Why Read Through the Bible
The Bible is the most accessible and tangible way God speaks to us today. It is “God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16).” In other words, it is God’s very own words to us, through which, He saves us, heals us, molds us, equips us, and reveals Himself to us. We just need to open and read it with a sincere and delightful heart.
Psalm 1 says, “Blessed is … the man who delights in the word of God and meditates on it day and night.” As we mediate the words of God daily, we become like “a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.” (vs. 3)
It is our prayer that as we read the Scripture together as a community of faith, we will grow like a tree planted by streams of water, bearing fruits, beyond what we can imagine or ask for. Thus, please join us on this journey of reading through the Bible in 2018!
How To Read The Bible
One of the best ways to read through the Bible is to use a reading plan. There are plenty to choose from, but we are recommending two plans for you to choose from this year of 2018. One is Discipleship Journal’s 5x5x5 Reading Plan to read the New Testament, 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week, and 5 ways to dig deeper, or choose Life Journal Reading Plan to read 3-4 chapter each day to finish the whole Bible within a year.
Each day as you open the Word of God;
Pause for a minute or two in silence, inviting the Spirit to guide you to be anchored in His presence. “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way of everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)
Interact with the Word of God by following SOAP method by journaling your mediation.
To view the Discipleship Journal's 5x5x5 Reading Plan, click here.
To view the Life Journal Reading Plan, click here.
‘S’ for Scripture
SOAP journaling is centered on God’s Word. Begin by choosing a Bible reading plan. Before reading your daily passage, ask God to speak to you His truth. Read the passage. Afterwards write out in your journal the verse (or verses) that spoke to you.
‘O’ for Observation
What truth do you see in the verse (or verses) you wrote down? What is their surrounding context? What did they mean to the original recipients? What do they mean today? Write down what you see. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you.
‘A’ for Application
How can you apply this biblical truth to your life right now? It could be an instruction to obey, a sin to repent, an encouragement to receive, an insight to reflect on, or a promise to believe. Write down your specific application. Begin your application with the words: “I will…” or “I resolve to…”
‘P’ for Prayer
After God has spoken to you through His Word, close by speaking to God. Write out your prayer. You can give thanks, ask for help, express an emotion, or praise God for who He is. After you’re done, consider giving your entry a title so you can remember the main point later.
The entire SOAP entry is usually about a page long in your journal. It should take about 20-30 minutes to complete.