We are coming to the close of October – Can you believe it?! – and I am so excited to share with you the new reading plan for November. Even though I got behind a few days this month, I am determined to keep going and push forward. God grants us new mercies every single day and I am so glad! I am learning to make my quiet time a priority daily, but it is – let’s face it – a real struggle some days.
I am, however, excited to push forward with the wonderful ladies who have joined the Facebook group. I have also been so blessed by them and their encouragement throughout this past month. I would love to have more of you join us too!!
The daily reading is fairly simple, because let’s be real – we’re all busy! I know busy isn’t an excuse, but I have used it for many years to keep me from my daily quiet time with God. Well, NO MORE!! This reading plan requires you only read 3 chapters daily (1 NT, 1 OT and the Proverbs for the day). It takes me about 30-40 minutes a day, depending on how long the chapters are for that day.
Some days I have the time to read the additional Scripture references and other times I write them in my journal for future reference. No matter what though, I am usually writing notes during sermons, seminars and especially when I’m reading the Bible. Whether it’s about the additional Scripture references, thoughts I have on the passages or questions (to ask the Hubster later) – I’m constantly writing. I’ve tried various styles of Bible studies, but none of them really kept my attention or even really worked for me. Consequently I gave up on them quickly.
I know many people use the SOAP method for Bible studies, especially with their kids. And while I see the value in this method, I kept feeling like something was missing. So the Hubster and I set out to create our own studying method. First we talked about what we thought was missing from the SOAP method and then we researched synonym’s for the actions we believe need to be done each time you study the Bible. Please hear me. I don’t think it is bad to study the Bible using the SOAP method. We simply felt there were some essentials points missing in the study that we wanted to incorporate. If you’d like to know more on this, please email me: mommi (at) inallyoudo (dot) net – and I will be happy to discuss more with you!
After much discussion and throwing words together, we finally came up with the RAPP method! I am so pleased with this acronym and new method for teaching our kids how to study the Bible. I mean…who doesn’t like to RAPP? harhar *insert courtesy laugh* Here’s what it stands for:
Request – Request God that he would open our minds to see and understand what He intended the passage to mean. This means we need to put aside all our own presuppositions to see and hear what God is saying.
Abide – in His Word. This is more than just reading God’s Word. It’s dwelling in it, being consumed by it. It is where we live with our entire being as we read it.
Pick-up – Pick-up on what God is saying the passages, taking into account the context of it. Listen to God’s voice as you read His words. What are the key verses? What are the main thoughts?
Practice – Put into practice (or apply) what you’ve read. How does what you read and what God revealed to you apply in your own life? What are some ways you can practice what you’ve just learned?
What do you think? We think it’s simple, yet catchy. And who doesn’t like to RAPP a little? Right?
I’ve created a fun, yet functional new RAPP Bible Study sheet to accompany and help you during your daily Bible study times and to aid you in teaching your kids how to study the Bible! I hope you find them useful, helpful and a tool that you can really use. I have created two different styles, so choose the one that fits your study methods best. I tend to take a lot of notes and like to write, so I will use the second option. My son, however, is just now starting out in his Bible study time and will use the first option. They are both included in the one file, so there is only one download.
Feel free to share this new post and our new Bible Study method with anyone and EVERYONE you know!!! I only ask that you direct them to this post and not directly to the downloads.