Building connections between people so they may live FULLY ALIVE in Jesus has long been our mission. For this reason, we kicked-off our new series “Better Together” on Sunday, August 6th, all about the importance of “doing life” together with other believers. Today, we are celebrating with the 61 new adults that have signed up to join LifeGroups since!
As Pastor Nate explained during the kick-off, our Weekend Gatherings have their purpose. There is no substitute for the experience of being together “in the House”. But, LifeGroups provide a more personal connection.
“My goal is not to keep you sitting in a row; my goal is to gather you in a circle,” Nate said.
LifeGroup leaders John and Lori Hatcher agree, sharing that they were very fortunate to join a group soon after they began coming to Lifepointe.
“I wanted to be able to walk in [to church] and someone say, ‘Hey,’” Lori said. “I needed to be a part of something.”
She said it has been a unique experience for her. The groups do not just talk about the sermon each week. Our LifeGroups are founded on four core values… Eat, Play Learn and Serve. Group members celebrate birthdays, attend concerts, eat food, socialize together, etc.
“Being able to live life together . . . we become close friends and family,” John said.
Part of what comes with being a family is not only celebrating the good times, but also providing support to others. As we go through tough times, such as addiction, divorce, and loss, having a group that will not pass judgement, but instead cares for and treats you as a part of family helps.
“Don’t let the criticisms of the righteous drown out the cries of the hurting,” Nate said. “It is a spiritual impossibility for you to live fully alive all on your own.”
There are currently 26 LifeGroups at Lifepointe that meet various days and locations throughout Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Charlotte and Rock Hill.
“If you are not sure which [Lifegroup] to join, try a few,” John said. “You will find one that meets your needs. It’s not a contest; you need to find the right group for you.”
We also offer several LifeLines throughout the year, which come together for a limited time around a particular topic, focus or sport. For example, Financial Peace University (FPU) helps with managing money, “MarriedLife” supports couples, and “Beyond Reasonable Doubt” is a new LifeLine this Fall that will prepare participants “to give an answer to anyone who asks” about biblical history and topics.
“At Lifepointe, living Fully Alive is not just a mission statement, it’s what we want people to experience,” John said.
For more information, visit our website or stop by our Next Steps Area any Sunday morning.