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S.O.A.P February 18, 2018

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February 18, 2018 

Read Acts 5:17-42

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ScriptureActs 5:40-42- The others accepted his advice. They called in the apostles and had them flogged. Then they ordered them never again to speak in the name of Jesus, and they let them go. The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus. And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah.”

Observations- Again the religious officials attempted to silence the followers of Jesus from speaking in His name. Of course, they immediately paid no attention to their warnings and kept sharing the truth of the Good News. The religious leaders hoped that this fledgling movement would soon enough dry up and go away as so many other movements had once their leader was dead.

Application- Crucifixion wasn't an uncommon Roman practice, but it was mainly reserved for perceived "enemies of the state." Approximately 600 others died on a cross over a period of 100 years with some followers hailing each one as the "Messiah," but only one group of followers never gave up believing their leader was the Messiah. No other leader, however, had followers who experienced the reality of the resurrection. The movement is alive today, because our Savior lives, and that's why we won't, we can't, be silent about Who He is and what He means to us.

Prayer- Lord, thank You for the witness of the early church, for all of the faithful followers who refused to be silenced when it came to proclaiming the truth of Who Jesus was and they way He transformed their lives. Give us a portion of the holy boldness of these first century witnesses of the resurrection. Help us be Your voices in this generation for Your glory and the salvation of many people You love so much. Amen.  

"For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes-the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It's through faith that a righteous person has life.” (Romans 1:16-17),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P February 17, 2018

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February 17, 2018 

Read Acts 5:1-16

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ScriptureActs 5:11- Great fear gripped the entire church and everyone else who heard what had happened.

Observations- The story of Ananias and Sapphira is truly sad and so unnecessary. they sinned by lying, even though they had done a good thing. They, however, wanted to look even better before others even as they cheated God. It makes sense that the church experienced great fear in the midst of such a display of God's holiness and righteousness. 

Application- This story reminds us of the dangers of trying to look better than we really are, for it doesn't serve us well in the long run. God always knows the truth about us, and we can't hide from Him. God is holy and just and righteous, and He invites us to journey with Jesus to more and more embody these values in our own lives. How is your discipleship process going?

Prayer- (by Nicolas of Flue- 1417-1487) My Lord and my God, remove far from me whatever keeps me from You. My Lord and my God, confer upon me whatever enables me to reach You. My Lord and my God, free me from self and make me wholly Yours. Amen.

Pastor Jamie

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

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