House Church is the home group ministry of Glad Tidings and an integral part of who we are. House Churches meet on different nights of the week (determined by the leaders) throughout the greater Moncton area. If you’re interested in joining a group, you can either call our office or sign up at the Information Center. Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with people and make new friends.
This year our focus is on spending time in God’s Word. Using the Life Journal reading plan and the SOAP study method we will work our way through the Bible. The full year version of the reading plan can be found here.
What is the SOAP study method?
SOAP is an acronym that stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer.
Read the Scripture or a passage of Scripture. Write it down in your journal. Or, when reading large passages, write down the main verse(s) of the passage that you will focus your attention upon.
O = Observation
Write your observations about the passage. How would you explain the Scripture if you were teaching it to someone else? Stop and think on the Scripture. Say it out loud. Try to uncover who was the passage written to? What are some key words that stand out in this passage? Are there any other Scriptures that this passage reminds you of or makes you think about? Are there any pictures, illustrations, stories, or object lessons that come to your mind when reading this Scripture? This is where we find the incredible, life changing truths that are in God’s scripture. When we observe and study His word the richness of God’s wisdom is displayed.
A = Application
How does this scripture apply in your life? What does this Scripture lead me to do? Why should I do it? What will be different if I live out the truths in this Scripture? The application part of the process is one of the most important and difficult steps. It is here that our habits, thoughts, and desires are challenged and changed to be more like Christ’s
P = Prayer
Pray for God to give you understanding of how He wants to use this Scripture. Ask Him to help you to hear and understand His Word and give you direction for your life. Remember to make sure you listen after you ask. Too often we don’t hear from God because as soon as the asking is done we walk away. God wants to speak to us but we have to be willing to listen.
What Do I Need?
You will need just three things for the SOAP Bible Study method.
The house groups will be following Wayne Cordeiro’s Life Journal reading plan. The weeks reading will be posted here on the site, but can also be found at Bible.com. The plan can also be found on the YouVersion app.
So that you can write down your observation, application, and prayer during your Bible study. If you would rather use an online journal there are many options available. Just do a search for “free online journaling”.
As you go through your Bible Study the Holy Spirit may impress upon you something you need to do as a part of your application. Therefore, it is important to have your calendar or to-do list available to write down a particular action step.
Another great resource to consider is the book “Divine Mentor” by Wayne Cordeiro. This book looks at the SOAP study method in greater detail.
For more info please contact Kristin Pollard 506.858.1016 or firstname.lastname@example.org