Enhance Your Daily Time with God: S.O.A.P.ing

S.O.A.P.ing is a tool many have found helpful in focusing their daily time with God. The goal is not to know more about God but to develop a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus.

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S (Scripture) – Read a passage from the Bible. Take time as you read and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse or phrase that seemed to stand out and write it down.

O (Observation) — What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? (It’s important to choose a Bible translation that you can understand.) Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words.

A (Application) — Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write it down.

P (Prayer) — This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Since prayer is a two way conversation, be sure to listen to what God has to say. Now, write it out.

Example:

S = Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

O = We are not supposed to be going along with culture but becoming more and more like the Christ we follow, so that we can understand what God’s will is for us.

A = Too often I don’t realize the impact of what I read, watch, or hear has on me. S.O.A.P.ing God’s Word helps to cleanse my mind and to understand what God expects from me.  I need to get back into the habit of S.O.A.P.ing each day.

P = Forgive me, Lord, for being so lazy about how I engage your Word. I want to be a reflection of your Son, not the world, which means taking time each day to abide with you!

Men’s Groups

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* Men on Mission (MOM’s Group), led by Bob Phillips, is a group of men who get together over lunch for Bible study and personal reflection followed by a shower and laundry ministry to the homeless. The group meets on Tuesdays from 11:30 am — 12:40 pm in the Small Dining Room. All men are welcome!

West Campus:

* The Men’s Group, led by Tom Tift, is a diverse group of men who meet over lunch to pray, study, and grow closer to God and each other. Men are invited to join them on Thursdays from noon — 1:00 pm in the Followship Hall.

Hilton Garden Inn (Congress/I-95):

* 8:03 Breakfast Group, also led by Tom Tift, is a group of men who meet each week to provide support to each other in their walk with God. The group meets on Thursday mornings from 8:03 — 9:00 am but not during the summer months.

Women’s Groups

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* Women’s Bible Study, led by Dyane Bolick, provides fellowship, Bible study and discussion. It is held on Thursday mornings from 9:30 – 11:30 am in the Small Dining Room.

* Spiritual Friends, a book review group, meets on Thursday mornings from 10:30 am – noon in LEC Building, 2nd floor. The group is informal, friendly, easy going and rotates leadership.

West Campus
* Women’s Bible Study, led by Debbie Langston, meets over lunch for Bible study and discussion on Wednesdays from 11:15 am – 12:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday School

East Campus

* The Social Concerns Discussion Group, led by Linda Wiler, meets from 9:30 – 10:30 am in the Church Office.  Join in a review/discussion of a variety of subjects from Aesops Fables and the Gospels, various news topics (fracking, abortion, media violence, etc.) to modern day applications of church activities to world actions.

* An 11:00 am — noon Sunday School Class, led by Debbie Pearson, meets in the Church Office Conference Room.  The group’s desire is to increase their understanding of Scripture and to apply it to their daily lives. Each quarter follows a theme based on the Uniform Series. Classes start by reading selected Scripture and is then developed through other readings and group discussion. There is no homework and participants won’t be lost if miss a week!

Virtual Bible Study

Life happens! Maybe you want to be in a Bible study yet you are juggling work, family, household responsibilities and maybe even caregiving. Time no longer seems to be your own. This very flexible Virtual Bible Study may be for you! Members read a Bible chapter each week. Connie Siskowski highlights some points in the chapter and participants voluntarily comment and share throughout the week as they are able. If you would like try this format, just email Connie and she will be happy to welcome you!