First, perception is not reality. The perception of being in the Bible belt with hundreds of churches to choose from is not all it seems to be. The stats are staggering. Over 80 percent of Murfreesboro is unchurched. That means that in August, when 31 thousand fans flood into MTSU stadium, 24,800 of them will not darken the door of a church the next day. This is too many people to sit idly by and do nothing.
Secondly, God has called us to this. Scripture is clear to go. Though that would be sufficient reason enough to plant a church, God has seen fit to give us constant calling and confirmation that this is what He wants our church to pursue. God's hand has been all over this launch and continues to overwhelm with how He is paving the way before us.
There is no doubt that God is blessing this church. We have seen one obstacle after another become non issues. Lives are going to be changed and God is going to be honored.
The launch of the Boro Campus is August 16, 2015.
Learn more about the Murfreesboro Campus and how you can help be a part or spread the word.
David McCaman is the LifePoint Murfreesboro Campus Pastor. Connect with him on Twitter and Instagram: @davidmccaman.
This summer LifePoint Church will be encouraging you to Live Sent by being active in your neighborhood. Here is how my story of living sent began.
I had always looked up to a friend of mine who seemed to know everyone on his street. He had the ability to connect with people very easily. He suggested I read Randy Frazee’s book The Connecting Church, and that’s when I began to Live Sent as he had been doing. My family and I started getting to know our neighbors. Over the years it has become second nature to not only know my neighbors, share ministry opportunities and do life together with my neighbors, but teach others how easy it is to be a loving neighbor.
Over a three-year period in my previous neighborhood, we saw a man and son baptized, another couple come to Christ, a man far from God cry over his excitement as he was baptized, and a marriage on the rocks was salvaged and became a shining light to others. We even rallied for service projects for others in the community as well as shared items, recipes and swimming pools.
It was a cook-out at the Commons Area. We just put a flyer on everyone’s door inviting them to the cookout and to bring hotdogs, drinks and ‘fixins’ for their family. We provided grills and tables. Nearly 100 people attended, met new neighbors and shared life stories about the neighborhood. We even rented an inflatable for the kids. We are now planning a July 4th event and possibly a camp-out. (Luke 5:29)
As we planned this cookout we discovered neighbors who also attended LifePoint church. We asked them to help with the party and then invited them to join our small group. It is so much fun to be able to walk to small group. To see others in your small group on an almost daily basis. Now when we pray for our neighbors, we actually know their name and some of the issues for which to pray. (Acts 2:42-47)
Your neighborhood may be the ball fields, tennis courts, fishing zone, boat, etc; you define your own neighborhood. Begin by walking your neighborhood and praying for homes and families. Watch for God at work as you begin to build relationships with neighbors.
Why not help your neighborhood? The eternal destiny of your neighborhoods can be affected by doing life together. Now is the time to begin planning your next opportunity by getting a few neighbors together and hosting a cookout or neighborhood project.
Eddie Mosley is the Pastor of Disciple-making at LifePoint. Check out his blog at EddieMosley.com, his book Connecting in Communities, and follow him on Instagram.