Not a lot of people know what we mean by S.O.A.P, not only is it a hygienic product, however 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, and 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 a easy way of not only memorizing scripture but to relate to scripture in a way that is unique to you.
What Do the Letters Stand For
Each letter means something different like a stated above. As I go through what each letter means I would like you to truly think about it and 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 you 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 extend 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 where 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 verses writing it down. Either that or it hits me so hard that by writing it, it will be to 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!