S.O.A.P. is a discipleship/journaling ministry. Simply, it’s several people daily walking together (via email, text or meeting together) through Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Here is how it works:
1. Scripture - Participants read a chapter of the Bible and write down one verse that was meaningful to them;
2. Observation - they write down what the verse is saying in their own words;
3. Application - then they write down how that verse has, does or should affect their lives;
4. Prayer - they write down a prayer surrounding that verse.
Then they send it to each other or meet together to discuss it. Here is a sample verse from Romans 13.
Scripture - "The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light."
Observation - The night - being all the dark days of sin that mankind has been in - is almost at it's end...(PRAISE GOD!). And the day - being the bright return of Jesus Christ for His saints - is very near...(PRAISE GOD!). Knowing that our return home is very soon, then we MUST put off the dark sins of our lives and put on the armor of our God (Eph. 6:10-17). It’s only with the armor of light that we're able to walk in the next verses, 13 & 14... behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
Application - I have to make it my habit even more to daily walk with the armor of God on. It's so easy to fall into the trap of "making provision for the flesh." Especially when it comes to the "lust" for the material things of this world, which always distract from what my primary focus should be...which is the Lord Jesus Christ and His soon return to take me home. I need to live in light of that more and more each day.
Prayer - Father, cause me each day to awaken with the thought that maybe it's today that Jesus our King is coming for us! Help me to demonstrate that in what I pursue, in the way I live and in the way I minister. "Come Lord Jesus!"
As you can see, it can be very short or it can be lengthier, depending on the individual and how God speaks to you. This is a great way to increase your understanding of God’s Word and to get involved with other brothers and sisters in discipling each other.
If you’re interesting in finding someone to connect with in SOAP or want more info, please sign up on your response card or see Mark Piazza.