S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. During the forty days after he suffered and died, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.
Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!” Acts 1:1–11 NLT
The only way to “know” history is to trust eyewitness testimony. Why was Luke (the author of the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts) convinced of the resurrection of Jesus?
Jesus gave his disciples permission to dream great dreams for God for their families, their friends, their neighbors, and their communities. What dream is God stirring in you for others?
The disciples wanted to know when “the end” was coming; Jesus refocused them to witness to the world about him during the time they had left through the power of the Holy Spirit. How do you believe Jesus wants you to focus your time and relationships?
Lord, thank you for securing a place in Heaven for me. Thank you for giving me the task of helping people be reconciled to you. Help me to be a faithful witness to Jesus!