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S.O.A.P. December 3, 2017

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These are the steps of the Temple where Jesus would have had such and encounter.

 

December 3, 2017 

Read John 8:1-20

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ScriptureJohn 8:10-12- Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

Observations- Jesus told people He was the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophesy in Isaiah 9:2: "The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine." He hoped the woman caught in adultery would see Him as the light of her world to guide out of darkness and chaos and into light and peace. Jesus was the only one present who had a right to condemn, but He refused to do it; instead He offered her a fresh chance and a new life by taking her sin seriously and offering her serious forgiveness.

Application- One thing Jesus doesn't do with us is declare that our sin doesn't matter; that is, He doesn't merely say, "Neither do I," but He also goes on to say, "Go and sin no more." The only chance we have to live into this command is with His ongoing help. As we acknowledge Jesus is the One who is the light of our world, we are free from the power of cancelled sin (justification) and free to be engaged in the process of sinning less (sanctification). We never again have to walk in darkness. 

Prayer- Dear Lord, thank You for Your mercy, grace, and love. You know how much I needed it 38 years ago, and You are well aware of how much I still need these qualities flowing into my life as a gift everyday. Help me choose the light over the darkness. Help me choose Your peace over the chaos. Help me run from thoughts, words, deeds that miss the mark of Your full intention for my life, in Your glory. Amen.

"For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins." (Colossians 1:13-14),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P. December 2, 2017

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December 2, 2017 

Read: John 7:32-53

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ScriptureJohn 7:51-52- “Is it legal to convict a man before he is given a hearing?” he asked. They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Search the Scriptures and see for yourself- no prophet ever comes from Galilee!”

Observations- Jesus was meeting with great opposition to His ministry of healing and teaching. The religious leaders were angry and looking for ways to destroy Him, but Nicodemus was asking for patience. His colleagues dismissed Jesus because He had grown up in Galilee, and suggested Nicodemus wasn't aware of what the Scriptures declared. Tomorrow in worship one verse we will look at has something to say about Galilee: "Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galileeof the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory."

Application- We should never be surprised when we meet with opposition in following Jesus Christ given that He experienced so much opposition. He told us quite clearly to expect it. As believers we commit ourselves to search the Scriptures for the truth about Jesus. Is He who He said He was- the Messiah, the Christ? Is He who Isaiah prophesied about 700 years before Jesus came on the scene: "For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace?" Yes, it makes all the difference in our world.

Prayer- (from Martin Luther- 1483-1546) Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I feel my sins. They bite and gnaw and terrify me. Where shall I go? I look to You, Lord Jesus, and believe in You. Although my faith is weak, I cling to You and am made sure, for You have promised, "He who believes in Me shall have everlasting life." Even if my conscience is burdened and my sins frighten me and make me tremble, You still have said, "My son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you. I will raise You up on the Last Day, and you will have eternal life." I cannot help myself by my own strength. I come to You for help. Amen.

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - Blue Sky Christmas Cook-out. On Sat., Dec. 9 from 11am-1pm, we are inviting our neighbors from the Blue Sky apartments (behind the new children’s ministry building) to join us for a Christmas cook-out. We will provide lunch, a bounce house, and Christmas activities (maybe even a visit from Santa himself!)  We need volunteers. If you can help out, contact Kim Woodlee at  .

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