Saturday, October 17, 2015

Jesus is casting out demons this Sunday

Hey Point Family, as we continue in our journey through the book of Luke this Sunday we will see the disciples come face to face not only with Jesus but also demonic forces in Luke 9:37-43. As we study this passage we will be addressing the topic of demonic activity head on this Sunday. If you usually bring your child into the adult worship service, you may wish to have your child attend our awesome Kid Point ministry this Sunday.

Why would we talk about this subject? This is something that Jesus addresses and confronts frequently. We felt that we could not teach the book of Luke without addressing it. We believe that if you don’t have faith that your enemy is real, you will lose every time. The goal of our message this Sunday will not be in any way to scare you, but rather to give you confidence that through Jesus we can always be victorious in our battle against the enemy.

I hope you come ready to learn this Sunday from another face to face encounter with Jesus at one of our four campuses and seven services.  Find out more at

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Point Church is coming to NORTH RALEIGH!

At our 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY we shared that we are starting a North Raleigh Campus in 2016 and that we are pursuing a permanent location for our Raleigh campus. I am excited to be able to share more of the details with you now!

What's happening in North Raleigh?

The North Raleigh Campus will begin March of 2016 in the North West part of the city, and it will be planted by our current Raleigh Campus pastor, Bill Finley. Bill grew up in North Raleigh, his family lives there, his kids go to school in North Raleigh, he's the chaplain at Trinity Academy, and much of his extended family lives in North Raleigh. He feels sent to plant this Campus! I want to include a personal message from him to each of you:

 “Over the past six months, through various circumstances and conversations, God has been increasingly burdening my heart for lost people on the north side of Raleigh. At our church’s 5 year anniversary, I clearly sensed God leading me to step forward and put my YES on the table to leave the comfort of the Raleigh campus and be SENT out to help start another campus. I am so excited to see what God is already doing in bringing various pieces together for the launch of this new campus in North Raleigh." - Bill Finley

Over 200 people put their YES on the table at The Point Church’s 5 Year Anniversary. If you feel N. Raleigh is where God is asking you to go, we encourage you to check out the first Launch Team Meeting on October 25 from 7:00-8:00pm @ the Stonebridge Clubhouse (405 Emerywood Dr., Raleigh, NC  27615) and childcare is provided. If you are interested in helping at all in N. Raleigh email Bill Finley ( to let him know!

 What's Happening in Raleigh?

We are currently pursuing a merger with Inwood Church in South Raleigh off of Lake Wheeler Road. They're having a townhall meeting on October 25th which will help determine the direction of this merger. If all goes well, our Raleigh Campus and Inwood would be one church and we would be in a permanent location in early 2016. We believe this will be a great next step for the Raleigh campus and make it stronger than ever before. If you currently attend our Apex or Cary Campus and live in the South Raleigh, Garner, or Clayton area this would be a great opportunity for you to help our Raleigh Campus start strong in a new permanent facility! 

Please continue to put your “Yes” on the table and be in prayer about how God is asking you to point people to Jesus with The Point Church in 2016!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Washed & Waiting - Christian Faithfulness & Homosexuality

