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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

What is something you remember searching for? Why was it important to you? Did you find it?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

 

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

 

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.

 

If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord , and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalms 139:1-24 NIV (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

Pastor Greg: “’Search me!’ I am asking you all to join me and pray this prayer every day for the next week. It’s a bold prayer, a dangerous prayer. And God will speak to all of us.”

 

What if we go boldly before God in a life-changing, heartfelt, truly vulnerable way in prayer?

 

To play the role God has for us as his church, and to make an impact in our communities and our world, we must boldly step out as the people of God with dangerous prayers!

 

Application (5 minutes)

Thinking about Psalm 139 as a prayer, what parts do you want to begin praying? What parts are hard for you to pray and why?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

Consider personalizing Psalm 139 as a prayer. You might start out with, “Father, you have searched me. You really know ME personally. You know when I’m sitting and working and when I go for a run. You know my thoughts and words before I even fully understand them…”

 

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

Is it more natural for you to reveal or hide your insecurities when talking to others?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17:5-10 NIV (Bible.com)

 

The Apostle Paul writes, “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.” 1 Corinthians 4:2-5 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:        

Dangerous Prayer: “Search me, God, and know my heart.”

 

Without Christ, we do not have a good heart. The heart is “deceitful above all things.” It is a dangerous prayer to say, “Search my heart God; show me what’s in there!” Why? Because God is going to show you things in your heart that are NOT pure…not to be cruel, but to draw you into deeper intimacy with him as his Spirit transforms you into the image of Christ. Then we have to be honest with ourselves. Have you ever faked being totally committed to Christ?

 

Application (5 minutes)

Am I trusting people or the Lord for my confidence and help?

 

Do I live with a clear conscience…even while I trust the Lord to judge my heart?

 

Who am I truly able to be honest with?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

An important step in developing your relationship with God is honesty. Tell God how you really feel…then ask Him to truly search your heart, mind, and motives.

 

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

If you could be given a guided tour of Heaven by anyone, who would you choose?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:   

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 NIV (Bible.com)

 

 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. 1 John 4:16-21 NIV (Bible.com)

 

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:6-7 NIV (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:  

David prays, Reveal my fears…know my anxious thoughts.

 

What we fear the most reveals where we trust God the least!

 

Application (5 minutes)

God rewards those who earnestly seek him—what am I doing to place confidence in God?

 

God’s perfect love drives out fear which has to do with punishment—am I avoiding God out of fear of punishment, or am I embracing God’s love for me?

 

God’s spirit does not make us timid, but powerful, loving and self-disciplined—am I living timidly, or am I stepping out boldly in power, love and self-discipline?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

Consider praying this prayer: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” As you pray this dangerous prayer, God will begin to reveal what it is that is causing your fear. He’ll take you down to your core being, and God’s word will speak to the root of your problem.

 

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

How do you naturally respond to criticism and compliments?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-10 NIV (Bible.com)

 

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:13-16 NIV (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

Dangerous prayer: “Uncover my sins, Lord.” David prays, “See if there is any offensive way in me.”

 

Our need always points us to the area where we must call on and depend on Christ.

 

God is the only power in the universe that is stronger than addiction.

 

Whatever God shows you will always point directly to your need for Jesus … just Jesus. This prayer takes courage to pray.

 

Application (5 minutes)

Three questions that are helpful to ask yourself—to define what I need to confess to God and people I trust:

     1) What are others trying to tell me?

     2) What have I rationalized for some time?

     3) Where am I most defensive?  

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

Consider this: when you ask God to shine a spotlight in your soul, it shows you TRUST Him. As you pray this prayer, recognize that God put your guilt upon Jesus at the cross, so he could show you mercy and bring healing in your life. The surprise in the life of a Christian is NOT that we fail sometimes. It’s that when we fail, we respond with Jesus’ love, forgiveness, and second chances. And third… And fourth…

 

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

What is your favorite pair of footwear? When do you wear them?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

 

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

 

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.

 

If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord , and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalms 139:1-24 NIV (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

When you pray the dangerous prayers: search me, reveal my sins, uncover my sins—God will speak to you…he will lead you! The question is: will you follow?

 

Dangerous prayer: “Lead me in the way everlasting!”

 

Application (5 minutes)

Now that you’ve spent a week praying dangerous prayers, what is different about Psalm 139? What is different about you?

 

Have you noticed that Scripture is like a river? Every time you come to it, you experience something new! It is because YOU are changing, and what you see and need is different each time you allow it to flow into your mind and heart. As the writer of Hebrews says, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

In your words, ask the Lord to “see if there is any offensive way” in you and to “lead you in the way everlasting.” Be creative—what does Jesus want to free you from, and what is the path He is pointing to? Pray for the courage to take the next step!

 
 
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