Means of Grace Tip: SOAPY Bible Study

(An idea from Cahokia Park UMC, Mississippi River District)

What is SOAPY?  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer and Yielding.
 
Get your church family enjoying the daily discipline of “chewing” on a couple of verses of
Scripture together.  Here’s how it works:
 
Keep a SOAPY journal so you can go back over time and see what the Lord has been teaching
you.  Write out the two verses for the day.  Read them aloud.  Consider what those verses are
teaching and make a few notes.  Then ask, “How can I apply this Scripture to my life?”  “What is
God calling me to do in response to what He is teaching?”  Write a few notes and then write out
a prayer that helps you yield more of your life to Jesus so that your study is not for information
only, but for transformation as you grow in the image of our Lord.
 
We use this method on a regular basis to read and pray through books of the Bible.  We provide
a double-sided book mark every month with the daily Scriptures listed.  (example below)  We
just completed Colossians, two verses at a time.  It was eye-opening for many! 

Note: You could start this study at any time of year by simply replacing the dates listed with the dates you intend for your study. Then you could produce your own bookmarks, bulletin inserts, or another suitable tool to distribute in your church. Of course, you could also choose to start with any book of the Bible you would like. 
 
Aug 15 Colossians 1:1-2
Aug 16 Colossians 1:3-4
Aug 17 Colossians 1:5-6
Aug 18 Colossians 1:7-8
Aug 19 Colossians 1:9-10
Aug 20 Colossians 1:11-12
Aug 21 Colossians 1:13-14
Aug 22 Colossians 1:15-16
Aug 23 Colossians 1:17-18
Aug 24 Colossians 1:19-20
Aug 25 Colossians 1:21-22
Aug 26 Colossians 1:23-24
Aug 27 Colossians 1:25-26
Aug 28 Colossians 1:27-28
Aug 29 Colossians 1:29-2:1
 
Aug 30 Colossians 2:2-3
Aug 31 Colossians 2:4-5
Sept 1 Colossians 2:6-7
Sept 2 Colossians 2:8-9
Sept 3 Colossians 2:10-11
Sept 4 Colossians 2:12-13
Sept 5 Colossians 2:14-15
Sept 6 Colossians 2:16-17
Sept 7 Colossians 2:18-19
Sept 8 Colossians 2:20-21
Sept 9 Colossians 2:22-23

Sept 10 Colossians 3:1-2
Sept 11 Colossians 3:3-4
Sept 12 Colossians 3:5-6
Sept 13 Colossians 3:7-8
Sept 14 Colossians 3:9-10
Sept 15 Colossians 3:11-12
Sept 16 Colossians 3:13-14
Sept 17 Colossians 3:15-16
Sept 18 Colossians 3:17-18
Sept 19 Colossians 3:19-20
Sept 20 Colossians 3:21-22
Sept 21 Colossians 3:23-25
 
Sept 22 Colossians 4:1-2
Sept 23 Colossians 4:3-4
Sept 24 Colossians 4:5-6
Sept 25 Colossians 4:7-8
Sept 26 Colossians 4:9-10
Sept 27 Colossians 4:11-12
Sept 28 Colossians 4:13-14
Sept 29 Colossians 4:15-16
Sept 30 Colossians 4:17-18