A few weeks ago on a staff retreat the subject of homosexuality came up as some of the staff were discussing this upcoming message. I had the opportunity to share some of my thoughts and hear from others as we tried to navigate a conversation that has plenty of land mines. One of the things that came up were books to read or sermons to listen to that could help with dealing with this issue. Someone recommended Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill.  A few weeks later I went on vacation with my wife and her family. Each morning that week I got up and went for a walk and listened to the audio book version. This book has provoked even more thinking and wrestling with God’s truth.
When it comes to issues like homosexuality it is easy to have a belief about what is right and wrong and see things in black and white when I am not dealing with the issue personally. It’s easy for me to say “of course it’s wrong” and go about my life with no real consequence. When I have encountered people in my life who are trying to deal with the complicated process of living out their faith while dealing with homosexual desires then the issue becomes much less black and white. I’m forced to think about the struggle that it must bring for that person. Reading Washed and Waiting was like an encounter with someone else’s life and story as they deal with all the problems and difficulties of having homosexual desires and trying to live out their Christian faith. Wesley Hill is a Christian who has homosexual desires and has decided scripture has shown clearly that he must be celibate as long as he has those desires. In his book Wesley Hill shares about his story as he grows up knowing he was different and feeling automatically ashamed of that difference. He talks about those formative years in his life where he was trying to figure out where he fit in the world. I felt impressed with the work and struggle that he has lived out trying to pursue God’s plan for his life. It is difficult to even hear about some of the things he had to live through and deal with. It is from this darkness and brokenness that the redemption of his story comes. Wesley Hill’s answer to the question “Is God enough?” is so rich and full of God’s goodness that the picture of the gospel it paints is incredibly beautiful.
One of the unexpected things about reading this book was that much of what I took away from his story and explanation had more to do with issues of faith, suffering, and the gospel rather than just to do with homosexuality. I have thought about different parts of the book since reading it and would like to sum up a few points that I took away from reading it.
1.       Living a homosexual lifestyle is a sin and I sin every day. So why do I get so particularly judgmental about homosexual sin vs. my sin?
2.       The gospel demands that we surrender our whole life. Reading Wesley Hill’s story reminds me that this can have a great cost as he gives up his own desires in exchange for God’s desires in a profound and sacrificial way.
3.       The gospel brings healing but it also will offend the parts of us that are broken and far from God. Tim Keller says “Only if God can say things that make you struggle will you know that you have met a real God and not a figment of your imagination.”
I would certainly recommend this book for anyone struggling with homosexual desires and their faith, but I would almost recommend it more for any Christian out there who wonders what their response to this issue should be.

My name is Jay Cook and I’m a counselor at the Point Church as well as the Care Pastor. If you or someone you know is struggling with homosexuality you can email me and we can connect you with a counselor or pastor who can come alongside you. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Intentionally Pursuing Diversity @ The Point

Currently we are in the middle of a series at The Point Church titled "Who We Are."  This week we talked about our value to "Intentionally Pursue Diversity" and the necessity and the practicality of living that value out!  Being a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural church is hard work, however at The Point we believe it is a gospel issue that we can't ignore.  

Ephesians 2:15b-16 says, "His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility."

Jesus came to make diverse groups of people one in Jesus Christ.  When our worship services as the the church (the bride of Christ) are the most segregated times in America, I believe we are not fully displaying the Gospel of Jesus to our community.  We believe that Jesus is bigger than our differences and that the power of Christ makes us brothers and sisters together those who may look, speak, and act differently than ourselves.  Our value to "Intentionally Pursue Diversity" comes out of this belief.  

Our value is stated as this... 

It was incredible to have this message lived out as it was preached by a Latino Pastor, 2 Caucasion Pastors, and an African American Pastor at our four campuses!  I love that our church family is taking real steps to "Point People To Jesus" of every culture and ethnicity in our communities!

If you missed the message on Sunday, I would highly encourage you to listen to the message! (Byron's Message in Cary) 

Also, this Sunday we shared our 8 Diversity Commitments at The Point Church.  I wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to read them and ask questions! We are committed to be one family in Christ that includes all ethnicities, ages, genders, cultures and economic statuses.  If you have any questions your Campus Pastor would love to walk you through what these 8 commitments look like. Here they are below: 

1) We will pursue diverse relationships.
2) We will worship like who we want to be.
3) We will strive for diverse leadership.
4) We will do life together at all levels. 
5) We will devote ourselves to humility and patience.
6) We will get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
7) We will continue to focus on pointing people to Jesus.
8) We will passionately ask God for Diversity

Finally, if you want to take some next steps personally to join us in intentionally pursuing diversity here a couple of things we will be doing over the next month!

I am excited to continue to watch Jesus build his church!  
Chris Hankins
Lead Pastor

"It is Written" - the lost practice of scripture memorization

Earlier this year The Point Church went through a 40 day season of prayer/fasting/teaching around various times in scripture where God used 40 days periods to prepare his people for a great work.  Our prayer as The Point Church was that God would use that season of prayer and fasting to help us clearly hear His voice above the chaos of our busy lives.

The first 40 day passage we studied was Luke 4 where Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness and was repeatedly tempted by Satan.  While this is certainly impressive, what really grabbed my heart for the first time was how Jesus responded to temptation.  He always quoted scripture.  When Satan tried to tempt Jesus to break his fast, Jesus told Satan, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone."  This is a direct quotation of Deuteronomy 8:3 which reads "Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord."  Jesus used the scripture he had memorized to overcome temptation!  

