This morning I used The S.O.A.P.S method (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer, Share) of reading Scripture for a section of Acts chapter 2 I read this morning. SOAPS is good way to daily self-feed yourself on Scripture.
1. Scripture: Acts 2:22-36
2. Observation: I observed that Peter's evangelistic message to the crowd contained nothing about him and his works or his efforts, but only Christ's death and resurrection, and his Lordship.
3. Application: As I lead and grow ODC, its success has nothing to do based on my works or efforts, but proclaiming Jesus' saving works on the cross.
4. Prayer: Jesus, just as I could not save myself but my salvation was only made possible through my claiming you as my Lord and through your works of redemption, I cannot continue in my salvation today without claiming the same. I cannot plant a church by my pulling a lever or by my means. My “job” in your church is the relentless pursuit of who God has made me to be. And anything else I do is sin and I need to repent of it. It is only in my relentless pursuit of who God made me to be, that I can become everything ODC needs me to be. I cannot lead people somewhere I am not trying to go myself. I don't have to have arrived. I don't have to be perfect, but I do have to be on the same path. And that is why for so many the church experience has been so shallow, because so many leaders have never descended into the depths of their own souls. Help me to descend Lord to where all that is left is you Jesus.
5. Share: Help me proclaim simply Christ, Christ crucified, Christ resurrected, to those I meet today. Especially those at the WH this morning.
Please share an observation, application, prayer or other reflection the Holy Spirit revealed to you from your time in Acts chapter 2 today.