SOAP Guides



1 Thessalonians 5.16-18 (click to read)
- How do you feel when someone doesn’t thank you for your generosity toward them?
- How can you express gratitude under challenging circumstances without being phony?
- What are some benefits that you can gain from being someone who expresses gratitude in all circumstances?


2 Corinthians 9:6-11  (click to read)
- How would you describe the connection between your generosity and your ability to “abound in every good work”?
- How do these verses encourage an abundance mentality?
- How has other people’s generosity to you encouraged you to be thankful to God?


Philippians 4:4-7 (click to read)
- How does thanksgiving impact the way you pray about difficulties?
- Which of these do you think God wants to grow in you, especially at this time? Ability to rejoice; Gentleness; Decreased Anxiety; Gratitude; Peace of God.
- What action can you take right now to move in this direction? Take 2 minutes to do it now.


1 Chronicles 29:10-13 (click to read)
- What connection do you see between praising God and expressing gratitude to God?
- How can this connection influence your Sunday morning service experience? How might it spill into the rest of your week?


John 11:17-46 (click to read)
- How did Mary and Martha differ in the ways they hoped in Jesus concerning their brother Lazarus?
- How does Jesus’ weeping at the death of Lazarus align with having hope? Did Jesus lose hope?
- Is hope compatible with a full range of emotions? Happiness, Sadness, Anger, Satisfaction, Awe, Gratitude, Disgust, Anticipation, Fear, Loneliness, Jealousy, Surprise, Trust?
- If not, why not, and which ones are not compatible? If so, how?


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What is SOAP?

SOAP is a method of interacting with Scripture that helps us listen to God and become more like Jesus. Using a daily journal for your SOAP discoveries is very helpful. Begin by praying that the Holy Spirit will guide your thoughts, help you understand the Scripture you are reading, and apply it to your life.

Scripture – Read the text. You might read through slowly, more than once and in more than one version.

Observation – Write down what you see. What is interesting to you in this Scripture? What did you learn? What is the topic or main idea? What catches your attention?

Application – Look for ways that you can apply the Scripture to your own life. What will it look like to live as if it is true? How will you let it change you? How does it challenge your thoughts, attitudes, behavior?

Prayer – Respond to God in prayer. Use the Scripture to guide you. Prayerfully think about what you read and. Commit to following God’s leading and ask the Holy Spirit to help you live out what you have found.