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S.O.A.P. November 25, 2017

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November 25, 2017 

Read: Matthew 15:32-16:12

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ScriptureMatthew 16:11- "Why can’t you understand that I’m not talking about bread? So again I say, ‘Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.’”

Observations- Leaven was a symbol of evil, and Jesus didn't mince words when it came to various opponents who wanted to take Him out- literally- of this world. The Pharisees were so legalistic that they had no mercy and grace to offer people in great need of love, forgiveness, and relief, but the Sadducees denied key truths that led people astray- like the resurrection from the dead and the Kingdom of Heaven being inaugurated here and and now in Jesus.  

Application- We talk a lot about truth and grace. The truth without grace is a battering ram that makes our souls bitter and small. Grace without truth pretends to offer genuine love, but it's a false god that misses the mark of God's full intention for our lives. Beware the yeast of truth without grace and grace without truth. How are you encouraging the truth and grace of the Good News to walk together as friends in your life? 

Prayer- God, don't let me be so rigid and legalistic that people are unable to see Jesus at work in my life, and don't let me be so careless with the truth of the gospel that I lead others down a path of destruction. Let the yeast in my life produce growth that glorifies You, helps me enjoy You forever, and points people You love so much to Jesus as Savior and Lord, Forgiver and Friend. Amen.

The Truth of God matters. The Grace of God matters,

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - Tomorrow will be our last opportunity to collect canned fruit for the Brandon Gift of Hope. Our toy collection is for children ages 3 to 5 year olds. New Hope also oversees the client hospitality area. We need people to bring in muffins, sandwiches, cheesesticks, cookies, and other finger foods to feed hungry families as they wait for their turn. If you would like to provide some goodies, contact Carolyn Bass at  .


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S.O.A.P. November 24, 2017

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November 24, 2017

Read: Mark 7:1-37

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Scripture- Mark 7:6-8 “Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God. For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.”

Observations- Even though Jesus was born and raised in the Jewish tradition, this passage shows one the many times He challenged its observance and exposed its lack of relevance. The nation God chose to bring His Son to earth had failed to capture and nurture the prophetic calling to repentance and obedience. Instead, they paid attention to the procedure instead of the progress and ultimately manipulated public opinion to wipe out any opposition, even God’s.

Application- Such opposition to the Jewish religious status quo was one of the most explicit and outstanding elements of Jesus’ ministry. He made very clear that He would not sacrifice the success of His mission in the altar of institutional endorsement. So, He did not waste a single chance to draw a thick line between His kingdom and any man-made system of ideas. Tradition can easily turn into a religion when it is not challenged by Scriptures. Our mission can easily become a fancy form of social activism when it is not grounded in social holiness.

Prayer- Lord Jesus, help us be your hands and feet in service to those in imminent need and in the proclamation of your grace and eternal life. In your Name we pray, AMEN.

Pastor Roberto

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