The Bible as a Source of Courage, Part IV
Last week we introduced a particular approach for Bible study, known as the SOAP method.Each letter of the word SOAP stands for one step of Bible study:
- Scripture – Begin by reading a passage of the Bible.
- Observation– Take notice of what you are reading, and ask questions of the text.
- Application– Find a way to apply this to your life. Ask questions of yourself based on the text and ask what God is trying to reveal to you through this.
- Prayer– Finish by asking God to make the Scripture come alive in your mind and heart, that we would be doers of the Word and not only hearers.
Let’s try it with Colossians 3.
Scripture: Colossians 3:12-17
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
- To whom is the author writing (v. 12)?
- What metaphor is the author using for practicing virtues such as compassion, patience, and love (v. 12, 14)?
- What is the gift of Christ for our hearts (v. 15)?
- Why are believers to let the word of Christ dwell in them (v. 16)?
- How did I do last week with virtues like compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience? And will I be more mindful of areas of opportunity this week?
- How much peace do I have today? What would it take to receive more?
- Today, practice doing everything in the name of Jesus, with thanks to God: eating, resting, talking, exercising, and absorbing the news. How would this habit shape our lives if we did this every day?
Loving God, let us put on love like a shirt, that we would wear it in every moment and every place, not only doing acts of love but also being the embodiment of love in our very person, even as you are love in the flesh for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.