When bible studying for the first time it can be a bit overwhelming and a lot all at once. While there are books, devotionals, and more that you can follow just reading them isn’t doing you any good, you need to understand what you are reading and apply it to your life. There is a method that could help anyone not only understand scripture more but to dive deeper into a passage to get the most out of it. this isn’t the only way to bible study but it is one of the most simple ways of doing so I often revert back to this method when I am having difficulty understanding a verse or chapter.
WHAT IS S.O.A.P
Not a lot of people know what we mean by S.O.A.P, not only is it a hygienic product, but today it isn’t the hygienic thing I will be talking about. S.O.A.P is a term for bible studying, it’s when you take a scripture, break it down, ponder over it then pray about it. It’s easier done than said. Each letter represents something you have to write.
When S.O.A.Ping you reflect on what you have learned. It is an easy way of not only memorizing scripture but to relating to scripture in a way that is unique to you.
What Do The Letters Stand For
Each letter means something different as stated above. As I go through what each letter means I would like you to truly think about it in hopes to encourage you.
stands for scripture duh, joking! Always start by writing the book, the chapter, and the verse that will be studying or taking a closer look at. Try to write out the verse, it helps you memorize it and relate to it.
Example: John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.“
Stands for observation. What do you get from it? Why? What can you learn from it? There are so many questions you can use for the observation part, even to point out details. Meditate over the scripture for a moment, What is the Holy Spirit telling you about it?
Example: God’s love for us is so great that he sent his only son to die for our sins, he knew that we were in need of saving that Jesus laid down his life for us
Stands for application, I have seen a couple of people use it as appreciation but most use it as application. Write down how you can apply what you have read and what about the scripture. What areas of your life could use it?
Example: Remembering that God loves me, that I am saved by the blood that Jesus was willing to lay down for me. I am redeemed and need to daily, remember who laid their life down for me
It doesn’t have to be like this, it can be more extended and personal. This can be a whole paragraph or what you feel is needed to be written.
Stands for Prayer, always pray about your findings and what you have learned or can learn. Thank God for opening your eyes and seeing something new!
Example: God, thank you for reminding me that you gave up your only son for the sake of my eternal life. Thank you for giving me grace and showing me love that I couldn’t possibly understand fully. Your love is endless, relentless, and merciful!
I have done this method on the same scripture because sometimes, each time I do it, I learn something new. It all depends on where I am at in my life! There have been times when I don’t know what to put or to ask so I will skip over this from time to time and pray in my head versus writing it down. Either that or it hits me so hard that by writing it, it will be too extensive.
You can also use this method for chapters but it’s harder to do so, in my opinion. Sometimes you have to pull back and read two or three verses at a time to understand what that verses are saying. So with all this being said why don’t you give it a chance yea? Take a bath in his word with some S.O.A.P!