How To Read The Bible

The church talks a lot about the importance of reading our Bibles. Then comes the inward struggle most of us face:

“But I don’t understand what it’s saying…”

“I don’t know where to begin…”

“Does it really matter anyway?”

Let’s state the obvious: It can be hard reading the Bible.

But it doesn’t have to be.

There is so much in it that is transformative to our relationship with Jesus. And it’s one of the greatest tools to help you grow in your faith with Him. That’s why we like to teach the SOAP Bible Study Method. It’s simple, powerful, and always focused towards every day life application. We didn’t come up with it ourselves. We just find it to be a really helpful resource we like to share with everyone.

SOAP is an acronym that stands for scripture, observation, application and prayer. Simply grab a notebook or journal and write down the Scripture reference on the top of the page. Take a few moments to write out a few of the Scripture verses that really stood out to you. After that, write a short paragraph or even just a few sentences with the observations you made about what it says. Then ask the question, what does this ask me to do? What is the application? Take the next few moments to write out the application on your page. After all of this, talk to God about what you’ve learned, thank him for his word and ask for his help as you apply this Scripture to your life today. 

Try it out yourself. Let’s say John 1:16-18 really stood out to you,

“From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love an faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.”

What are some observations you have made from this text?

What is this asking you to apply?

Take the next few moments to pray about this with God.

Marion Clifton