This Sunday - Sunday 24 May, 2020Ephesians 3:20
"Now all the glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think."
The SOAP program is as simple as this.
You receive a verse of scripture via a text message on your mobile phone.
S stands for scripture…
you take the time to read the verse…allowing God to speak to you.
O stands for observation .
What sticks your attention as you read that verse…. what is God actually trying to say to you as an individual/? You may ask the Holy Spirit to teach you, you may paraphrase the verse writing it down in your own words in a journal or just keeping it in your heart.
A stands for Application.
The next step is asking yourself what this actually means to you and how does this verse apply to you right now. Perhaps it is encouragement, instruction, revelation or a new promise for your life or the life of someone close to you. Perhaps it gives guidance and correction in an area of your life that troubles you.
P stands for prayer…
Prayer can be as simple as asking God to help you use the scripture in your life, or it may be a greater insight into what He is already revealing to you. Remember prayer is a two way conversation and you must be sure to listen to what God is saying to you. Then perhaps you will have an opportunity to pass that simple scripture txt message onto someone else.
Our SOAP messages are mainly drawn from the Uniting Church Lectionary readings each week
Last Sunday 17 May 2020:
Acts 1: 6-8 (NIV)
6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
These weekly verses from the bible are collated and sent by a congregation member for the SOAP program – feel free to share them with others!
[To subscribe to SOAP devotional texts or to provide feedback or your personal reflections, email: firstname.lastname@example.org ]
I pray you will be blessed each week as participate in this personal time of study and reflection until we are able to meet again as a family of believers.
Please if you are troubled or anxious during these difficult times know that you can call Rev Myung Hwa Park 0400191880 at anytime, she is happy to counsel and pray with you by phone. Blessings, Maureen.