Service Schedule Update Week of March 30 - April 5, 2020
All weekly activities will be cancelled until further notice. Please join us on livestream this Sunday, April 5th at 9:00am
Coronavirus! The word is on the tip of every tongue. It’s heard on every TV station, every radio station and in every conversation worldwide. The phrase “social distancing” is now a common phrase we often hear. Yet we as followers of Christ have been called to gather, to fellowship, to encourage, to challenge and to motivate one another.
These are difficult and different days. But they are also days of great opportunity to live out our faith, to look up to our Savior and our soon coming King, and to look out to those who are hurting, confused and fearful! Sometimes we forget, but our Lord said, “In the world your will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:31)
Some are asking what are we doing as a church, but that’s the wrong question. The right question is, "What am I doing as the church?" For years we’ve sat in classes and worship services and been taught God’s truth. Now it’s time to step out by faith and to flesh out our faith.
As a staff, we have fasted, prayed and met seeking our Lord and His direction for His church.
We have streamed online services and recorded video devotionals. We have explored opportunities to provide food and personal hygiene kits to homeless children and single parent homes that are in need. Our entire staff has joined Pastor Deon and the wonderful volunteers at Life on Lexington who distribute food. This week, 9,551 pounds of food were distributed with a wholesale value estimated at $15,472.62.
We’ve also established a response page for you on our website so you can share with us any ideas, suggestions and resources you think might help us be more proactive during this time.
Allow me to give you a few suggestions of how you and your family can be the church.
We’ve been asking God how to impact our neighborhoods with the love of Jesus, and He’s provided an unprecedented opportunity. The question is, “Will you be the the church?”
The question is, “Will you be the church?”
It’s time to get out of our holy huddle and live out what we say we believe. If you’re so fearful that you’re afraid to walk out of your house, you may need to open up your Bible. Hang out a little with God, and I believe He will confirm everything I’ve shared with you. Remember the question: “What am I doing as the church?”
May the words of these great men of God ring out during these days:
William Carey, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God!"
Jim Elliot, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”
DL Moody, “The world has yet to see what God can do with one person wholly committed to Him.”
John Wesley, “Give me 100 men who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I will shake the world for Jesus!”
For the King and His Kingdom,
Dear Church Family,
I have served this wonderful church for almost 26 years, and I’ve done so with the realization that I will stand before God accountable for LCC. As I pray and seek God’s will, decisions are never easy, but a responsibility that I accept and take seriously.
I believe that the media - whether intentional or unintentional - has created a state of panic, and many are out of control. I believe even though we’ve experienced many other viruses and diseases, the spread of this virus worldwide seems to be unprecedented. I believe people can carry this virus up to 10 days while experiencing no symptoms. I believe the majority experience mild symptoms, but because of the panic, hospital beds could potentially be full and not available to those who really need them. Personally, I have no fear whatsoever, but I am responsible for many people. Therefore, I’ve been praying and seeking God’s wisdom.
With that being said, I have made the difficult but necessary decision to listen to those who know more about this than I do. If I err, I will err on the side of safety. As of March 16th, all of the weekly activities at LCC will be cancelled until further notice. The only weekly activity that will continue at LCC will be our Tuesday morning prayer meeting that begins at 6:30 am and concludes at 7:05.
Our Sunday morning service at 9:00 am will be live streamed. There will be no evening services until further notice. The pastoral staff will be closely monitoring the situation week to week. If you want to invite a few others to join you in your home for Sunday worship, I think that would be a wonderful idea.
Tithes and offerings are God’s plan for His Church. They allow us to minister locally and globally so please don’t forget to honor our Lord through your giving. You can give by stopping by the church office M-F, 8am-5pm or online by clicking here.
If you have any questions, please call the church office at 336-854-5433 or email us at . Our main line of communication throughout this time will be through church wide emails. Some of you may not receive emails while others of you may have emails may caught in your junk folder that you may need to check. As you get information, please help us to pass along the information to others.
Lastly, we are praying and planning how we as the body of Christ can help others during this difficult time. We want to be prepared and proactive. We are looking at and discussing numerous possibilities to help those who hurting during this time, so join us and let’s be positive in a world that is panicking.
For the King and His Kingdom,
P.S. We must not mistake precaution for fear. Fear is irrational and usually an erratic knee jerk reaction to the unknown. Precaution means taking measured steps based on the best information available in order to protect those that we love. Ultimately, our final
confidence is not in the government or in the medical community, but in God. (See Proverbs 3:5-6)
A woman came out of church after a Sunday morning worship service and said to her pastor, “Good sermon, preacher!” He said, “Don’t thank me, thank the Lord. He gave me that sermon.”
She replied, “No… it wasn’t that good!”
February was “that good.” It was an awesome month. We saw many saved and baptized because of your faithfulness. As you invited family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, and as you invested in their lives, God showed up! The community was impacted, and the church was energized.
"Lord, create a greater hunger and thirst in us so you might work through us."
As we move into the month of March, let’s not just ride the wave of momentum, but let’s create a spiritual tsunami! Let’s tell the Triad know what God is doing as we continue to step out by faith and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. D.L. Moody was right when he said,
"The world has yet to see what God will do with a man fully consecrated to him."
May we be those people so our Lord can use us for His glory!
If you have been in our services this past month, Pastor Chad has been emphasizing three themes:
Think about those. Guests are a priority. Every church member was first a guest. We want to invite people, follow up with them, and let them know they are important to us and important to God. No matter how exciting and life changing our worship services may be, the community will never know unless we reach out to them. Be sensitive to people who are around us. Be intentional in inviting and sharing with them. For that to occur, it must begin in our prayer closet, seeking the face of God and seeing the heart of God.
