SOAP

An assortment of bibles laid out on a desk

A pattern for studying through the bible

We use the S.O.A.P. method for personal bible study. SOAP is an acronym for Scripture-Observation-Application-Prayer. You can download the current SOAP schedule by clicking the icon below.

S

Scripture

Write It!

Read your Scripture, then write in your journal the Verse(s) that stand out.

O

Observation

Think It!

What do you think God was saying to the people He wrote the book to?

Rewrite the Scripture in your own words.

Consult your commentary for help.

A

Application

Live It!

Personalize what you’ve read by asking yourself how it applies to your life.

Is it an instruction? An encouragement? A promise?

A call to take corrective action?

Write how this Scripture applies to you today.

Use “I Will” statements and “I Know” statements!

P

Prayer

Say It!

Your prayer can be as simple as asking God to help you use this passage, praising him for something He’s done, or confessing a sin.

Write it out, just like you would an email, text or letter.

Then live it out!

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