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Each box below walks you through the different facets of discipleship.
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Let’s start off by asking the question, what is discipleship? At Live Oak, we believe discipleship is intentionally equipping believers with the Word of God through accountable relationships empowered by the Holy Spirit in order to replicate faithful followers of...
Jesus invites us to BE His disciple. He also tells us to “go and MAKE disciples”. A disciple is a learner of Jesus who is becoming more like Jesus. And disciples make disciples. How do we get started making disciples? Discipleship happens best life on life; one...
WHAT IS SOAPS? At Live Oak we believe the reading of and reflection on God’s Word is catalytic to your faith. There are many approaches to reading and reflecting on scripture and at Live Oak we often teach on and encourage one way, called SOAPS. SOAPS is simply an...
Below you will find multiple tools to utilize in a discipleship relationship. Our goal is to help you get started in your journey. We have provided explanations of how you might access and utilize each tool as well as few suggestions. We did not set out to provide...
Below is a compilation of good questions you can ask during your discipleship time. These are designed to get the heart of things and to support one another as we pursue a transformational relationship with Jesus. Have you spent time in the Word and in prayer this...
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HELPFUL TIPS FOR HOW TO ENGAGE SCRIPTURE
Reading and reflecting on Scripture is a powerful catalyst in your spiritual journey, whether you are exploring a relationship with Jesus or have walked with Him for many years. As a church, we will provide you with support, encouragement, and tools to engage God’s word. Reading and reflecting on Scripture is a personal discipline. It will be up to you to read, reflect, and discuss.
HOW CAN I GET STARTED?
THE SOAPS STUDY METHOD:
One of the most practical tools we can provide is called the SOAPS study method, which is outlined below. Pick up your own SOAPS Journal in the foyer at Live Oak.
WHAT IS SOAPS?
The SOAPS acrostic is designed to help you read and reflect on a passage of Scripture. Journaling helps us hear from God and more importantly apply what you have read to your life and circumstances.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
-Read a passage of Scripture from a reading plan (you can find reading plans at Youversion.com and other online bibles, but Live Oak will almost always have a Church-wide reading plan in place that follows the current Sunday series.)
-Turn to a fresh page in your journal.
– Write today’s date and follow this model…
Write down the main Scripture that stood out to you from a section of reading.
Write down what you have seen in the Scripture. What? When? Where? How? What is happening or what is being communicated? What is God trying to say to me through this part of His Word?
Personalize what you have just read and write down how it applies to your life. Ask yourself, “How will my life be different because of what I just read?” “How does it apply to my life right now?”
Write out your prayer. This can be as simple as asking God to help you use the Scripture, or it may be a greater insight He is revealing to you. Make it honest and heartfelt!
II will share what God has taught me with my small group, family and/or friends. While journaling is a very personal time, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your family, friends, or small group. By sharing with others, you may gain new insight or encourage others.
2 TIMOTHY TOOL:
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
5 Application Questions:
Teaching: What is the basic truth God wants me to know?
Rebuking: What error in judgment, understanding or behavior might this passage be rebuking in my life?
Correction: How might this passage correct, balance or redirect me?
Training: What does this passage present to prepare me for living a God honoring life or for facing some future challenge?
Equipped for Every Good Work: How might this passage equip me for serving God and people
One final tool to help you engage scripture and to really dig into the application of it into your life is the acronym S.P.A.C.E.P.E.T.S.
As you read and reflect, ask yourself, “Is there a…”
S. Sin to confess?
P. Promise to claim?
A. Attitude to change?
C. Command to obey?
E. Example to follow?
P. Prayer to pray?
E. Error to avoid?
T. Truth to believe?
S. Something to praise God for?
Check out these links to help you engage Scripture:
How to Read the Bible Book by Book by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stewart
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