Alright. So the Piper Project is an inquiry into a lot of things but at it’s core, it’s meant to be a bible study/inquiry into leadership. I’m not really sure where to take this or what story to focus on so for today, I’m just going to show you how I study the bible. And since I was in the book of 2nd Corinthians this morning, I’m gonna start there.
Every morning, the Youversion bible app has a daily verse (it’s free and comes in every language imaginable). I used to have the verse sent as an email every morning but now I have a widget on my phone that keeps me on track. Because the bible is kinda big and a bit overwhelming, the daily verse introduces me to it bit by bit. The verse it sent me today was 2nd Corinthians 4:16 (I’ll write it down below in my example).
When I have the time (and because of COVID, I do), I like to do the S.O.A.P. method. When I’m busy, I usually just do the S and the P. Usually in the car.
S= Scripture. What’s the verse you’ll be studying?
O= Observations. What do you notice about the passage? What questions do you have? Did you find any answers?
A=Application. How will you apply this to your daily life?
P= Prayer. Say a prayer of praise/thanks/confession/help.
S= “Therefore, we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day.” 2nd Corinthians 4:16
O= a) Earlier, Paul says that it’s God who strengthens us in Christ. The Spirit in our hearts is a down payment for what is to come (2 Co 1:21-22). This tells me that my Spirit is not my own. It was given to me; b) It’s harder to give up when your spirit is strong but the fact that Paul is reminding the Corinthians to not give up implies that there’s some effort involved on their part. Jesus can renew our spirits but we need to keep going, even when it’s hard; c)Bad things will happen in this life. Being a Christian does not prevent that. But Jesus will keep me strong inside.
A= God will do his part to renew my spirit. I need to do my part to not give up and continue to abide in Jesus, in spite of my circumstances and the conflict I find myself in.
P = Jesus, there are days when my brain and my body fail me. There are times when I fail it by not taking proper care of it. Please help me have faith in you in those moments to get me through difficult times, even when it’s uncomfortable. Help me do hard things because you give me the strength to do it. Could you please forgive me for the times I’ve taken the strength Jesus gives for granted and/or thought I was the one manufacturing it? How rude. I can’t do anything without Him. Please help me give Him glory in all things. Help me keep my eyes fixed on Him, the only source of my strength and joy.
Then I go about my day and trust that He will sustain me and get me through difficult things.