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S.O.A.P February 28, 2018

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February 28, 2018 

Read Acts 10:24-48

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ScriptureActs 10:47-48- Then Peter asked, “Can anyone object to their being baptized, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?” So he gave orders for them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Afterward Cornelius asked him to stay with them for several days.

Observations- Before Peter could even finish his message about the Good News, the Holy Spirit interrupted and fell upon Cornelius and all of the other Gentiles gathered together. All doubts that might have still lingered for Peter about whether or not this was consistent with what the Old Testament pointed to and what Jesus had proclaimed were erased. 

Application- Perhaps Peter remembered the words spoken by Jesus: "The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8) One thing was for sure the barrier between Jew and Gentile would no longer be significant in sharing the Good News. All barriers fade away in the light of abiding faith and genuine repentance: "...everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name.” (vs 43b) Are you holding onto barriers God has already broken down?

Prayer- Loving and gracious God, I am Your child, but still I often turn my back on Your love and I set up barriers for others You have already torn down. Please receive my sorrow and repentance and help me be free of my own small mindedness. As I journey through Lent, let me remember and give thanks that I am grafted into Your family through Christ and prepare me to live in the light of the resurrection always. Amen.

"For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:26-28),

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S.O.A.P February 27, 2018

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February 27, 2018 

Read Acts 10:1-23

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ScriptureActs 10:19-20- Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, “Three men have come looking for you. Get up, go downstairs, and go with them without hesitation. Don’t worry, for I have sent them.”

Observations- Peter had a disturbing vision that challenged his long held perception about how the Good News would go forward, but this vision isn't doing something new and unseen in Scripture previously; rather his vision is clarifying what had already been delivered. The vision helped make sense of Old Testament prophecies and the last words of Jesus before He ascended into heaven: "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere- in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Application- When God does a new thing in this vision, it's really the fulfillment of God's long range plan for the Good News to be extended to the Gentiles. Isaiah 49:6 declared 700 years before Christ came on the scene, "He says, 'You will do more than restore the people of Israel to me. I will make you a light to the Gentiles, and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.'" About 1300 years before that God told Abram, "I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others...All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:2-3) What new thing does God want to do in you that is a fulfillment of the promises He gave long ago?

Prayer- Lord, when we say we long to hear You speak into our lives, we also trust You won't do a complete U-turn from what we have read in Your Word. The movement of the Holy Spirit is consistent with all that You've previously revealed in Your grace, mercy, and love. As we strive to be open to Your Spirit, help us stay grounded in Your Word. Give us visions and dreams that we can't possibly fulfill in our own power and strength that are in line with the truth found in Your Word. Amen.

N. T. Wright: “Those in whom the Spirit comes to live are God's new Temple. They are, individually and corporately, places where heaven and earth meet.” 

Pastor Jamie

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To connect with the New Hope website: www.findnewhope.com

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