February 9, 2018: SOAP #2990:  Leviticus 10-12: Acts 16 Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 16:13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. Observation:    Since there was not a synagogue […]

February 9, 2018: SOAP #2990:  Leviticus 10-12: Acts 16

Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 16:13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.

Observation:    Since there was not a synagogue in the city for Paul and his companions to joined other Jews in worship they made their way outside the city to the river expecting to find a place where people would gather for prayer.

There was no temple; there was no synagogue; but there was a place by the river.   At that place were hungry hearts, someone with a message from God, and the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Application:   I am so glad the church is NOT A BUILDING!   The church is people who have Jesus living in their hearts.    The church may have regular scheduled times of gathering, but the church meets anytime two believers meet.   It may be in a grocery store, at the market, at the post office or gas station.   It may be in a hospital around a sick friend.

We do not go to church; we are the church!   Let's act like the church.   Let's do what the church does.   Let's expect the Holy Spirit to work through us wherever we are!

Prayer:     Holy Spirit, move through me in times when I have not usually expected you to do so.   Keep reminding me that I am the church wherever I am and whatever I am doing.   Amen

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!