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.
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.