I love actually getting into the Bible. Not just scanning it or “getting in my daily reading.” But going in-depth and applying the Bible to my life. Applying God’s word the way it’s meant to be.
But sometimes it’s hard to find inspiration. SOAP Bible Study is a great way get more out of your Bible. The free SOAP Bible study printables below will help you to slow down, dig deep, and learn what God is saying to you today.
• Print options: regular paper works just fine!
• All of the files are in pdf below. Or click on the image. It will open in a new window and you can either print directly or save to computer.
• The default size of these is full-page. However, if you want smaller, simply reduce the print size! If you’re looking on how to resize printables, check out my post: “How to Resize Printables to Fit Your Planner.“
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What is SOAP Bible Study Method?
SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer.
With the free printables below (or on your own), you:
S- pick a Scripture reading. Take your time and actually copy it over. Slowing down and writing down the Scripture yourself is important.
O- Observation. Observe what is happening. What is happening? Who is involved? How would you explain these verses to another person?
A- Application. Apply these verses to your life today. What is God saying to you? How can you apply these verses to your daily life?
P- Prayer. Write a prayer inspired by what you’ve read, observed, and applied.
SOAP Bible study method example
I debated over whether to include an example. Because no two people reading the same Scripture are going to take the same things away from it. Your life is different from mine. But I decided to go ahead in case you were interested.
Scripture– I chose to read the second part of James, chapter 2. Faith & Works.
“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does have works is dead.
Indeed someone might say, “You have faith and I have works.” Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works. You believe that God is one. You do do well. Even the demons believe that and tremble. Do you want proof, you ignoramus, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered his son Isaac upon the alter? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by the works. Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called “the friend of God.” See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by a different route? For just as a body without spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
Observation– James is exhorting others about the importance of works. With his reference to Abraham, I deduce he is probably speaking to Israelites, or at least people who are familiar with the story of Abraham. I also wonder if there is a problem in the community with people claiming faith alone- and not actually doing anything as a result of that faith- is the answer. Otherwise, James probably wouldn’t feel a need to go on at such length and with multiple examples about this matter.
Application– So much to apply! First, the most obvious. Clearly I need to focus on works more. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of “but I believe in God! I’m saved.” But as James points out, demons believe in God too. The line “You see that faith was active along with his works, and that faith was completed by his works” speaks to me. A reminder that works alone isn’t enough, either. I can’t “earn” salvation.
Prayer– God, help me to remember that part of being a Christian is works flowing from faith. Help me to reach out to those in need. Help me to put others’ needs before my own. Help me to have faith when times are dark and I have trouble believing that You are there for me.
Free SOAP Bible Study Printables
I love this free bible study printable! I often just cut off the top part after I’m done (keeping the pretty graphics with the prayer in the middle) and file it. I pull them out occasionally and repeat the prayer. So I end up with a bunch of pretty (if a bit large) prayer cards that speak directly to me.
SOAP Bible Study1 <<<click there to download