April 4, 2021

10:15am I Facebook Live & In Person at Vesper Point, Mt Sequoyah in Fayetteville

Watch last weeks message here

Track Changes

 

Question of the Week

What do you make more difficult than it needs to be?

 

Intro

A long time ago, there was a man walking the railroad track between Jersey City and Scranton, Pennsylvania. As he passed by a train station along the route an attendant yelled out to him, explaining that he could get a ticket for trespassing or, worse yet, get hit by a train and die. After further discussion, the attendant learned that the man had a ticket to ride between Jersey City and Scranton, but thought that the ticket only gave him access to the track itself. Learning that he didn’t have to wearily trudge along the route, he sprang up with hope and boarded the very next train.

 

Tim Holland

The Big Idea: We have a natural inclination to make things much more difficult than they actually are. Working hard at following Jesus is wrong. Working hard proves our worth only to ourselves and communicates a false value of worth to others.

 

Take Away: Are you walking along the tracks carrying your whole load or are you accepting the ticket to ride that you already have?

How does this fit with "Belong, Become, Believe"? 

We already belong, we just need to believe it.

Relevant Verses:

Isaiah 40-41

What next:

Isaiah 49-50

Resources

Our Text

Commentary

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April 4, 2021

10:15am I Facebook Live

Watch last weeks message here

Resurrection, again

 

Question of the Week

Consider what difference, if any, the resurrection of Jesus makes in your life

 

Intro

If ever there was a year we needed Easter, it seems this would be the year.

 

Last year at this time, I preached that we needed “two Easters”, the one we celebrated on April 12 last year, and the one we anticipated when things would “open up” again. Here we are, closer, yes, but still waiting. But what are we truly waiting for? Are we waiting for things to “go back” or have we given up waiting at all and have just settled for the way things are?

 

Resurrection, better, the practice of resurrection says no to both. It refuses both nostalgia and fatalism. Practicing resurrection leads us into a new future framed and formed by a Holy Spirit filled imagination and the continuing encounter with Jesus. 

 

But what does all that mean? Well, let’s dig in on this Easter Sunday 2021 and see what we can find. 

 

Grace and peace y’all, 

 

J. Ray and the teaching team

The Big Idea: Resurrection is just a one time event. Resurrection is a practice that stems from the resurrection of Jesus and continues to be cultivated by us, His followers.

 

Take Away: We, the collective followers of Jesus, the Church, are to be a people who practice resurrection in all we do.

How does this fit with "Belong, Become, Believe"? 

Practicing resurrection is exemplified in the practice of hospitality, the welcoming of everyone into the community of Jesus. The work of becoming is based in this first belonging. We find ourselves fit for the work of apprenticing to Jesus by the invitation of Jesus and the encouragement, example and exhortation of others in the community of Jesus. This welcome and participation is what forms our confession. We slowly, in fits and starts, long stretches of doubt and sudden moments of revelation, come to believe what we confess.

Relevant Verses:

John 21:1-18

What next:

We jump back into our study of Isaiah.

Resources

Our Text for the week: John 20:1-18

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

A Kintsugi Generation

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