How to

SOAP

Here at Christian Life Fellowship, we encourage our family members to SOAP and dig deeper into God’s word. SOAP is a great way to create a daily habit of speaking with God! 

What is SOAP?

SOAP is a practical approach to studying the Bible that goes beyond just reading it. It involves a daily commitment of journaling for 5 to 15 minutes. The four key SOAP steps are Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer. By following these simple steps, you can gain a deeper understanding of God’s Word and apply it to your life and those around you.

Why should we SOAP?

You will discover a more profound understanding of God’s Word with the SOAP method. You are also setting quality time to allow God to speak to you through His word. SOAP journaling will enable you to absorb God’s word truly. Whether you have a couple of minutes or a lot of time, we encourage you to try it out and experience this LIFE-changing daily practice.

The 4
SOAP Steps

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SCRIPTURE

  • Before you start reading, always pray to the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s Word in your life. 
  • Make a plan of what books and scriptures you will start to read in the Bible and begin reading.  
  • Meditate on what you just read.
  • Select the Bible Verse that called your attention the most. 
  • Read that Bible Verse out loud. 
  • Write this scripture in your journal.

 

When you slow down and meditate on God’s word you will begin to gain wisdom,  understanding, and revelation of His word! 

Tip 1: You can date your journal entry and even create an index with keywords to go back and find what you wrote at a future date.   

Tip 2: If you are new to SOAP journaling, start by reading any of the four gospels: Mathew, John, Mark, or Luke.

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OBSERVATION

When you fill out the Observation section, it’s about information relating to who or what was happening at the time. It’s also where you write what you thought about the passage. Below are some sample questions you can answer; feel free to come up with your own.

 

  • When and where is this scripture taking place? 
  • Who wrote it? Who said it?
  • Who was this directed to? 
  • What do you think is the main message? 
  • What words or ideas jump out to you?

 

Tip: Don’t over think it, this section is where you write your ideas and some context of the passage. 

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APPLICATION

In the Application section, you write down what God is telling you and how the Bible Verse can be applied in your life.

  • Ask God how He wants you to apply this Bible Verse in your life. 
  • What is God saying to you today?
  • What do you need to change or begin to change today? 

 

Tip: If God is giving you lots to write please don’t stop, let Him tell you all the things He wants to reveal to you. 

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PRAYER

The final step is to write your Prayer down! This is the perfect time to connect with the Father and thank Him for this time with Him. 

Pray for what he revealed to you, give Him thanks for who He is and what He has done, confess what you have done wrong and ask Him for forgiveness, ask for strength to change what you need to change, and pray for others!

 

Tip: Use the Bible Verse in your written Prayer. 

SOAP Journal Template

You can follow this sample template to begin your SOAP journal. You can personalize it and even leave it as a legacy gift for your family, friends, and kids one day! We hope this journaling method helps you come closer to God. 

We Pray that God gives you revelation during these SOAP journaling moments. May His goodness fill you, and may He speak to you daily. 

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