December 10 – Advent for Families Day 10

The weeks before Christmas are a time to remember and prepare for the real reason we put all of this work and celebration into the Christmas holiday–it’s all about Jesus. This year’s Advent study is designed to do with your family. A daily scripture and observation are given along with an application that involves reading a story about a famous Bible event or character that matches up to the scripture. Families may choose to read the Bible story from a children’s picture Bible. Then, add a prayer, and you have a SOAP. This study is a great introduction to Bible study and the SOAP method! Our reading plan is based on Jess Wolstenholm’s “Advent Reading Plan + Bible Study for Families”, available at gatherandgrow.co.

Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Feel free to share your SOAP in the comments too! Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you.

Scripture

1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

Observation

God will give us strength and courage in every situation.

Application

Read the story of Joshua (Joshua 1).

SOAP Note

Knowledge is the Antidote to Fear | Shiree King

Scripture

1 John 4:18

Observation

God will give us strength and courage in every situation.

Application

Read the story of Joshua in Joshua 1 or in a children’s Bible.  The antidote to fear is knowledge.  The deeper we know God, the less fearful we will be.  Joshua 1 provides some insight into how to increase our knowledge of God: carefully obey God’s Word (vs. 7), make God’s Word our authority for our beliefs and actions (vs. 7), study and meditate daily on God’s Word (vs. 8).

Prayer

Dear God, Thank You for Joshua’s example of courage and for Your instructions to him that demonstrate to us how to deepen our knowledge of You so we don’t have to fear the future.  May we honor You as we read Your Word and seek Your face.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Discover One Thing main website has more resources on the SOAP method of Bible study. Click HERE to go to the website.