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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tip: Don’t over think it, this section is where you write your ideas and some context of the passage.
In the Application section, you write down what God is telling you and how the Bible Verse can be applied in your life.
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.
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 the Scripture section in your Prayer.
You can follow This sample template to begin your SOAP journal. You can personalize it and even leave it for your family, friends, and kids one day! We hope this 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.