SOAP Study - September 28, 2020

    09.28.20 | by Rocky Shack

    SCRIPTURE:

    1 Corinthians 4:1-5

    So look at Apollos and me as mere servants of Christ who have been put in charge of explaining God’s mysteries. Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful. As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point. My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.

    So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.

    PERSONAL SOAP STUDY

    OBSERVATION: 
    • What verse stood out to you while you were reading?
    • What did you discover about God, yourself, and others?
    APPLICATION: 
    • How should this information impact your life?
    • What needs to be different about the way you are currently living?
    PRAYER: 
    • 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.

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    OBSERVATION: 

    This passage raised a question within me. What do people need to see in me? In this passage, Paul is telling us what God is looking for. Who is the servant of God? When people look back on my life, will they clearly see a servant of God, or will people twist stories to try to make me sound better than I actually was? Paul doesn’t care about the superficial stuff that society usually tells us that we have made it (assets, celebrity, follower count, and insert whatever people judge success on). All of that does not matter to him. Paul simply wants to know if servant of God comes to mind, when people think of him. More importantly, he cares if that is how God sees him. Paul knows that people can boost us and deflate us, but God calls it as God sees it. Paul trusts God’s opinion of him over his own judgment of himself. He is not trying to please himself or any other human authority; he is only seeking to become more and more a servant of Jesus. Why? Because Paul knows that the more you become a servant of Jesus, the freer you can become as a person. In service to Jesus, there is freedom from the obligations to this group over another. There is no longer a need to make such that political talking points line up with this side over that side. We then only care about landing on the side where Jesus is, which may not be either of the sides you previously thought were the choices. In the end, Paul is just desiring the gaze of God. Look upon me and decide whether or not I ran this race the way I was supposed to.

    APPLICATION:

    More than I would like to admit, I am someone who cares a lot about what other people think. Did I make this person feel guilty? I know I said that wrong. I messed up, and everyone knows it. I focus so much on what others think about me, and I think I fight everyday to focus more on what God thinks about me. I think that God searches me in and out and knows the content of my character and the intention of my love. Sometimes I miss the mark, and it doesn’t come out the way I want. Apologies will follow, but does God see the intention and desire for me to do better the next time? Does God notice that I care to get better? In the end, can I focus on whose opinion matters the most?

    PRAYER:

    LORD, help me to see you as the judge of my life! The One who can pull back the curtain on my life and decide whether there is a servant of Jesus there. Help me to be more of what I know I can be! I invite you to search me out! Find in me every unclean thing! Push me to be better! Focus me on what matters most! You are my everything! Don’t let me lose sight of that!