How To Easily Use The S.O.A.P.Bible Study Method
The S.O.A.P. Bible study method is a simple yet effective way to study and apply the scriptures to your life.
It is a glorious way to study your Bible during your devotional time because it helps you to connect with God's word in a meaningful and personal way, especially if you only have 20 minutes!
How to S.O.A.P
Here are the steps to easily use this method:
S - Scripture: Choose a passage or verse from the Bible to study. Read the passage carefully and ask yourself what it is saying.
O - Observation: Write down any observations or insights you have about the passage. This can include details about the context, the characters, the message, or any other relevant information.
A - Application: Think about how you can apply the passage to your life. Ask yourself what it teaches you about God, about yourself, and about how to live.
P - Prayer: End your study time with a prayer. Ask God to help you apply the passage to your life and to give you the strength to live out what you have learned.
SOAP Bible Study Journal
To simplify the process, you can use a SOAP journal or notebook to write down your observations and applications, and the prayers that will bubble up within you as you prayerfully study your Bible.
I have designed some S.O.A.P. Bible study templates for you to use during your personal devotional Bible study. They are slightly different from the traditional SOAP journals widely available. Read on to find out the unique way I lead you to pray through the scriptures!
S.O.A.P Bible Study Questions
Have you got a topical Bible reading plan? We have many here at Scripturalgrace. They are perfect for deep diving into Bible study on a particular subject and when you use our SOAP Bible study template ( available in printed format or in a printable PDF format), you will connect with God's word in a meaningful and personal way in under 20 minutes. So it's perfect if you only have a short time for your personal daily devotional Bible study.
Here are 20 questions that you can use during your devotional time while using the SOAP Bible study method.
1. What do you see?
2. What stands out to you?
3. Is there anything new that stands out to you in this passage that you hadn't noticed before?
4. Who is this scripture passage written by?
5. Who is it written to?
6. What comes before and after the portion of scripture that you are reading? (this helps to put your chosen scripture passage into context)
7. Is there anything unusual or interesting in this passage? ( Look up a dictionary the definition of words that stand out to you)
8. What lesson is being taught through this passage of scripture?
9. What do your chosen scriptures reveal about the character of God?
10. Does this passage reveal to you anything about the relationship between God and people?
When using the SOAP Bible study method, the "Application" step is an important part of the process that invites readers to consider how the passage applies to their own life. Here are some application questions that you could ask yourself:
1. What does the scripture or passage teach you about God's character, and how can you apply that to your life?
2. What actions or attitudes does this passage challenge me to change in my life?
3. What promises or truths from this passage can I hold onto during times of struggle or uncertainty?
4. How can I apply the principles or teachings of this passage to my relationships with others?
5. What specific steps can I take to live out the truths of this passage in my daily life?
6. How can I share the insights or lessons learned from this passage with others, and help them grow in their faith?
7. What does God want you to do? During your prayer time, ask Him to reveal to you anything that He wants you to take on or give up doing.
Overall, the key is to approach the application step with a humble and teachable attitude, open to the Holy Spirit's guidance as you seek to apply the truths of the passage to your own life.
Prayer and the unique way I use the soap method of prayer!
The S.O.A.P. templates available here at Scripturalgrace.com are in a slightly different format from the many traditional versions widely available. I have found using the A.C.T.S acronym of prayer so valuable to use during my prayer time, that I have included it in our SOAP Bible study template. You will find yourself praying through the scriptures in a way that you may not have expected to.
The A.C.T.S prayer model is a simple acronym made up of four parts that when prayed cover all the aspects of prayer that should be included in your daily prayer routine.
A represents the word adoration,
C represents confession,
T represents thanksgiving, and
S represents the word supplication.
Here are some questions that you could consider during your prayer portion of the SOAP Bible study method.
1. How does your chosen scripture or passage compel you to worship God? Write your prayer in the adoration section of the prayer template.
2. What do you need to confess to God?
3. How can you express your thanks to God considering the passage of scripture that you have just read?
4. Does this portion of scripture bring to your mind anything that you need to pray for? This is your time of supplication where you pray your requests to God.
Related: A.C.T.S Prayer model PDF
SOAP Bible Study Template
Our unique S.O.A.P. Bible study templates are available already printed or as a printable PDF. They come in a beautiful color version (because I love pretty stationary!) and also in simple uncluttered black and white.
The S.O.A.P. Bible study notepad is now available in our Zazzle shop and you can choose your preferred color.
Or choose the printable PDF version and you will receive 2 PDFs:
✅You will receive a PDF containing 2 versions of the SOAP Bible study page. Please note that they are sized 11 x 8.5 in landscape format in black and white and one in color.
✅You will also receive a PDF with tips and suitable questions to guide you through your study.
Overall, the S.O.A.P. method is a great way to engage in devotional Bible study because it helps you to connect with God's word in a meaningful and personal way, fosters gratitude and worship, and creates a routine of regular Bible study.
I hope these Bible study templates will enhance your devotional time with your Savior.
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