Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Last week was Promotion Sunday at our little church, so today was the first day of the new classes. I wanted to make sure everyone knew how to use S.O.A.P. so I reviewed and introduced it to the class today. We used John 12:1-11. Though I have shown this method before, I thought you might be interested in a refresher on how to use S.O.A.P. as well. You might want to buy or make a journal to record your daily readings.
S. Scripture - Prayerfully read a chapter and allow God to impress one or two verses on your heart. Copy that scripture as the heading of today's reading.
O. Observation - In your own words, what are your observations about the context of the verse?
A. Application - How has God impressed upon you to apply these verses in today's world?
P. Prayer - Write your prayer about applying this scripture in your life.
The verse we took from John 12: 1-11 was verse 9. Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
Our observation was that people came to see Lazarus because he knew what it was like to be dead and then come back to life. They probably had questions like; "Did you go toward a light? Was it scary? Did you hover around and watch people as they mourned for you? Did you go to paradise or heaven?" One of the biggest take aways we had was that Lazarus was a man just like the people and they wanted to see someone whose life God had resurrected from death to a new life.
Our application became our Christian walk. We say we are Christians and people watch us every day to see how God has changed us, how He has delivered us from a lost/dead state to a new/resurrected life in Christ. Usually folks don't really come to church looking for God. They come because someone invited them. People want to see how God can change us in such a way that we are new people/creatures in Christ. They've never known what it is like to have their lives completely changed. They are curious to see how it works.
Our prayer was of course personal and individual but here's my thoughts.
Father, help me demonstrate my life in Christ every day that others might see the wonderful change Jesus makes in my life because I have asked for forgiveness and salvation. May others be so affected by the change that it would cause them to turn to Jesus as well. In Christ name. Amen
Where will you be using SOAP this week? Won't you share the insights God has given you?
Paul wrote these words to young Timothy. And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
II Timothy 3:15.
You can use S.O.A.P. You may want to do your own study or find out where your parents will be studying each day. God may reveal something different to you that you can share at family alter. God has something for each of us no matter how old or how young. We'd love for you to share with us, but most importantly, share with your family and demonstrate Christ to others.