21 DAY JOURNEY

Day TWENTy one

Sunday,AUGUST 16 

John 21
 

Get Honest with God:  Take time to think through what the last few days have been like for you.  Share honestly with God what and how you are feeling as you approach your time with Him.  Share your struggles and joys.  Ask Him to speak to issues in your life from the passage you are about to study.  Ask Him to open your heart and mind to understand His Word.  Then be ready to listen.


Enter the Text: Read the passage carefully, and then write down or circle specific details that you notice, such as who is there, what is happening, when events are happening, where it’s all taking place, and how it’s happening.  Circle or write down words, phrases, or ideas that are connected by repetition, contrast, or similarities; that go from the general to the particular; and/or that state a cause that leads to an effect.  Put yourself into the passage.  What do you see, smell, taste, and feel?  Choose one of the characters and imagine yourself in their shoes. If you’re studying a letter or a section that lays out God’s laws for his people, imagine what it might have felt like to get the letter or hear the law read. If it is poetry, let the power of the poem and its images sweep over you.  What questions does the passage raise in your mind? What words, phrases, or concepts don’t you understand?  Does the passage turn in any unexpected ways?  What intrigues you?  Write these  questions down.
 

Find Answers to Your Questions:  Most questions about a passage can be answered by looking closely and repeatedly at the text itself.  Think about how the passage would have sounded to the original audience.  Look hard in the passage for insights into your questions. Also look at the context of the passage.  What comes before it and after it?  If you are studying a Gospel or another passage from the New Testament, is there any passage from the Old Testament that might relate to your passage and shed light on your questions?
 

One of the best ways to move toward answering your questions is to look for connections among the paragraphs.  Is there a word, phrase, or idea that repeats?  Is there a contrast?  Is there a cause in one paragraph and the effect in another, or a string of similar words, phrases, or ideas that runs through a few paragraphs?  Draw lines between the connected words or phrases to mark them.  What is significant about these connections?  What light do they shed on possible answers to your questions?


Summarize: Look at the connections, paragraph titles, questions, and answers you have discovered.  Step back and ask yourself: What is the core message of this passage?  What is the author trying to say?  Why is this passage or story here?  Try to write this in one sentence.


Hear from God and Act Boldly: In what way is God speaking to your life from the passage?  Is there a promise to trust, a command to obey, or an example to follow or avoid?  Is there a deeper insight into God or your experience with God?  What specific action are you going to take in response to what God is saying to you?  Who will you share this with for accountability and encouragement?  Please end today's study with a prayer.

Day TWENTY

SATURDAY,AUGUST 15 

John 20
 

Paraphrase Method
 

Before you open up your Bible, take some time to sit silently with God.  As you do so, ask Him to speak to you today through His Word.  
 

As you read John chapter 20, write this out in your own words.  Think about what you’d say if you were relaying this passage to a friend that doesn’t know the Bible.  The person you talk to should be able to understand what you wrote.
 

After you paraphrase the chapter, think of at least one person who you may be able to share this with and take some time to share it with that person.  Make every effort to do this, so that others may also be blessed through God's Word today through you!
 

Day nineteen

friday,AUGUST 14 

John 19
 

Grow: Approach the Word with intention to learn something and ask God that He might grow you in His Word today.  Pray and ask Him to show you what He wants you to learn.


Observe: Similar to SOAP method, consider what God wants you to see in the Word and how you might apply it to your life.  Spend some time listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit during this time.

 

Draw: Drawing, illustrating, and writing are methods that you can use to connect with the message in a meaningful way.  You can draw pictures in your Bible, paint, illustrate a beautiful picture, or simply doodle.  The options are endless.  Don't worry if you don't consider yourself to be an artist.  The point of drawing is simply to help you connect with the Word.  


End today's time by reflecting upon what God has revealed to you.  Place your picture somewhere you can easily see throughout the day to be reminded of what God has shown you.

Day eighteen

thursday,AUGUST 13 

John 18
 

Spend some time in prayer thanking God for His Word and asking God to soften your heart before reading John chapter 18.  As you spend time reading John chapter 18, please use the OPA method: 


Observation: As you read through the chapter, write down as many facts found in the chapter. 


