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December 9 – Advent for Families Day 9

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

Psalm 19:8 – The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

Observation

When we follow God’s commands, we will find joy in living well.

Application

Read the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20).

SOAP Note

Obedience | Becky Newman

Scripture

Psalm 19:8

Observation

When we follow God’s commands, we will find joy in living well.

Application

What kid would say that rules make me happy? Even what adult would say that? But that’s basically what this verse says. God made us in His image, so we have the same sense of justice that God has. When I choose to obey God’s commands, I shine His light, and I grow closer to Him, which is evident in my fruit–joy. When I disobey His commands, I turn away from Him and His light, and I get stuck there. But through Jesus, I have a second, third, fourth…millionth chance to humble myself before You, repent, get back in Your light, and get un-stuck. I want to be in Your light, Lord!

Prayer

Lord, thank You for Your radiant commands and thank You for Jesus who rescues us from our disobedience! Help me obey and stay in Your light. Grow Your joy within me.

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