesus lived a perfect life and because he died a sacrificial death – we can be saved NOT because we are good enough but because Jesus was good enough and He imparts His goodness, His perfection to us when we receive Him as our Savior.

So whether you are a good and religious person or whether you’ve really messed up your life with bad choices and lots of sin – God loves you and God can save you – IF YOU ASK HIM!

I have always loved this quote and believe it sums up this discussion very well:

“NOTHING YOU CAN DO CAN MAKE GOD LOVE YOU MORE

AND NOTHING YOU CAN DO CAN MAKE GOD LOVE YOU LESS”

Now that IS good news!

Join LifePointe | LIfeConnect 1 Seminar | March 23, 2014

Join LifePointe Church in Crowley, Texas

If you are interested in becoming a member of LifePointe or want more info about what our church is about, join us this Sunday for our LIfeConnect 1 Seminar – from Noon – 2pm – Lunch provided.

Reserve your spot by Friday, March 21, 2014.

Email us to let us know you are coming!

Free Women’s Self Defense Seminar at LifePointe Church March 22

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LifePointe Church’s 50 Day Prayer Challenge

50 Days of Prayer at LifePointe Church

Are you a part of our 50 Day Prayer Challenge leading up to Easter?

On Sunday, Pastor Chuck asked everyone to pray everyday between March 2nd and April 20th – as we anticipate our biggest Easter outreach ever. Please join us as we pray for God to move in a BIG way.

#conversations | Pastor Chuck’s New Message Series

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Everyone is talking about #conversations Pastor Chuck’s new message series. Every Sunday leading up to Easter we will be listening in on some of the conversations Jesus had with various people – and these conversations can impact our lives today.

THE TRUE COLORS OF CHRISTMAS: RED, GREEN AND BLUE

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THE TRUE COLORS OF CHRISTMAS: RED, GREEN AND BLUE

It’s called the most wonderful time of the year. But for many, Christmas is more blue than red and green.

Many of us are acquainted with the paradox of the Christmas season – it is a time when we are supposed to celebrate hope, love, joy and peace, but if we are honest, sometimes the joy of the Christmas season is overshadowed by pain, loss, depression and hurt.

This is really a very tough time of year often filled with loneliness, sadness and grief.  In fact, study after study continues to show that during the “holiday season” (Thanksgiving – New Years) depression rates go up, suicide rates go up, and the lonely nights grow even longer.

And in many ways, all of our nonstop celebrating can compound the struggles even more.

The message of Christmas is this:  to people who live in darkness, a light is coming and to people who live in despair, hope is promised. You can’t speak of hope without being honest about the fact that hopelessness that exists. You can’t speak of a savior without acknowledging that the world needs saving.

Pain, suffering, grief and loss go hand-in-hand with being human. They are part of the human condition and we can’t ignore that we experience these feelings even during Christmas. What more appropriate time than in this season of the year when we talk about God taking on the human condition to remember that He truly understands how we feel.

What an encouragement we have when we remember that Jesus DOES understand us. In Hebrews 4:14-15 we read, “But Jesus the Son of God is our great High Priest who has gone to heaven itself to help us; therefore let us never stop trusting him.  This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses . . . “

So if you find yourself drowning in the “blues” of Christmas, what can you do? Remember four things:

1. LESS IS MORE

To alleviate the pain in our lives, we often self medicate by overeating, over drinking, over working and over spending. These things will temporarily numb the pain but will only cause us more problems in the long run. Remember, when it comes to eating, drinking, working and spending – sometimes less really is more.

2. DON’T WITHDRAW

Oftentimes when we get sad, lonely and hurt,  we give in to the temptation to withdraw and isolate ourselves. The problem is – this isolation only serves to exacerbate our problems and actually make them worse. At your lowest point, you need people more than ever. Your life is like a bank account – too many withdrawals leave you empty. You need to be making deposits by taking in the love and friendship of the people around you.

3. SERVE AND GIVE

The more you focus on yourself and your problems, the more depressed you will become. The greatest antidote to sadness is to find people with needs and reach out to help them. If you are blue, give to others – with your time, money and affection. If you are blue, find a way to help and serve others. Your situation might stay the same – but how you view your situation will change as you begin to focus on others.

4. WORSHIP

You will either worry or you will worship – they cannot coexist. When you worry you focus on everything that you don’t have and when you worship, you focus on everything you do have. Worship lifts our eyes up to see beyond our circumstances to our Savior. If you are sad, hurt, angry, depressed, frustrated or fearful – begin to consciously worship the Lord and you will find yourself transformed. Always remember the words of the classic Christmas carol “Come let us adore Him Christ the Lord”. That is what Christmas is all about.

So if you find yourself with a case of the Christmas blues, be proactive and take some positive and practical steps to get out of your funk. Don’t overdo it, reach out to others, be generous to those in need and genuinely worship the Christ of Christmas. You may still have the blues but like a pair of well worn jeans, the blues will fade and become lighter and lighter.

Would you like me to pray for you this Christmas Season? Submit your prayer request online.