As we begin Exodus study, our plans will change.
For me and others who have commented, the 3 week study plan is not working. There is too much time to “forget” to open the Bible and then having to catch up means reading without taking time to study or think about the words.
So beginning Sunday, we will be reading a chapter a day, or seven chapters a week. This may change if we get really long or short chapters, so be sure to check back here every week to get the new plan.
READ STUDY EXODUS CHAPTERS 1-7 THIS WEEK.
Additionally, I am sharing some information gathered from various sites on how to study using a notebook/journal and the S.O.A.P method. This isn’t a MUST. It is just another tool to help you to glean the message God is revealing in His Word.
I suggest you keep a journal/notebook if you haven’t been doing so.
Again, whatever works for you.
One method of Bible Study is called the S.O.A.P method.
What is S.O.A.P.?
S.O.A.P. stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. It is a way of getting more out of your time in God’s word.
How does it work?
It’s quite simple. When you sit for your daily quiet time read the bible as you normally would with one simple difference. Underline or make note of any verses that jump out at you with special significance. This is the basis for diving deeper and using S.O.A.P.
Use your journal/notebook to record as follows:
Write the verse or verses that stuck out to you in your reading.
O – observation
What did you observe about the scripture that struck you. This can be one sentence or a whole book.
A – application
How can you apply the observation so that it affects your life today.
P – prayer
Write out a prayer to God based on what you just learned and ask him to help you apply this truth in your life.
That’s all there is to it!
Keeping a journal helps you:
Process and personalize what God is saying to you through His Word.
Ask questions of the text. The Who, What, When, Why and Where can all be written in your journal. (It doesn’t always have to be an “aha” moment, it can be a “Why did you say or do that, God?” Or any other question that may arise from your reading.)
Confirm what God is speaking to you personally.
I hope this change of direction will motivate you to read/study your Bible on a daily basis or at least more frequently.
Enjoy the Exodus study!