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What is SOAP journaling?

SOAP is an acronym and a method of studying God’s word, which teaches us to apply God’s word to our daily lives.

Scripture
Observation
Application
Prayer

Here’s how it works:

  • Each day, there is a selection of scriptures which we read through as a church family. The daily Bible reading can be found HERE.
  • After reading today’s scriptures, think about which verse(s) stood out to you the most.  Write this verse down in your journal as the ‘S’ (Scripture)
  • Take a few minutes to think about your Scripture, and what it is that caught your attention. Write this down in your journal as the ‘O’ (Observation)
  • Think about how this verse applies to your life, keeping in mind the context of the surrounding chapter. Pray for insight, of how God would like to transform your daily decisions through this verse. Write this down in your journal as the ‘A’ (Application)
  • Lastly write down a prayer ‘P’ in your journal, asking God for His help to live out the principles that you’ve learned today!

Transformation doesn’t happen in a day, but it does happen daily.

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  • Work and Rest

    When my heart is aligned with His, I can rest peacefully–because I understand that the load rests on His shoulders…not my own. ================= Scripture Psalm 127:1-2 “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord…
  • Power and Authority

    Jesus Christ has not only authority, but also power. He is the Lord of lords, and the King of kings. He holds all power and all authority, and there is nothing that can stand against him! ================ Scripture Luke 4:35-36…
  • Point of Weakness

    Godly character isn’t defined by the one or two large and highly visible moments, but rather by the small, daily, consistent, seemingly insignificant decisions. ======================== Scripture Daniel 6:4-5 “At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for…
  • A Ready Heart

    As I share the good news about the Savior, I must do my part to exercise wisdom in how and when to share the message. I must look for moments when hearts are ready to hear the news, so that…
  • Worthy of Worship

    God’s greatness cannot be contained or ignored! ===================== Scripture Psalm 145:10-12 “All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you. They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may…
  • When you see it…

    One glimpse of the identity and power of Jesus Christ changes everything ============================ Scripture Revelation 19:11-13 “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges…
  • The Role of the Watchman

    The watchman was not responsible for the people’s decision in responding to his warning cry, but he was responsible to sound the alarm. ================= Scripture Ezekiel 33:5-6 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning;…
  • The Right Thing

    Instead of fighting an outcome they couldn’t control, the Hebrew men instead stood on the ‘right’ decision they had made, and trusted God with the outcome. ====================== Scripture Daniel 3:16-18 “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we…
  • The Price of Peace

    Peace always has a price–but true and lasting peace cannot be obtained without first submitting to the Prince of Peace. ======================== Scripture Jeremiah 44:15-16 “Then all the men who knew that their wives were burning incense to other gods, along…
  • Wise Council

    I need people in my life who care enough about me to speak up when something has escaped my attention–or to warn me about danger that I’ve not yet noticed. ====================== Scripture Jeremiah 40:15-16 “Then Johanon son of Kareah said…
  • The True Enemy

    When the enemy stirs up trouble, I need to still see the value in the people involved–because they are not the true source of the problem. ===================================== Scripture Revelation 11:10 “The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and…
  • Deeply Offensive

    The Gospel of Jesus Christ is urgent. Eternity is at stake, and our time to make a difference in people’s lives is limited!  ==================== Scripture Ezekiel 4:16-17 “He then said to me: “Son of man, I am about to cut…
  • Knowing What I’ve Got

    God wants us to understand what He has already given us, so that we could fully benefit from His love and grace.  ==================== Scripture 1 John 5:13 “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the…
  • Demonstrating Love

    Our love for God is either confirmed or refuted by the way we love our brothers and sisters in Christ.  ==================== Scripture 1 John 4:19-21 “We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a…
  • Who’s To Blame?

    Ignoring God’s word doesn’t make it go away–and ignoring uncomfortable truth doesn’t change reality.  ==================== Scripture Jeremiah 36:23-24 “Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll, the king cut them off with a scribe’s knife and threw…

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