April 6, 2020

Today you should read: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5

Thank you for being a faithful Jumpstart reader!  We are coming close to the end of our second journey through the entire Bible!  I hope that God has used Jumpstart to help take you another step toward becoming a fully devoted follower of His!  If God has used Jumpstart in your life – write us a brief note in the comments and let us know.

Today we begin to study 1 Thessalonians.  This book was written by Paul (with the help of Silas and Timothy) to the church in Thessalonica (v.1).  A few years ago I had the opportunity to visit Thessaloniki, Greece – the site where this church was. It was written toward the end of A.D. 52 from Corinth about 350 miles away.  

The story of Paul and Silas’ first visit to Thessalonica is found in Acts 17:1-9.  When they traveled there, they began to teach in the synagogue about Jesus’s death and resurrection.  Some listened and followed Jesus. Others were jealous and formed a mob to start a riot. Paul and Silas had already left for Berea.

After the greeting in his letter, Paul always begins his letters with encouragement.  This one is no exception. Paul tells them that he prays faithfully for them. Then he praises them for three great qualities:

Their Faithful Work

Paul acknowledged the consistent work of faith that these brothers and sisters performed.  God gifts each of us with abilities to serve others and expects us to be faithful in using those gifts He has given us.

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.  1 Corinthians 4:2

Their Loving Deeds

The people in the church of Thessalonica loved others and served them with labor of love.  Whether this was providing for physical, emotional, or spiritual – they cared for the people around them.

Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.  Galatians 6:2

Their Enduring Hope

They were steadfast in the belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Even though they were few in number, they stood strong amidst the pressure in the world around them.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

These are great things for us to work for as well.  How faithful are you in serving, spending time with God, sharing the incredible message of salvation, and discipling others?  Ask God to give you a heart of faithfulness today.

By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

April 4, 2020

Today you should read: Galatians 6:11-18

Paul wants to end this letter with a summary. He tells us this is super important by what he says is large writing.  We can’t see what this looks like in our Bibles, but you can imagine how this would catch your eyes in a letter. If you send a card to someone and you put, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!” really large at the bottom, the person is immediately going to know what the card is about. That is essentially what Paul is doing. He is letting the reader know the exact point he wants to get across. That point is found in verse 15 where it says, “For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.”

Paul wants these people to understand that Jesus put to death our old self and made us a new creation. The laws that were once needed have been fulfilled by Jesus (Matthew 5:17). Paul even says that those who would put themselves above others because of these laws are only doing it to avoid persecution. 

What does this mean for us? This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t follow God’s word or that we should be apathetic towards what God says to us. Instead Paul says that we have a new rule to follow! That we are a new creation and we should show the fruits of that spirit like Paul talked about earlier in the letter. Our  new self should be one that has put the desires of the flesh to death and instead is led by the Spirit.

By: Jacob Kerr — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice – Worship & Students


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

April 3, 2020

Today you should read: Galatians 6:1-10

If you have been around Center Point for a long time or even if you have just started attending, it is pretty clear that one of our main focuses as a church is discipleship. Our mission statement even contains it: Our mission at CPC is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ. 

Well, in our passage today, there is a strong emphasis from Paul concerning discipleship with the Galatians. Starting with verse 1, Paul reminds us that one aspect of discipleship is correcting wrongdoings. Everyone has sinned and we all stumble in different ways, and in a discipleship relationship, the discipler can walk alongside and correct the disciplee. Verse 2 points out that we need to “bear one another’s burdens.” Life gets tough during some seasons, and discipleship allows someone to be there for you during the hard times. Or you get the opportunity to help someone through a rough season. Verse 7 shows us that “whatever one sows, that he will also reap.” In discipleship, it is important to talk about spiritual things.

 If discipleship is only about hanging out and having fun, then the person will never grow in their faith (also, there are times to have fun in discipleship). But if the purpose of discipleship is to make more disciples, then that is what needs to be sown. Verses 9-10 end our passage, and it should encourage all of us to continue doing good works. Discipleship can be a good work because you are investing and caring for someone. If you are meeting with a discipler, your good work is to do the work assigned to you each week. 

Paul reminds us of some important things concerning discipleship. If you are curious about discipling or being discipled, reach out to Graham Withers at graham@cpclex.org and he would love to help you get in that process!

By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

April 2, 2020

Today you should read: Galatians 5:16-26

There are two different ways to live on this earth that oppose each other according to the Scriptures we read today. Walking in the fruit of the Holy Spirit or by the desires of the flesh. One can’t walk in the fruit of the Holy Spirit unless they have the Holy Spirit which can only happen when you hear the Gospel and believe it to be true, therefore repenting and having faith in Jesus as your savior. Once that happens, God inhabits your life on earth through the Holy Spirit and what is mentioned in verses 22-23 is the fruit that will come out of your life the more you are filled with the Holy Spirit. Although these are characteristics you can discipline or pursue, a lot of it should come out more naturally as you grow closer to Jesus in sanctification. That’s why Christians should be seen and known for their:

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-Control

And when this “fruit” is not as evident in a proclaimed believer’s life, and the works of the flesh mentioned in verses 19-21 are more evident, one must question if they truly have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Only God truly knows one’s true salvation, but Scripture is clear that the church can judge from within based on their fruit, and that’s described in this passage. The works of the flesh includes:

  • Sexual Immorality
  • Impurity
  • Sensuality
  • Idolatry
  • Sorcery
  • Enmity
  • Strife
  • Jealousy
  • Fits of Anger
  • Rivalry
  • Dissension
  • Division
  • Envy
  • Drunkenness
  • Orgies

So this means that if a co-worker, classmate, family member, celebrity, politician or fellow church member proclaims to be a Christian with their mouth but shows more works of the flesh than fruit of the spirit, we must treat them as such, no matter what they or others say. Not out of judgmentalism but out of a burden for the truly lost to be truly found.

By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.