Have you heard of the S.O.A.P. method of Bible study?
It is simply reading the Bible with pen and paper in hand ready to record your observations. As you read, when you come to a verse that is meaningful, you record the following:
S – Scripture – Copy the verse.
O – Observation – What are some things that you notice about this verse? What does it mean?
A – Application – How does God want me to apply this scripture to my life today?
P – Prayer – Write out a prayer asking God to help you apply this verse today.
I had heard of adults doing this, but when I went to the Sally Clarkson Whole Heart conference, I heard Courtney tell the audience how her mother taught her to read the Bible this way when she was in 4th grade. She even read aloud from an old journal she had saved from so long ago that her mother had “graded”. Courtney said she was so grateful to her mother for teaching her to read the Bible and take notes because she has developed a life long habit of doing just that.
Since hearing Courtney testify to the impact her mother’s teaching made, I have determined that I would teach my children the SOAP method.
I found some little spirals on sale for $1 each and I bought a couple of packs of colorful gel pens. Each child got to pick the color pen she liked and I started by writing out the entire thing on our dry erase painted door.
I explained the method and gave everyone a choice to copy exactly what I had written or to write their own observations, applications, and prayer. Each day I erase the red portion and write a new scripture, observation, application, and prayer.
Every child, from the kindergartener (who simply copies the scripture) and older is using the S.O.A.P. method of Bible study each day.
We alternate New Testament and Old Testament books. One month we might focus on the gospel of Matthew, and the next month, Proverbs.
Here you can see a short video of my Kindergartener going over her S.O.A.P. journal for the day.
*Journal photo used with permission from 12 year old Cami.