Be Extraordinary in the Midst of Normalcy

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Guest Speaker – Mac Ingmire

What do you like for people to notice about you?

Scripture:

The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.

So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone. But many people recognized them and saw them leaving, and people from many towns ran ahead along the shore and got there ahead of them. Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat.”

But Jesus said, “You feed them.”

“With what?” they asked. “We’d have to work for months to earn enough money to buy food for all these people!”

“How much bread do you have?” he asked. “Go and find out.” They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.” Mark 6:30-38 NLT

Sermon Insights:

Jesus was a man of compassion.  From the start of his teaching, Jesus appeared to be a different kind of teacher and leader. Jesus put people before laws. His “new way” was forgiving and kind.

Jesus “stood out” in a crowd. Had you been in the crowd, what do you believe you would have noticed about Jesus?

Have you ever felt “lost,” like a sheep without a shepherd? Who or what connected with you at that time?

Have you ever been given directions to do something that 1) you knew was right, and 2) seemed impossible to follow?

When is it most important for you to “trust and obey”?

Lord, thank you for showing amazing compassion through your church. Help me be a part of your work of compassion here on earth!