S.O.A.P. Bible Study
As we read the Bible, we begin to see how God's ways are far different and better than ours. Reading the Bible daily re-patterns the way we think and transforms our hearts and minds. Then, as we face similar situations in our lives we begin to respond Godly, Christlike manner.
The S.O.A.P. Bible study method will help you not only understand what you're reading, but also apply it to your life.
S for Scripture
Open your Bible to the reading found under today's date of your Bible bookmark. 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.
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.
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.
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! Now, write it out.