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S.O.A.P February 11, 2018

February 11, 2018 

Read Acts 2:1-13

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ScriptureActs 2:11b- "And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!”

Observations- So as the Holy Spirit descended upon the followers of Jesus and made a home in them what was the miracle? Well, obviously the fact that they were speaking in foreign languages they had no familiarity with was quite surprising and amazing, but even more important was the message being delivered and heard by so many other people in the language they spoke. The Good News was being shared. The stories of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection were being proclaimed and understood.

Application- Anytime we enter into another person's world to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with them there is a way in which we are attempting to "speak their language," and that is a beautiful miracle. Does it help to listen to a person's story, get to know them as they are, and address the way Jesus will meet them at their deepest point of need? I think so, and it's what Peter meant when he urged Christ followers to always be ready to share our faith: "And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way." (1 Peter 3:15b-16a).

Prayer- Lord, everyone kind of speaks their own language, so lead me to enter into other people's lives in a way that invites further conversation, deeper connection, and a natural and normal way to invite them to respond with faith in Jesus Christ. Help us be a church where New Hope comes alive in our lives and in the lives of the people You have for us to touch and bless. Amen.

"And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love." (Romans 5:4-5),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P February 10, 2018

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The followers of Jesus waited together for the Holy Spirit to come.

 

February 10, 2018 

Read Acts 1:12-26

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ScriptureActs 1:12-13- Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, a distance of half a mile. When they arrived, they went to the upstairs room of the house where they were staying.

Observations- In verse 4 the disciples were given their last specific instruction from Jesus before He ascended into heaven: “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before." In these verses we see all of the believers simply faithfully following through with the request precisely as Jesus gave it.  

Application- A lot of times small and simple acts of obedience make a huge difference in our spiritual growth. No disciple said, "I want to walk over to Bethlehem to the spot where Jesus was born." No follower went off on their own to spread the Good News. They were told to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit, and so they waited in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit. Don't ever take for granted that you simple acts of obedience to Jesus' call on your matter greatly. How will you listen to God's nudges today?

Prayer- Dear Lord, thank You for the example of those first century disciples who stayed faithful in the little things on the way to be faithful in the bigger things. If we've stepped across the line of faith in Jesus Christ, Your Holy Spirit has taken up residence in us. We ask You to lead and guide us. Speak, O God, for Your servants and friends are listening. Amen.

"It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us." (2 Corinthians 1:22-23),

Pastor Jamie

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

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