3 question study

9954751_sOne of the best ways to help people discover and respond to God is to ask them simple questions in response to hearing or reading a Bible passage.

There are three questions that can turn even the mention of a Bible verse into a meaningful discovery experience.

Here are the questions of a 3 question study:

1. What does this passage say about God?

Simply asking this question underscores two important truths: God is the most important reality, and people can learn about him directly from the Bible.

2. What does this passage say about people?

This question highlights two more truths: the Bible is relevant to every person, and every person needs the Bible’s perspective to more completely understand who they are.

3. If what this passage says is true, what is one thing you will do?

Asking this question points to two final truths: the Bible calls us to obedience, and it is only God who can convince people of the Bible’s authority.

Your turn:

  1. Think of a non-Christian with whom you could imagine doing a 3 question study; what is their name?
  2. What passage or verse would you use in a 3 question study with him or her, and how would you begin?
  3. How can you hold yourself accountable to leading a 3 question study with that person?

Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!

3 thoughts on “3 question study

  1. A fourth question make it reproducible
    Is there someone with whom you can share what you’ve learned?
    We use SOAP
    Own words
    Action to take
    Person to share with


    1. Thanks, Phil, for looking at the 3 question study from the perspective of reproducibility.

      My experience in urban Eastern Europe is that many people are taking a big step just to read the Bible, and they feel a bit overwhelmed or manipulated when asked to consider with whom they might share it.

      Because of this, I favor the 3 questions when I am just beginning spiritual conversations with people. Once they discover the relevancy of the Bible to their lives, I ask something like, “Who needs to hear what we just learned?” This eventually builds to a full Discovery Bible Study with their social circle.

      I’d love to have you share more about the SOAP method and how you are using it to disciple the lost!

      Together with you,


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