Summary: Jesus saved us to live a wild and adventurous life. But how can we do that? We're not apostles like Peter and John were. We don't have their courage and experience. We're just common ordinary folks... or are we?
OPEN: When we first started this series, I sang the chorus to “Born To Be Wild” (by Steppenwolf). This morning I want to sing for you the 1st phrase of the first verse of that song:
“Get your motor runnin' - Head out on the highway.
Lookin' for adventure and whatever comes our way.”
And the chorus goes this way:
“Like a true nature's child, we were born, born to be wild.
We can climb so high, I never wanna die.
Born to be wild”.
Now what that song was saying was this:
These guys wanted adventure.
They wanted a wild… exciting life.
“Looking for adventure… and whatever comes our way.”
“Born to be wild, and we never want to die.”
And, you know, that’s exactly what Christianity promises us.
If we take our commitment to Christ seriously life can be a wild and exciting experience.
And when Jesus comes again, we’re going to have eternal life.
We’re never going to die.
But I want you to notice something here.
The song said they were LOOKING for adventure.
And, they were OPEN TO WHATEVER came their way.
The same is true of us.
As Christians, Jesus calls us to “look for adventure”.
To seek for whatever He sends our way.
Jesus said "Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19
To the crowds that followed Him, Jesus said:
"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34
Make the decision.
Choose the adventure.
Pick up your cross and follow Me.
Now, not everybody wants to do that.
I recently read a couple of articles by two different CNN reporters (Rachel Held Evans & Laura Sessions Stepp). They were trying to explain why “millennials” (the name for 20 somethings) were leaving church. And CNN was taking it upon itself to counsel churches on what congregations needed to do to start appealing to this generation of people.
Millennials were leaving congregations because the church wasn’t meeting their WANTS.
Now, that’s not quite what these CNN reporters meant to say. But throughout their descriptions of the millennials you saw a repeated drumbeat of: they “want” this and they “want” that.
CNN was saying: unless the church accommodated these WANTS they’d lose these kids
ILLUS: Consider some of the things these “millennials” seem to want.
One of the CNN reporters (Rachel Held Evans) declared that - as Millennials –
• “we want to be known for what we stand for, not what we are against.” What is it they want to be known that they stand for? Among the list “we want our LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transsexual) friends to feel truly welcome in our faith communities.”
In other words: these millennials wanted what THEY wanted.
They’re not particularly concerned about what God might want.
Another CNN reporter (Laura Sessions Stepp) said:
“(Millennials) don't appreciate being condemned for living with a partner, straight or gay, outside of marriage or opting for abortion to terminate an unplanned pregnancy.”