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Kinetic: Born Again

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On Sunday, Pastor Ed continued his Lenten sermon series called "Kinetic," looking at Jesus' encounter with Nicodemus in John 3:1-21.

1)  Jesus is describing a radical spiritual reorientation.

We tend to think of the Christian life as happening at the Application level, but it's really a change in operating system.

2)  Being born again is not our work; it is God's work in us.

Nicodemus was a spiritual veteran, but even he needed a whole new operating system.  The way everything is organized is different.

3)  Being born again is a very personal encounter.

Not some strange cosmic energy.  Jesus let us know how profoundly personal God is.

4)  Being born again is an experience over which we have no control.

Yes, I can invest in that relationship, but foundationally, the work is God's.

Nicodemus was accustomed to religion that was a self-salvation project.  Giving up control can be the hardest part.

5)  Jesus came not as a signpost pointing the way, but as a fork in the road.

His intention is to create momentum in us.

If the wind is blowing on your face this morning, say Yes.

Today is like every other day -- A day of surrender.

How has God been moving in you?

Kinetic: A Lenten Series

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On Sunday, Pastor Ed Allen began a new series for Lent called "Kinetic."

Jesus was kinetic, in motion, the energy of God in a human body.

Jesus creates motion in us.  He demands it.

Jesus is constantly on the move and He wants us to choose to move toward Him.

Jesus is a fork in the road.  He will not leave us undisturbed.

Today we looked at Luke 4:14-30, Jesus' inaugural address.

Jesus isn't after our polite applause.  He uses everything to shake us up.  Jesus told them:  It was never about you.

A second incident we looked at was in Luke 13:1-5.

Jesus uses a disturbing set of circumstances to create momentum in His hearers.

Jesus pushes us toward Him.  He wants to push us out of our self-salvation projects.

We're a mess of beautiful things and ugly things.  We can protect ourselves or turn ourselves over to God.  Control is a myth.

Jesus is asking you to surrender and repent.

If God is at work in our lives (AND HE IS!), then this is what He is doing.

He's not comforting us to make us more comfortable.

Whatever happens to us this coming Thursday, we're involved, God is involved, and our enemy is involved.

It's about choosing God!

Do I want what God's dishing out?  (I like being comfortable!)

YES -- It really is for my good; it really is true; it really is how life works.

Press into Him and choose Him.  The alternative is to get angry and try to control things.  (Hint:  That doesn't work.)

An application for our church:

We've been told we have to put in a right turn lane.

We don't know what to do, but we know that God knows.  We know that the bank is cooperating.

We are involved, God is involved, and our enemy is involved.

At least a part of what God wants in this is for us to move toward Him.

We want to be a blessing to Loudoun County.

We need to pray more.  What are you doing, Lord?

We're disturbed, Lord.  Show us what You want us to see about us.

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Then as a congregation, we spent some time praying.  And the service was followed by a community meeting, where we heard more about the building and re-affirmed four of our elders.

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