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.
John 12:12-19: 12The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem. 13They took palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” 14Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: 15“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” 16At first His disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about Him and that these things had been done to Him. 17Now the crowd that was with Him when He called Lazarus from the tomb and raised Him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18Many people, because they had heard that He had performed this sign, went out to meet Him. 19So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after Him!”
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.
Is Jesus YOUR King? Or have you placed yourself as the king of your heart? What can you do to live Palm Sunday every day?
PRAYER | Close with prayer.
Ask God to give you the desire to daily surrender to Him as your King.