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S.O.A.P. December 1, 2017

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December 1, 2017 

Read: John 7:1-31

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Scripture- John 7:1-9 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him. 2 But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, 3 Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do.4 No one who wants to become a public figure who acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him. 6 Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do.7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil. 8 You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.” 9 After he had said this, he stayed in Galilee.

Observations- Jesus continues to do his thing in Galilee, but Jesus' brothers give him some career advice on going back to Judea for the Festival of Tabernacles. After all, if he is who he says he is and he wants to make it big, he can't go on doing these miracles in secret. Smells like sibling rivalry to me or sarcasm to say the least. The brothers advice comes off like a marketing strategy no matter the sneer of their voice. It was almost as if they were pushing Jesus to do a publicity stunt. Still, Jesus knowing this sat back and took it on the chin. He knows who he is and he follows his Father's will and direction.

Application- Ministries and churches now more than ever use publicity and marketing methods. In a sense, we kind of have to. Churches are dying and this post modern generation are just not attending. There is nothing wrong with letting the people know that churches are here, but the reality is banners, posters, commercials, billboards or other advertising tools will never truly define the Holy Spirit that is living in us. If and when they do come, what will they see? What will they feel? What will they experience to have them come back? Jesus said no to his brother's advice because he knew what lay ahead in Judea, and although he ended up going later, he listened for his Father's will. 

When we go out in to our community to REACH people, pray about what we do, where we go and what we say. Until then let the Holy Spirit fill us and move us. If it is that strong, they will hear about it! They will come!

Prayer- God come and guide us to be a church where one day people will show up at our doors and say, " I've heard about this place. I hear Jesus lives here." Let our community know that our doors are open to the broken, the hot messes, the hypocrites....the sinners. It's what we do. But more importantly, it's what you do. Amen.

The Youth Dude

 

P. S. - Calling All Bakers! Family Promise needs people to bake beautiful holiday cookies for their Second Annual Christmas Cookie Sale and Silent Auction, Dec. 2 and 3 in the Boys and Girls Club. To help, contact Joyce Heaverin at   or 813- 220-7949. 

Calling all eaters of cookies! The cookies will be available for purchase this Saturday from 9am-3pm and Sunday from 10am-2pm in the Boys and Girls Club.

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S.O.A.P. November 30, 2017

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November 30, 2017 

Read: Matthew 18:10-22

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ScriptureMatthew 18:15-17- “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.

Observations- Jesus gave His followers a way for them to resolve their conflicts and differences. As we consider this, it's important to remember a couple of things: 1) these are instructions for Christ followers, 2) the definition of sin is "missing the mark of God's full intention," which is far more inclusive than the way we often use the word sin. Jesus commanded a one-to-one and face-to-face conversation to "point out the offense." If that was unsuccessful, we go with mediators to help both parties navigate the conflict. If that doesn't work, get respected church leaders involved. If all else fails, Jesus gave believers to treat this person as "pagan or corrupt tax collector;" that is, with love, grace, and dignity and as some one in need of a renewed relationship with Christ.

Application- This command from Jesus is easier said than done. Our default position is to talk with a lot of other people about the conflict and avoid confronting the person individually, which means the conflict festers, grows, and becomes even more toxic. I keep this saying just to the right of my computer screen, so I see it quite often: "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, love." I need to see it everyday so I can get better at living it out.

Prayer- Dear God, I am grateful for Jesus' clear words about resolving conflict with other believers and confronting sin. Help me live into this truth with grace and love. Guide Your church to take these admonitions from Jesus seriously by refusing to engage in gossip and moving quickly to restore right relationships, in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.

“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one- as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me." (John 17:20-21),

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - Calling All Bakers! Family Promise needs people to bake beautiful holiday cookies for their Second Annual Christmas Cookie Sale and Silent Auction, Dec. 2 and 3 in the Boys and Girls Club. To help, contact Joyce Heaverin at   or 813- 220-7949. 

Calling all eaters of cookies! The cookies will be available for purchase this Saturday from 9am-3pm and Sunday from 10am-2pm in the Boys and Girls Club.

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