Read With Us!
Greater Portland Bible Church is reading the Bible together. Reading, reflecting on what you read, and then writing about it are critical for internalizing the very words of God. The more Bible there is in you, the more the Holy Spirit has to work with in your life. Follow the links below to come with us on this life-changing adventure.
Get Started Reading!
This link will take you to a PDF version of the Solid Life reading plan we are using as a church. You may also pick up a printed copy in our lobby. Click here for a PDF version of the Bible reading plan in Spanish. Please note that there are three columns on the page. Please read the Scripture passage in at least the first column.
This link will take you to the actual Bible passages for today in the Solid Life reading plan. On this webpage you can select the Bible version you prefer to use. Note that it will list all the passages in their printed order in the Bible, so if you are only reading the New Testament column, you'll likely want to scroll to the bottom.
Write About It!
After reading, capture what God is saying to you by journaling. On a blank page of your notebook or journal, write the acronym “SOAP” as an acrostic on the left side of the paper, leaving a few blank lines between each letter.
• Scripture — Write out any scripture verses that spoke to you or that caught your attention.
• Observation — What did you observe about the passage? What phrase or words caught your eye?
• Application — What do you think Jesus is saying to you through this scripture? What is God asking you to do or think or change?
• Praise and Prayer — 1. Start by giving God praise for what you learned about Him. 2. Write your response to what Jesus is saying to you. Maybe just a simple prayer for help to obey, maybe a confession, maybe an intercession for someone else based on your discoveries.
Both of these sites provide simple instructions for journaling about your Bible reading using the S.O.A.P. format and access to online journaling. You will need to register with these sites to gain access.
Want printable instructions for S.O.A.P. journaling, printable journal pages and prayer list, and an article on drawing near to God?
Talk About It!
Since we are reading the Bible and journaling together, please make it a point to talk with others in the church about what you and they are discovering about Jesus and yourselves.