This post is part of the Discover Deeper Devotions series.
Today we are covering a Bible study method that is fairly new to me as I just learned about it in the last couple years. I have found that the S.O.A.P. Bible study Method is quite popular among many groups of women. While I haven’t used it much in the past, I will be utilizing it to participate in the Advent study by Good Morning Girls. Because of this, I thought it would be a good time to cover it. I hope you find it helpful.
The S.O.A.P. Bible Study Method is useful for gleaning a basic understanding of the text you are reading and finding immediate practical application. Because of it’s simplicity, it is a great method to use for quiet times, especially if you are a bit short on time.
Write the verses you read (or the verses that stick out to you if reading a larger passage) word for word in your notebook. You can also write out an additional paraphrase in your own words for greater contemplation.
As you read through the verses again, pen any information and truths that you find in the text. You can do bullet points or a paragraph. Asking questions (such as Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?) can help you gain deeper insight and help you avoid skimming over verses.
Once you have identified the important lessons you have learned from the Scriptures you read, you can discern how to apply what God has revealed to you in your personal life. What area of thinking or doing needs a change of direction? Ultimately, the result of studying God’s Word should be transformation, a change in nature or character.
Write out a prayer based on what you just learned, reiterating what you observed and asking Him to help you apply the truths to your life. Of course, if you don’t want to write your prayer out, you don’t have to. However, it can often be quite helpful in staying focused and avoid distractions.
To help you remember these steps, I have created a free printable for you. The PDF includes two half-page cheat sheets so they are (hopefully!) small enough to fit in your journal or Bible.
While this method may not be quite as in-depth as some of the other methods we have looked at in this series, I have found it to be a great one to use for short morning devotions. I personally would not want to use it exclusively since it doesn’t cross-reference texts, but I believe it is a practical tool for learning how to quickly read and apply Scripture in practical ways.
Have you used the S.O.A.P. method before?
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