Ephesians – July 2016

So, here’s today’s bit of truth. I’m not a huge fan of Bible reading plans, particularly those Bible-In-A-Year plans. I know they get people reading the Bible, but  the exercise is nearly trendy for some. Do we just want to rush through the word of God or learn something from it? I have found in my personal reading time (and this could be me) that God wants me to stop and listen. He wants me to pay attention to what He has to say about the word and I can’t really do that on someone else’s schedule, especially if it is a lot of scripture in the same day. However, with that said, I’m presenting a Bible reading plan. (insert a smile). But, I think this stretched out journey through Ephesians affords us the ability to complete a book of the Bible and the time to reflect on the scripture. We’ll see what you think when we’re done.

I’ve chosen the book of Ephesians because it works for my personal reading schedule. I’m doing the Armor of God study with Priscilla Shirer too. I can’t stress myself out trying to manage too many things. Plus, I expect some of what I (and my study partners – they’re in the Faith Worth Living group too) learn from the Armor of God will be helpful for our discussions.

I use the SOAP method for Bible Study (see specifics below). I recently took a short journey through the Inductive Method. I’m in awe of people who use this method for study. I got the Bible and the pens/markers and everything and it was not for me. Not in this season in my life, so I’m happily back to SOAPing. It’s served me well and I’d like to share it with you at the end of the month. In the meantime, we’ll just read the scripture as a group.In addition to reading, we’ll have a weekly phone chat to discuss key points in the scripture. Thursday night 8:30 p.m. EDT right after prayer.

Group prayer begins every week at 8 p.m. We’ll see if that works. It’s all trial and error at A Faith Worth Living because this ministry is new. Let me know what does or does not work for you and we’ll make adjustments.

The Reading Schedule is below and so are some details about SOAP.

Be Blessed In His Grace!

Rhonda McKnight

Eph_July 2016 Calendar-1Download here: Eph_July 2016 Calendar

What is the S.O.A.P. Method?

S.O.A.P. stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. It is a way of getting more out of your time in God’s word. When you S.O.A.P. you interact with the Scripture, reflect on the words you are reading and take action.

What does S.O.A.P. mean?

S– The S stands for Scripture. Write out the verse(s). God will reveal things to you as you write.

O– The O stands for Observation. Determine what you see in the verse you’re reading. Who was the audience? Are there words that stand out?

A– The A stands for Application. Make it personal. Decide how you will apply what you read to your life.

P– The P stands for Prayer. Pray God’s Word back to Him. Spend time praising Him and thanking Him. Pray about the revelation in the Word, repent of sin, and close your journal fully committed to finishing the good work your Savior began in you. (Phil. 1:6)

And guess what? I’ve developed a S.O.A.P. Journal that will take you through 90 days or 90 entries of focused study. It’s available for $9.99 at Amazon.com  if you’re interested.

I’ll share a free template closer to the time that we study together.

Bible Study-Front- 90 Day

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2 thoughts on “Ephesians – July 2016

  1. We are alike in our Bible study, no wonder we find ourselves studying the same and enjoying a few of the sane ministers. I like SOAP, never heard of it. I went to Moody to learn the way of Inductive study but it was way too many rules and religion there, not much ministry and relationship.
    Men and women couldn’t study together I found that different. Anyway I’m looking forward to growing in Christ.

    1. Men and women couldn’t study together. Hmmm…that’s really interesting. I know quite a few people who use Inductive and they love it. I think I’ll try it again at some point, but for now I’m happy with SOAP. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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