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Posted: Apr 27, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 Comment |

Several months ago, I taught at West about the importance of reading the Bible every day. For many people, the Bible is a bit difficult to understand……..at least that is what they tell themselves. There is this huge block that seems to be at the forefront of the minds of believers especially those who have made a relatively new commitment to Christ. They tell themselves, “The Bible is boring,” or “I can’t understand it,” or “How in the world does this apply to my life here in 2011?” Most people think that way either because that is what they have always been told or because they really haven’t given the Bible a chance. Think about it this way. If the Bible really and truly is the revealed mind of God to mankind today, don’t you want to understand what that means for you?

I love the quote that says the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. Sometimes reading the Bible is that way. It is absurd to think that you will understand everything about the Bible in just a few weeks. I have been reading the Bible for 15 years and I still don’t understand everything in there! My goal every day in reading the Bible is to understand a little more than I did the day before. The more you read and apply to your life, the closer to God you will become. You will also begin to learn the heart and nature of God which will help you to understand why some things happen the way that they do.

The Bible study method that I use is called S.O.A.P. It is very simple and for the next week, I will share some of my entries with you. I take my Bible reading schedule from www.youversion.com. The specific plan that I am on is Life Journal. This plan takes you through the OT once per year and the NT twice per year. If you go to West, you can follow along with this plan on the back of the bulletin each week. I read the selected readings for the day, choose 1 verse to write about and then apply the S.O.A.P method. Here is what S.O.A.P. stands for.

S – Scripture (Write down the verse word for word that stood out to you that particular day)

O – Observation (What is something you observed about that verse that you maybe never thought of before. Consider who wrote the verse, who they were writing to, etc.

A – Application (perhaps the most important part of this process. Here, you write down how this verse can apply to you today.

P – Prayer (You simply verbalize in written form a prayer that seals what you just observed and applied to your life)

Over the course of the next week, I will share my soap entry for the day on this site. Hopefully, this can give you a bit of an insight as to how this works. This is NOT difficult. I guarantee that this will take your devotional life to another level. After all, isn’t life all about our pursuit of God? This will make you a better pursuer……:)

I will share my S.O.A.P for today a bit later on.

With Expectancy!


One Response to “S.O.A.P”

  1. Ray says:

    I should have read this post before the Psalm 142:7 post.
    Thank you for the explanation. That is all.

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