What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. —1 Cor 15:36
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. —John 12:24
Sometimes we go through parts of life that feel like death. We refer to these times with words such as pain, suffering, or trial. We’ve all been through them, sometimes individually and sometimes as a group… health problems, relational brokenness, repentance, and even change. In his wisdom, the Lord leads us to and through these things so that we can bear fruit and grow. We experience death, both literally and figuratively, as a consequence of our sin and as a means to an end. That end is RESURRECTION. For a follower of Jesus, resurrection is everything! By his death our sins are forgiven and because of his resurrection our eternal lives are guaranteed.
Resurrection is a wonderful name for a church! It allows us to succinctly describe what we’re all about, the good news of our Lord Jesus — his death & resurrection — and our own newness of life, being united to him. It describes well our reality: that we’re dead without him yet alive with him. Followers of Jesus have resurrected souls as they wait to receive their resurrected bodies when he returns. Individuals can be resurrected — this is why we proclaim the gospel to the lost. Churches can be resurrected — seasons of change can lead to significant growth. Cities can be resurrected — as the good news of Jesus radiates from us, the sky’s the limit. This is our hope!
Our new name is appropriate for this new season in the life of our church. Our old name, Turning Point, will always be part of our story, a part for which we are thankful, but the future of our church rests in RESURRECTION.