Principles: Write down some principles from the observations you made.  What is God trying to teach you?


Application: How will you apply these principles to your life?  Be specific - a good application will tell who, what, and when. 
 

Spend some time to thank God once again for His Word and also for revealing His Truth to you. 

 

Day seventeen

wednesday,AUGUST 12 

John 17
 

Before you jump in and start reading John chapter 17, take a moment to sit in silence and ask God to prepare your heart.  As you spend time reading John chapter 17, please use the SOAP method to go deeper into God's Word:
 

Scripture: As you read through chapter 17 slowly, pay attention to anything that grabs your attention.  It might be a verse, two verses, or even longer.  Then write down the verse or verses that stuck out to you in your reading.
 

Observation: What did you observe about the scripture that stuck out to you?  Take some time to write down your observations. 
 

Application: What do you think God is saying to you through this scripture?  i.e. - Is there something you need to do or perhaps stop doing?  Does it challenge some attitude you have?  Perhaps it serves as a confirmation or as an encouragement.  Write down how you can apply it to your life today. 
 

Prayer: Write out a prayer to God based on what you just learned and ask Him to help you to apply this truth in your life.

 

Day fourteen

sunday,AUGUST 9 

John 14
 

Grow: Approach the Word with intention to learn something and ask God that He might grow you in His Word today.  Pray and ask Him to show you what He wants you to learn.


Observe: Similar to SOAP method, consider what God wants you to see in the Word and how you might apply it to your life.  Spend some time listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit during this time.


Draw: Drawing, illustrating, and writing are methods that you can use to connect with the message in a meaningful way.  You can draw pictures in your Bible, paint, illustrate a beautiful picture, or simply doodle.  The options are endless.  Don't worry if you don't consider yourself to be an artist.  The point of drawing is simply to help you connect with the Word.  


End today's time by reflecting upon what God has revealed to you.  Place your picture somewhere you can easily see throughout the day to be reminded of what God has shown you.

 

Day thirteen

saturday,AUGUST 8 

John 13
 

Spend some time in prayer thanking God for His Word and asking God to soften your heart before reading John chapter 13.  As you spend time reading John chapter 13, please use the OPA method: 


Observation: As you read through the chapter, write down as many facts found in the chapter. 


Principles: Write down some principles from the observations you made.  What is God trying to teach you?


Application: How will you apply these principles to your life?  Be specific - a good application will tell who, what, and when. 


Spend some time to thank God once again for His Word and also for revealing His Truth to you. 

 

Day twelve

friday,AUGUST 7 

John 12
 

Before you jump in and start reading John chapter 12, take a moment to sit in silence and ask God to prepare your heart.  As you spend time reading John chapter 12, please use the SOAP method to go deeper into God's Word:

Scripture: As you read through chapter 12 slowly, pay attention to anything that grabs your attention.  It might be a verse, two verses, or even longer.  Then write down the verse or verses that stuck out to you in your reading.

Observation: What did you observe about the scripture that stuck out to you?  Take some time to write down your observations. 

Application: What do you think God is saying to you through this scripture?  i.e. - Is there something you need to do or perhaps stop doing?  Does it challenge some attitude you have?  Perhaps it serves as a confirmation or as an encouragement.  Write down how you can apply it to your life today. 

Prayer: Write out a prayer to God based on what you just learned and ask Him to help you to apply this truth in your life.

 

Let's feast on God's Word today!

 

Day eleven

thursday,AUGUST 6 

John 11
 

Get Honest with God:  Take time to think through what the last few days have been like for you.  Share honestly with God what and how you are feeling as you approach your time with Him.  Share your struggles and joys.  Ask Him to speak to issues in your life from the passage you are about to study.  Ask Him to open your heart and mind to understand His Word.  Then be ready to listen.
 

