Survey Says… Philippians!

Well, the votes for our Bible study are in and it looks like Philippians won by a landslide! …Actually, it won by one vote, but that’s double what all the other books had going for them. ๐Ÿ™‚

There’s so much rich truth in this book and I can’t wait to dig into it. I know that God will honor our desire to know Him more by reading His Word:

10ย As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

11ย so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

~ Isaiah 55

Fall 2013 Bible Study Philippians

What’s the plan?

From October 21-November 22 we’ll follow a weekly reading plan, covering a chapter each week as follows:

  • Week of October 21: Survey Philippians (skim the whole book really fast)
  • Week of October 28: Philippians 1
  • Week of November 4: Philippians 2
  • Week of November 11: Philippians 3
  • Week of November 18: Philippians 4

Every Monday, we’ll take a look at the passage we studied the previous week on our own and you’ll be able to share what you are learning through your time in the Scriptures. (I’ll continue to post on other topics on Wednesdays and Fridays, but Monday’s post will stay open for comments throughout the week.)

Additionally, we’ll work on a memory verse every week. Stay tuned for more details on that.


How do I study the Bible?

You can study each day’s passage however you feel most comfortable. I’ll be using the SOAP method, and I encourage you to consider trying it out. It can take as little as 15 minutes and it’s really easy:

  • S: write out each day’s Scripture passage
  • O: write down 2-4 observations on each day’s passage
  • A: write down 1 personal application based on each day’s passage
  • P: write out a personal prayer based on what you learn each day

Here’s an example from my notebook:

SOAP Bible Study Method(Click on the image to open a more clear version in another window.)

I’ve been using this method for my own personal study time for the past year, and I like that it makes really ponder the meaning and message of the text overall as it’s composed of the individual verses.


I’m good at starting things but terrible at following through. Can I get some personal accountability?

I’m so glad you asked! Knowing that I need to show up or sign in is often the extra kick-in-the-pants I need to actually follow through. For those who are looking for daily accountability, I’ll post a conversation-starter every Monday-Friday on our Facebook page. This will give us an opportunity to delve deep into each passage. (Make sure you “like” our Facebook page so you get the notifications in your daily feed.)


This sounds great! Can I invite a friend to participate?

Absolutely! Our goal is to help women dwell in God’s presence by reading His Word. The more women we can engage and encourage to this end, the more the Kingdom of God will be advanced. Feel free to email your friends a link to this page or to use other social media as you see fit.


What should I do to prepare?

  • Gather supplies: a Bible, a notebook, a pen, and a willing heart
  • Like our Facebook page to interact with the community
  • Invite a friend to join us
  • Most importantly: PRAY that God will speak to you as we study His Word together


I’ll be posting more information (including the reading plan) this week. I’m so looking forward to studying the Bible with you precious ladies!