Our Sunday morning worship location is at Penny Road Elementary, 10900 Penny Road, Cary.
Worship starts at 10:00.
A family of God drawn to Jesus, challenged by his message, and released as missionaries.
Drawn to Jesus finds its roots in a story found in the Book of Mark (Mark 10:17-31). A rich, young ruler in the first century is drawn to a new local rabbi named Jesus. He asks Jesus, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus responds by challenging this young and powerful man to obey different laws handed down throughout their ancestry. The rich, young ruler responds with swagger in his voice, "I've kept all these laws my whole life."
But Jesus challenges this young man with a life-changing choice, "You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
The grip of wealth and power is too strong for this young man, and so he walks away. He can not give up the thing he treasures most in his heart. The young man was drawn to Jesus, challenged by his message, but left stuck devoted to his wealth as opposed to discovering real freedom following Jesus.
In yet another story found in the Bible (John 4:1-45), Jesus meets a woman across enemy lines at an ancient water well. Jesus strikes up a conversation with someone across ethnic, religious, and gender divides. Still, Jesus reveals to her that he knows she has been married five times, and the man she is living with right now is not her husband. As she draws water from this ancient well, Jesus shocks her as he reveals these facts about her personal life. Jesus ends the conversation sharing that he's not merely a prophet, he's the Christ who offers a type of water that quenches an eternal thirst.
The difference between the rich, young, ruler and this Samaritan woman is cosmic. The Samaritan woman does not leave stuck in her brokenness. Instead, she's changed on the spot! She leaves as a missionary witnessing to her neighbors and networks back home.
The resurrected life the young ruler was looking for is not found in obeying laws. It is not found in being bound to lots of stuff, to youth, or to power. Resurrected Life can be experienced in this life when we follow Jesus.
Resurrection Life is about being drawn to Jesus, challenged and changed in order to be released as missionaries too.
Jesus chose to give up his life for us. Through his death on the cross by Roman crucifixion, Jesus surrendered his life so that we can receive eternal life. True freedom is found when we live for Jesus and follow him. We follow him and learn from Jesus' example to give up our own brokenness, wealth, power, prestige, and our own modern day idols for his sake. Being drawn to Jesus is not enough. We need to experience the freedom found in his challenge to follow Jesus so that we can be released to share the good news of our Risen King. When you experience Resurrection Life, you experience true freedom and true purpose.