Friday, January 30, 2015

Discovery bible studies

Tom has been telling me about these Discovery Bible Studies for a month or so. Someone we both know is using them in the Boston area. So I finally decided to check it out online.

It appears to be more of a bible study method. I can't really find a website or anything specific to it, but there are several that share the same method, and also have some links to further resources. I kind of like the idea. Basically, it is set up so anyone can lead a few other people in reading and studying the Bible. The following pdf gives instruction in how to lead a study, or simply do it yourself. They also break down passages to fit into different themes for study. Seems like a very simple formula.

What I like about this type of study method is... it's actually geared towards STUDY. It's not about just finding an answer to plug into a blank space. The idea is to lead people to DISCOVER the Bible/Jesus/God. My feeling is, if you can get people to that point, you'll have someone interested in discipleship.

This pdf seems to give the whole run-down on everything you need to know.

The nycinternationalproject has a nice site with links to simple outlines and other things.

Worldmissionsevangelism also has a nice page with links. They also share the basic outline, which is:

The Discovery Bible Study Process

What are you thankful for this week? Praise and Worship
What problems do you have this week? Personal Prayer
Is there any way this group can help you? Ministry and Service
Discovery Passage:
Read the Scripture 
Discovery Questions
1. What happens in this passage?
2. What does this passage tell us about God?
3. What does this passage tell us about people?
1. How does this change how we see God?
2. How does this passage change how we treat others?
3. How does this passage change how we live?
4. What other questions do you have about this passage?
1. Who can you share this story with?
2. Do you know anyone who needs help? How can this group help them?