Reading Through the Bible in a Year
July 13, 2020 - July 12, 2021
A word from Pastor Ted:
Beginning Monday, 7/13/20, I am going to be reading again through God’s Word, taking a full year to read from Genesis 1 all the way through Revelation 22. Would you like to read with me?
Click here for a copy of my personal reading plan. It is the very SAME reading plan that we used for the “Grand Sweep” back in 2017, but instead of beginning on January 1, we will begin on July 13, 2020 and go through July 12, 2021.
I am encouraging everyone to use the S.O.A.P method with this Bible reading plan. What is this method? Well, S.O.A.P. is an acrostic, meaning that each letter stands for something. Here’s what I mean….
‘S’ stands of SCRIPTURE. Each day, using our reading plan, you make it a habit to read the Bible each and every day. Before reading your daily passage, you ask God to speak to you His truth. Then, you read the daily reading. Some verse or verses will “speak” to you more than others. You then write out in a notebook or journal the verse (or verses) that spoke to you.
‘O’ stands 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 readers? What do they mean today? Write down what you see. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you as you write in your own words what the verses are saying.
‘A’ is for APPLICATION. Here is where the rubber meets the road. How can you apply this biblical truth in the verse(s) 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’ is for PRAYER. After God has spoken to you through His Word, close by praying to God. Write out your prayer. You can give thanks to God, ask for His help, express an emotion to Him, or praise God for who He is.
Each daily S.O.A.P. entry in your journal could be a few sentences or a whole page, depending on how much you receive from God for that day. The neat thing is this…there is no wrong way to do it….as long as you go into each day of reading God’s word with an open heart, a willingness for Him to speak to you, and the discipline to write it down and reflect on what you’ve read, you can’t go wrong!
God has used this in my life to teach me many things about God’s Word I never even knew or noticed before, and He will do the same for any of you who give it a try!
As always, if you have any questions, email me and I will try and answer them. Also, watch the video below for more information about how to use the S.O.A.P. method in Bible study.
God bless you all!
How to Study Your Bible Using the S.O.A.P. Method: