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 – 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.