SOAP Process for Fellowship Groups
SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) is a structured method of helping individuals and groups to process, journal, reflect on, and apply God’s Word to their personal lives.
SCRIPTURE: Read out loud the assigned passage(s) of Scripture two times. Allow God’s Words to settle deeply into your heart and mind.
Psalm 22: 1My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? 2My God, I cry out by day, but You do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. 3Yet You are enthroned as the Holy One; You are the one Israel praises. 4In You our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and You delivered them. 5To You they cried out and were saved; in You they trusted and were not put to shame. 6But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. 7All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. 8“He trusts in the Lord,” they say, “let the Lord rescue him. Let Him deliver him, since he delights in Him.” 9Yet You brought me out of the womb; You made me trust in You, even at my mother’s breast. 10From birth I was cast on You; from my mother’s womb You have been my God. 11Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help. 12Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. 13Roaring lions that tear their prey open their mouths wide against me. 14I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted within me. 15My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; You lay me in the dust of death. 16Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet. 17All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. 18They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment. 19But You, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. 20Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. 21Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen. 22I will declare Your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise You. 23You who fear the Lord, praise Him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor Him! Revere Him, all you descendants of Israel! 24For He has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; He has not hidden His face from him but has listened to his cry for help. 25From You comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear You I will fulfill my vows. 26The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise Him—may your hearts live forever! 27All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before Him, 28for dominion belongs to the Lord and He rules over the nations. 29All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before Him—those who cannot keep themselves alive. 30Posterity will serve Him; future generations will be told about the Lord. 31They will proclaim His righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!
OBSERVATION: Observe the text individually in silence. Write down your insights. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal truth to you.
Write down as many observations as you can about the passage(s).
- What jumps out to you in the passage?
- Who is it written by? Who is it written to?
- What’s one thing you didn’t notice before?
- What seems interesting or unusual?
- What comes before and after the text?
- Is there repetition, comparison, or contrast?
APPLICATION | Discuss the observations that each of you made and talk about how to apply the teaching to your everyday lives.
When life is rough and it seems like you are all alone, what will you do to remember that God is enough?
PRAYER | Close with prayer.
Thank God for His faithfulness, and ask Him to remind you of His presence whenever you feel alone.