S.O.A.P. Bible Study


S.O.A.P. stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer.


It's a way of getting more out of your time in God's word. We didn't invent it, we just think it's super helpful!


How does it work?


It's pretty simple! As you spend time reading the Bible, write down an S, O, A, and P on the left hand side of your page.


Then, as you read through the Scripture, make notes, answering the following questions:


Scripture:

What passage(s) are you studying?


Observation:

What does the passage say? What do you notice?


Application:

What does this passage mean to me? How does it apply to my life?


Prayer:

What do I want to say to God in response to this reading?

Observation Techniques


WHO IS INVOLVED?

Who wrote the book?

Who are the Major Characters?

Who was the book written to?


WHAT ARE THE EVENTS?
What are the key events in this passage?
What are the big ideas?
What particular problems are addressed?


WHEN DID IT HAPPEN?
When was it written?
Historical background


WHERE DOES IT TAKE PLACE?
Major places


SEARCH FOR THESE CLUES:
Comparisons (the Kingdom of Heaven is like...)
Contrasts (light vs. dark, good vs. evil...)
Transitionary Words (i.e. therefore, because, and, or, then, for, etc.)
Cause and Effect (if...then statements)


LOOK FOR S.P.E.C.K.S.
Sins to avoid
Promises to claim
Examples to follow
Commands to obey
Knowledge to gain about God, Christ, or myself
Stumbling blocks to avoid


MISC. GUIDELINES
Interpret Scripture by Scripture.
Use different translations of the Bible.
Each passage has 1 interpretation, but many applications.