And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God.
Acts 19:8 ESV
The length of the passage you choose affects how much time the study takes. Some passages take longer to study. This isn’t a bad thing, but you need to keep it in mind. Generally, try to keep your passages between 10 and 1 verses.
In the ‘Scripture’ column, write the passage: word-for-word. This takes time but you control how much time by choosing smaller chunks of Scripture. Break larger passages into several sections, spread out over several days. What is most important, however, is this – when you copy a passage word-for-word you actually read it through several (about five to seven) times. It is a form of forced meditation for those of us who can’t sit and think about a passage without losing focus. This process also keeps us from skimming familiar passages. When you write it out you have to think about every word.
My Own Words
When you finish copying the passage, use the second column to write the passage in your own words. Write it out like you’re telling a friend about it over a cup of coffee. Don’t move on until you can write the passage in your own words. You see, you don’t really understand it if you can tell it to someone else in your own words. And you can’t obey Scripture unless you understand it. It’s that simple. Sometimes, you might have to stop on a passage for a couple of days and talk it out with the Holy Spirit before you can finish putting it into your own words. When you start this process, you will probably find there are several familiar passages that you can’t write in your own words. Sometimes we ‘know’ more than we truly understand.
In the third column we transition from knowing God’s Word to obeying God’s Word. Look at each part of the passage. Ask God to reveal things you need to add to your life, take away from your life, or change in your life to obey this passage. Be specific. The passage may say that God created the Earth, but you have to decide what that means in your life. How does your life change because you believe God created the Earth? What do you need to do differently? What can you do in the next 24 hours to obey this passage? Every time we open God’s Word, He invites us into relationship. We call His invitation ‘grace,’ because we can’t do anything to deserve it. Obedience is how we accept His invitation. God lives with those who obey His Word. (John 14:23-24) When we study God’s Word we have a choice: we choose to obey Him or we choose to disobey Him. It is really that simple. This third column is your response to God’s invitation.
When you finish this study, you have two responsibilities. First, you need to meet with other followers of Christ and discuss what you learned. Tell them your ‘I Will’ statements. They can hold you accountable and figure out ways to help you obey God’s Word. Second, look for opportunities to share what God said. Work the phrase, “God taught me something today.” or something similar, into conversations and wait for a response. This creates discussion opportunities. If people care, they ask for more information. If it isn’t the right time for them, they will ignore you. Don’t continue to share. Please share your faith with those who are ready and interested, not those who are not ready.
To summarize the process:
- Write the passage word-for-word in column
- Write the passage in your own words in column
- List the actions you must take to obey this passage in column
- Share what you learned with other believers for accountability.
Create discussion opportunities with not-yet-believers. Share with people who are interested.
The Process of a Church Planting Movement centers around the 3 column study and the Discovery Bible Studies.
The Discovery Bible Study is not preaching or teaching, but a Bible study discussion. This means that Scripture is the authority for the group. The church planter from outside should only lead the first one or two studies.
Personal D.B.S. should be the lifestyle of every Church Planter. So begin to do 3 column studies as your personal devotion. Obedience to God through obedience to the Word must be genuine. The Church Planter learns to share this with another person and ask them to share with someone else. This is how a Church Planting Movement gets started.
And YES . . . It Can Start With You!
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
Read the Scripture
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?
Below are resources that will help you prepare to lead a Discovery Bible Study. After you find the man of peace you guide them and their family through Discovering God Bible Studies. These studies introduce people to God and guide them to falling in love with Him. These resources are designed to help you with the process.
The most important parts of these resources are the Scripture lists. The Scripture lists are a collection of narratives from the Bible designed to help people learn about God through studying Creation, the Fall, and Redemption.
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It is hard to deny that today’s world can seem apathetic toward Christians. Some may look down at their iPhones when we mention God, motion for the check when we bring up church, or casually change the subject when we talk about prayer. In a world full of people whose indifference is greater than their desire to know Christ, how can we dream of growing the church?
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