PLAN A #5: THE RISK IN KNOWING GOD’S PLAN

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SOAP Process for Fellowship Groups

SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) is a structured method of helping individuals and groups to process, journal, reflect on, and apply God’s Word to their personal lives.

SCRIPTURE: Read out loud the assigned passage(s) of Scripture two times. Allow God’s Words to settle deeply into your heart and mind.

Esther 4:1-17: 1When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly. 2But he went only as far as the king’s gate, because no one clothed in sackcloth was allowed to enter it. 3In every province to which the edict and order of the king came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing. Many lay in sackcloth and ashes. 4When Esther’s eunuchs and female attendants came and told her about Mordecai, she was in great distress. She sent clothes for him to put on instead of his sackcloth, but he would not accept them. 5Then Esther summoned Hathak, one of the king’s eunuchs assigned to attend her, and ordered him to find out what was troubling Mordecai and why. 6So Hathak went out to Mordecai in the open square of the city in front of the king’s gate. 7Mordecai told him everything that had happened to him, including the exact amount of money Haman had promised to pay into the royal treasury for the destruction of the Jews. 8He also gave him a copy of the text of the edict for their annihilation, which had been published in Susa, to show to Esther and explain it to her, and he told him to instruct her to go into the king’s presence to beg for mercy and plead with him for her people. 9Hathak went back and reported to Esther what Mordecai had said. 10Then she instructed him to say to Mordecai, 11“All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spares their lives. But thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the king.” 12When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, 13he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” 15Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” 17So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther’s instructions.

OBSERVATION: Observe the text individually in silence. Write down your insights. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal truth to you.

Write down as many observations as you can about the passage(s).

  • What jumps out to you in the passage?
  • Who is it written by? Who is it written to?
  • What’s one thing you didn’t notice before?
  • What seems interesting or unusual?
  • What comes before and after the text?
  • Is there repetition, comparison, or contrast?

APPLICATION | Discuss the observations that each of you made and talk about how to apply the teaching to your everyday lives.

What are you going to do to let God of YOUR Plan A and allow God’s Plan A in your life?

PRAYER | Close with prayer.

Ask God to give you the courage to let go of YOUR Plan A and find freedom and life like you’ve never experienced before in HIS Plan A.

PLAN A #4: (DIS)QUALIFIED FOR GOD’S PLAN A

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SOAP Process for Fellowship Groups

SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) is a structured method of helping individuals and groups to process, journal, reflect on, and apply God’s Word to their personal lives.

SCRIPTURE: Read out loud the assigned passage(s) of Scripture two times. Allow God’s Words to settle deeply into your heart and mind.

  • Matthew 4:18-20: 18As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19“Come, follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20At once they left their nets and followed Him.
  • Matthew 16:21-23: 21From that time on Jesus began to explain to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. “Never, Lord! he said. “This shall never happen to You!” 23Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
  • John 18:8-11: 8Jesus answered, “I told you that I am He. If you are looking for Me, then let these men go.” 9This happened so that the words He had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those You gave Me.” 10Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) 11Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?”
  • Matthew 26:69-75: 69Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. 70But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. 71Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” 73After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.” 74Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. 75Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown Me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.
  • Acts 2:14,41: 14Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say….” 41Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

OBSERVATION: Observe the text individually in silence. Write down your insights. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal truth to you.

Write down as many observations as you can about the passage(s).

  • What jumps out to you in the passage?
  • Who is it written by? Who is it written to?
  • What’s one thing you didn’t notice before?
  • What seems interesting or unusual?
  • What comes before and after the text?
  • Is there repetition, comparison, or contrast?

APPLICATION | Discuss the observations that each of you made and talk about how to apply the teaching to your everyday lives.

PRAYER | Close with prayer.

PLAN A #3: THE SECRET TO FINDING GOD’S PLAN A

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SOAP Process for Fellowship Groups

SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) is a structured method of helping individuals and groups to process, journal, reflect on, and apply God’s Word to their personal lives.

PLAN A #3 – THE SECRET TO FINDING GOD’S PLAN A

MAY 12, 2019

SCRIPTURE: Read out loud the assigned passage(s) of Scripture two times. Allow God’s Words to settle deeply into your heart and mind.

Proverbs 2:1-11: 1My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, 3and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. 6For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7He holds victory in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 8for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones. 9Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. 10For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. 11Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.

OBSERVATION: Observe the text individually in silence. Write down your insights. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal truth to you.

Write down as many observations as you can about the passage(s).

  • What jumps out to you in the passage?
  • Who is it written by? Who is it written to?
  • What’s one thing you didn’t notice before?
  • What seems interesting or unusual?
  • What comes before and after the text?
  • Is there repetition, comparison, or contrast?

APPLICATION | Discuss the observations that each of you made and talk about how to apply the teaching to your everyday lives.

“We become what we behold.” Therefore, if you want to know God’s best plan for your life, 1) read God’s Word; 2) listen to godly counsel, and 3) pray.

PRAYER | Close with prayer.

Pray for illumination. Ask God to open your mind so you can understand His Word and apply it to your life. Pray for wisdom. Ask God to help you make good, God-honoring decisions. And pray prayers God can’t say ‘no’ to – pray for things you already know are God’s will for your life (an attitude of trust, and faith, and obedience, and humility, and teach ability, and for His gospel to spread….).

PLAN A #2: UNDERSTANDING GOD’S PLAN A

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SOAP Process for Fellowship Groups

SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) is a structured method of helping individuals and groups to process, journal, reflect on, and apply God’s Word to their personal lives.

SCRIPTURE: Read out loud the assigned passage(s) of Scripture two times. Allow God’s Words to settle deeply into your heart and mind.

  • Ephesians 5:15-18: 15Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,
  • Colossians 1:9-10: 9For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
  • Matthew 7:16-20: 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7: 3It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; 6and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. 7For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: 16Rejoice always, 17pray continually, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

OBSERVATION: Observe the text individually in silence. Write down your insights. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal truth to you.

Write down as many observations as you can about the passage(s).

  • What jumps out to you in the passage?
  • Who is it written by? Who is it written to?
  • What’s one thing you didn’t notice before?
  • What seems interesting or unusual?
  • What comes before and after the text?
  • Is there repetition, comparison, or contrast?

APPLICATION | Discuss the observations that each of you made and talk about how to apply the teaching to your everyday lives.

What practical steps will you take to live out God’s will in your life in the following areas? 1) Be filled with the Holy Spirit; 2) bear fruit and know Him better; 3) be sanctified; and 4) rejoice, pray, and give thanks.

PRAYER | Close with prayer.

Ask God to give you the perspective to see that everything that comes from Him, even the trials and hardships, is under His control and guidance to shape and mold you in His new creation.