Beyond just reading the Bible, engaging with it results in understanding what God is saying to us on a deeper level. It develops a habit of seeing all of life through the lens of God’s word.

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.  And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:31-32 NLT
| From the heart of our house – links to the sermon series on this practice |
Bible Engagement by Pastor Todd Pope
SOAP Guide
| Guide for Bridge Group or Individual Practice |
It’s important to have a plan when seeking to build a habit. In the beginning of building this habit, develop a plan, individually or as a Bridge Group, on what engaging with the Bible will look like. A good plan should consist of the following: 
When & What, plus a good plan b.
Example of a Bible Engagement plan:
When: 6 am before I get ready for work.
What: One chapter from the BC SOAP guide.
Plan B: I will read my Bible during my lunch break.

When studying the Old Testament, it is important to connect it to the Gospel. Here are a series of questions to ask when seeking to find Christ in the Old Testament: 
  1. What is God doing for HIs people in this story? 
  2. How does God do it even better through Jesus? 
  3. How does believing this change my life? 

Use the simple and effective SOAP method of Bible Study:
S-Scripture. Read the assigned chapter for the day
O-Observation. What stuck out to you?
A-Application. How can you apply what you observed to your life?
P-Prayer. Pray that God would help you apply the scripture.

Have you ever considered the significance of holding in your hands the same words that spoke the universe into existence and spoke the dead to life?
How would you have to relate to God if the Bible did not exist?
What’s the difference between reading and engaging?
What does God say in 2 Timothy 3:16, Psalm 119:11, Psalm 119:105, and Isaiah 55:10-11?
What are the benefits from knowing God’s Word more than you do now?
How much of what you read in the Bible shows up in the rest of your day?
How many Scriptures have you memorized?
How does your engagement with Scripture affect the other 6 pathway practices?
What’s holding you back?
 How can you deepen your Bible engagement both short-term and long-term?