SOAP Method for Bible Study: 2 versions
SOAP Bible Study Methods
In this document, I have provided 2 ways to implement the S.O.A.P. method into your own personal Bible study. The two aids included serve as a more focused and reflective bible study. The first S.O.A.P. aid is a commonly used bible study format more appropriate for daily Bible study. This aid could be used for one scripture or a passage of scripture. The second S.O.A.P. aid is a spiritual take on the common assessment note used by many medical professionals. As this is used to effectively assess and diagnose the status of the patient, use this aid to effectively assess and diagnose your spiritual status. This aid is appropriate for a deeper look at any character issue that you are seeking to change in your personality. The tools are to simply serve as a focused guide as you dig deeper in God’s Word. My prayer is that you grow in your relationship with God through growing in your knowledge of the Bible.
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”
Aid for Daily Bible Study
Scripture or passage of focus
Observation over the scripture/passage: What is sticking out to me about the passage? A sentence? A word?
Application to my day-to-day life: How can I apply this to my daily routine? PRACTICALLY! “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalms 119:105 NLT
Pray, Pray, PRAY! Pray over this. Pray when it’s a struggle. Pray when there are victories. “Never stop praying.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Aid for Character Change
Subjective: time for sober judgement; what’s my challenge, the thing I would like to change or overcome? Also be aware of my feelings about it—am I discouraged, shock, ashamed, indifferent? “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” Romans 12:3 NIV; NLT says to “Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.”
Objective: What does God say? Do a google search to find a scripture or two (What speaks to you?) This is how God speaks to you, through scripture! This is how you will find God’s love and plan for your life specifically!
Assessment: This is where you will merge the 1st two points together (Subjective & Objective)—an observation of how my thinking lines up with God’s thinking. Are we in line? Am I off base? Most likely. This is a way to diagnose where the disconnect is between your thinking and God’s thinking. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8 NIV Journal your thoughts!
Plan: Pray for God to order your steps—show me what’s appropriate for me. “You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go whether to the right or to the left.” Isaiah 30:20b-21 Do I need an accountability partner? “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17; “Two are better than one, because together they can work more effectively.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 So what changes am I going to make? What can I practically do today?