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S.O.A.P February 14, 2018

February 14, 2018 

Read Acts 3:12-4:4

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+3%3A12-4%3A4&version=NLT

 

ScriptureActs 3:19-20- Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah.

Observations- Peter had another opportunity to share the Good News about Jesus' resurrection and having new life in and through Him. In this message Peter offered people the opportunity to go in a new direction (repent of your sins and turn to God) with the promise that all of those sins could be erased and new and fresh blessings could be received with joy. 

Application- In the season of Lent we reflect on what it might mean for us to more intentionally turn toward God. What might we need to let go of or what new habit might we need to take up in order to more fully and truly turn to God in this season of our lives? One thing we can count on- there is more grace in God's heart than sin in our past. What can you do today to "repent of your sins and turn to God?"

Prayer- Dear God, You know my needs before I ask, but I am so grateful You love the sound of my voice. Reveal to me things I can do, practices I can engage, and people to connect with that will guide and bless my spiritual formation. Give me times of refreshment as I seek less of my way and far more of Your way in my life. Amen.

"Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins." (Psalm 51:1),

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - Ash Wednesday is today, and it marks the beginning of Lent. Please plan to join us this evening, February 14th, at one of our two service both featuring the imposition of ashes. One is a more traditional joint service hosted by Limona Village Chapel at 6:30pm (408 Limona Rd, Brandon, FL 33510) or a more modern service at The Table at 7:00pm in Logan Hall. 

P. S. S. - We have a great resource to help during the season of Lent this year. For a digital version of the Lenten Devotional Guide, "I AM SENT AND SO ARE YOU: DEVOTIONS BY MISSIONARIES OF NEW HOPE," click HERE or go to www.findnewhope.com, wait for the Lent picture to scroll through, and click on the picture there. 

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

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S.O.A.P February 13, 2018

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February 13, 2018 

Read Acts 2:41-3:11

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ScriptureActs 2:42- All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.

Observations- The first thing the church committed themselves to do after the miracle of Pentecost was learn the truth of God's Word more fully and connect with one another and God relationally. Truth and unity in the power of the Holy Spirit would be necessary for whatever God had in store next for this fledgling band of new believers. 

Application- These verses paint a picture of the church that we should aspire to live out. Do we experience the 2nd chapter of Acts all of the time at New Hope? I wish, but sometimes we act more like a 1 Corinthians 5 church wallowing in sin that we refuse to confront or we're a Revelation 2 church in need of hearing Jesus say, "I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first." (Revelation 2:4-5a) What can you do to help make sure we're an Acts 2 church?

Prayer- (by John Ortberg) Jesus, today you lead, and I will follow. Whatever I have to do today in my relationships, my body, my health, and my finances are in your hands. I won't try to figure out the rest of my life. I won't try to solve every day. Just today. You lead. I'll follow. Amen.

"And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us." (1 John 3:23),

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, is this tomorrow. Please plan to join us on Wednesday, February 14th, at one of our two service both featuring the imposition of ashes. One is a more traditional joint service hosted by Limona Village Chapel at 6:30pm (408 Limona Rd, Brandon, FL 33510) or a more modern service at The Table at 7:00pm in Logan Hall. 

To contact me:   

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

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