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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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S.O.A.P. November 23, 2017

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

 

November 23, 2017 

Read: John 6:41-71

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ScriptureJohn 6:61, 66-69- "Jesus was aware that his disciples were complaining, so he said to them, 'Does this offend you?' At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, 'Are you also going to leave?' Simon Peter replied, 'Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.'"

Observations- Jesus was teaching on some hard topics- hard to comprehend and hard to accept, so this naturally led to people who said they wanted to be apprentices of Jesus offering up complaints. Who wants following Jesus to be so hard? Jesus wondered how His teaching was affecting His closest followers, the 12 disciples. "Will you be leaving me, too?" While Peter didn't deny they were also complaining, I love his desperate, but brilliant response to Jesus- "We don't have anywhere else to go! We're all in with You."

Application- So the lesson here is that disciples are complainers. When Jesus teaches things that are hard to understand and/or live out faithfully, we naturally gravitate to grumbling. This, however, is never our stopping place, because we have discovered like the original disciples that we have nowhere else to turn. Jesus holds the words of life that pour faith, hope, and love into us, and so today we express our gratitude for the free gift of salvation that comes through faith in Jesus Christ alone. We believe, and we know that He is the Holy of God.

Prayer- Oh, God, when I have food, help me to remember people who are hungry; when I have work, help me to remember people without jobs; when I have a warm or cool home, help me to remember people who are homeless; when I am without pain, help me to remember people who suffer. And in my remembering give me compassion to love and serve the people You have called me to love and serve. Most of all, Lord, thank You for being the One to Whom I will go. You have the words of eternal life. Amen. 

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - This Sunday 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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