How to Bible Journal the S.O.A.P. Method for Beginners Guide

How to Bible Journal the S.O.A.P. Method for Beginners Guide

I’ve been sharing photos of my Bible journaling on InstaStory and I wanted to share my experience with Bible journaling. I consider myself to be like a beginner Christian, although I have always been a Christian and had a relationship with God. I don’t have it all together and I know I have a lot more work to do.

I’ve been enjoying learning more about the word through Bible Journaling. Being a beginner I know I am not the only person whose a believer but still working on building a better relationship with Christ.

If you enjoy this post, you may find these Bible Study blog post helpful when it comes to reading the bible as a beginner:

I’m hoping my experience will encourage you no matter where you are starting in your journey. Hopefully these tips and printable will make your journey easier. So far I’ve been consistent with Bible Journaling I’ve only missed one day thus far.

I’ve just been enjoying this whole journey. I learned something new every time I read the Bible and I take something different from it every time I read it. My biggest takeaway from Bible Journaling is that reading the Bible is more rewarding when you begin to study and read the bible outside of worship service.

Random Story 

I feel so uplifted because I finally completed reading the entire book of Matthew from beginning to end. I have been trying to read the book of Matthews since the age of 11 years old. Years ago while visiting a church the preacher spoke to me after the sermon and told me I needed to read Matthews.

Don’t get me wrong I definitely tried but I just didn’t understand what I was reading. But now as an adult years later with my English Standard Version Bible I’m proud to say I’m done reading the book of Matthews. I’m sorry old school Bible folk I just can’t get down with the Kings James version, believe me I tried.

A Week in my Bible Journal 

Every morning after having breakfast I would read my Bible passage for the day usually 1 or 2 versus and then journal. The process of Bible journaling has been therapeutic. It is an opportunity to learn something new.

While also taking the time to reflect on your thoughts about what you’ve read. Reflection is the most powerful part. The process has really helped me develop a better prayer life.

Bible Journal Step by Step Guide 

As far as where to start in the Bible it is completely up to you. You can start with a book that speaks to you or if there is an issue that bothering you search the term and start with the verse that speaks to you. The key to a powerful Bible Journal experience is starting where your heart leads you.

I’m personally not into the artsy Bible Journal, although I don’t see anything wrong with it. It is not my style, I like to keep it simple and easy. The soap method is a simple method for gaining your own understanding of the Bible.

S.O.A.P. Method 

Scripture: Read however many scriptures you would like. Once you are finished choose 2-3 verses that speak to you and write them down in your journal. 
Observations: Based on what you read, what were your observations, what was happening, what was the sentiments. You don’t need to be technical, using scriptures to explain. Simply summarize the key things that occurred. What about the scripture you read stood out to you?

Application: How does what you read apply to your life? What lessons can you take away? How does what your read still apply to today’s times and environment? How did it make you feel? This is also a good place to write any questions you have about what you read.

Pray (or Kneel): Based on what you read, your observations, and applications how do you feel. What do you want to tell God as a result, what do you want to thank him for as a result of what you read, what do you need his help with.

As a thank you, for reading this post feel free to download my S.O.A.P. Printable – no email necessary – for your bible study.

Create a Legend here are a few options
  • Use different color pens for each sections
  • Write the title of each section
  • Use certain image for each section
  • Make sure you indicate your questions with a different color, image, or title
  • Use the printable provided (which the sections are indicated)
  • The choice is yours, but whatever you choose. Stay consistent and write you legend in the front of your Bible journal.

Bible journaling in the morning helps set up your day in a positive way. – ChellBee

Beginners Guide to Bible Journal 

If you are Bible journaling for the first time here are my personal recommendation.

  • Purchase a Bible (in the text your prefer) skim it before purchasing and make sure it is easy to read. If you can I would recommend purchasing a Study Bible, you can use it to reference the notes and see the opinions in the fore note. I have both and I personally enjoy drawing my own understand.But it is nice to read the notes and see what the fore note state.
  • Purchase highlighters, sticky tabs, colored ink pens, and a journal.
  • Do it first thing in the morning or at night. Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa and get cozy with your books.
  • Make it a part of your daily routine. Plan for at least 15-25 minutes of just quiet time.
  • You can read as many or as few passage as you would like.
  • There are no rules! So make it your own.

Bible Journal Resources 

I hope that this post has encouraged you to bible study, because you don’t need to be an expert! These are my favorite bible study resources for beginners! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (meaning if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you anything)! Thank you so much for your support as this helps me afford the expenses of my online ministry. Click here to read my disclosure policy.

  1. Bible, ESV Black Bible
  2. Faith Journal
  3. Study Bible, The ESV Study Bible
  4. Colored Pens, Ballpoint Pens, Assorted Colors
  5. War Room Movie, War Room: Prayer Is a Powerful Weapon

Bible Journal for your Prayer Life 

One of the greatest benefits of the Bible journal process is how much it has shaped and helped me create a prayer life. A prayer life is so important to your faith. I have never been extremely confident in my ability to pray which is why I don’t do it aloud.

But Bible journaling has helped my confidence. Writing your prayers down is powerful. I can honestly say I didn’t expect to gain this much from this experience. Not that I was skeptical but I just thought it seemed simple and didn’t realize how I would leave this process feeling empowered.

Bible Study Resources

  • Open Bible-Great for searching within the bible for keywords and types of passages
  • Blue Letter Bible– for searching for the summary of each book of the bible.’

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9 thoughts on “How to Bible Journal the S.O.A.P. Method for Beginners Guide

  1. Shaienna Monique

    As someone who is going to start reading the Bible on a more consistent basis, this was a great informational post. Bookmarking it right now so I can come back to it when I need to refresh my memory on what steps to take. I'm excited!

  2. Chell Bee

    Yay! I'm so glad to hear it. I felt like I had to search and search to find out anything about studying the bible independently. So glad it was helpful to see it all in one place.

  3. Chell Bee

    That's awesome it takes determination. I have been wanted to fast too. Yay I'm excited for you. I hope it does, can't wait to see where the journey takes you! Let me know how it goes!

  4. Biena Milligan

    I recently fasted for 21 days, I am so prour of myself for actually going through with it. I still felt like I needed more. I saw your blog and I am so excited to begin Bible journaling, Journaling has always been an escape for me. I am in the process of relaunching my blog and I feel that this will help me tremendously. Thank you for sharing 😊

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