S.O.A.P. December 2, 2017
December 2, 2017
Read: John 7:32-53
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Scripture- John 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.
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 .