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Transformed, Part 1
Motions of Change
June 6-7, 2020

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

 

Conversation Starter

Which do you prefer: being well-prepared or “flying by the seat of your pants”?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

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.”’ Acts of the Apostles 1:1-8 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

Through the motions of change, God is preparing us to do something great for him.  

 

Our all-knowing and all-powerful God is on the move! He is aligning churches in every community around this globe to think creatively, pray boldly, and reach out powerfully.

 

Heraclitus said that life is a river…if you stick your foot in it, take it out, and put it back in, it will be a different river!

 

Application (5 minutes)

When your expectations are not met, do you ever find yourself questioning God’s planning or judgment? What is your response in these times—take control yourself or humbly trust?

 

On a scale from 1-10 (1 being “not interested at all” and 10 being “anything anywhere anytime”), how open are you to following God’s call in your life?

 

Don’t let the word “witness” intimidate you. When you believe in someone, you talk about them to whomever is willing to listen. How excited are you to talk about Jesus to others?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you approach your Heavenly Father in prayer, consider the acronym PRAY: praise God for who is he and what he has done; repent of anything in your life that is contrary to God’s will; ask God for what you want; and yield by being quiet and simply listening!

 

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

 

Conversation Starter

When do you remember being very disappointed? Did it have to do with unmet expectations?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Jesus told his disciples, “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!” Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, a distance of half a mile. Acts of the Apostles 1:8-12 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

Anytime God brings the motions of change, God is preparing to do something great in and through willing partners.

 

They were perplexed, afraid, and wondering “What does all this mean?”

 

Application (5 minutes)

How do you think the disciples felt after they watched Jesus die, saw him come back from the dead again, and then watched him go into Heaven?

 

What “motions of change” are you experiencing?

 

Are you cultivating a willing spirit so you can participate in the new things God is busy creating?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you spend a few minutes in prayer, consider letting God know how you would have felt if you had been one of the disillusioned disciples. Praise God for his plan, repent of sin, ask God for a willing heart, and yield to his next steps! Honesty is important when you are praying. “Confession” simply means “saying the same thing.” When you are honest about what you are feeling and thinking, God will provide clarity on your next steps if you are willing to listen to the methods and timing with which he uses to communicate.

 

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

 

Conversation Starter

Do you expect exciting new challenges to come into your life soon?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, a distance of half a mile. When they arrived, they went to the upstairs room of the house where they were staying. Here are the names of those who were present: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon (the zealot), and Judas (son of James).

 

They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus. During this time, when about 120 believers were together in one place, Peter stood up and addressed them.

 

“Brothers,” he said, “the Scriptures had to be fulfilled concerning Judas, who guided those who arrested Jesus. This was predicted long ago by the Holy Spirit, speaking through King David. Judas was one of us and shared in the ministry with us.” (Judas had bought a field with the money he received for his treachery. Falling headfirst there, his body split open, spilling out all his intestines. The news of his death spread to all the people of Jerusalem, and they gave the place the Aramaic name Akeldama, which means “Field of Blood.”)

 

Peter continued, “This was written in the book of Psalms, where it says, ‘Let his home become desolate, with no one living in it.’ It also says, ‘Let someone else take his position.’ “So now we must choose a replacement for Judas from among the men who were with us the entire time we were traveling with the Lord Jesus— from the time he was baptized by John until the day he was taken from us. Whoever is chosen will join us as a witness of Jesus’ resurrection.”

 

So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they all prayed, “O Lord, you know every heart. Show us which of these men you have chosen as an apostle to replace Judas in this ministry, for he has deserted us and gone where he belongs.” Then they cast lots, and Matthias was selected to become an apostle with the other eleven. Acts of the Apostles 1:12-26 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:  

Two absolutely critical dimensions for God to accomplish his purposes through the motions of change are all meeting together and being constantly united in prayer.

 

Unity as believers in Christ is crucial. Here at Antioch, we have huge diversity: age, color, cultural

backgrounds—from all over the states and the world.

 

Application (5 minutes)

What do you expect God to do?

 

How are you taking bold steps forward to follow Jesus?

 

Are you participating in the “two absolutely critical dimensions”?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

Spend a few minutes in prayer thanking God and being silent in his presence. If faith is difficult right now, consider simply praying a prayer of willingness: “Father, I am struggling with being willing…but I am willing for YOU to make me willing…”

 

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

 

Conversation Starter

What is the greatest thing Jesus’ death accomplished?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

 

At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers. They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages! Here we are—Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the areas of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11 NLT (Bible.com)

 

After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.” Revelation 7:9-12 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

God will not do anything great in our lives, our families, or this church until we look to him, praise him, and pray bold and dangerous prayers.

 

Application (5 minutes)

When you picture the entire church, the body of Christ, in Heaven…does the picture in your head match the picture Jesus gave John in Revelation?

 

If you are a part of the church, you are a part of Jesus’ family composed of people from “every nation and tribe and people and language.” Who is your neighbor and how should you love your neighbors?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you spend a few minutes in prayer, thank him that he created the entire human family and sent Jesus to save people—from every nation, tribe, people, and language—from sin and death!

 

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

 

Conversation Starter

Do you view time as a resource? When you think about time, do you feel you have plenty or little?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Jesus said, “…I will build my church…” Matthew 16:18 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Jesus explained to his disciples, “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.” Acts of the Apostles 1:8 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all. All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved. Acts of the Apostles 2:41-47 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

Jesus said, “I will build my church” and if the church is not communicating the greatest life-changing message in the world in a way that is making a difference in the lives of people—one life at a time—then it is not aligned with God’s word or his will.

 

This is not the time to pull back, be timid, or shy away. This is the time to pray dangerous prayers; time to step up and serve; time to be bold, innovative, creative, courageous, and generous; and the time to demonstrate unity to a seriously broken world.

 

Application (5 minutes)

How are you participating in Jesus’ mission to build his church?

 

It feels safe and easy to make big judgments about the world. It feels unsure and vulnerable to love MY neighbor. Is God moving you from judgment to action?

 

What is your next step? Who will you serve today—with the time and energy Jesus gives you today?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you spend a few minutes in prayer, thank God that he cares for you. You are not just a number or a statistic. You are individually loved and uniquely valued. Let God come close to you…don’t resist him. He really loves you!

 
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