|WE’RE PROUD OF YOU.|
We really are . . . we want you to know that.
We’re proud of you for making the commitment to be in God’s Word . . . to read it each day and apply it to your life . . . the beautiful life our Lord has given you.
Before we get started, we want to explain what the S.O.A.P. method is and why you should use it during your quiet time.
|Why S.O.A.P. It?|
|It’s one thing to simply read Scripture, but when you interact with it, when you learn to slow down to really read a passage, suddenly words start popping off the page. By applying S.O.A.P. to the verses you read, you will be able to dig deeper into Scripture and “see” more than if you simply read the verses and then go on your merry way. Let us encourage you to take the time to S.O.A.P. the daily verses and see for yourself how much more you get out of your daily reading. We think you’ll be amazed.|
|What Does S.O.A.P. Mean?|
S: The S stands for Scripture. As you write out the passage, you’ll be amazed at what God will reveal to you just because you took the time to slow down and write out what you are reading!
O: The O stands for Observation. What do you see in the verses that you’re reading? Who is the audience? Is there a repetition of words? What words stand out to you?
A: The A stands for Application. God’s Word becomes personal when you discover how to apply it for yourself. What is God saying to you today? How can you apply what you just read to your own personal life? What changes do you need to make? Is there an action that you need to take?
P: And finally, P stands for Prayer. Pray God’s Word back to Him. If He has revealed something to you during this time in His Word, pray about it. Confess any sin He has revealed in your life.
Studying God’s Word like this can take as little or as long as you have time to give. Some days it can take just ten or fifteen minutes; other days, longer.
|Taken from You Are Loved Bible Study by Sally Clarkson & Angela Perritt, Copyright © 2015. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.|
How to S.O.A.P.
As a conference speaker, a ministry leader, and the author of eleven popular books, Sally Clarkson has helped countless Christian parents build life-giving homes and raise wholehearted children for Christ. She encourages many through her blog posts at SallyClarkson.com, ebooks, and live webinars.
Angela Perritt is a writer, a speaker, and the founder of LoveGodGreatly.com, a nonprofit online Bible study ministry. She is passionate about God’s Word and about inspiring, encouraging, and equipping others to love God greatly with their lives, one day at a time.