June 21, 2018: SOAP #3122: 2Kings 6,7; 2Chronicles 20; 1Timothy 3 Scripture:  1Timothy (NIV) 3:14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, 15 if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living […]

June 21, 2018: SOAP #3122: 2Kings 6,7; 2Chronicles 20; 1Timothy 3

Scripture:  1Timothy (NIV) 3:14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, 15 if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

Observation:      Here the church is identified as the 'God's household.'   A household is a loving place of order set and maintained by those in authority.   It is a place of safety.   It is a place where children can be nurtured and grow spiritually, physically, mentally, and socially.   It is a place of provision.   It is a place where children learn the identity of the family, along with the accompanying joys and responsibilities.

Application:   Having been a member of God's household for 60+ years, I have some experience in how I am to conduct myself in God's household.   It is a growing process that takes time.   I cannot see yesterdays growth, or last weeks growth, but I can see growth over the last year, and ten years.   I am still growing in understanding God and the fullness of His plan for my life.

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, as I continue to grow, use me to help and encourage others in your household.   Use these SOAPs to help others know how to 'conduct themselves in God's household.' Amen

Pastor Leon
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