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SOAP- Part 4

Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

4. It opens our eyes

verse 12-13 “A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there. 13 He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him.”
APPLICATION:

3 things I must do with God’s word.

1. I must accept it’s authority.

Proverbs 30:5 “Every word of God is flawless.”

Psalm 119:96 “Nothing is perfect except Your word.”

2. I must assimilate it’s truth.

Psalm 119:11 “I will hide his word in my heart…”

Psalm 119:97 “How I love Your teachings, I think about them all day long.”

3. I must apply it’s principles.

John 13:17 “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

James 1:22-25 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

PRAYER:
God let your word get in me and change me and help me to get your word to others.

SOAP- Part 3

SOAP
Week 3
Acts 15

SCRIPTURE:

Acts 15:36-41 “Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, 38 but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. 39 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord. 41 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.”

verse 39 “They had a sharp disagreement

OBSERVATION:

Conflict happens, even among Christians

1. Unresolved conflict hinders your peace

Psalm 55:12-14 “If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide. 13 But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, 14  with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God,
as we walked about among the worshipers.”

2. Unresolved conflict hinders your prayer

Matthew 11:24 "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours."

Verse 25 "and when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive your sins."

Matthew 5:23-24 "So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and suddenly you remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God."

3. Unresolved conflict hinders your progress

Amos 3:3 “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?”


APPLICATION:

Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.”

1. Speak the truth in love

2. Apologize when I’m wrong

James 5:16 "Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you might be healed."

3. Let it go and move on

PRAYER:

God help us to learn to live in your peace in all of our relationships

SOAP- Part 2

SOAP
Part 2: Acts 8

Scripture
Observation
Application
Prayer

SCRIPTURE:

Acts 8:1-8 “And Saul approved of their killing him. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison. 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7 For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city.”

OBSERVATION:

verse 1-4 “On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison. 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.”

  1. Build your character

James 1:2-4  “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”

b. Teach you to depend on God

c. Bring hope to someone else with the same pain

2 Corinthians 1:3-5
“Praise be to the God …. the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

d. Reveal God’s glory

John 9:3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

APPLICATION:

Verse 8 “There was great joy in the city”

How do we keep our joy even in painful times?

1. Stop asking why.

2. Start seeing bad circumstances as a good opportunities.

3. Stay focused on what really matters.

PRAYER:

God help us to endure the painful times with your purpose in mind.