S.O.A.P March 12, 2018
Lecture Hall of Tyrannus
March 12, 2018
Read Acts 19:1-20
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Scripture- Acts 19:8-9- Then Paul went to the synagogue and preached boldly for the next three months, arguing persuasively about the Kingdom of God. But some became stubborn, rejecting his message and publicly speaking against the Way. So Paul left the synagogue and took the believers with him. Then he held daily discussions at the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
Observations- The Good News was being well received by many Jews in the city of Ephesus, but eventually it became untenable to continue participating in the local synagogue. So Paul led the believers to regroup in a place where the message could continue to be delivered to an even wider audience. Paul's general pattern was to go to a city's synagogue first in order to build a strong base of Christ followers and then move on to other settings.
Application- Paul was never afraid to try something new, and it didn't seem to matter that "it had never been done that way before." He remained grounded in God's Word and open to the movement of the Holy Spirit. This is a great habit for us to develop in our own lives and at New Hope. Being grounded in the God's Word without being genuinely open to the Holy Spirit can lead us to be rigid and inflexible. Thinking we are being open to the Holy Spirit without being well grounded in God's Word can leave us too loose and willing to go in directions God has already told us were wrong in His Word. What can you do to be both more grounded in God's Word and more open to the movement of the Holy Spirit?
Prayer- Lord, thank You for Your Word and the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives and Your church. I to be faithful to You in my one and only life, but so often I miss the mark and fall short of Your glory. Truly free me from my many sins and guide me to the life I want to share with You. Let there be great hope in my heart and joyful praise on my lips. Amen.
"For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true." (1 Thessalonians 1:5a),
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