2019 was a big year at LifePoint! To be honest, at the beginning of the year, your pastors and church leaders were not sure what was in store for this church. We had been tirelessly praying for God provide direction as we felt a lack of spiritual development and progression among this body… almost a sense of apathy. It was heartbreaking and greatly concerning. And while we struggled with the spiritual health of our body, our building was greatly suffering from the temperatures of the harsh cold winter, having several broken pipes that forced us into our homes for worship. Without gathering in a more traditional fashion, our numbers were low in both attendance and giving. We were greatly concerned for the future well-being of this church, in so many ways. Pressing forward in prayer, our leadership took time to pray on their own for the future of LifePoint, and when we came back together to discuss and pray, it was with unanimous belief that we all felt God was clearly saying: WAIT – IT’S NOT OVER.
And so, we waited.
As we worshiped in the intimate setting of living rooms, we grew closer together as a church family.
God moved so that we were able to repair our building, move back to traditional services and return to ministry.
God made it so that we could once again host our annual Easter egg scramble, which renewed a spirit of compassion for our community within us as we interacted with the attenders, sharing Jesus and smiles and laughs, and of course the truth of the cross of Christ.
When the Memorial Day tornados ripped through the Miami Valley, we joined with other churches to collect donations for the families impacted. We spent time working in the areas most tragically impacted, clearing debris and sharing hope with those who were hurting. Through the true collaboration of the kingdom of God, churches crossed denominations and beliefs to be the hands and feet of Christ. This was a beautiful thing to witness and be a part of.
Our annual youth group all-nighter provided the opportunity to share the gospel with the highest number of youth in attendance at this event EVER! Our youth group has continued to thrive and grow through the remainder of the year.
VBS was wildly successful, with children from outside and inside our body in attendance. The focus of missions clearly was one that sparked curiosity among kids and adults alike, as we learned about what it means to have a global mission. God moved so mightily that the children in our VBS raised nearly $200 for our missionaries in Mozambique!
We held a worship service outdoors at Huston Woods State Park, where we saw a young woman recommit her life to Christ through the obedience of believer’s baptism.
We also experienced ministry through fellowship among our adults in both mens and womens ministries. We participated in Secret Church 2019, hosted several small group Bible studies, and had a couple of members attend Living Proof Live with Beth Moore. God moved here too, motivating us through discipleship to begin a new mission in our city: distributing the gospel to every home in Miamisburg. This has been a huge undertaking, and we’re only about 10% done, but we’re excited to continue this outreach through the year to come.
We saw changes physically in our church building. God not only provided a means for repairing our pipes, but He made it so that we were able to begin renovating our sanctuary with the removal of the old tile floor (which has been disintegrating for years now) and the addition of padded sanctuary chairs to replace the old pews.
As the year wrapped up, new families have begun to join our body. God has moved among new and established families alike – driving us toward mission mindedness to share His love, His truth, and His gospel. Operation Christmas Child started a spirit of generosity among our church family, moving from 22 boxes for children around the world, to providing Christmas help to three families within our community.
Had someone told our church leadership that we would see such a dynamic change at LifePoint in 2019… well, it might have been hard to believe. But, knowing that HE told us to wait, it really isn’t surprising at all. And while this compilation may seem as though we are boasting in what we have experienced or done, rest assured, we are not. We boast only in Christ – all things are from Him, all things are because of Him, all things are due Him. We came into this year with great weakness. We are still weak, still fully dependent upon God to continue moving forward. But His grace is sufficient, His power is perfect.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
-2 Corinthians 12:9-10
In 2019 we experienced much provision and providence.
And it’s not over.
God has a will and vision and purpose for LifePoint Community Church.
2020, here we come!