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Read meditatively and thoughtfully through a portion of Scripture. Pick a verse or two that stood out to you and write it in your journal.
Now write some observations about the verse(s) or passage. What is this passage or verse saying? About God? About people? How is Christ revealed in this?
Now write a few sentences on how this passage applies to your life. Is there truth about God that you are to believe? A promise to receive? Is the Holy Spirit convicting you of something you need to do or stop doing in light of God’s truth? What specific principle are you challenged to practice based on Scripture, prayer, and reflection? Be doers of the word and not merely hearers. (James 1:22)
Now write out a prayer to God in response to this Scripture. This is a way to turn God’s Word to you back to Him. Be honest and express your heart to Him. God always listens and He delights in your prayers. (Psalm 34:15; Proverbs 15:8)
If you need a refresher of the S.O.A.P method you can download the sermon when Pastor Pugh took us us step-by-step through the S.O.A.P. method.
download How to Study the Bible Part 2