S.O.A.P Approach: SCRIPTURE - Observation - APPLICATION - Prayer


Describing himself during his college and post-college days, a friend once told me how he would roll over on Sunday mornings and think, "one of these days I'm going to go back to church” ... then he'd lay there for a minute.  And soon after that he’d think, “Yep, I’m going to go back to church, but it won’t be today."  Aren't we all a little like that?  "One of these days, I'm going to make time to serve."  "One of these days, I'm going to give ten percent for God's work;"  "One of these days I'm going to read the Bible for myself."  But we all doze, don't we?  We put God off.  And then, in a flash, something happens.  Friends, now is the time to prepare.  
There is not a person reading these words whose routine or structure hasn’t been altered these past six months, right?  And now, with schools having started back, there is yet another seismic shift.  During tumultuous, chaotic times like these, healthy routines and structure are vitally important.  They can help us avoid losing ourselves by helping us remember who and whose we are. 

On Friday, Jan. 1, we will continue the journey together with Exodus.  Join me in reading an average of 28-30 verses of Scripture each day, using the SOAP approach- Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer to lock it in.  If you are new to this study, on Friday, read Exodus, writing the book & chapter in a notebook. Below that, write “O” and jot 1-2 brief observations about the passage.  Below that write “A” and list an application - how those verses can be applied in your life.  Finally, “P:”  pray, by lifting praise and thanks to God, as well as lifting concerns.  After you pray, jot a summary of your prayer joys and concerns.  The next day, go through the same process with that day's reading.  In the following days, by reading just 15 minutes per day, you will begin experiencing God in a new way.

The passages for each day will be HERE (website Quick Link) and at the bottom of the *Daily Devotionals. 

Also, for those who are interested, Douglass will continue offering 50-minute discussion groups at 11 am (in-person at the church Adult Reception Hall - Jan 6) and again at 7 pm (via Zoom only) on Wednesdays.  If you’re interested in joining our discussion group, email [email protected] and let us know whether you’d prefer 11 am or 7 pm

Now is the time!

“Your Word, O God, is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”   Psalm 119:105

*email Blythe Lewis if you'd like to get on our Daily Devotional distribution list.

S.O.A.P. Approach:
Sun., Jan 10 - Rest
Mon., Jan 11 - Exodus 9
Tues., Jan 12 - Exodus 10
Wed., Jan 13 - Exodus 11 - DISCUSSION GROUPS
Thurs., Jan 14 - Exodus 12
Fri., Jan 15 - Exodus 13
Sat., Jan 16 - Exodus 14

Sun., Jan 17 - Rest 
Mon., Jan 18 - Exodus 15
Tues., Jan 19 - Exodus 16
Wed., Jan 20 - Exodus 17 - DISCUSSION GROUPS
Thurs., Jan 21 - Exodus 18
Fri., Jan 22 -  Exodus 19
Sat., Jan 23 -  Exodus 20