5-5-5 Daily Devotions: “INAM-Sorting It Out, Part 2” August 29-30, 2020

5-5-5 Daily Devotions

It's Not About Me "Sorting It Out" Part 2
August 29-30,2020

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

Conversation Starter

What do you want so badly that you will do nearly anything to receive it?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law.

When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ.

Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings. Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

In cooking, you follow a plan. In business, you develop a strategic plan. If you want to be great at something, you develop a plan. If you want to be great at something, you have to develop and follow a plan. That is the way it is in life. And it is the same way for us as a church.

Application (5 minutes)

How do you see humility in Paul’s approach to 1) himself and 2) others?

What was Paul’s motivation? What is the difference between being negatively self-centered and positively self-interested?

How did Paul handle what was essential (Jesus) and what was not essential (following or ignoring the Old Testament law and rituals)? What in your life is essential and not essential when it comes to religion?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, you left your home and changed your appearance to reach out to us so we could see and understand you and have life. Use me to reach others in creative and unique ways, leading people in a growing relationship with you!

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

Conversation Starter

What is the most surprising conversation you’ve had in recent memory? Did you or someone else initiate it?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

So [Jesus] left Judea and returned to Galilee. He had to go through Samaria on the way. Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.

The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”

Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”

Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

“Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.” John 4:3-15 NLT (Bible.com)

The Apostle Paul would later write, “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.” 1 Peter 3:15-16 NLT (Bible.com)

Application (5 minutes)

What are your thoughts about the following?

1)     Jesus was weary.

2)     The Samaritan woman was surprised Jesus would speak to her. She then argued with him!

3)     Jesus turned the conversation to what she needed most—forgiveness and life.

Who can you engage in your ordinary day with the truth about life? How will you do it?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, thank you for giving us “living water” and allowing us to share the good news with others!

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

Conversation Starter

Which is easier to talk about—church attendance and religion or a vibrant relationship with Jesus?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

“Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her. “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”

“Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?” Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus told her, “I Am the Messiah!” John 4:16-26 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

Her tone has changed. There is something about this guy, something about his kindness, she calls him “Sir.” Something is happening in her. She didn’t come from insulting to accepting, but she is figuring it out.

Application (5 minutes)

Do you believe the woman’s statement, “I have no husband,” was intended to deceive Jesus?

Why should loving and accepting a person come before telling them truth in love?

Why is worshipping “in spirit and truth” more important than the location in which you worship?

How significant was it that out of all the town, it was this woman who got to receive the Good News first?

Have you, or do you, feel incomplete—like the woman? What do you feel Jesus is offering you as a next step?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, thank you for loving us where we are. Teach us to love as we have been loved!

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

Conversation Starter

What are your top three worries today?  

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked to find him talking to a woman, but none of them had the nerve to ask, “What do you want with her?” or “Why are you talking to her?” The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” So the people came streaming from the village to see him.

Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.” But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” “Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other.

Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.”

Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.” John 4:27-42 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

Notice the progression … from insulting Jesus … to respecting Jesus … to revering Jesus … to receiving Jesus. Jesus gave her some space and gave her some time to figure it out. The question is: where are you in this progression of faith?

Jesus wants to do his redemptive work in you – so that he can do his redemptive work through you!

Application (5 minutes)

Isn’t it interesting how Jesus turned the woman’s conversation from muddy drinking water to living water, and the disciples’ conversation from sandwich bread to harvesting people for eternal life? Consider how Jesus might turn your temporary worries into an eternal focus.

·       What would Jesus tell you to focus on?

·       What would he tell you to stop worrying about?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, thank you for diligently helping your people focus on what really matters. Turn my eyes from my short-sighted petty worries to significant actions to help harvest people for eternal life!

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

Conversation Starter

What does it mean to be uniquely human (in contrast to angels or animals)?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?

So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”

You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless? Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.

Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works. James 2:14-26 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

Some of you almost get Jesus … maybe you respect him … maybe you like him … maybe you revere him … but you have not surrendered to him. Close doesn’t count in football or in math … and close doesn’t count spiritually.

Application (5 minutes)

How would you describe your relationship with God to be?

What does “surrender” mean?

Why is it essential to show faith both in the spiritual realm (faith) and the physical realm (action)?

What Pastor Greg does NOT mean by “close doesn’t count spiritually” is that you should try harder to be a good person. Surrendering to Jesus means giving Jesus permission to make you into a new person. That’s why baptism is a picture of the death of your old self and resurrection into a new life, not simply a bath to “get cleaned up.” Have you surrendered to Jesus spiritually (repentance) and physically (baptism)?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, thank you for making me uniquely human. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to surrender and be made into a new person. Help me to put my eyes on you and trust you fully!

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