Initial efforts in Bible study usually start with basic familiarity with the Bible. It’s not enough to just have heard some Bible stories here and there as we were growing up. We really need to read the Bible through with a willingness to learn and remember. The New Testament is a great place to start. Here are descriptions and video of some methods I have tried and found successful.
Scripture ~ Observation ~ Application ~ Prayer
What is S.O.A.P.? It is a way of getting more out of your time in God’s word.
How does it work? It’s quite simple. When you sit for your daily quiet time read the bible as you normally would with one simple difference. Underline or make note of any verses that jump out at you with special significance. This is the basis for diving deeper and using S.O.A.P.
Observation ~ Interpretation ~ Application
I first learned of Inductive Bible Study through Bible teacher Kay Arthur.
Step 1: Observation—What does the passage say?
Step 2: Interpretation—What does the passage mean?
Step 3: Application—What am I going to do about what the passage says and means?
5 Ps method:
Position ~ Pore ~ Pull ~ Pose ~ Plan
I first learned of this method of Bible Study through Bible teacher Priscilla Shirer. One of the keys of this method is to choose just a couple of verses each day. Do not try to take on large passages at a time. This will allow you to break the verses down and apply them to your life.
1. Position yourself to hear from God.
2. Pore over the passage and paraphrase the major points.
Look for the who, what, when, where, and why of the verse
3. Pull out the spiritual principles.
What is God teaching? What is He revealing about Himself?
4. Pose the question.
Form a personally directed question from each of the spiritual principles.
5. Plan obedience and pin down a date.
God speaks to be obeyed—not just to hear Himself talk.
In this video, Joyce Meyer discuss why Bible Study is important and gives tips.