GO INTO ALL
"...and then Jesus told them, 'Go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone.'"
As Christians, we are called to reach our world with the Good News of Jesus. If you have followed the first two steps by encountering God and building relationships, then you are ready for the next step. Here at Life and Praise, we believe in a life led by the Spirit of God. This means letting God take part in our daily lives by following His direction. Whether by praying for others, serving those in need, or offering a simple “Jesus loves you,” we must show the love of God every day, everywhere. As a church, we give to local charities and help fund missions abroad. We also want to provide opportunities for you personally to get engaged, becoming Jesus' hands and feet in a world that is hurting. Here are just a few ways we are changing our world with the Gospel. What are ways that you can spread the love of God in your day to day life?
In addition to living lives of generosity and love through our daily actions, here are a few ways in which we as a corporate body are joining together to change lives in our city.
We are often engaged in projects to help our church members and fellow citizens make repairs, move, and supply meals when they are in need. We send cards to the sick, discouraged, and distant to show people that someone cares - above all, Jesus. Frequently, bigger projects are done through our small groups.
Partnering with local ministries who are already doings things better than we could is a great way to make change in our community. If it isn't broke, don't fix it! We help fund the local food bank and help craft window dressings for the winter months, to name a few.
An integral part of our ministry as a church is our connection with a growing population of the elderly in our city. As such, we send leaders to sing and deliver the Word at one of our local nursing homes, every Sunday. We also transport some of them who are able to our actual building for Sunday morning service.
During the Christmas season, CLP truly cranks up to 100%. We organize and set up an angel tree at a local restaurant to help families struggling to supply gifts for their kids. We historically have around 100 'angels' helped. This is aided by the Women of Destiny small group who hold a huge tea party fundraiser. All the money goes toward ensuring each child receives a gift.