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S.O.A.P. “Scripture/Observation/Application/Prayer”

Conversation Starter

What is your personal attitude towards “safety”? Has it changed over time?


Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli [the priest]. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down. Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord , for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:1-10, NIV (click for context)

Sermon Insights:

This is a very dangerous prayer, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” Do not pray this prayer unless you want to hear what God has to say!

Do you think God ever thinks, “Enough already! I heard your wish list; now I want to speak to you, and I want you to listen to me!”

Here’s the truth: God is always speaking! The question is: are we listening?


Application (5 minutes)

Are you willing to pray this “dangerous prayer”?

Why do you think some (maybe you) are hesitant to ask God to speak?

How are your listening skills?


Prayer (5 minutes)

As you pray “dangerous prayers” these next few weeks, remember that God has your best at heart. What are three words you would use to describe a good attitude of prayer?

S.O.A.P. “Scripture/Observation/Application/Prayer”

Conversation Starter

What is your favorite time of year? What sounds are associated with it?


Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalms 46:1-11, NIV (click for context)

Sermon Insights:  

How do I hear the voice of God? “Be still with God!”  

God speaks through his Word.

God speaks through people.


Application (5 minutes)

When you read God’s Word, be careful not to impose your opinions or preferences or ideas on it; rather, listen for God’s voice! Read Psalm 46 again—what is God saying?

Who in your life does God speak through?

Are you willing to listen so that God can speak to others through you?


Prayer (5 minutes)

As you pray, thank God for His Word and His people that he uses to speak to you. Ask Him to help you really hear!

S.O.A.P. “Scripture/Observation/Application/Prayer”

Conversation Starter

What is a city or destination that you would enjoy visiting?


Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:   

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalms 46:1-11, NIV (click for context)

Sermon Insights:  

How do I hear the voice of God? “Be still with God!” 

God speaks through circumstances.

God speaks through his Spirit.


Application (5 minutes)

“God speaks through circumstances.” Consider the importance of a windshield and a rearview mirror. While the rearview mirror gives you perspective on where you have been, it is important that it does not block your field of vision as you make choices in the present to prepare for your future. Anyone who focuses on the past will be distracted from making decisions in the present to secure their future. Yet anyone who ignores the past will have trouble growing from the perspective it offers. How has God showed himself faithful in your past? Do you believe you can trust him in the future?

“God speaks through his Spirit.” Pastor Greg talked about the Holy Spirit nudging us in a way that aligns with what was written in the Bible. What is the Holy Spirit nudging you to start, stop, appreciate, or grow in?


Prayer (5 minutes)

As you practice “being still before God,” take a moment to imagine the “City of God” and what you will enjoy most about being in a place filled with God’s presence and peace.

S.O.A.P. “Scripture/Observation/Application/Prayer”

Conversation Starter

Do you like to rest and relax? What spiritual benefits do you gain from resting and relaxing?


Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble….He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:1,10, NIV (click for context)

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke [teaching] upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30, NIV (click for context)

Sermon Insights:

We must be willing to do what God wants us to do!

What if we take a blank piece of paper into prayer time with God instead of our list, and let him guide?

Whatever you do…this is very important…make sure you obey what God showed you last before you want to hear him say something to you next!


Application (5 minutes)

What are your top worries these days?

What is your normal response with your own strength? How are you relying on God as your “ever-present help in trouble”?

If Jesus offered to carry the weight of your worries, would you let him?


Prayer (5 minutes)

Instead of bringing a prayer list to God today, try this:

1) Start with a blank piece of paper.

2) Review what God the Father and Jesus the Son said in the Scriptures above.

3) Listening carefully, write down God’s list for you!

S.O.A.P. “Scripture/Observation/Application/Prayer”

Conversation Starter

What has amazed you most about people’s reactions to the coronavirus?


Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the Lord . He was afraid to tell Eli the vision, but Eli called him and said, “Samuel, my son.” Samuel answered, “Here I am.” “What was it he [God] said to you?” Eli asked. “Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you.” So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, “He is the Lord ; let him do what is good in his eyes.” The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground. 1 Samuel 3:15-19, NIV (click for context)

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:19-27, NIV (click for context)

Sermon Insights:

If we want to hear from God, we must be willing to listen and take action.

Whatever you do…this is very important…make sure you obey what God showed you last before you want to hear him say something to you next!


Application (5 minutes)

Who is someone you can serve?

What resource (time, energy, compassion, finances) has God provided extra for you to help meet needs?

Have I taken the time to hear from God this week…and what next step of obedience is God calling me to take?


Prayer (5 minutes)

As you spend a few minutes flexing your “prayer muscles” and praying “dangerous prayers,” specifically ask God to do this for you! The Apostle Paul described his prayer for the Christians in Thessalonica: “So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.” 2 Thessalonians 1:11, NLT (click for context)

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