“It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4

Personal Devotion is simply the daily practice of making room in your life to seek God through prayer and reading the Scripture. Although participating faithfully in weekend services plays a vital role in feeding and sustaining our spiritual life, personal devotion takes our growth experience beyond the weekend and into our everyday lives.

As a church, we believe that establishing a consistent, daily time for this will be a catalyst for God’s power and provision in your life. And it doesn’t have to take a long time. For most people it’s only ten to twenty minutes. Explore whatever works for you; and know that it looks different for everyone. The important thing is setting aside this time for you to grow in your walk with God.

There are many different reading plans out there. Two that we highly recommend is the S.O.A.P. devotion and the One Year Bible. Our church has, and continues to go through both of these.  However, if those aren’t for you, you can also find a plan that fits what you’re looking for at YouVersion.com or by downloading their app. Again, the goal is for you and your family to get in the word daily and spend time talking to God. That’s the key to living a God-first life!

SOAP DEVO

December 13, 2017

HOW TO DO THE SOAP DEVO

S FOR SCRIPTURE – Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. As you read, you’re going to notice that a certain verse(s) stands out to you. Highlight, underline or place a mark in the margin of your Bible next to that scripture(s). When you are done reading the entire passage, reread the verses you marked, and choose one that particularly spoke to you that day. Write it in your journal.

O FOR OBSERVATION – What do you think God is saying to you in this verse? Ask God to teach you and reveal Himself to you as you read. Paraphrase this scripture in your own words and write it down in your journal.

A FOR APPLICATION – Personalize what you have read by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write down how this Scripture can apply to you today.

P FOR PRAYER – Bring your devotional time to a close with prayer. This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this Scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say!

That’s it! S.O.A.P. It’s as simple or deep as you want it to be. A great way to continue growing in your walk with God is by taking what you learn in your devotion time and sharing it with others.

December 12, 2017

HOW TO DO THE SOAP DEVO

S FOR SCRIPTURE – Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. As you read, you’re going to notice that a certain verse(s) stands out to you. Highlight, underline or place a mark in the margin of your Bible next to that scripture(s). When you are done reading the entire passage, reread the verses you marked, and choose one that particularly spoke to you that day. Write it in your journal.

O FOR OBSERVATION – What do you think God is saying to you in this verse? Ask God to teach you and reveal Himself to you as you read. Paraphrase this scripture in your own words and write it down in your journal.

A FOR APPLICATION – Personalize what you have read by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write down how this Scripture can apply to you today.

P FOR PRAYER – Bring your devotional time to a close with prayer. This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this Scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say!

That’s it! S.O.A.P. It’s as simple or deep as you want it to be. A great way to continue growing in your walk with God is by taking what you learn in your devotion time and sharing it with others.

SUGGESTED READING PLANS

SOAP METHOD

S.O.A.P. is short for Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer. This is an easy to remember guide that you can use daily to help you get the most out of your personal devotion time. Consider it your daily “washing of the mind?” with the Word of God. Our KIDSPOINT Ministry has a corresponding S.U.D.S. daily scripture devotional. Check it out HERE

ONE YEAR BIBLE

The one year bible is a very popular, and great reading plan for someone looking to challenge themselves a bit more. It requires about 15-20 minutes a day and with tke you through the entire bible in one year.

YOUVERSION.COM

YouVersion.com offers a variety of reading plans in many different translations. Find a plan that’s right for you and keep track of your process. Or download the youversion bible app and follow along on your smart phone or tablet.

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