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S.O.A.P April 5, 2018

April 5, 2018 

Read Ephesians 1:3-23

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Scripture- Ephesians 1:13b-14- And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.

Observations- In speaking with all those who had stepped across the line of faith in the local church in the city of Ephesus Paul declared as clearly as he knew how that each one of them received the gift of the Holy Spirit. This affirmation wasn't based on an emotional experience or a specific manifestation; rather it was based on God's promise. In loving and grateful response believers get to live lives that praise and glorify Him. 

Application- I can't decide what it means specifically for you that the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in you, but if you have in fact said "Yes!" to being a follower of Jesus, I can declare the reality of the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life. Our challenge is to discover the unique ways God wants us to live that truth out in our one and only lives. Of course, one way to live this out is grow the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), which is common to each one of us.

Prayer- Lord, thank You for fulfilling the promise of the Holy Spirit making a home in me to strengthen, equip, and encourage me for joyful service. Please let my life become a picture of praising and glorifying You. I pray for New Hope to be a church that rooted in Your Word, renewed by Your Spirit through worship and prayer, and reaching out in love to all the world. Amen. 

"Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life." (John 3:6),

Pastor Jamie

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

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S.O.A.P April 4, 2018

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April 4, 2018 

Read Galatians 5:13-26

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Scripture- Galatians 5:13- For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.

Observations- This is so hard for us to get, but it's so basic to Christian living. The way of twisting being saved by grace through faith in Jesus Chris alone is to say that our sin (missing the mark of God's full intention for our lives) no longer matters. Paul is saying that we are free in Christ...and that we now get to use our freedom to glorify God and build others up in His love. 

Application- Once we step over the line of faith in Christ we enter into a lifelong journey called "sanctification;" that is, a process of growing more in love with God and others in way that helps us learn how to sin less and less. In Galatians 5:22-23 we even get a report card of sorts so we can measure how we are doing on the journey: "But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!" Are you experiencing the fruit of your freedom in Christ?

Prayer- Dear Lord, thank You for my freedom in Christ. Help me not take it for granted or abuse it as license to do as I please, but guide my freedom to help me grow in my faith, hope, and love. Help me get better at serving others in the right way with the right spirit. Let there be more and more evidence of the fruit of the Spirit in my life. I will lean into You for the help I need as I need it. Amen. 

"Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives." (Galatians 5:25),

Pastor Jamie

To contact me:  

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

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