Steve Addison analyzes and writes about church movements. You can read his blog here.
Here are his thoughts on the SOAP method of Bible Study. Maybe you can use them in your group.
Our home group kicked off for the year last night. We share the leadership around and I was on.
We’re working through Philippians. So I pulled out some SOAP. It’s a simple Bible study method developed by Wayne Cordeiro and picked up by churches all over the place.
SOAP = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer. more
We had a great night sharing our insights and our lives around the passage and then praying or each other.
I could have pulled out my Greek New Testament and given a lecture on the passage. OK my Greek is a bit rusty, but they don’t know that.
But last night all we needed was a simple method of encountering God in the scriptures together. SOAP did it for us.
I call SOAP an adaptive method. It’s simple, flexible and reproducible. According to Bob Logan, adaptive methods empower ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
When a movement needs to get something done, somehow it invents, discovers, reinvents or steals an adaptive method.
How about you?