What Are Scraps?
Mark 7:26-30 "The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. "First let the children eat all they want," he told her, "for it is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs." "Yes, Lord," she replied, "but even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs." Then he told her, "For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter." She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
Jesus walked 70 miles to have this conversation with this lady. At first glance it sounds like Jesus is telling this woman she is a dog, when in reality he was just giving voice to what the disciples and all of Israel thought at the time. He tested her and after she kept pressing in with her request He healed her daughter. At one of our 10MEN tables it became clear to us that even the scraps that fall off the table can accomplish far more than we could ever imagine. We know that our tithes and offerings need to go to our home churches to help fund home-base for ministry. So we took this challenge of giving our scraps to God by deciding we would all give up something we enjoy (buying coffee at the corner store, going to a car wash, having the neighbor kid mow our grass of us) and by doing without or doing it ourselves we would in turn give God these SCRAPS.
With these scraps over the last two years we have run water pipes to a small village in South Africa; put shoes on hundreds of barefooted Hondurans feet; helped but a Hindu girl through school, paid for her training, set her up in a micro-business, and helped pay for her wedding which caused her to become a Christian; bought 15 water coolers for 12 orphanages in Calcutta; did scores of local mission projects for single moms and those at the margins here in America; and are currently building a significant addition onto an orphanage in India. The best part of this story is that we have just begun to see what God can do with a few dollars tossed in a hat each week at a growing number of 10MEN tables around the Washington Metropolitan area.
What is SOAPing?
10 MAN TABLES – Because it is so easy to drift away from our walk with God, we choose to meet for one hour once a week being sure to start and end on time. Our 10 MEN Tables follow a simple format that calls us into a deeper relationship with Jesus and each other. We have tables that meet throughout the area, at different times and places, allowing every man to find a table that will meet his individual schedule.
At these weekly meetings every table works with the same chapter in the Bible using the S.O.A.P. technique. Each man reads a few verses aloud while we each prayerfully look for the verse in the chapter that God is speaking directly to us. We then explore the S.O.A.P. of that verse by all writing out the following…
S – Scripture – Write out the verse that God spoke to you.
O – Observat ion – What caused you to select this verse?
A – Action – How is God asking you to apply this verse to your life?
P – Prayer – Write a prayer that agrees with what God spoke to you.
Each man then takes a minute to share what he just wrote out on the S.O.A.P sheet.
GOD QUESTION – The table leader will also pray about a question God wants to ask the group. Each man is given a minute or two to truthfully respond.
SCRIPTURE MEMORY – We are also given a scripture verse each week to memorize with the goal of writing 52 verses each year onto our hearts.
PHONE NUMBER EXCHANGE – Each man writes his name and phone number on the memory verse slip before exchanging them. During the week he will call his man and have a short conversation, creating accountability, friendship, and community.