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.
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? :
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