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How to Study Your Bible

As we read God’s words, we begin to see how God responds to things. Doing daily devotions re-patterns the way we think and transforms the spirit of the mind. Then, when we face similar situations as Jesus did we begin to respond in the same way.

Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God had spoken to us. It’s also a useful tool to use at a later time to reflect on and review some of the “gems” that you have received. Without writing them down you may forget those blessings and some very important lessons! Also, though journaling is a very personal time with the Lord you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your Life Group or mentors. Through discussion you will be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight and even encourage others.


When Should I Journal?

It is a good idea to set aside a certain time in your schedule each day and find a quiet place where you won’t be distracted.

It’s not important when you do your devotions but that you make it a very important part of your day. For morning people this is a great way to start your day. For others, a 20-minute lunch time appointments with Jesus may be better. For the night owls, the final act of the day may be to quiet their hearts and hear God’s voice.


What Materials do I Need?

Your Bible, a pen or pencil and a notebook or journal. You can buy Life Journals in our Resource Center on Sunday mornings or use any type of journal or notebook.

*The Bible devotional format SOAP comes from the book “The Divine Mentor” by Wayne Cordeiro, senior pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship.



Scripture: Before you begin, ask the Holy Spirit to point out the one thing He wants to show you today. Ask Him for that one verse He has laid out for you. Then, open your Bible and read according to your reading plan. Take your time reading through the Word and when you are finished go back to the one verse that particularly spoke to you and write it down in your journal.

Observation: Write out in your own words what you see in this one verse. What was happening in this verse? Why did the author write it? What is the big picture here? Think on this verse and write down all your thoughts, your observations.

Application: Personalize what you have read by asking yourself how it applies to you. Let the Word of God reflect your inner heart and reveal both the good and the ugly. Be honest and humble and the Holy Spirit begins to work within you.

Prayer: 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. Now write it out.


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