Christian people routinely find that the best thing they can do for their own spiritual growth is to read the Bible regularly. And we shouldn't be surprised! We believe the Bible is God's Word and that it's through the Bible that he promises to speak to us today.
At Trinity we're using a simple pattern of reading the Bible for ourselves 5 days a week, with the help of the acronym SOAP.
S. Scripture. Simply read the passage! You can see the current SOAP readings to the right, or on the left column on any page on this website. If you're on Facebook, follow the TMB page to see the weekly readings in your newsfeed.
O. Observation. What do you observe in the passage?
What stands out?
What surprises you?
What makes a lot of sense?
What doesn’t seem to make much sense at all?
Some people like to journal, that is, to write down their questions and observations. SOAP journalling pages are available on the Welcome Desk on Sundays for you to collect if you think you'd find them helpful.
A. Application. How do we put God’s Word into practice? Growing to maturity as disciples of Jesus and learning the lessons God would teach us through his Word requires more than simply hearing. In the New Testament, James urges us, to not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says (James 1:22).
Some questions to ask might be: What does this mean for my life among my family, colleagues, friends, in my classroom?
How can I put into practice the lesson of this passage in the particularities of my situation?
P. Pray. Pray and ask God to help you apply his Word to your life.
Pray and ask God to help you understand what you’ve just read.
Pray and ask God to give you a hunger and thirst for his him, his kingdom, and his Word.
SOAP. It’s simple.
It’s not a special technique, but across Trinity numbers of us are going to spend a few minutes, five days a week, reading and reflecting on the same part of God's Word, and we'd love you to be involved too. You might already have a pattern for reading the Bible regularly. You are, of course, most welcome to continue that, or even add the SOAP readings into your regular pattern, as they will generally be quite short passages.
Please let us know how you find SOAP! We'd love to hear and share with others, how you're being encouraged and taught through reading God's Word.