One of the many different Bible study methods used is a very simple plan to get you started called the S.O.A.P. plan. If you're not picking up God's Word everyday and experiencing the freshness of it, now is a great time to begin!
Or does your Bible study time need a little “cleaning up”? Has your time with God become a clutter and mess - totally unfocused? Maybe it’s time for a little S.O.A.P.!
You may have already heard of this Bible study method, but if you’re needing a refocus in your quiet time with the Lord, this may be the time to use it.
It’s a very simple acronym to give a little structure to your Bible study time so that it’s quality time no matter of the quantity. So get your Bible, journal and pen, and spend some time listening to our Father!
S - Scripture...write down one verse that “jumps out” and speaks to you. You may want to begin by choosing a particular book in the Bible to read through or maybe a certain topic. Structure helps keep us on track, but a little randomness now and then doesn’t hurt either. :)
O - Observations...jot down some notes on what God shows you through the Scripture. God’s Word is living and active...it’s never stagnant. Listen and pay attention to what the LORD wants to show you.
A - Application...make note of some ways you can apply what the Holy Spirit is showing you. Remember...we’re to be doers of the Word not just hearers. What are some practical ways you can incorporate the truth of Scripture into your life.
P - Prayer...take time to pray, asking God to help you carry out His will. Pray for others and how God wants to use you in so many ways! Thank God for speaking to you, for giving you His Word, for teaching you by His Spirit, etc.! Praise Him for being real and active in your life!
”Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13
Thank you to one of our readers that let us know this plan idea originated in a book by Wayne Cordeiro -The Divine Mentor: Growing Your Faith as You Sit at the Feet of the Savior