Enter the Text: Read the passage carefully, and then write down or circle specific details that you notice, such as who is there, what is happening, when events are happening, where it’s all taking place, and how it’s happening.  Circle or write down words, phrases, or ideas that are connected by repetition, contrast, or similarities; that go from the general to the particular; and/or that state a cause that leads to an effect.  Put yourself into the passage.  What do you see, smell, taste, and feel?  Choose one of the characters and imagine yourself in their shoes. If you’re studying a letter or a section that lays out God’s laws for his people, imagine what it might have felt like to get the letter or hear the law read. If it is poetry, let the power of the poem and its images sweep over you.  What questions does the passage raise in your mind? What words, phrases, or concepts don’t you understand?  Does the passage turn in any unexpected ways?  What intrigues you?  Write these  questions down.

Find Answers to Your Questions:  Most questions about a passage can be answered by looking closely and repeatedly at the text itself.  Think about how the passage would have sounded to the original audience.  Look hard in the passage for insights into your questions. Also look at the context of the passage.  What comes before it and after it?  If you are studying a Gospel or another passage from the New Testament, is there any passage from the Old Testament that might relate to your passage and shed light on your questions?

One of the best ways to move toward answering your questions is to look for connections among the paragraphs.  Is there a word, phrase, or idea that repeats?  Is there a contrast?  Is there a cause in one paragraph and the effect in another, or a string of similar words, phrases, or ideas that runs through a few paragraphs?  Draw lines between the connected words or phrases to mark them.  What is significant about these connections?  What light do they shed on possible answers to your questions?


Summarize: Look at the connections, paragraph titles, questions, and answers you have discovered.  Step back and ask yourself: What is the core message of this passage?  What is the author trying to say?  Why is this passage or story here?  Try to write this in one sentence.


Hear from God and Act Boldly: In what way is God speaking to your life from the passage?  Is there a promise to trust, a command to obey, or an example to follow or avoid?  Is there a deeper insight into God or your experience with God?  What specific action are you going to take in response to what God is saying to you?  Who will you share this with for accountability and encouragement?  Please end today's study with a prayer.
 

Day TEN

wednesday,AUGUST 5 

John 10
 

Grow: Approach the Word with reverence and intention to learn something and ask God that He might grow you in His Word today.  Pray and ask Him to show you what He wants you to learn.
 

Observe: Similar to SOAP method, consider what God wants you to see in the Word and how you might apply it to your life.  Spend some time listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit during this time.

 

Draw: Drawing, illustrating, and writing are methods that you can use to connect with the message in a meaningful way.  You can draw pictures in your Bible, paint, illustrate a beautiful picture, or simply doodle.  The options are endless.  Don't worry if you don't consider yourself to be an artist.  The point of drawing is simply to help you connect with the Word.  


End today's time by reflecting upon what God has revealed to you.  Place your picture somewhere you can easily see throughout the day to be reminded of what God has shown you.
 

Day NINE

TUESDAY,AUGUST 4 

John 9
 

Paraphrase Method

Before you open up your Bible, take some time to sit silently with God.  As you do so, ask Him to speak to you today through His Word.  

As you read John chapter 9, write this out in your own words.  Think about what you’d say if you were relaying this passage to a friend that doesn’t know the Bible.  The person you talk to should be able to understand what you wrote.  

After you paraphrase the chapter, think of at least one person who you may be able to share this with and take some time to share it with that person and begin to pray for that person.  Make every effort to do this, so that others may also be blessed through God's Word today through you!
 

Day EIGHT

MONDAY,AUGUST 3 

John 8
 

Spend some time in prayer thanking God for His Word and asking God to soften your heart before reading John chapter 8.  We will practice using the OPA method again as we read John chapter 8:


Observation: As you read through the chapter, write down as many facts found in the chapter. 


Principles: Write down some principles from the observations you made.  What is God trying to teach you?


Application: How will you apply these principles to your life?  Be specific - a good application will tell who, what, and when. 
 

Spend some time to thank God once again for His Word and also for revealing His Truth to you. 

Day Seven

sunday,AUGUST 2 

John 7
 

Before you jump in and start reading John chapter 1, take a moment to sit in silence and ask God to prepare your heart.  As you spend time reading John chapter 7, please use the SOAP method to go deeper into God's Word:

Scripture: As you read through chapter 7 slowly, pay attention to anything that grabs your attention.  It might be a verse, two verses, or even longer.  Then write down the verse or verses that stuck out to you in your reading.

