Sunday, July 2, 2023

Psalm 101

How can we cultivate a steadfast commitment to doing what’s right, even when faced with challenges? Psalm 101 teaches us the importance of discernment and the avoidance of compromising situations. It prompts us to ponder how we can make choices that align with God’s holiness and righteousness. Moreover, as a Psalm written by King David, it provides an example of the attitudes we should look for in those who desire to lead: integrity in both their private and public lives; resisting corruption, as well as those who would introduce it; and defending the slandered and unjustly accused from their oppressors.

Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:
  • 1 Timothy 3:1-15
  • Acts 20:13-38
  • Proverbs 11
  • 1 Peter 5:1-11
  • Jeremiah 3:11-18
  • James 3

Use SOAP through the summer

Growth Groups take a break during the summer months, so we don’t have specific discussion questions for these Engage passages. Instead, we encourage you to use the SOAP Method (Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer). It’s a systematic way to engage with the Bible, encouraging personal reflection, spiritual growth, and a deeper understanding of Scripture. The tabs below will explain each step and offer some specific guidance and questions to ask as you reflect on the Scriptures.

Pray before you begin asking God to help you understand and apply what you read. Read the passage through once or twice before moving on to observation.

Consider any of these as you study the passage:

  • Unpack the passage by answering who, what, where, when, why and how.
  • Look for words that stand out to you or are repeated throughout the passage.
  • List the characters involved and write out what you learn about them.
  • Write out the passage in your own words.
  • List any question you have about the passage.

Summarize the truth of this passage in your own words. Then ask yourself, is there some area of my life where this truth is needed?

  • Is there an example for me to follow?
  • Is there a command to obey?
  • Is there a sin to avoid?
  • Is there a verse to memorize?
  • Is there a promise to claim?

Write out a brief prayer to close your study:

  • Tell God what you learned in his Word.
  • Commit to applying the truths you learned in this passage.