The best way to build a relationship with Jesus is by spending time in God’s Word, the Bible. In doing so, you’ll get to know his heart toward you and others.
We encourage you to use the SOAP personal daily devotional approach. SOAP is an acronym: Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer.
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Open your Bible to today’s reading (according to whatever plan you’re following – see below).
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal some important truths to you. When you’re done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it on your paper or journal.
O – Observation
Write down what you think God is showing you about himself in this Scripture and what stands out to you, or catches your attention. What are your thoughts about what you just read? What do you think it meant to the original readers? Why do you think it was written?
A – Application
Ask yourself, “So what?” questions, and write down some answers. “So what does this mean to my life today? What difference does it make to me personally? What do I need to do or change in my thinking and actions as a result of what I just learned?”
P – Prayer
Simply write a request to God, asking him to help you understand or apply this scripture. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say to you too.
Now… share your SOAP thoughts and prayers with someone else. You’ll remember what you just learned longer, and it will encourage others to learn and grow along with you!
The Bible Reading Plan our church is using together may be accessed using the following links:


Each daily reading will guide readers through the New Testament as they encounter Jesus and the gospel. A great resource for those who are newcomers to the Bible.
Experience the insights and joy gained from reading the entire Bible. You can do it in as little as 15 minutes a day with The One Year ® Bible, the world’s most popular annual reading Bible. Daily readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs will guide you through God’s Word in one year.
The Bible is a collection of books and letters. They’re put in an order that doesn’t necessarily flow with a sequential timeline of events. This plan takes you through the Bible, using a sequential timeline, as the recorded events actually occurred. If you read small portions daily, you will eventually have read the entire Bible in a year! This is a great plan to follow if you wish to learn the historical context of what you read. 
The Book of Proverbs claims that God’s own wisdom has been woven into the fabric of the universe, and you are invited to participate. What’s the wise choice when it comes to relationships and money and work, the stuff of day-to-day life? This 31-day plan will walk you through the Proverbs step by step as you train your heart to discern the wise way forward.
The Psalms and Proverbs are filled with songs, poetry, and writings – expressing true worship, longing, wisdom, love, desperation, and truth. This plan will take you through all of the Psalms and Proverbs in just 31 days. Here, you will encounter God and find comfort, strength, solace, and encouragement that covers the breadth of the human experience.
There are countless plans to choose from using If you don’t see one you like, click the link and choose the topic you would like to study. The main thing is that you spend time everyday in God’s word.
Originally the Bible was written in Hebrew (and some Aramaic) for the Old Testament, and Greek for the New Testament. It’s a profound challenge—and responsibility—to translate Scripture into the native tongue of the reader in such a way we can understand what God has said.
At one end of the spectrum is the word-for-word translation. This approach seeks to represent the original Greek and Hebrew in a more word-for-word manner and preserve—as far as possible—original word order, grammar, and syntax. Many prefer this method because each Greek or Hebrew word is generally represented by the same English word in all occurrences. 
On the other end of the spectrum we find the thought-for-thought translation. This approach is more concerned with putting meaning of the passage in a colloquial language familiar to the reader. This type of translation seeks to render the ideas of the original text as accurately as possible in the target language (like English). Many find this translation more readable, especially for new readers, but not good for deeper study.
The middle of the spectrum is occupied by translations that seek to strike a balance. They are sometimes more literal, sometimes more colloquial or conversational depending on the subject and text. 
Many find it helpful to consult more than one translation—or to use different translations in different settings. While a more literal translation may be preferred for study, a less literal translation may be desired for devotional or casual reading. We do advise against determining your beliefs by using Bible translations that fall outside of the ones listed in the chart above. For all-around use, we recommend the ESV (English Standard Version).
What’s most important, whatever translation you have, is that your Bible gets read! If you have any questions about how to get the most out of your Bible, we would be glad to assist you!