Many times we mistakenly think that because Jesus was God that he automatically knew the entire Bible.  However, this is not true.  Luke 2:52 says "Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man."  Jesus had to learn scripture just like the rest of us.  He was the God man... which means he was still man and someone we can model ourselves after!  

Did you realize that in the four books of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John, Jesus quoted 78 passages of scripture that he had memorized.  When Jesus taught, spoke, and prayed...scripture just poured out!  Jesus often used phrases like "It is written" or "you have heard it said" just before he went into another recitation of scripture. 

It was out of this growing conviction of the importance of scripture memory that I felt God calling me to memorize 40 verses during those 40 days.  I can tell you that it has been life transforming.  I have found myself praying God's word.  I have found myself thinking God's word.  I have found God's word begin to come out when I teach without even thinking about it.  I have found God bringing specific passages to my mind as I council people in our church.  I have found God's word convicting and challenging me as I interact with my family.  

One of the verses God laid on my heart to memorize during those 40 days was Joshua 1:8 and I have felt God leading me to make this my theme verse for 2015.  

"Keep this book of the law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." - Joshua 1:8

My goal for 2015 is to memorize 100 verses of scripture and more importantly to keep God's word always on my lips!  I would love to invite you to join me!  I use a index card binder to keep all of my verses in one place with tabs to separate verses I have memorized from verses I am still working on. 

Look for a second post in the next couple of days with an easy to use scripture memorization tool to help you memorize a verse every week and actually remember them for the rest of your life!  

Saturday, February 21, 2015

40 verses in 40 days!

40 Verses in 40 Days!  For our 40 series during the season of Lent we are fasting 40 days from something that holds us back from spending time with God (TV for our family) and feasting on God's Word (Journaling through the book of Luke).  However, I felt led to take it a step further and will be trying to memorize 40 verses over these 40 days.  If you want to join me just get a stack of note cards and write the verse on one side and the reference on the other!  If you are fasting during these 40 days this a great way to use that extra time to feast on God's Word in a way that will be with you long after the 40 days are over!  Ready, Set, Go!

John 3:17 - For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

Matthew 11:28-30
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart ,and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Psalm 27:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?

Lamentations 3:22-23
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Psalm 37:4,5
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust in him and he will do this.

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

James 1:22
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Luke 16:13
No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

Romans 12:1-2
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Hebrews 4:16
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Matthew 25:40
The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Ephesians 6:12
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Joshua 1:8
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Psalm 119:11
I have hidden your word in my heart   that I might not sin against you.

1 Corinthians 10:31  
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Philippians 4:19
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

Isaiah 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace   those whose minds are steadfast,  because they trust in you.

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Psalm 107:8
“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”- Psalm 107:8, KJV

Galatians 6:7
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

Romans 8:31
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

2 Timothy 1:7
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Psalm 139:14
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Colossians 3:16
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Hebrews 10:24
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,

Revelation 3:11
“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown

John 15:5 - I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Romans 6:12-13 - Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.

Joshua 1:9 - Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Psalm 27:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

Romans 8:32
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Galatians 5:16-17
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[a] you want.

2 Corinthians 10:5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Ephesians 5:18b-20
Be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 4:30 - And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Revelation 22:20
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Things are about to get SCANDALOUS!

This Sunday we start a brand new series titled “Scandal” where we will examine the scandalous deeds done by the scandalous people in the scandalous family tree of Jesus! 

During this series we will show how God can not only love and forgive scandalous people but how he can even use them to accomplish great deeds for His Kingdom!  Even the life of a scandalous person can have an incredible purpose when placed into the hand of God!  In the hand of God no person is too far gone! This will be the perfect series to invite a friend who is far from God or maybe burned by the church. 

It will also be a great time to have your kids check out our great Kid’s Ministry as we will be teaching on some passages of the Bible with some very adult themes. Every word of the Bible is inspired by God and useful for teaching but some parts are beyond what our children are ready to engage with.

Watch our Scandal Trailer for a sneak peak of what you can expect and join us as we dive into the scandal of grace together!!!!