There has also been an emphasis on giving this month. Pastor Chad said it best when he said, “We don’t give to the church; we give through the church.” Our faithful tithes and offerings go where we cannot go, and they accomplish what we cannot accomplish by ourselves. When we all pray and give generously, God will honor it and use it for His glory. There is no greater investment than investing in the Kingdom of God!
Lastly, the center focus of our lives and ministry is the gospel - the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The gospel is the foundation of every church and every born again believer. In the midst of the political upheaval, the constant threat of the coronavirus and a nation that is growing restless and more divided every day, there is good news - the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. He’s alive, and He desires to live in and through us.
Sunday is coming. The excitement, the expectation and the spiritual temperature will be determined by each and every one of us. When we pray, invite others, and come by faith expecting God to show up, He never disappoints. But make no mistake; it starts with each of us.
Let’s go with the gospel,
Definition of Lifer:
One who belongs to Jesus, and chooses to join with like-minded believers at Life Community Church to worship Him, serve Him, and make Him known among an ever-changing community to find fulfillment in following the never-changing Christ
I can’t believe the Grayson’s have been in North Carolina for almost two months already! Time really does fly when you’re having fun! I want to thank you for your kindness and sincere welcoming of me and my family.
This Sunday, we will conclude our series on The Harvest. I pray God has changed you and given you a deeper love for Him and desire for sharing the gospel with a world who desperately needs Him.
As you continue to pray for this Sunday, I want to challenge you to go one step farther. I want to ask you to begin a fast with me on Saturday from 12:00pm until Sunday 12:00pm. I realize, for some of you, because of medical or other reasons, you won’t be able to fast the entire 24 hours. If that's you, would you consider fasting a meal, from social media, or from something that you feel you can’t live without?
Some of you may not be familiar with the examples and commands in Scripture to fast and pray. (Joel 1:14, Matt.6:16-18, Acts 13:2-3) Here is my personal definition that might help you understand the purpose of this particular fast.
First of all, let me explain what fasting is NOT.
So, what is fasting?
So why am I asking Life Community to join me in fasting? We fast because we’re hungry for God’s Word and God’s Spirit in our lives. We fast because we long for God’s glory to resound in the church and God’s praise to resound among the nations. We fast because we yearn for God’s Son to return and God’s kingdom to come.
We fast simply because we want God more than we want anything this world has to offer us.
So, LCC, would you join me? Let’s fast for a deeper love and hunger of God. Let’s fast and pray, "Lord, here am I, send me." Let’s fast and pray that many would come this Sunday who do not know Jesus as Lord but would meet Him that day in a saving way!
“Desires for other things”—there’s the enemy. And the only weapon that will triumph is a deeper hunger for God. The weakness of our hunger for God is not because He is unsavory, but because we keep ourselves stuffed with “other things.” Perhaps, then, the denial of our stomach’s appetite for food might express, or even increase, our soul’s appetite for God. What is at stake is not just the good of our souls, but also the glory of God. God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. The fight of faith is a fight to feast on all that God is for us in Christ.
"What we hunger for most, we worship.” – John Piper in A Hunger for God
I love you, church! Let’s expect God to move mightily!
I’m so excited about the addition to our ministry team here at LCC. Pastor Chad Grayson is a great encourager who shares my heart and the heart of our Lord concerning reaching a lost world with the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. Noah Darnell is a gifted young man who is willing to do whatever it takes and is excited about joining Greg Ottaway in leading us in worship. We’ve been blessed, and God is preparing us to join Him for a supernatural work in the Triad.
As we’ve begun this transition, many don’t know what to say to me. That's okay. I don’t know what to say either. I just know that Jesus is my life, and He called me to this church. He entrusted me with this church, and I have the responsibility not only to lead it, but as a visionary, to prepare His body -- His bride -- for the future. It’s never been about me. It’s always about our Lord and His church, this body of believers.
God has called us to be light in a world that is dark. He has called us to be salt in a world that is no longer thirsty for the God who created us. He loved us, died for us and now offers us peace, love, joy, fulfillment and contentment. God has called us to be “all in” -- to go into all the world and proclaim the good news, the gospel of Jesus Christ. He’s called us to be Great Commission Christians!
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matt. 28:19-20)
The Great Commission could be completed in our generation. We have unprecedented opportunity, technology and resources. But it requires Spirit-filled believers who haven’t gotten over where Christ has brought them from and what He has done in their lives. The great author and preacher Martyn Lloyd Jones said, “I would not hesitate to say that there is no more thorough test of our individual profession of faith than our attitude toward the missionary enterprise of the church.”
God is calling us out so that one day when He calls us up, He can say “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” I mentioned this recently on Facebook, but for those who didn’t read it let me say it again: The central issue of the church is not growth but health! When the church is healthy, growth will be a natural byproduct.
The older I get, the less concern I have with what I have or have not done and the more concern I have for what I have or have not become. May we become spiritually healthy, genuine, authentic followers of Jesus Christ. May we be burdened over a lost world, and may we be willing to step out by faith and to do something about it.
We’re standing in the doorway of an exciting, fruitful year. The question is, "Will we walk through it, or turn and walk away?" All heaven is watching, and our Lord is waiting. Why not bow your head, and make that decision right now?
Our God is worthy! Let’s be willing. Here we are, Lord! Use us!
For the King and His Kingdom,