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 32: 1Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 2Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. 3When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. 5Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And You forgave the guilt of my sin. 6Therefore let all the faithful pray to You while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. 7You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. 8I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My loving eye on you. 9Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. 10Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in Him. 11Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!
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.
Reflect on Isaiah 64:6, James 1:14-15, and 1 John 1:8-10. How will you change your attitude about your sin in light of God’s attitude about sin?
PRAYER | Close with prayer.
Spend time in prayer, confessing (agreeing with God) your sin. Ask Him to continuously give you His perspective on your sin.