Lifepoint is a growing and vibrant church in Moreton Bay. Whoever said that the church is dying forgot to tell these people.
It is a place and people known in this region for being incredible welcoming and strangely authentic, people just seem real (even if they are messy).
They incessantly talk about Jesus, and have many stories of what they claim this ancient carpenter has actually done in their actual lives. It is hard to shut them up about it actually.
There is a tangible and undeniable sense of God being alive here. They love to pray and sing way too much and for way too long, and when they do, powerful and strange things happen.
They actually seem to believe that the Bible is really true. They love the Bible, preach the Bible, read the Bible, and live by its often counter-cultural teaching.
They don’t talk much about rules and religion at Lifepoint, they talk about love, grace, truth, and a supernatural power to live freely and joyfully they call the Holy Spirit.
Lifepoint is a church of groups. They have dozens of small groups and there are actually more people meeting throughout the week in than attending on a Sunday. They take the home as seriously as they do their larger gatherings.
In a world where people have fewer people who really know them, Lifepoint is full of friendship. It is refreshing to see people who genuinely love each other, even though they all don’t agree about everything and come from different social, cultural and religious backgrounds.
There are so many young people! There are hundreds of kids, teenagers and young adults at this church. Who would have thought it but these young people LOVE church, and are being trained as people who will make a difference in this world for good.
Lifepoint people get together in groups all the time and serve our needy, our disabled, our schools, the struggling, and offer real help in financial and other ways. It is a place people call upon because they know their mess will be met not with judgement, but grace and love.
It is a training church, with the main focus being on loving God and loving others where people are already working and living. There are a very high number of leaders here.
Most surprisingly, every single month there are multiple people who previously called themselves agnostic, or atheist, or ‘not religious’ or not a ‘church-type’ person making a decision to follow Jesus, and then doing this strange thing when they get baptised under the water.
When asked how they came to make this strange decision, they almost always respond with the same thing: “someone liked me, invested in me, and invited me to discover Jesus…and it turns out he is way better than I could ever imagine”.
Dan and Steph Sweetman