Category Archives: Bible Class

Introducing Discovery Bible Study – A Key to Growing Movements

In the last 9 months I came across an approach to studying the Bible that I want to make you aware of. It is called “Discovery Bible Study (DBS)” It has been around for quite some time and I have no idea how this slipped past my Bible study radar. Once I learned about it, we changed our Sunday night small groups to use this approach. This is equipping our leaders and group members to be familiar with an approach to Bible study that we will later use to not only guide small group studies but help guide evangelistic, disciple-making Bible studies!

Here is why I want you to be aware of DBS. It is used by Disciples Making Movements (DMMs) around the world with a lot of impact on making disciples who make disciples.

DBS works through 10 things. You can find the list, a video, and more information at North Boulevard Church of Christ’s website. Different people organize the list a bit differently:

1 – Who did you share with this past week? (Obedience/Accountability)
2 – What are you thankful for? (Gratitude)
3 – What challenges have you faced this week? (Prayer)
4 – Read the passage and re-read the passage (you can split up the reading and re-reading among the group members – no more than 10 people)
5 – Summarize the passage in your own words (have several people do this – a paraphrase)
6 – What is your understanding of the passage?
7 – What do you learn about God from this passage?
8 – What do you learn about people from this passage?
9 – How are you going to obey this passage? (Form an “I will…” statement)
10 – Who are you going to share this passage with?
11 – What can we pray about from this passage?

This is an important approach for a number of reasons. First, if you want a movement that is reproducible, it must be simple. Anyone can run the study above. That means you can train and launch people to use this method without a lot of complex explanation or training. Second, it has elements that get us in the word and in each other’s lives. Third, it moves us to action. Not many studies do that well. Fourth, it works with Christians and non-Christians.

Have you used DBS? What results have you seen? What changes or adjustments have you made?

Recommended Books on How To Better Read the Bible

I love reading books about how to read the Bible. I guess I love that because I love meta-cognition, thinking about how we think about things. There are so many treasures in the scriptures and, as Bobby Valentine has written in the last two articles, the closer we come to understand things about their worldContinue Reading

Equipping vs Teaching

If you want information, teach information. If you want equipping make sure that you do more than ask questions about what could be done. Instead, get together with your group and plan something together. Work on it. Come back together and discuss what happened. I am convinced that much of our Bible class and adultContinue Reading

Writing Teacher Training Material – Seeking Feedback

I am considering writing up some teacher training material for adult Bible class teachers. Here are the topics I am considering. What would you add or subtract? Lesson 1 – Why? Purpose of Teaching the Bible Lesson 2 –  How? Study and Preparation Lesson 3 – How? Teaching the Material Lesson 4 – Dealing withContinue Reading

Bible Class Material on 2 Corinthians

Here is a Bible class I taught on 2 Corinthians several years ago. I am adding it to the Bible class archive/small group lessons here on the blog and wanted to give it a mention. 2 Corinthians

How To Write a Bible Lesson Someone Else Can Teach From

One of my primary responsibilities at Northwest has been to lead our small group ministry. As a part of that I have always been interested in finding good curriculum. The problem is, the really good material is often really expensive (especially if you have to buy it for each group) and that cost makes itContinue Reading

Bible Class Archive: 1000 Free Bible Study Lessons, Over 3000 Pages of Free Material

I haven’t mentioned the Bible Class Archive in a long while. It is a page on the blog where I compile many of the lessons for Bible class and small groups that I have written over the years. I have also included some of my co-laborers in the kingdom in the collaborative process and haveContinue Reading

Eight Rules for Beginners Reading the Bible

Rule #1: Start with something that is easy to understand/easily applicable and work toward the books that are harder. – NT: James, Gospel of Mark – OT: Psalms, Proverbs & Genesis Rule #2: Be regular/consistent. Rule #3: Don’t read for quantity, read for quality. Reading the Bible through in a year is great but doesContinue Reading

Troubleshooting: Bible Class Structure

Hebrews 5:11-6:3 says, “11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 AnyoneContinue Reading

Wednesday Night Outreach Class – Try This Out

Every Wednesday we have a group of people who get together to do coordinate outreach. This is not a class about how to do outreach or a Bible study on what outreach is about, why we should do it, etc. We do have some of that from time to time but that is not whatContinue Reading

Follow

Follow this blog

Email address