“There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 (NLT) The heart of this ministry is to inspire a love for God’s Word and encourage the discipline of daily Bible reading and SOAP journaling. These are a few of our SOAP notes from today’s reading. We encourage you to read and journal on your own first, then join us in conversation about what God revealed to YOU today. Click HERE to go directly to the daily reading if you wish.
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The Church | Kimi Miller
S~ They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42 (NIV)
O~ The Acts 2 Church is a beautiful image of Christ’s desire for us.
A~ I’ve been thinking a lot about the Church. I’ve been reading Francis Chan’s book, Letters to the Church, and have been so grateful to finally have words that articulate what my spirit has been whispering to my soul all along. Maybe we’re doing it wrong.
Okay, maybe wrong isn’t the right word. Maybe we can just be better at being the Church. When I read Your Word, I have yet to find where You tell me to build a big building, hire a dynamic speaker, and perform worship so that all the people have a great experience. What I do find is You, Jesus, telling me to teach others about all the things You commanded (on how to live a life in the presence of God) = Love God, love people. Be different, be set apart; be holy. Why do we expect people to “come and listen” when the command was to “go and teach?”
I’ve been away from “organized church” for a year. I don’t even know if I miss it (I’m not saying that to be arrogant, but just honest). When all of that (the building, the speaker, the worship performance) is stripped away, the only thing left is Your Presence and the people. And that is what I experienced this last year – Your Presence and people. My worship was my own, or rather, it was my own to give to You – sometimes my worship was singing or weeping; sometimes it was listening to worship music and resting in Your presence; sometimes it was praying, humming, whispers, or just acknowledging my gratitude. My prayer life changed, too. I became even more aware of You and spoke to You throughout my day – and found moments to hear You speaking to me. In my rediscovered relationship with You, I’m rediscovering relationships with others.
Just because I stopped going to a church building doesn’t mean I stopped going to church. I love when believers get together and worship in one voice to our God – I mean, really, is there anything like it? But are we devoted to the teaching? Or do we pick and choose what we want to hear? I know I have; I’m guilty of that. But I can’t do that when I read Your Word – not if I believe it’s all true. Maybe that’s what I love about SOAP. Because it is You revealing Your Word to me. It’s why when I meet with my friends I want to talk about You. I want to share what You are teaching me, and hear what You are teaching them! I love listening to podcasts from sermons and teachers, but my fellowship does not occur on a Sunday morning or Saturday night. It happens at coffee shops and homes, parks and neighborhoods.
If we took down the walls that contain a church service, could the passion and love of Christ spread like wildfire? Or are we afraid it would burn out without the church’s help – or worse (in our minds) burn out of control?
P~ Jesus, I don’t know the answer, but I know You do. Give me wisdom, Lord. Show me how to live as Your Bride.
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