What Is Soap Method?
How to use the soap bible study method to study the bible, so make sure to read the complete article. Let’s get into it, so you may be wondering what the soap method is. Soap is an acronym that stands for scripture observation application and prayer. This method you can use anywhere from 10 minutes to however long you want to be able to study the bible.
Soap Bible Study Method
I personally like this method because it helps me remember exactly what I read. It helps me take the reading and the way to apply it back into my day-to-day life.
So if you’re someone like me who has struggled reading the bible, pretending what I’ve read, or just feeling overwhelmed by everything, the soap Bible study method may be just for you.
Also Know About: Here Are Some Tips On Objectives Of Bible Study
4 Steps Of Soap Bible Study Method
Here we’re going to be using mark’s chapter four to apply the soap method.
1) The First Acronym Is Scripture
Here is where you’re going to write out a verse or passage in Mark chapter 4 that stands out to you the most. So for me, the passage or verse that sticks out to me the most is from verse 38 to verse 40.
“It says Jesus was in the stern sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, ” Don’t you care if we drown ” He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the waves quiet be still then the wind died down, and it was completely calm. He said to this his disciples, why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
That’s the verse that stuck out to me. There are a lot of verses in Mark chapter four, so pick one that sticks out to you.
2) The Second Acronym Is Observation
This is where you ask yourself, what stood out to me in this passage? Was there a command, a verse, or a particular word that stood out to you? What did you observe in this passage?
So for a practical example, what stood out to me in this passage is that there was a storm amid the storm Jesus was sleeping. And I’m thinking to myself like we are about to die, and how are you sleeping in the storm? And then the fact that the disciples were like, don’t you care? It’s almost like that reaction that I was having, like bro, we about to die we’re here the waters and the waves, and everything had come, and our boat is getting flooded.
In the second line that says like he got up, he didn’t say like. Oh, stop trying to wake me up like you’re bothering me normally. You would think that you would respond to the person. So just kind of through my observation, I realized that he didn’t respond to the disciples or to what they had said right away, but he spoke to the thing that had them really concerned. So observing this made me realize that the thing that I think that God does not care about, he cares about it. He’s already addressing it, even though it may not always feel like he’s addressing it for me.
And then once he calmed down that storm, the thing that I had the disciples all shaken up. One thing that I observed is the phrase where he finally talked to them. Right, and he’s like, why are you so afraid? Do you have no faith? That stuck out because it made me start to ask myself, is God asking me? Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith because you know from, in this case, the disciples’ situation was a storm, right like a physical storm.
But my storm is relationships, and situationships are all those things that I kind of talk about. It’s just my whole timeline of what I thought should happen in my life at a certain period, so it’s almost like God, do you not care that I’m an agent in writing on my finger yet. But then God’s like, why are you so afraid, and do you still have no faith. So for me, that’s why that resonated with me, so for you, go in there and figure out what sticks out to you? What word speaks more to you? What is God saying to you in this section?
3) The Third Acronym Is Application
This is where you want to ask yourself how I can apply this first to my life. What new habits or changes do I need to make in my life? What key lesson did I learn? I wrote down things like one God doesn’t view my storms the same way I view my storms.
So, for example, the disciples were shocked by the storm, but Jesus was calm. He was asleep. So it makes me realize that God has it under control. It also shows me that I can ask God the tough questions the disciples asked him, like, do you not care that I can ask those tough questions and that he’s not intimidated by my question.
4) The Fourth Acronym Is Prayer
So this is where you want to pray about what you read and ask God to help you apply it to your life.
FAQ About Soap Bible Study Method
How do I study the Bible in-depth?
Here are 7 tips
Do not throw away any Bible book.
Park yourself in a book.
Find the context.
Keep using the commentary till the end.
Use different translations.
What is the SOAP Bible Study Method?
For those of you who don’t know, the SOAP Bible Study Method is where you publish “SOAP” – a verse or passage of scripture, your observations of it, the application of the verse(s) to your life, and a prayer.