Observation: What did you observe about the scripture that stuck out to you?  Take some time to write down your observations. 

Application: What do you think God is saying to you through this scripture?  i.e. - Is there something you need to do or perhaps stop doing?  Does it challenge some attitude you have?  Perhaps it serves as a confirmation or as an encouragement.  Write down how you can apply it to your life today. 

Prayer: Write out a prayer to God based on what you just learned and ask Him to help you to apply this truth in your life.

 

Day SIX

SATURDAY,AUGUST 1 

John 6
 

Get Honest with God:  Take time to think through what the last few days have been like for you.  Share honestly with God what and how you are feeling as you approach your time with Him.  Share your struggles and joys.  Ask Him to speak to issues in your life from the passage you are about to study.  Ask Him to open your heart and mind to understand His Word.  Then be ready to listen.
 

Enter the Text: Read the passage carefully, and then write down or circle specific details that you notice, such as who is there, what is happening, when events are happening, where it’s all taking place, and how it’s happening.  Circle or write down words, phrases, or ideas that are connected by repetition, contrast, or similarities; that go from the general to the particular; and/or that state a cause that leads to an effect.  Put yourself into the passage.  What do you see, smell, taste, and feel?  Choose one of the characters and imagine yourself in their shoes. If you’re studying a letter or a section that lays out God’s laws for his people, imagine what it might have felt like to get the letter or hear the law read. If it is poetry, let the power of the poem and its images sweep over you.  What questions does the passage raise in your mind? What words, phrases, or concepts don’t you understand?  Does the passage turn in any unexpected ways?  What intrigues you?  Write these  questions down.

Find Answers to Your Questions:  Most questions about a passage can be answered by looking closely and repeatedly at the text itself.  Think about how the passage would have sounded to the original audience.  Look hard in the passage for insights into your questions. Also look at the context of the passage.  What comes before it and after it?  If you are studying a Gospel or another passage from the New Testament, is there any passage from the Old Testament that might relate to your passage and shed light on your questions?

One of the best ways to move toward answering your questions is to look for connections among the paragraphs.  Is there a word, phrase, or idea that repeats?  Is there a contrast?  Is there a cause in one paragraph and the effect in another, or a string of similar words, phrases, or ideas that runs through a few paragraphs?  Draw lines between the connected words or phrases to mark them.  What is significant about these connections?  What light do they shed on possible answers to your questions?


Summarize: Look at the connections, paragraph titles, questions, and answers you have discovered.  Step back and ask yourself: What is the core message of this passage?  What is the author trying to say?  Why is this passage or story here?  Try to write this in one sentence.


Hear from God and Act Boldly: In what way is God speaking to your life from the passage?  Is there a promise to trust, a command to obey, or an example to follow or avoid?  Is there a deeper insight into God or your experience with God?  What specific action are you going to take in response to what God is saying to you?  Who will you share this with for accountability and encouragement?  Please end today's study with a prayer.

 

Day FIVE

FRIDAY,july 31 

John 5
 

Get Honest with God:  Take time to think through what the last few days have been like for you.  Share honestly with God what and how you are feeling as you approach your time with Him.  Share your struggles and joys.  Ask Him to speak to issues in your life from the passage you are about to study.  Ask Him to open your heart and mind to understand His Word.  Then be ready to listen.
 

Enter the Text: Read the passage carefully, and then write down or circle specific details that you notice, such as who is there, what is happening, when events are happening, where it’s all taking place, and how it’s happening.  Circle or write down words, phrases, or ideas that are connected by repetition, contrast, or similarities; that go from the general to the particular; and/or that state a cause that leads to an effect.  Put yourself into the passage.  What do you see, smell, taste, and feel?  Choose one of the characters and imagine yourself in their shoes. If you’re studying a letter or a section that lays out God’s laws for his people, imagine what it might have felt like to get the letter or hear the law read. If it is poetry, let the power of the poem and its images sweep over you.  What questions does the passage raise in your mind? What words, phrases, or concepts don’t you understand?  Does the passage turn in any unexpected ways?  What intrigues you?  Write these  questions down.

