S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
Note: the Word of God was given to us for more than simply learning information. It was for facilitating our transformation. This week, we’re going to practice an ancient discipline of reading over the same Scripture several times, looking at it from a different angle. Avoid the temptation to say, “I know that already” because “knowing something” and letting something become a part of you is a VERY different thing! Get to know Jesus differently this week as you soak in his words and actions!
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.”
Then Jesus told the disciples to have the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of fifty or a hundred.
Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share.
They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish. A total of 5,000 men and their families were fed. Mark 6:31–44 NLT
Sermon Insights: Step 1 of 4) God wants us to identify the problem.
Identify who had what needs…who do you resonate with the most?
Do you feel so rushed in life that it is hard to identify your most important priorities?
What problem did Jesus identify? What problem did the disciples identify? What problem did the people identify?
Lord, I don’t always see problems clearly…and I sometimes try to fix them with my own power and ideas. Help me see your plan and participate in what you are doing! Help me to have a bigger viewpoint for others than I currently do.