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Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Small Group Resources |

3 Steps to a Neighborhood Block Party

3 Steps to a Neighborhood Block Party

Each Summer Lifepoint Church encourages families to intentionally invest in their neighborhoods.  Sometimes this is walking the streets, lending a hand, borrowing tools, or cooking out together.  At least once a summer we help them throw Block Parties for fun and relationship building.  Here are three steps we encourage people to take to have a great experience. 1. Develop a team, don’t do this alone!  Several reasons this is #1: it sounds overwhelming to take on such a party by yourself so we eliminate that right up front.  Talk with a couple of other families (from your church or not) and develop a team to manage the party.   Why? Because -You will need families in charge of various items below. -You will encourager more people to attend by including more people in the planning.  -You will still have energy to get out of bed the day after the party. 2. inflatables, donuts eating contest, music, etc:  this is where the creative minds on the team really get excited.  For...

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Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Kingdom, Small Group Resources |

I Am A Small Group Leader: Family

I Am A Small Group Leader: Family

Once a month I will have a guest blogger, one of LifePoint’s Small Group Leaders (Shepherds) share their story in hopes of encouraging and inspiring you.  This month’s story is from Peyton & Elizabeth, a couple who were new to our area but quickly discovered the value of a Small Group Family. “When we joined our first small group, we were new to the area and knew no one. While we wanted to learn and grow closer to God, we really wanted to meet new friends. We were those very selfish, self-centered small group members for a year or so. We showed up when we wanted and when it was convenient for us. After about two years, God, through Eddie, pushed us out to start our own group. This was totally new ground and territory for us. Not only would this require a new level of commitment, we didn’t feel equipped shepherd people closer to God. Through much prayer and study, we made it through and have since been...

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Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Small Group Resources |

Key Word for Summer: Intentional

Key Word for Summer: Intentional

Think about the many social circles you run in: family, work, sports, hobbies and community. Are you intentional about listening? Are you intentional about sprinkling your conversations with spiritual language? Are you intentional about discovering where people are in their relationship with Christ? This summer I plan to be intentional about all three of these questions. Over the last few years I have slowed down in what I try to accomplish in a meeting, a day, a community project, and at home. Not because I am getting older. Nor is it because I want to be lazy. It is so I can be intentional, so I can listen and share more about life and eternity. This was a hard lesson learned while on a mission trip to southern Mexico. We were there to install wood cook-stoves in Mayan Village huts. We were told there were 50 stoves in the warehouse, so I took that as our goal for the week (silly American). After watching the missionary install two stoves,...

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Blog, Life, Small Group Resources |

When Faith Intersects with Our Careers

When Faith Intersects with Our Careers

A few months ago, I had the privilege of hearing J. D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in North Carolina, speak about making work Christian. Unfortunately when most Christians think of trying to combine their faith and their careers, they assume they must work for a Christian company, a non-profit, or—at the very least—a company with a not-so-subtle Christianese name (e.g., a coffee shop called "He Brews"). Or, if they can't seem to find a job at the right kind of company, many assume that combining their faith and careers requires sharing their faith in very direct, even awkward, ways. But Greear set the record straight. One fact that he shared completely blew me away. Pointing to Acts, he stated that of the three great church planting centers in the ancient world (Antioch, Alexandria, and Rome), not one was founded by an apostle. Rather, the gospel was spread the furthest by ordinary business people on the coattails of commerce. Instead of specially trained missionaries telling people about Jesus,...

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Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Kingdom, Small Group Resources |

Eating Well to the Glory of God

Eating Well to the Glory of God

In our country, there's a disconnect between eating well and having a body that is able to do what God calls us to do. We eat for enjoyment, for celebration, and even as a drug, but most of us don't consider how healthy eating affects how well we're able to fulfill our callings. Whether or not you're overweight, this is an important topic, and we can all learn how to treat our bodies better so that we can better carry out our kingdom work. This brief video from This Is Our City explains more about why we must understand this relationship between food and calling. Consider showing it to your group and discussing the implications. For a deeper discussion, use our new Bible study Body Matters. In three sessions, your group members will discuss our value in Christ, why our bodies matter to God, and how to set healthy goals to improve our...

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Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Small Group Resources |

Reflections on Real Love

Reflections on Real Love

I’ve been thinking a lot about biblical community lately and what it really looks like. And I keep coming back to the “one another” commands in the Bible. The writers of the New Testament really wanted Christ-followers to understand what it looks like to live life well with others. I’m thankful for great friends in my life that regularly love on me and allow me to love on them. We encourage one another, challenge one another, and carry each other’s burdens. Life lived with others truly is better. Small groups are a wonderful place for people to learn the one another commands and practice them. I purposely say “practice” because they aren’t always easy to follow. Sometimes people rub us the wrong way, or we flat out disagree, or there are personality clashes. Despite this, we’re called to love one another and live in biblical community. So this February, the month of Valentine’s Day and love, we’re taking a look at 28 different verses that talk about how we’re...

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