I use a systematic approach to my Bible studies based on the Scripture, Observation, Application, Pray (SOAP) method.
However, I prefer to call it the REAL approach. Get it? Cuz my blog is Real as the Streets and my username is Real as Rae. Yeah, you get it lol.
Honestly, I’m just tired of seeing SOAP everywhere I turn. I mean really. Of all the acronyms in the world, soap?!
“Hey let’s all use SOAP to study our Bible!” Ugh.
Besides, there’s nothing clean or bubbly about being in the midst of a brutal spiritual war. Where every day consists of exhausting struggles, both internal and external, to desperately holdfast the teachings of Christ. To maintain some sense of purpose and hope in a world of decay and disappointment.
So let’s break down R.E.A.L:
- Read a Bible verse, chapter, book, etc.
- Examine the context of the content (author, audience, purpose, era, etc.)
- Ask the Lord to show you how the material applies to your life.
- Live the principles revealed to you.
That’s my Bible studying approach in a nutshell. Feel free to share your own methods in the comments!