I’ve never been one to read a history book or story and effortlessly retain the information I took in. You will never catch me on TV shows like “Jeopardy” or “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” just for that reason. Details like that are not my strength.
So you can imagine how intimidating it was learning how to study my Bible on my own. For some reason my mind just wouldn’t hold onto the information I was taking in. No matter what I did I couldn’t read the information and actually hold onto it. It was the most frustrating thing.
THANKFULLY, when I was in high school I was introduced to the S.O.A.P method. And THAT, my friends, changed everything.
I appreciate this method for a few reasons:
- It helped me manage my time.
- With this method, I was able to break down the Bible into chewable “bites.”
- It taught me how to create actions steps that I could apply to my life based of the truths the Bible taught me.
If you didn’t have a reason to check out this method before, I just gave you three. Your welcome. 😉
Here’s How It Works
The S.O.A.P Bible Journal is broken into four sections: scripture, observation, application, and prayer. These categories are great because they helps you take in, break down, and digest what you study. It’s like sitting down for a good dinner, ya know. When we take in healthy food it nourishes our bodies. In that same way when we take in the Word it nourishes our souls, more importantly, our relationship with Jesus. The S.O.A.P Method is the best way I have found to absorb the “nutrients” the Word has for me.
Each day you open up that Bible of yours and you pick a passage to read. You can read as much or as long as you want to. You can follow a specific plan or you can wing it. The choice is entirely yours.
People often ask how long a “good” Bible Study should be. Joyce Meyer once answered this question in one of the sermons she wrote. She said, “Read until you have something to act on.” I had another pastor once say, “Read until God speaks to you.” Both those pieces of advice are great and work particularly well for this study method.
So let’s talk about the 4 sections of a S.O.A.P Journal
Pick a passage and you read, until either God speaks and says, “this verse is for you,” or you find a verse that gives you something to act on. When you reach that scripture verse take a moment to stop reading and write it down.
This space is for you to reflect and meditate on the verse above. What did you observe about the scripture that struck you. The answer can be a simple sentence or it can be a novel. You can write as much or as little as you would like.
In this section you will answer one very basic question:
How can I apply this verse/instruction/observation to my life in a way that honors God.
Based on what you just learned, Write out a prayer to God and ask him to help you apply what you have learned to your life.
When you’ve finished your journal page it will look a little something like this:
Simple enough right?
How To Get Your Own S.O.A.P Study Journal!
This part is exciting to me. I’ve been working really hard on a project and I’m finally ready to announce it that it’s finished! As a BONUS in my new ebook, “Simple & Sweet: Practical Tips For Women Learning To Study God’s Word,” I’ve designed a new S.O.A.P Study Journal just for you! And that’s not even the best of it. Through this ebook, you’ll learn where to start your Bible study journey, how to find encouragement for the season of life you are in, how to retain and apply all that golden information you’re about to dig into, and more! It’s really an incredible (e)book, and I love that it comes with printable journal pages for you all so your S.O.A.P study journal can last as long as you want it to! Major deal, right there! You can learn more (or pre-oder) here.
I hope you are as blessed receiving this ebook and the S.O.A.P Journal in it as I was creating it.
Chat with you soon!