We want you to be devoted to Jesus Christ. Being devoted to Jesus is a life-long journey and we are committed to helping you along the way. Devotion to Jesus comes through getting to know Jesus through the Bible, what we call His Word written to you personally. So we encourage you to use the SOAPS personal daily devotional process. SOAPS is an acronym: Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer, Share.
The idea is while you are reading a selected passage from the Bible (we recommend the Life Journal Reading plan by Wayne Cordeiro) you listen for God to speak to you (something in the reading ‘pops’ for you) and then you stop and write your thoughts down in a journal. Journaling is an excellent way to record and process what God has spoken to us. Without writing our experiences down, you may forget those blessings and some very important lessons! We recommend using the Life Journal for your journaling (free copies are available at the church office or by requesting one from the church office 805.239.4771 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Find the Scripture for today’s reading in the reading plan (we recommend Life Journal Reading Plan)
Read the passages. Read with an open heart and Jesus will give you words of encouragement, direction and correction. Underline, highlight words, phrases, or verses that the Holy Spirit is using to catch your attention.
When Jesus gives you a lesson, begin to journal using S.O.A.P.S.
Write out the verse(s), phrases, words that stood out to you and about which you want to journal.
Write down what you see in this Scripture; what about this passage “struck you” or caught your attention (e.g. what was happening, what was context, etc.)
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. How will you be different because of this passage. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say and journal about it
Give your journal a title and write it at the top of the page.
Turn to the Table of Contents and recrod the date, Scripture, title and page number.
Turn to the Table of Contents and record the date, Scripture, title and page number.
Share with others what God is saying to you through His Word. Be sure to take time for others to share their entries as well.
S.O.A.P.S. & Life Journal