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S.O.A.P March 2, 2018

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March 2, 2018 

Read Acts 12:1-25

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Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.

S we are experiencing what they went through 2000 years ago.  To stand up and say that you are a Christian and a follower of God is almost a drill line for persecution. They stood up though in the time that they were offered. They did it. We Are Dealing with TODAY!

what can we do today? How can we be better at establishing the ways to the Kingdom? We are so focused on us, and how we are gonna get to the Kingdom. These disciples declared themselves.When was the last time we declared ourselves? I hurt a brother today. Not in physical sense but spiritual. I am lost for words. The only words i have is I am  a Christian. With that said, I am a follower of God. I have prayer and forgiveness as I would want God for me. 

PRAY MORE! Do more! Be grace filled. Be a Christian. They did not live their lives in vain. Application? This is it!

P God, I love you. I love that you love everyone of us. Amen.

Youth Dude

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S.O.A.P March 1, 2018

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March 1, 2018 

Read Acts 11:1-18

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ScriptureActs 11:17-18- And since God gave these Gentiles the same gift he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to stand in God’s way?” When the others heard this, they stopped objecting and began praising God. They said, “We can see that God has also given the Gentiles the privilege of repenting of their sins and receiving eternal life.”

Observations- Peter was challenged by some other Jewish believers for having gone to the home of a Gentile and even eating with them. Peter told them the story of all God had done as he shared the gospel with these people and the Holy spirit descended in a powerful way. They were quickly won over as Peter recalled the words of Jesus and they were able to see this was in line with what Jesus taught.

Application- We don't ever want to be guilty of standing in the way of the new and beautiful thing God wants to do among us, but we can't turn this story into license for God to bless anything we want to do. We must first and foremost recognize Jesus Christ and the witness of Scripture confirming what we are discerning God is up to accomplishing in and through us; that is, the Holy Spirit won't lead us to take action that violates what has already been made clear in His Word. When the Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit are in line, get out of the way! 

Prayer- Dear Lord, thank You for speaking into our lives through the received Word of God and through the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. Your Word and Spirit together provide graceful limits for us to hear from Your and respond to Your promptings about what to do next. Help us be grounded in Your Word and open to moving forward in the power of the Holy Spirit for Your glory. Amen. 

"But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work." (2 Timothy 3:14-17),

Pastor Jamie

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