It is easy for those of us that go to church on Easter to think of it as a holiday. For most of us, it is a day for new spring clothes, Easter eggs, and lunch with loved ones. We know that the very origin of Easter is that Jesus was beaten and nailed to a cross, like a common criminal, in the Roman justice system. But we also know that the most severe form of human punishment was not able to destroy the life of God. Jesus, in a holy rebellion, overcame death, hell and the grave. In fact, He humiliated the enemy by using His best plan to defeat him. He went on the enemy’s turf, on his terms, and soundly and eternally defeated enemy. I know we have traditions of how we celebrate what Jesus did. However, I think that heaven has a different kind of celebration. I think heaven celebrates not only what Jesus did but also every person that is born again. Make this Easter count by enjoying all the things we traditionally do for Easter but, most importantly, honor the sacrifice by bringing someone to church. I truly believe it is how we can honor and celebrate the gift that Christ gave on Easter!
Eggcellent Family Adventure
You are invited to the City Of Allen’s Eggcellent Family Adventure this Saturday, April 12th from 9 a.m. to Noon. This is a FREE community event with an expected attendance of more than 2,500. Bring your Easter basket and come stroll through Allen Civic Plaza. Kids can visit tables hosted by civic organizations and local businesses to receive eggs, candy and other goodies. The event would not be complete, of course, without a visit from the Easter Bunny. There is a lot more to enjoy too with great activities like games, crafts, face painting and a bounce house! This is a great opportunity to get to know our community a little better. City Point is sponsoring a booth so please stop by and say “hi”. See ya there!
April Series – We began a new series last week called – “Jesus Is”. In this series we will take a look at how religion, culture and society have influenced our view of Jesus. It is amazing how many of the subtle influences have defined our view. We will look at what scripture says as we approach the celebration of Easter. Our desire is that this series will help awaken you to not only what Jesus did on the cross but also how he lived. There are many little things in scripture that give us a snap shot of how Jesus truly lived a life like no other.
The BEST Easter ever! That’s a bold statement but we believe it can also be a true one. The real truth is that two millennium ago something took place that has forever changed the world. We will celebrate Easter this year “family style”. Our desire is that the entire family will be refreshed this Easter. We have a GIANT Easter egg hunt for kids of all ages and a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny (shhhh…it’s a secret). We will also have “prize eggs” for the kiddos to win something extra special and a couple of bounce houses to help the kids burn off a little Easter candy energy. Invite an un-churched friend this year as we celebrate the best news mankind has ever heard. We will have three service options on April 20th – 9:30am – 11:00am – 12:30pm
Movie Night In The Park – We are excited about our 2nd annual City Point Movie Night at Bethany Lakes Park in Allen on Friday, May 2nd at 6:30. We have rented out the pavilion and Club House for a fun night out. We have also asked Fun Flicks to set up a giant outdoor screen for us to watch a family-friendly movie. We will have hot dogs, burgers and drinks. Bring a football, frisbee, blanket & lawn chair. This is event is open to anyone – so feel free to invite your friends. We will cook out and the movie will start at 8:30. We know it will be a perfect Friday night out! (also – for those with babies the Club House will have A/C if it’s hot outside)
Summer Camp- There are few events that can shape a child’s life like Summer Camp. Over the past 20 years I have been part of many youth and children’s camps. I have consistently seen kids lives changed year after year. They commit their lives to Christ, receive life changing ministry, gain direction for the future and experience a deeper love for Christ. I know most families work hard to make their budget go as far as you can but I believe summer camp is worth the extra effort. Your child’s life will be FOREVER impacted.
Grades 7th – 12th – July 14th-18th
We have selected a youth camp that touches the lives of our students right were they are. Our students face so many issues today that they need relevant and powerful ministry. We will be going to Youth For the Nations in Dallas on the CFNI campus. It’s going to be a life changing and super fun week! Sign up now as space is limited. A non-refundable deposit of $25 is due by April 27th. The total cost of youth camp is $250. Sign up at Uprise Youth on Sunday nights or at the Information table on Sunday mornings.
Baby/Child Dedication – If you have not dedicated your child we would love to be a part of that special day. Please email us today and we can set up a Sunday for your dedication. Please express your interest by letting us know and Email us email@example.com
Connection Point is a 1-week course where we share the vision and purpose of our church. You will learn more about City Point and our vision as well as a focus on how to grow in your relationship with God. We also look at discovering our purpose & gifting’s and we show you practical steps to utilize your gifts to build the kingdom of God and find true purpose. Connection Point takes place after the 11:00 AM service. Child Care and Lunch is provided. Connection Point begins this Sunday!
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Naked, homeless, broken and out of control. That’s the description of a man in Luke chapter 8. He was not defined by what he did for a living or even the family he was related to but the brokenness of his life. He was only known by what had taken over his life. We all, at some point, could be defined by our darkest moment. You may have been severely depressed, addicted, broken, divorced, bankrupt and the list could go on. The grace of God sees past what others see and sees who we really are. Jesus saw someone that could be restored from the brutal master of sin and bondage. Jesus set him free, and in a very dramatic way, by casting the legion of demons into a herd of pigs. His deliverance was so dramatic that it actually scared his village. They were used to the crazy man and now the new sane man before them scared them. In a broken world, many times people don’t know what to do with a person that has been made whole. I think it is because the new whole person is like a mirror reflecting back at them what God wants to do in their lives. It wasn’t long before the town totally rejected Jesus and the change he could bring to their lives. The once demon possessed man begged to go with Jesus. However, Jesus refused his request. He sent the man back and told him to tell his story to everyone. This is the power of our testimony. We may know people that say they don’t like “church” or are even afraid of the change that would confront them if they go. They rejected Jesus but they could not ignore the brother, friend and neighbor that had been set free. You are a voice of God’s grace to the people in your world. They may formally say they reject Jesus, but they accept you. Use that access to bring them closer.
