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S.O.A.P. January 10, 2018

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January 10, 2018 

Read Mark 12:28-37

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ScriptureMark 12:37- Since David himself called the Messiah ‘my Lord,’ how can the Messiah be his son?” The large crowd listened to him with great delight.

Observations- Jesus was pointing out here how the Messiah could both be the "Son of David" while ultimately being the Son of God as David himself spoke of the One to come in the present tense as he, too, awaited the coming of the Messiah. Jesus's connection to the Father was far more significant than His connection to David. Jesus was definitely claiming something unique and special about Himself as the Messiah.

Application- Time and time again in all four gospels in all kinds of different ways Jesus made outlandish claims about Himself and His ultimate connection to the Father. Unlike every other religious leader or religious system Jesus never claimed He had the best explanation about God; rather He claimed to be the best explanation of God. As our "Lord," Jesus is the only One worthy of bending the knee to in worship and adoration. How will you acknowledge and live out the reality of His Lordship today?

Prayer- Dear God, I am grateful that You came to be one of us in Jesus Christ. You uniquely chose not to hide from us or be placed upon a pedestal high and lofty; instead You freely chose to enter into our time and space. You freely chose to extend mercy, grace, and love to all who longed to receive it. Help me trust that I as move closer to Jesus I will draw closer to You, the Father. Amen.

Jesus: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” (John 14:6-7),

Pastor Jamie

  1. S. - You are invited to experience something different. Different because it's not common. Different because it won't be like so many other hard conversations we have in our culture. It's called POV (or Point of View).

Our conversation will be around “Preparing the Way Forward.” This experience has been designed with help from the Florida Annual Conference and is meant to help prepare for the ongoing work and conversation around the Way Forward. You can learn more about the Way Forward at www.umc.org/wayforward.

POV is a three-week experience that makes space for engaging difficult conversations through the lens of empathy, context and mission. A space where you can bring your thoughts, questions, emotions, and heart without the fear of being judged or coerced. It’s uncommon because in our polarized world there aren’t many spaces left that don’t have dividing lines. It’s different because often we are sold a false narrative of in or out, us or them, black or white. At POV, we’re all in, we’re all us, and we aren’t just black or white; rather ideas are expressed in a spectrum of color. We listen, we share, we reflect, we engage.

So if you want to come to an uncommon experience and grow in empathy, come to the first ever POV in the Florida Conference. We hope you will consider joining us and contributing your POV. We would love to hear it.

Our POV experience will be held on three Sundays- January 14, 21, and 28 from 4-6pm in Logan Hall.

If you would like to participate, or have questions, please contact me at  Childcare will be available...contact Shelly Wilson at 

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