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S.O.A.P. November 26, 2017

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November 26, 2017 

Read: Mark 8:22-9:1

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ScriptureMark 8:24- The man looked around. “Yes,” he said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.”

Observations- We don't know why the healing of this man's sight by Jesus required a second touch in order for him to see clearly, but while the first attempt improved his sight greatly, things were still pretty fuzzy. Jesus placed His hands on the man's eyes again, and then he see with clarity.

Application- I can relate to this man. I often times feel like I've got such a long way to go, and I need a second, third, and 700th touch from Jesus to see some aspect of my faith and life more clearly. This is called the process of "sanctification," which Methodists consider a lot. John Wesley said, “Every one, though born of God in an instant, yea and sanctified in an instant, yet undoubtedly grows by slow degrees…” Our eyes are opened more and more as we apprentice ourselves to Jesus Christ and learn His ways. "Slow degrees" indeed.

Prayer- (John Wesley's Covenant Prayer) I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you, exalted for you, or brought low for you; let me be full, let me be empty, let me have all things, let me have nothing: I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal. And now, glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours. So be it. And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

John Wesley: “By justification we are saved from the guilt of sin…by sanctification we are saved from the power and root of sin…”

Pastor Jamie

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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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