“Sure! But, where do I start?” “I’ve looked at a Bible before and there is some pretty heavy stuff to get through.” We know. You’re crazy busy, and the Bible can be difficult to understand. But obedience often comes before understanding. So, don’t wait, and don’t worry. It doesn’t have to be complicated.

Here are some resources to help along the way:   

The S.O.A.P. Method

Take a look at these helpful tools to guide you during your Bible study and quiet times with God.

S.O.A.P.  (Scripture – Observe – Apply – Pray): Try this acronym to help you during Bible study.
S – Scripture: Take your Bible reading, pray over it – asking for an open mind and heart, and then read through it slowly. God will direct your attention to certain verses or sections. Write these down, and focus your study there. 
O – Observe: What is God showing you in this passage? Are there specific words or events that stand out? Are there any truths God wants you to learn? Consider any warnings, commands, and/or guiding principles. Write these down, and then determine what the overall message God has for you in this passage.  
– Apply: Now it’s time to get personal. How does this message affect your life? What instruction does God have for you specifically? How about encouragement and/or correction? Get a journal or note cards, and write down these personal messages from God. These will be great to reflect on regularly.
– Pray: Prayer is a two-way conversation with God. Pray for wisdom, courage, and perseverance in following through on God’s message. You may find that as you pray over God’s message(s), He will reveal even more that He wants to show you. Be listening and write down your prayers and any additional things God is showing you. 
As you spend time with God, you may need further guidance and help in interpreting scripture, or with your prayer time. In Touch Ministries has a wonderful “Quiet Time Toolkit” that can answer many of your questions. Check it out at  Additionally, joining our discipleship journey, Equipping the Church, provides you the opportunity to grow closer to God and others here in your home church, where you can build relationships and feel safe asking questions. Finally, don’t hesitate to call the WCC offices to speak with a staff member that may be able to help you.

Making the Connection

Welcome to our weekly devotional. Making the Connection has been created to help you dig deeper into the topic of the Sunday sermon. Our hope and prayer is that you use this during the week as a guide to spend personal time with God, and to help you take what you hear on a Sunday morning and apply it to your everyday life outside of the church building.

Each week, you will find Making the Connection in your program, WCC blog, and media player