SOAP Guides



James 5:7-11  (click to read)
- What makes patience with difficult people and in difficult times hard for you?  
- How would your life look different if you were to internalize God’s compassion, mercy and love?


Hebrews 1:1-12     (click to read)
- Who in your life has been an example of Jesus in their life, whose example encourages you to live for Jesus?  
- How have you experienced hardship that has helped grow you in holiness and developed peace in you?


Romans 5:1-8    (click to read)
- What connections are you experiencing in your life between the following: suffering, perseverance, character, hope?  
- How might you remind yourself to “glory” in sufferings because of the good things God can bring about through them? 


2 Corinthians 4:16-18      (click to read)
- What would help you see earthly troubles as “light and momentary”?
- Are you more prone to fix your eyes on what is seen and temporary or what is unseen and eternal? Why do you think that is?   


1 Corinthians 12:12-26  (click to read)
- What about this description of the church as the body of Christ challenges you?
- How has another believer shown authentic concern for you? Do you find yourself suffering when others suffer? What leads you to give this answer? 


Last Sunday's Message

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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.