The following are questions often posed to us here at lifepointchurch. please keep in mind, these are pretty surface answers to questions that we would love to explain more in-depth in a conversation…whether over coffee, over lunch, at a game or just hanging out...we would love to spend some time with you…please give us a call, email or come on by and let’s spend some time together, we’d love to share our story with you—and even more, we’d love to hear your story.
What kind of church is this?
We are a church that desires to take the Great Commandment literally. We want to love God and love others and be known as a group that does those two things well. We believe that when Jesus answered the question in Matthew 22 “which commandment is the greatest” with the answer “to love God with all your heart, soul and mind and your neighbor as yourself” he meant it for us too. Because of our desire to fulfill His greatest commandment, we have kept our approach very simple with very few programs and events or denominational pursuits. God has blessed this simple approach beyond our expectations.
Why is lifepoint church in an old theater in the middle of town?
God gave us a desire to renew and renovate the heart of this area. The loop is the heart of Gregg County and the surrounding area. The old north loop 6 theater, while sitting in the heart of the area, had become a “throw away” in the community. We also believe that a lot of people feel that way about themselves. They believe that they are not worth anything to God and are “throw aways” in our culture. We felt God leading us to speak with our actions that this is not true. God desires us to know that everyone is truly valued by Him. Our desire it to be “in the neighborhood” of our community and in the marketplace has opened an opportunity to truly serve in the heart of Longview.
Why is this place so casual?
Because we believe God wants us to come as we are and be ourselves. He wants us to live honestly instead of “dressing up” for Him or anyone else.
Why do you play the music you do, Why do you emphasize the arts, Why do you worship in a dark theater?
Honestly, we don’t typically “look” or sound like an average East Texas church, but we desire through natural creativity to worship our God and spend time with friends as we pursue Him together.
What style of music do you offer at lifepoint?
Not really sure about the style…it’s sort of an eclectic representation of “who we are” if you’d like to take a listen, check out:: the lband
How do you worship?
Our basic desire is to creatively express our life-worship (our music & art is an echo of our normal, everyday life), our heart’s affection to our God and do it in such a way that it glorifies & honors Him. worship for us is so much more than songs or sermons. (Psalm 100)
*Romans 12:1&2 -- So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
What are your core beliefs?
For a statement of our beliefs, please click here.
How do find out more about a relationship with Jesus Christ or get spiritual help at lifepoint?
This is very important that you know that we desire to spend significant amounts of time with people that want to know how to have a relationship with God and/or get other spiritual help. You can write down on a Communication card that you want someone to follow up with you. You can come and talk to any of the staff and volunteer leaders after a service. You can contact the office by phone or email and you will get a timely follow up. We desire to help answer your questions and start a relationship that will help you not only the day you ask but also in the future.
What do you offer my kids here at lifepoint?
On Sunday mornings we offer age appropriate classes for children ages 0-5th grade during both services. We also have Family Worship that starts at 10:15 and goes to 10:45 this is in between the 2 morning services. This is a great time for families’ mom, dad, and the kids to worship and learn together. We also offer childcare on Wednesday nights for children ages 0-5th grade when the parents are attending community groups. We also do many other fun and exciting things throughout the year that are focused on helping families grow together in their relationships with each other and the Lord.
What do you offer my teenager here at lifepoint?
We have a number of different things for our youth here at lifepoint. At lifepoint the teens have there own area, it is called the “ALLEY” and it is really cool place with all sorts of fun things to do. On Sundays we have a Student Connect time that meets at 10:15 to 10:50 in our youth room the “Alley”. It is a time to hang out, learn, and eat!!! We also have student community groups that meet on every other Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:30pm. We use this time to dig deeper into the Word of God and to strengthen and encourage each other. We also have time to play games in the Gym and the Alley. Throughout the year we also do a lot of service projects and fun hang out times. During the summer months we offer youth camp, weekend getaways, lunch bunch, and many other fun and exciting things to do.
Why does lifepoint do Family Ministries the way we do?
One of the key things we believe here at lifepoint is that it is the parents job not the church to be the primary spiritual care givers of their children.
Here at Lifepoint we believe that God created parents and the family as the first line of spiritual teaching and training for children. Most often spiritual teaching will happen at home or as you are going through daily life together. We believe this to be true based on
Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Attention, Israel! God, our God! God the one and only! Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that's in you, love him with all you've got! Write these commandments that I've given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates. (the message)
The role of the church then is to equip and encourage families as families teach & train their children in the way they should go. (Proverbs 22:6)
11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13)
Why do we try to involve parents/whole family in events and activities?
It is our belief that most families today don’t spend enough time together as it is. We don’t want to separate families more then they already are. We also want to build times for families to relax, have fun, and learn together. We strive to find creative ways to involve the whole family in the different things we do.
Why do we have such a light schedule? (we don’t have you up here every night of the week)
Unfortunately church is sometimes the very thing that limits families from being together. Also we want people to build relationships with others outside of the church. So we encourage our partners to get involved in different activities within their own communities (sports, boy scouts, girl scouts, volunteer activities, etc.)
What is a lifepoint partner?
God showed us early on in our church experience that we didn’t want to have a membership base. God led us to have partners based on the words “with and together” found in the book of Acts during the 1st century church. We desire to have that kind of connectivity in relationships and want each Partner to know that this church is a part of who they are, not just a organization to belong to.
How do the financial decisions/business decisions of lifepoint get handled?
God led us to keep this simple as well. We have a management team made up of Pastoral Elders, Lay Elders and trusted women that make all business decisions. We also have a full time in office administrator that keeps up on all of our business activities and communicates this to the management team on a regular basis. We have an open policy with our business/finances that allows all lifepoint partners to review the finances with an appointment with our administrator. If you would like to contact our administrator, you can find out how, here.
How do I get involved at lifepoint?
There are many, many ways to get involved and get connected. Go to a community group or Special Interest group where you can make some friends and find some support in times of need. Go to the connection kiosk in the lobby and talk to one of the folks at it about how to volunteer at one of our many places to do that. Call the church office or email one of the staff and we will gladly talk to you about your desires to get involved. click here to find out how to contact us.