Easter is coming, statistics tell us it is the best chance you have of getting a YES to come to church. Jesus set you free for a reason; use your story to build His kingdom.
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? Romans 10:14
What has God called us to do? Blaze a trail or follow a path?
I know that being obedient to what God has called you to do can often feel like you’re blazing a trail. However, we are truly following a path that Jesus was the first to go down. The most fundamental things that Jesus taught us as His church, He did first. We see so many powerful examples in the ministry of Christ. By following Christ, we see how to be obedient regardless of the cost, how to be spiritual and not religious, and how to be generous and life giving. The road map Jesus drew for us is endless. He has blazed every trail, so we can simply follow His path. It should give us great peace to know wherever He leads us – He has already been.
This morning during my daily Bible reading, I read Luke chapter 3. In this chapter, Jesus asks John to baptize Him. I can only imagine what was running through John’s mind as he held the Son of God in his arms and baptized Him in the river. Jesus spoke so loudly through His baptism that 2000 years later the example still shines like a lighthouse on top of a hill. He showed us how a follower of Christ needs to follow His example and be water baptized. If the sinless Son of God WALKED down this path, then we should RUN down the same path.
If you have never been water baptized, I encourage you to join us this Sunday and follow the path that Jesus has blazed for you. Make this Sunday the day you let all of Heaven and earth know that you are new, and you are following your Savior on your path!
Romans 6:4 we were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Baptism is after the 2nd service. Don’t forget to invite your family and friends and bring a towel and swimsuit.
On Sunday, I will be teaching on prayer for our 3rd week of the Elijah series. Elijah is a powerful example, which used prayer as a true spiritual force. Truth be told, we have a lot in common with Elijah.
The bible describes us basically as spiritual royalty. We have access to use the family name for authority, empowered by His spirit, and we have access to His promises to stand on. However, rather than acting like spiritual royalty we’ve lived much of life like a sleep deprived fireman answering one emergency call after another. We find ourselves bouncing from event to event trying to catch up with life. In all honesty, we would prefer that life be easy, all problems easily solved, no sickness, no lack and no need of wisdom. If life were like that, many of us would never pray. I think I’m not alone in thinking that, “I wish I didn’t have a reason to pray”. That’s why I say prayer is a second choice because many would prefer a problem free life to a prayerful one.
We live in a broken world and therefore, prayer is truly like the oxygen in our spiritual lungs. To live – we must be people that know how to pray. We pray about what’s going on now. However, I believe the most powerful prayer is for the days that lay ahead. The days where the chapter is unwritten and blueprints are yet to be drawn. We pray with the perspective of standing on the mountain of God’s promises looking into a future that He will lead us every step of the way. I invite you to join us on Sunday as we look at the life-changing force of POWERFUL PRAYER.
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Small community groups within a church of any size are important for growing your relationship with God. God has called us to push, challenge, and encourage each other in matters of life and faith and small groups are a great way to live that out. Acts 2:42 says, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching …” Of course, we know the teaching of the apostles is what we call the New Testament today. Small groups were crucial to the growth of the church then and it is now as well.
Small community groups are composed of people who are all unique and different, therefore each small group is both unique and different. However there a few things common to the groups: a commitment to studying God’s Word, being a safe place to ask difficult questions and challenging each other in matters of faith. Groups usually meet once a week in homes, businesses, restaurants, or at the church. The groups change and begin again three times a year, so you have the opportunity to try out different groups throughout the year.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” Small groups are a great way for people to encourage one another to make the right choices and follow in God’s path. Jesus calls us to be committed to one another, and it is through community groups that we learn the skills of relationship. Small groups are laboratories of love, where we learn to obey the command of Jesus to love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Small groups are great for witnessing to others. As these small groups met together, “the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47). They were inviting others to join them. One of the proofs of a healthy small group is that it reproduces, so a small group may add members, but a small group may also help start another small group. Being a Christian means you should spread the word of the Lord and encourage others to join in your faith. A successful community group can bring others to their meetings and show them how great God is.
Healthy small community groups pray together. The Bible says the early believers devoted themselves to prayer. Jesus taught that there is a power to prayers spoken aloud for each other, and he made an incredible promise about small groups of believers: “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst” (Matthew 18:20). The intimacy and confidentiality of small groups allows others to pray for one another as they share their hurts, reveal thier feelings, confess failures, disclose doubts, admit fears, acknowledge weaknesses, and ask for help.
Small groups make the church more personal. Whether the church averages 150 or 1,500, if someone can slip into a back row and then leave without sharing life with a person, the church is too large to not incorporate a small-group experience. Yes, it’s still true that a certain kind of person or a particular stage in life makes a toe in the water easier when you can be anonymous. But the research is in. The desire to find a few good friends is on the rise, and loneliness is increasing and small groups are a great way to get people involved in church. If new members feel as if they are welcome to join at any time, they will be more inclined to learning about the church and Jesus.
Small groups are a great way for people to make friends and learn about one another. Small groups provide an ever-expanding network for communication and impact. This is a huge benefit. There is a vast difference in the response to an announcement from the platform and a personal invitation. When this network for communication and impact is activated, reach becomes exponential.To learn more about community groups and their benefits go to http://citypointchurch.com/.