S.O.A.P. Devotional Bible Study Method

S.O.A.P. Devotional Bible Study MethodI am still working on putting together a class for my College and Career Sunday School ministry on how to study the Bible. I am trying to have some methods that are in-depth type of studies and some that are shorter and very pragmatic.

Here is the thing, if you are not reading the Bible you need to start. The Bible is the inspired word of GOD. It is one of the primary ways he communicates with us, prayer being another very important way. I have heard people say for years that if you have not been reading the word and want to begin that you should start with just a small section. “Just read for five minutes,” they say. That is fine, but it really needs to go beyond that. If you are hungry do you eat just a small snack, or do you sit down to a meal each day to a full meal so that you can grow stronger and thrive?

More than that, it is important to meditate on, to memorize, and apply the word in your life. This is hard to do if you are taking in just one or two sentences a day or less. If you want to see more on why we should read GOD’s word then you chan read my post entitled, Why Should We Study GOD’s Word.

Not everyone studies the same way. Not every person can or should go to seminary to learn at a pastoral level. However, everyone that is a disciple of Christ should make a real effort to get to know GOD’s revealed word. Everyone that is a disciple of Christ should make a real effort to fill their minds and lives with the word of GOD. Jesus said that man speaks out of the overflow of the heart. What are you filling your heart with?

Today I made a template for personal Bible devotion called the S.O.A.P. method. I did not come up with the acrostic, but I made it into a template and added some subpoints to help guide your devotion time. The acrostic  stands for Scripture, Observations, Application, Prayer. When using this method, (or any other) begin in prayer. Next read and re-read the scripture that you have chosen. If you are reading just a chapter, read the whole book once to get the context. If you are the  reading a section out of a chapter, likewise read the whole chapter once to get the context. This method is one page long and can be done in one settings depending on how much you are choosing to read. Always begin and end in prayer. If you have any questions leave them in the comments section. I will be posting other methods later.

To Download the template click here —> SOAP devotional template

To get a chapter summary method, see my post called “What is GOD saying?– A Chapter Summary Method of Bible Study”



    1. That’s for reading Kris, miss you man! I mean practical. What is the point of scripture if we are not bringing it into our lives? We should be looking at what the scripture is says, what it means, and how we can apply it to our lives. Sometimes this is not doing something, but simply bringing a certain truth into our knowledge and lives. Sometimes it means making changes to our behaviors or attitudes based on what GOD is telling us.
      Also I mean that this is a very simple way of studying the word that can be done in a relatively short amount of time. Some of the other methods I have and will post in the future will be most time intensive, therefore less practice tim-wise, yet will be a great way of “digging for treasure” to quote John Piper.

    1. Good! I am glad to hear that there are people teaching others how to study the word. I have asked many people over the years how to do it and most have not had an answer except to say just read it. That’s why I decided it was important to teach the people in my college and career class how to study the word. There are lots of different methods, one has only to find one or two that’s suitable for them. I will be posting more methods in the future. My wife’s favorite method is journaling, and I will be posting that soon also, with a description of how to do it.

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