Monday, July 21, 2008

SOAP Sunday afternoon Bible Study Program

Starting in September persons interested in Reading through the Bible in a year will meet at 5 pm on Sunday afternoons to learn how to Study and journal their reading and prayers associated with their daily reading plan. SOAP principle will be taught by Pastor Tommy. All persons interested are encouraged to be prepared by getting a journal.
I have ordered one from Pastor Wayne Cordiero Church in Oahu Hawaii, It contains instructions in journaling and has a copy of the read thru the bible plan as well. Once it comes in if anyone is interested I can order them one or you can go to Walmart. They have a wide selection of journals to chose from at around $5 to $10 each. If you are interested see the Pastor for further details. He will also have the 1 year study plan in print form for your convenience.

As we read God's words, we begin to see how God responds to things. Doing daily devotions re-patterns the way we think and transforms the spirit of the mind. Then when we face similar situations as Jesus did, we begin to respond in the same way.

Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to us. It's also a useful tool to use at a later time, to reflect on and review some of the 'gems' that you have received. Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and some very important lessons! And while journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your small group or mentors. Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight and even encourage others.

for Scripture

Open your Bible to the reading found under today's date of your Bible bookmark or on your reading plan. 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.
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.
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.
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.

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