I’m not talking about the type of soap that you use to clean your hands or body. This SOAP is a method used to study the Bible and with the next GMG study starting next week (November 11) I wanted to take a couple of minutes and talk to you about this method.
There are many way to study the Bible, but the one way that I learned through doing the GMG studies is called SOAP. These letters stand for S-scripture, O-observation, A-application, and finally P-prayer. I have to say this is one of the easiest ways to study, aside from Lectio Davina which I learned from Natalie Snapp, but that’s another post.
Now…to dig a little deeper and explain just a little more.
This part of soaping pertains to the part of your bible you are reading. You might have a verse that stands out during your reading or you might be concentrating on one or a few verses. If you are studying just a couple of verses….write them down. If you are reading a bigger section, write down what verses might stand out to you in your daily reading. You will need a journal or notebook.
Now that you have your verses written down or have finished your reading for the day, what did you learn or observe while you were reading and recording the verses that jumped out to you. What was God trying to get your to see in His wonderful words? What are the verses about? Who was involved? What were the characteristics of the people in the verses? What occurred in those verse?
Here’s where your reading will really start to sink in. How does your reading and the observations that you found apply to your life? Our society is different from the one in the Bible, but these verses and their teaching can apply to modern times…the question is…How? Take some time and really think about how God is trying to reach you and what you can do to fully embrace His words.
Here is where you will pour your heart out to your heavenly father. He wants to hear from you. You have spent time in His word and majesty so…how does that make you feel? Make this part of your study a very personal part. You won’t need to share this with anyone so tell God how your study and His words have affected you. He wants to know all so take time to let Him know.
Now that I have explained what SOAP is and how it works for me let me know if this is a method you would try and if not…Why? Also, do you have a method that works for you? Leave me a comment and tell me. I always love hearing about how others study.