The method of study that I have chosen for this year’s study is called S.O.A.P. notes. The acronym stands for: Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer. For much the same reason behind my needing to do this EVERY day for the discipline, I also need a system, otherwise, I may just end up reading a passage (whatever passage) and not doing much else with it. My hope is to use this method as a way to “work hard so that I can present myself to God and receive his approval, to be a good worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) and, likewise, to “train myself to be godly” because “godliness is much better (that physical training) promising benefits in this life and the life to come” (1Timothy 4:7-8).
Before I begin sharing my S.O.A.P. notes, I want to let you know what books I’m using for the passages I’m using this year.
The main book is: God’s Words of Life from the NIV Women’s Devotional Bible. I take a verse a day from each chosen section. If there are not enough verses to fill out the month, I draw from God’s Promises for Your Every Need. If there was not a corresponding section, or if I did not have enough verses that weren’t duplicated, I pulled from the Topical section of openbible.info and bible.knowing-jesus.com. Finally, the bible translation I am using – almost exclusively – is the New Living Translation because it’s the one I most enjoy reading.
Though we are not Catholic, my family typically does something in recognition of Lent, which begins – very conveniently for me and this study – on March 1st. The subject, at least, in part, is going to be fasting. So, as of now, March is the only month for which I do not already have a schedule.
Much love in Christ, Patty