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, follow these steps:


SCRIPTURE:


Open your Bible to your reading for the day. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.


OBSERVATION:


What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you.


APPLICATION:


Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.


PRAYER:


This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or even a prayer for a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you.

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.