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S.O.A.P April 17, 2018

April 17, 2018 

Read 1 Timothy 4:1-16

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Scripture- 1 Timothy 4:16- Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.

Observations- Paul was always concerned about false teaching gaining a strong foothold in any local church, and so he urged Timothy, who he served as spiritual father and mentor, to be careful about the way he lived and the way he taught as he led a local congregation in the truth with grace.

Application- All of us have a responsibility to live well and love well in the name Jesus and for the of the Good News getting a hearing. Those of us tasked with leadership in the church have an even greater responsibility that we must take seriously. Not only must we do this to honor the gift of our own salvation, but we do this to honor those who haven't yet said "Yes!" to following Jesus. 

Prayer- Dear God, thank You for such a high and holy calling to serve in Jesus' church to meet the needs of this community in this generation! Help us take our responsibility to use our gifts and graces to honor You and point people to the truth and grace that can only be found in Jesus. Help us to keep a close watch on the way we live and on our teaching. Amen.

"But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered." (2 Peter 2:1-2),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P April 16, 2018

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April 16, 2018 

Read 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18

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Scripture- 2 Thessalonians 3:10-11- Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business.

Observations- Paul was wildly displeased that some people in the Christian community felt entitled to do nothing to support themselves or their families, which was some form of misinterpreting what it meant to put one's full trust in God as they waited for the return of Christ. His word to them was pretty clear- get up, get moving, support yourself, and do all you can to support your brothers and sisters in Christ. 

Application- It's hard to imagine how the tradition of sharing in the early church ("They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity." Acts 2:46) morphed into a spirit of entitlement not to contribute and merely take from others, even in Christian community. Do note that Paul wasn't addressing those "unable" to work. he was specifically addressing those who were "unwilling" to put forth effort. This should serve as a powerful lesson for us to apply gently and firmly with truth and grace.

Prayer- O Lord, thank You for reminders in Your Word about our responsibilities to not only ourselves and families, but to the Christian community and all of the people in the world You so love. Help us be compassionate and gracious. Help us take our responsibilities to honor You, one another, and ourselves seriously, in Jesus' name. Amen.

"Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct." (Galatians 6:4-5), 

Pastor Jamie

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

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