Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 354

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Welcome to Day 354 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: John 7; John 8 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer


S cripture

John 7:5, “Even his own brothers did not believe in him.”

20 “You are demon-possessed,” the crowd answered.”

John 8:12, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'”

O bservation

Why are we surprised when people don’t believe in Jesus? “”Even his own brothers did not believe in him.”

A pplication

Now I want to revisit these verses in John 4…

“Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers. 42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

There’s no real rhyme or reason as to who believes. People either do, or don’t.

I often refer to Paul’s experience in Athens in this regard… Acts 17, “When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.” 33 At that, Paul left the Council. 34 Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed.”


Some need more information and time.

Others simply sneer and walk away.

Others believe.

What possessed Peter to leave his nets and follow Jesus? Why did the “rich young ruler” go away sad and not follow Jesus as Peter did. (I know the right answer is he had great wealth… But it’s more than that. Some, like Zacchaeus had great wealth and still followed Jesus… So did Matthew (Levi).

Why do some believe and others walk away?

What causes some to be drawn and others to turn away?

There are so many factors, it’s not one size fits all.

But it’s an interesting topic to ponder…

P rayer

Lord, I pray for those around me who may not know you, that you would draw them to yourself and that they would answer your call on their life.


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