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As we read through the books of the Bible, we get glimpses of the incredible love God has for us. We also learn how to respond to situations in ways that honor God by seeing how Jesus responded to similar situations. In 2012 Central is providing two separate plans. First, we'll read through the New Testament and discover what He has to teach us there; for a more in depth reading we are providing an auxiliary plan that adds in the poetic/wisdom literature of the Old Testament. Once the reading is completed, then the real discipline begins... journaling.
Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God reveals during our time with Him. It is also useful to be able to review the nuggets of wisdom we’ve discovered. And let’s be honest, we all tend to forget God’s blessings and the important lessons He teaches if we don’t write them down. The unique part of following Central's reading plan is that once we've completed the daily reading, we are committing to record a small journal entry, using the S.O.A.P method.
S.O.A.P Journal Method
Take time as you read to allow God to speak. Was there a verse that particularly spoke to you? Write the reference (i.e. Luke 9:23) and verse, either verbatim or paraphrased, in your journal.
How does this verse fit in with the surrounding verses? Why was this said? What do you think caused this response? Does this cause you to think of other passages? Record your thoughts.
Personalize what you have read. How does it apply to your life right now? Is it instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or correction for a particular area of your life? Write how this passage applies to you today.
Ask God to help you understand what you have read and what He wants to reveal to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what He has to say. Record your prayer in your journal.
Sample Entry on Central's Core Verse
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (Luke 9:23)
How does this verse fit in with the surrounding verses? Jesus is getting ready to go to Jerusalem (9:51), where He and His disciples are going to be persecuted for obeying God, and He is getting them ready for this reality. Why does He say this? Jesus was challenging their sense of value. What do you think occasioned this response? He must have been able to see their love for the things of this world and for their own lives and knew that eventually they would have to choose. What other passages does this cause you to think of? I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
This scripture is the core of the Christian life. It is the daily process I must be reminded of that will help me to be like Christ and truly make a difference in this world!
Dear Jesus, help me in my daily life to “get over it!”—to get over my selfishness and sin and embrace Your redemptive work for me on the cross. Help me to “get under it!”—to carry your cross daily, remembering Your pain and the shame suffered on my behalf. And finally, help me to “get going!”—keeping my eyes on You and valuing Your Kingdom more than the things of this world. Help me to share this good news with others. Amen.