If you have been around LCC for any length of time, you have heard us talk about our purpose for existing. In fact, we have intentionally coined a phrase “Real God, Messy People, Changed Lives” to communicate this purpose. LCC exists to introduce messy people to the one real God, producing eternally changed lives through Christ, for His glory! Hopefully, you have heard this enough that it is getting in your head and your heart!
Our annual Fall Kickoff is our goofy and fun launch into the new season of life at LCC with a big emphasis on our Care Group ministry. One of our values at LCC is to live out the love of Christ in community. For this reason, our elders encourage every person to be involved in a small group of some kind. For most, this will be in a Care Group as individuals and families meet. Did you know that over 80% of the LCC community are in a Care Group? For some, regularly meeting with 2 or 3 is the best place to find a community. Our youth ministry calls these D-Groups, while there are several adults who purposely meet with others to dive deeper into spiritual growth through God’s Word.
The bottom line is this: If you are not living out the love of Christ in community, you are missing out on a very critical part of your spiritual growth.
LCC has been challenged to memorize Col 3:1-17 as one of our goals for 2014. In this text, we are told by the Apostle Paul to live our lives with a heavenly viewpoint in this life.
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1-3 NLT)
The realities of heaven and the real life we have in Christ are explored and revealed in the middle of life’s variety show! Our Fall Kickoff has fun with this reality. Our Care Groups get serious about it.
So, join up with the 300 or so people already committed to lead and participate in a Small Group at LCC!
It’s messy, but it’s worth it.