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S.O.A.P February 26, 2018

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February 26, 2018 

Read Acts 9:32-42

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ScriptureActs 9:35- Then the whole population of Lydda and Sharon saw Aeneas walking around, and they turned to the Lord.

Observations- Here we some amazing signs and wonders that Jesus Christ does through Peter and the affect this has on who see the transformation of Aeneas and Tabitha. God uses these signs and wonders to draw people to Himself and help them believe the truth of the Good News about Jesus Christ.

Application- The bigger miracle- even bigger than Tabitha being raised from the dead- is that so many people respond by stepping over the line of faith in Jesus Christ. In the midst of all of these miracles the fact remains the greater miracle is people receiving the gift of new life in Christ. What "sign and wonder" helped you accept the free gift of God's grace and salvation in and through Jesus? For me it was people who didn't give up on and loved me into the Kingdom. I belonged to the church long before I believed in Christ or had any interest in obeying Him.

Prayer- (by Billy Graham- 1919-2018) Our Father and our God, we pray that … we all might be conscious that Thine eye is upon us. If God can see the sparrow fall, if He has the hairs of our head numbered, we know that He watches us, that He loves us, that He cares for us, and we’re told in Thy Word that He cares for us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to the cross to die that we might find forgiveness of our sins. We pray … that Thy Holy Spirit will draw all men unto the Savior, for we ask it in His Name. Amen.

"We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 15:11),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P February 25, 2018

February 25, 2018 

Read Acts 9:20-31

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ScriptureActs 9:27- Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and told them how Saul had seen the Lord on the way to Damascus and how the Lord had spoken to Saul. He also told them that Saul had preached boldly in the name of Jesus in Damascus.

Observations- It's easy to imagine how difficult it would be for people- believers and non-believers- to trust the conversion of Saul was genuine, but then a man like Barnabas (which meant son of encouragement) who had sold all he had and given it to the disciples, vouched for Saul's unique experience with the living Christ and told how valuable he had been at convincing people about the truth of the gospel. 

Application- Paul needed Barnabas, a son of encouragement, to come alongside him and vouch for him in the early church. We all need people who will stand up and declare that we have something of value to contribute in Jesus' church. Saul's gifts were unmistakable, but his character was questionable. Who has championed you in the life of faith? Who will you be a champion for as you grow in love and grace?

Prayer- Thank You, Lord, for the people in my life who have believed in me, even when it was hard to believe in myself. Thank You for the people who saw qualities in me that could bless others and help build Your church in our hearts. Guide me to people who could benefit from me vouching for them and calling out the best from them for Your glory, in Jesus' name. Amen.

"Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles. Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear." (1 Timothy 1:18-19a),

Pastor Jamie

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

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