SOAP Study - September 22, 2020
1 Corinthians 2:11-16
11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.[a] 14 But people who aren’t spiritual[b] can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15 Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 16 For,
“Who can know the Lord’s thoughts?
Who knows enough to teach him?”[c]
But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.
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
What is in the mind of Jesus? What would we find in there? I think we would see Jesus’ imagination for what can be. I believe that we would see what heaven looks like on earth. After all, that is what Jesus is after. He is the catalyst for the things of God’s kingdom to take place here. But, even Jesus says to his disciples that we will do even greater things. I think we would see God’s plan for the Jews and the Gentiles worshipping God together like what Paul writes to the Ephesian church. We would see a dividing wall of hostility uprooted and a united church planted. We would see a new people formed where we celebrate together and weep together. I think for the rest of the world, there is a sense that Jesus had quite the imagination, but that is naïve to think it could be accomplished. Well, Jesus believed in it so much that he would die on our cross to ignite a movement not simply within us but among us and beyond us. Lastly, what do I think we would find in the mind of Christ? I think we would see our faces and the faces of the future of the Church. I like to believe that my face would be in Jesus’ mind as he goes to our cross. I also think the face of my enemy would be there, too.
When people see us, they should see the stuff of Jesus. People should see the imagination of Jesus. I think sometimes we feel so beat up by the world’s opinions, the fruitless arguments, and the lack of understanding that we let go of Jesus’ imagination for what this world can be. When we let go of his imagination, we want to play by the rules of the world. I cannot afford to give into that. We cannot give up. We have to believe that the imagination of Jesus is worth fighting for no matter how the world treats us. I will fight for it by committing to the ongoing process of renewing my mind to the mercies of God. If I do that with courage and compassion, I can leave the rest up to God.
Our Father who is in heaven. Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven! That is the prayer your Son Jesus taught us to pray. May those words be forever on our lips! Remind us that we are after the things of God! Keep your vision in our minds! Do not let us succumb to the things of this world. But renew our minds to follow your will in single-minded obedience! Help us to dream big dreams of impossible things becoming possible just like Jesus! If we hang in there, we just might see that they can be done!