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Bible Reading/ Journaling

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Why should we read and study The Bible?

Answer: Because it is God's Word to us. The Bible is literally "God-breathed" (2 Timothy 3:16). In other words, it is God's very words to us. The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to make us like the Son of God.

Bible reading is meant to deepen our personal relationship with Christ. As we begin 2016, we want to challenge everyone to grow in God's word more than ever before. Below are some great "helps" in accomplishing that goal.

  • YouVersion Bible is one of the best online bible / mobile app sites out there is YouVersion. It's great and it's totally FREE! Sign up for your FREE account HERE.
  • You can find a wide variety of partial bible reading plans (including e100) on-line or for your mobile device HERE and HERE.
  • Topical reading plans HERE.
  • Whole Bible reading palns HERE.
  • You can find great bible reading plans for Youth HERE.
  • You can download a free bible app for Kids HERE.
  • __________Journaling __________

    S.O.A.P Instructions Downloadable PDF: HERE

    What Do I Do? :

    Here’s what you do: Very simply, carve out a quiet time each day. During this time, go through your daily reading this way:

    1. S for Scripture

    Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. Highlight, underline or place a mark in the margin of your bible next to the scriptures that stand out. When you are done, reread the verses you marked, look for one that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.

    2. O for 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. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words in your journal.

    3. A for Application

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

    4. P for Prayer

    This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say!

    That’s it! SOAP. It’s as simple or deep as you want it to be.

    What Do I Need? :

  • 1. A BIBLE. Be sure to get a Bible translation you can understand. The New International Version (NIV) Study Bible is a great start. It contains footnotes, definitions, a concordance, and other tools to help you understand the Scriptures. There are a variety of great online Bibles that are FREE also.
  • 2. A JOURNAL. This is your Spiritual DVR. It helps you capture and record all of the good stuff God wants to speak into your life.
  • 3. Pen. Obviously, so you can write stuff down.
  • 4. READING PLAN. There are several to choose from at bible.com or you can pick up a reading plan at our resource table in the lobby.
  • 5. Scratch Pad. This is to write down all those little annoying things that creep in while you’re trying to focus on God’s voice. Make a “To Do” list of things for later. There are also some great FREE journal apps such as Evernote and vJournal for Evernote iPhone/iPad.
  • PRINTABLE S.O.A.P. Cards HERE

    Note: It’s also helpful to set a specific time and place where you meet God each day. If you know when and where you plan to “meet God,” you are more likely to show up. He will certainly be there waiting for you!

    Here is an example of a S.O.A.P Journal entry: HERE

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