SOAP Study - August 10, 2020
1 This letter is from Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus.
I am writing to all of God’s holy people in Philippi who belong to Christ Jesus, including the church leaders[a] and deacons.
2 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, 5 for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. 6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
PERSONAL SOAP STUDY
- What verse stood out to you while you were reading?
- What did you discover about God, yourself, and others?
- How should this information impact your life?
- What needs to be different about the way you are currently living?
- Take some time to talk to God about the things you just learned and how you want your life to look different. Give God thanks for revealing these things to you, ask Him for wisdom and courage to move forward so that you can apply these things to your life.
STAFF SOAP STUDY
Paul and Timothy are writing to the people of Philippi. Paul greets all the churches he writes with the same greeting: “May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace” (v.2). Grace and peace may sound like really small gifts from the Lord, but if you’ve ever experienced peace that can only come from the Lord, you know how big of a gift this is. Paul ends this passage of scripture by saying he knows that God began a work in the people of Philippi, and He is going to bring the work to completion when Christ returns.
As a Christian, I find myself expecting instant gratification when it comes to being more Christ-like. When we become believers, sometimes there is instant transformation, but transformation continues to happen over the years of being a believer. God wants to change our hearts, but we have to be open to Him. We have to invite him into our lives daily so that he can clean out the parts of our hearts that are not of Him and replace it with more of Him.
For me, I frequently find myself in a place of not listening for God to convict me of things in my life that are not of Him. Making space for God to point out those things in my life is difficult because of the fast-paced life I live. I find that when I’m spending time with God, sitting in the quiet and asking God to reveal one thing each day that is not of Him and fill it with something that is of Him, He is faithful to do just that.
Holy Spirit, thank you that you are present with us. Thank you that you desire to transform us into being more like you. Help me to rely on you for help. Help me to listen for your direction about the things in my life that are not of you. Fill me with more of you each day, Jesus. Amen.