As we are moving fast into 2017, the resolutions have faded but hopefully the goals we set are still being pursued.
One goal that is key to our growth is a daily time with God and His Word – the Bible. Many of you already use the S.O.A.P. method of journaling that LFC has been doing for years since my good friend Pastor Wayne Cordeiro taught me how to do it some 25 years ago. If you need help you could check out our guest services room on any given Sunday or contact our church office, it is our joy to assist you. firstname.lastname@example.org If you already journal, than you know the value of doing so. Good for you! If not, I strongly encourage you to begin right away.
S.O.A.P. is an easy process to use as a devotional guide which helps you read, understand and apply what God is wanting to say to you, through His Word, the Bible.
Scripture • Observation • Application • Prayer
Using the Life Journal helps you to capture and catalog the lessons God is teaching you that will help you develop a healthy habit of spending time with the Lord. You can get your own Life Journal at our Guest Services room of use a simple notebook.
How to Use the Life Journal:
Find the Scriptures for today in the Bible Reading Plan. (Reading plans are in the journals, and also free in our guest services room or church office. You can also grab them off our website.
You can download or view the Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here!
Or visit New Hope’s Bible Gateway page here It will take you right to the reading on your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Read the passages. Read with an open heart and ask God to speak to you, after all the words and stories you read are inspired by God and have been preserved for us.
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. (NLT)
God will give you words of encouragement, direction and correction. Underline, highlight words, phrases, or verses that are catching your attention and speaking to you in this season of your life.
When God begins to reveal a life lesson to you as you read, begin to journal using S.O.A.P.
- Write out the verse/s, phrases or words that you want to journal. (Scripture)
- Write down what you observe in the Scripture and want to remember. (Observation)
- Write how you will be different because of what you have just read. This is a key to growth. Often times people read the bible and then check off their to-do list. But to grow deep and strong, take what you read and observed and write out a clear application for how you will live, grow and change. (Application)
- Write out your prayer asking the Holy Spirit to help you apply what you’ve learned. (Prayer)
Give your journal entry a title and write it at the top of the the page.
Turn to the Table of Contents (or first pages in a notebook) and record the date, Scripture, title and page number. This will help you in the future to go back and find the passage, the title and to remember what God showed you the last time you read the same passage but in a different season.
Share with others what God is saying to you through His Word. This is a great way to start an organic small group, or to simply journal with your family members or friends. Take time to hear what others wrote down and received from the Lord. If you journal with others and share with them and listen to them, it multiplies your devotions exponentially.