At Life Point Church, we have a clearly defined mission: Connecting people to God, connecting people to people, and connecting people to purpose. From this mission, was born an initiative, founded in the principal that Jesus actually meant what He said when He called us to love and care for one another. We’re called to take action, and at Life Point, we call that action, Project Purpose.
Project Purpose is a group of people, within Life Point, who believe that we are fully equipped with our own gifts and talents to make a difference in the lives of others. William Shakespeare, possibly the most quoted man in history, himself said, “The Meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” Preach it, Bill. It is not a club with a secret handshake or password to get in the front door (as fun as that sounds). All are welcome. Do you:
- Believe you were blessed in order to bless others? Great! You’re in!
- Have a desire to have a positive effect on those around you? Welcome aboard.
- Feel like you want to help someone? You’re perfect for the team.
- Have a dream of traveling around the world doing God’s work in the mission field? We’ve got openings for just that.
Whether you chose to do this work through participating in an event, or whether you chose to go through Growth Track and join the Project Purpose Dream Team, we’re in this together.
“Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so that all get in on it. If words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything.” [1 Peter 4:10-11, MSG]
We have a desire to a be a church that our community would miss, terribly, should we disappear one day. Project Purpose is the initiative formed to help create that level of impact. We work to demonstrate God’s love to His people as best as we possibly can; whether it be through providing food to families in need at Thanksgiving, throwing a giant Christmas party and buying gifts for struggling families, loading up truck loads of supplies to take to tornado victims, helping to put coats on thousands of homeless men, women, and children each winter, or even hosting seven straight days of community impact events in the fall (a little something we like to call Love Week). We envision a group of people who are willing to serve the lost, the hurting, and the marginalized, even when no one else will. We envision a group of people reaching out to the desperate, with a love so strong, that there is no question that they stand on God’s word, realizing that those actions may be the only Bible some people ever “read”. We’re committed to bringing hope to the lost in a sometimes hopeless world.
“I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me. Then the people are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me – you did it to me.” [Matthew 25: 35-40, MSG]
I often find that the people whose light seem to shine the brightest, those who are the most successful in life, are not people who set out to be rich or who set out to be famous in some regard. They are people who set out to make a difference, and subsequently, found their purpose. The fact of the matter is, we are not called to figure out if someone is deserving of our time or assistance. We are called to share the love of our God… and that is open and free to everyone. We are called to do all we can to restore broken hearts and spirits, and lift up the fallen, thus introducing them into a relationship with Christ. We are called to live our lives in a manner that causes non-believers to, perhaps, dare I say, question their disbelief. We are called to move intentionally and with an audacious faith through this world, while making every effort to care about what God cares about.
Henry B. Eyring said, “By helping others come unto Him, you will find that you have come unto Him yourself.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “As we extend our hands and harts toward others in Christlike love, something wonderful happens to us. Our own spirits become healed, more refined, and stronger. We become happier, more peaceful, and more receptive to the whisperings of the holy spirit.” Gordon B. Hinckley said, “The happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others.” What all of these people, and countless others, seem to “get”, is that there is a freedom that comes when you step out of your comfort zone to touch someone’s life in a meaningful way. I can make a promise to you, that you will never feel closer to God, than when you are looking into the eyes of someone who is desperate for Him, and you are doing all that you can, to draw them closer to His love. You don’t have to look hard. Everywhere you go, there are people who are broken, who are hurting, who are in desperate need of knowing God’s love. It is not just the homeless man on the corner, or the images of hungry children on your television screen. Yes, those are real needs of real people – but it is also your neighbor, your friend, the woman in the grocery store line who is shifting nervously in her shoes as she watches the total rise for what she knows she needs to feed her family. The need is all around you. The good news is: So is God. There is immeasurable life in lifting people up, meeting them right where they are at, right in that moment – and that, my sweet friends, is purpose.
“It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows.” [Galatians 5:13, MSG]
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Published by: Leslie Bellieu
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