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Lifepoint Cares!

“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” – Matthew 9:36 (NKJV)

Before Lifepoint Church even had its first service, the prayer of its leaders was, “God send us the people nobody else wants.”  In other words, those who have been hurt and rejected and may believe no one cares…the ones who feel they are far from the reach of God.  Over the years that have followed it is apparent that God continues to answer that prayer in the manner it was prayed.  We see so many people each week entering the doors of Lifepoint who are suffering from life’s experiences and the world’s influence.  Many of them come here in a last-ditch desperate quest to find something that makes sense and they are finding the heart of Jesus here.  The Jesus they find is the same one who looked out over the crowds coming to Him in Matthew 9:36.  It is part of the DNA make-up of Lifepoint Church to be moved to act as we recognize people’s spiritual, emotional, physical, financial and relational needs for compassionate care.  We also recognize that in and of ourselves we can offer nothing.  We must point them to the One Redeemer who provides us with all we need and has healed all our hurts.  Lifepoint Care Ministry seeks to accomplish this by helping our partners through our vision statement, “Love God, Love Others and Serve the World”:

To Discover Their Calling to Care (Love God) – We believe that each and every member of the church as the Body of Christ has a special purpose and a particular calling from God to minister to the Body of Christ and beyond.  Our first task as a Care Ministry is to enable our partners to clearly hear the Lord pointing them to serve Him by caring for the needs of others.  As they discover this call, they are then moved to obedience and through their response they show their love of God.

To Develop Their Calling to Care (Love Others) – The Lord gives each one special gifts and skills through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.  The second task of our Care Ministry to  help our partners to develop those gifts to their fullest and then to release them to minister to the various needs of those to whom they have been called.

To Distribute Their Calling to Care (Serve the World) – It has been well stated that people “Don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care.”  At Lifepoint we believe that the best way to introduce people to Christ is to introduce them to His heart of compassionate care.  We do that best by serving them and lovingly introducing them to the heart of Jesus by ministering to their broken hearts.  As we serve the world through the love of Christ, our desire is that they will in turn start the process all over again and soon the Name of Jesus and His saving grace and mercy will be reknowned throughout the community we serve.  This will be done through the ministry of a variety of individual Care Teams designed to specifically meet people at the point of their greatest needs and pain.

Maybe as you have been reading this blog, the Holy Spirit is speaking to you and calling you to respond and become part of a Care Team at Lifepoint Church.  Perhaps you may even be receiving a particular call to lead one of these teams.  If this is true, then we ask you to sincerely and earnestly pray and ask God to be specific in His direction to you as to how and where you will best be of service.  Then it’s as simple as a phone call or e-mail to your Care Pastor, and I will be thrilled to assist you to Discover, Develop and Distribute your calling.

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