toolbox | discovery bible study

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This is the fifth post in a six part series on disciple making tools.

Discovery Bible Studies are different from the other disciple making tools I have emphasized in one significant way:

Discovery Bible Studies are designed to be used by people who have yet to fall in love with Jesus, not by those who already have.

In fact, one of the main reasons I use the Bible, practice active listening and do intentional inquiry is to find people of peace who do not yet know Jesus, in order to help them facilitate Discovery Bible Studies for their circle of family or friends.

Here is what I equip people of peace do:

Build Community. They do this by gathering their circle and asking four questions:

  1. What are you thankful for today?
  2. What is causing you stress?
  3. How can we help each other?
  4. Who else can we help?

Initiate and Sustain Change. They do this by asking their circle three questions:

  1. What did we discover last time we met?
  2. Who did you share it with?
  3. How did you put it into practice?

Hear and Learn from God. They do this by having their circle:

  1. Read the Bible
  2. Re-tell the Bible
  3. Respond to three questions –
    • What does this passage say about God?
    • What does this passage say about people?
    • If this is true, what will you do?

Reach Out to Other People. They do this by asking their circle two questions:

  1. Who needs to hear what we just learned?
  2. How are we going to help each other and someone else?

Your turn:

  1. What people of peace can you equip to lead a Discovery Bible Study for their circle of family or friends?
  2. What excites you about this possibility? What concerns you?

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