On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." John 7:37-38
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5
Long before Fuquay-Varina was known by its current name, the town was called “Fuquay Springs,” due to a mineral spring that was discovered around 1858. People all around would flock to the water for its supposed healing properties. When tobacco farmers migrated into the area in the early 1900’s, the industry stimulated a large market for the crop that enhanced growth for not only Fuquay Springs but also for the neighboring town of Varina. In due time, the two communities would merge, forming the town of Fuquay-Varina in 1963.
While the healing waters of the spring initially brought people to the community, one might say that it was the agriculture that would keep them here to foster its growth and development. Those two elements—water and agriculture—that were so pivotal to the growth of this town are also elements that are vital to a believer’s development as well.
We need it to live. We need it to thrive. And without it, we perish. Is it any wonder then, that Jesus would compare the new life He brings to our beleaguered sinful bodies as “living water” (John 4:10; 7:38)? When we trust Jesus Christ with our lives, the Holy Spirit comes and transforms us from the inside out! Just like water, the Spirit comes and cleanses us from our sin and gives us a brand new start with God. Spiritually, the Bible says, we are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Yet, that is only the beginning—because it’s at that point that the Holy Spirit starts to work on our growth and development as believers; a journey that will take our lifetime to complete!
THE LEAF - GROW WITH JESUS
If a plant or animal ceases to grow or develop, one might question the health of the organism. After all, growth is a natural progression for any living creature. Of course, what’s true for God’s creation is also true for His new creations as well (Ephesians 4: 14-15)! As believers in Christ, we need to develop into spiritual maturity in order to reach our full, God-given potential; and we do just that—as we engage in prayer, worship, Bible study, and community with fellow believers on a regular basis. Jesus says it best in John 15:5, when He states, I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
It is our joy at Fuquay-Varina Baptist Church to not only introduce people to the living water that Christ offers, but also to walk alongside them on this amazing life-changing journey as they grow as Christians. This is the meaning behind the water and the leaf in our logo: it symbolizes our history as a community and our journey as Christians.
It’s all about new life and growth! However, don’t just take our word for it. Come and experience it yourself! We’d love for you to come and join us. Are you interested?