SOAP Journaling: Application Questions

SOAP Journaling is a great way to study the Bible and seek to apply it to your life. Whether you are using the SOAP method in your daily time alone with God or in a group, it’s important to not only read the text and observe what it means. It is also critical that you discover how to apply the truth to your life.

In Living by the Book (amazon affiliate link) by Howard Hendricks and William Hendricks, they emphasize bombarding the text you read with questions. This is a good approach when you are making OBSERVATIONS, but it is also true when it comes to your APPLICATION.

Here are 9 Application Questions you can ask whenever you come to the Word:

  1. Is there an example for me to follow?
  2. Is there a sin to avoid?
  3. Is there a promise to claim?
  4. Is there a prayer to repeat?
  5. Is there a command to obey?
  6. Is there a condition to meet?
  7. Is there a verse to memorize?
  8. Is there an error to mark?
  9. Is there a challenge to face?

Today’s Missional Challenge

When you read Scripture, focus on what it means and what God wants you to do in response. Consider using these questions to focus your application!

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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  1. keoni
    keoni says:

    i love SOAP journaling! i was introduced to it a few years ago in a bible study and it's the best way (i think) to understand and grasp what God's Word is telling us. Furthermore, i dont even realize that just reflecting in a group discussion after a bible study that we tend to just refer to the SOAP theory without even knowing it. it's great!

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