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Kinetic: Trajectory

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On Sunday, Associate Pastor Alex York brought the message, continuing the series "Kinetic" with a sermon titled "Trajectory," taken from John 4 and the story of Jesus and the woman at the well.

Pastor Alex knows well that the healthiest thing you can do after knee surgery is move.

Motion is also important for Lent.

In John 4, Jesus moved toward a spiritual outsider.

Trajectory:  The path an object takes as a result of forces acting on it.

The Samaritan woman's trajectory was dramatically changed by her encounter with Jesus.

She was an outsider in her own village, but Jesus treats her with unexpected dignity and respect.

Jesus offers a wellspring that flows from inside of you.

The Old Testament had already introduced the idea of living water in Isaiah 12:3 and Jeremiah 2:13.

No matter what you're facing, Jesus will refresh your soul.

Jesus knew the truth about the woman, but he was gracious.

She turned the conversation to religion, but Jesus diverted it back.

The time has come that God cares more about hearts.

The real satisfaction comes from doing the will of God.

One day the sower and reaper will rejoice together.

Four perspectives:

From Jesus' perspective:  He's busy.  He takes time for this woman and changes his schedule for Samaritans.  He knows her and speaks to her real need.

From the woman's perspective:  She's broken, but she's carrying on.  She's figured out a way to make it work.  Jesus says:  Have some living water.

The living water wells up in us and splashes into the lives of people around us.  Their feet will get wet with Jesus' love and grace.

From the disciples' perspective:  Good stuff got in the way of better.  They missed out.

From the Samaritan neighbors' perspective:  They came to Jesus and heard for themselves, but it was sparked by seeing a change in the woman.

How do I see people and judge them?

As a church, let's notice the fields are ripe for harvest!

Our new building isn't for us, it's for spiritual outsiders!

Are we willing to let Christ change the trajectory of our lives?

The field is ripe for harvest.

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.


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.