Find Answers to Your Questions:  Most questions about a passage can be answered by looking closely and repeatedly at the text itself.  Think about how the passage would have sounded to the original audience.  Look hard in the passage for insights into your questions. Also look at the context of the passage.  What comes before it and after it?  If you are studying a Gospel or another passage from the New Testament, is there any passage from the Old Testament that might relate to your passage and shed light on your questions?

One of the best ways to move toward answering your questions is to look for connections among the paragraphs.  Is there a word, phrase, or idea that repeats?  Is there a contrast?  Is there a cause in one paragraph and the effect in another, or a string of similar words, phrases, or ideas that runs through a few paragraphs?  Draw lines between the connected words or phrases to mark them.  What is significant about these connections?  What light do they shed on possible answers to your questions?


Summarize: Look at the connections, paragraph titles, questions, and answers you have discovered.  Step back and ask yourself: What is the core message of this passage?  What is the author trying to say?  Why is this passage or story here?  Try to write this in one sentence.


Hear from God and Act Boldly: In what way is God speaking to your life from the passage?  Is there a promise to trust, a command to obey, or an example to follow or avoid?  Is there a deeper insight into God or your experience with God?  What specific action are you going to take in response to what God is saying to you?  Who will you share this with for accountability and encouragement?  Please end today's study with a prayer.

 

Day four

thursday,july 30 

John 4
 

Paraphrase Method

Before you open up your Bible, take some time to sit silently with God.  As you do so, ask Him to speak to you today through His Word.  

As you read John chapter 4, write this out in your own words.  Think about what you’d say if you were relaying this passage to a friend that doesn’t know the Bible.  The person you talk to should be able to understand what you wrote.

After you paraphrase the chapter, think of at least one person who you may be able to share this with and take some time to share it with that person.  Make every effort to do this, so that others may also be blessed through God's Word today through you!


 

Day THREE

WEDNESDAY,july 29 

John 3


Grow: Approach the Word with intention to learn something and ask God that He might grow you in His Word today.  Pray and ask Him to show you what He wants you to learn.
 

Observe: Similar to SOAP method, consider what God wants you to see in the Word and how you might apply it to your life.  Spend some time listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit during this time.

 

Draw: Drawing, illustrating, and writing are methods that you can use to connect with the message in a meaningful way.  You can draw pictures in your Bible, paint, illustrate a beautiful picture, or simply doodle.  The options are endless.  Don't worry if you don't consider yourself to be an artist.  The point of drawing is simply to help you connect with the Word.  


End today's time by reflecting upon what God has revealed to you.  Place your picture somewhere you can easily see throughout the day to be reminded of what God has shown you.

 

Day two

Tuesday,july 28 

John 2
 

Spend some time in prayer thanking God for His Word and asking God to soften your heart before reading John chapter 2.  As you spend time reading John chapter 2, please use the OPA method: 


Observation: As you read through the chapter, write down as many facts found in the chapter. 


Principles: Write down some principles from the observations you made.  What is God trying to teach you?


Application: How will you apply these principles to your life?  Be specific - a good application will tell who, what, and when. 
 

Spend some time to thank God once again for His Word and also for revealing His Truth to you. 

 

Day One

monday,july 27 

John 1

Before you jump in and start reading John chapter 1, take a moment to sit in silence and ask God to prepare your heart.  As you spend time reading John chapter 1, please use the SOAP method to go deeper into God's Word:

Scripture: As you read through chapter 1 slowly, pay attention to anything that grabs your attention.  It might be a verse, two verses, or even longer.  Then write down the verse or verses that stuck out to you in your reading.

Observation: What did you observe about the scripture that stuck out to you?  Take some time to write down your observations. 

Application: What do you think God is saying to you through this scripture?  i.e. - Is there something you need to do or perhaps stop doing?  Does it challenge some attitude you have?  Perhaps it serves as a confirmation or as an encouragement.  Write down how you can apply it to your life today. 

Prayer: Write out a prayer to God based on what you just learned and ask Him to help you to apply this truth in your life.


 

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