S.O.A.P March 26, 2018
March 26, 2018
Read Acts 28:15-31
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Scripture- Acts 28:30-31- For the next two years, Paul lived in Rome at his own expense. He welcomed all who visited him, boldly proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. And no one tried to stop him.
Observations- So often we've seen in the Book of Acts that wherever Paul went there was a riot, but in the last verses of this last chapter we see him being able to preach without interference from government or religious officials. It is a fitting and quiet ending to a tumultuous period in the first generation of the early church, but we know the chapters yet to be written would follow with persecution, dispersion, and the growth of Jesus' church in fulfillment of Acts 1:8: "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere- in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Application- This low key ending to an exciting, action packed, dangerous adventure of faith in Christ reminds us this is a story that hasn't actually ended. There will be chapter 29 and 30 and so on into the future until the return of Jesus Christ: "He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know." (Acts 1:7) We want to be rooted firmly in God's Word as an instrument of truth and grace, renewed by the Holy Spirit for faithful and joyful service, and reaching out in our community and around the world- just like the early church described in the Book of Acts. We, right here locally at New Hope and at churches globally all around the world, are writing the next chapter in the Book of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer- Lord, as we remember how Christ the King, my King, entered Jerusalem to the sound of joyful shouts, increase our faith and hear our prayers as we seek to praise You every day. Help us truly seek to live in Christ, the One who reigns forever with You and the Holy Spirit. Guide us as we seek to write a new chapter for Jesus' church with You. Amen.
"Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross." (Colossians 1:18-20),
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