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.
I Will
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:

  1.  Write the passage word-for-word in column
  2.  Write the passage in your own words in column
  3.  List the actions you must take to obey this passage in column
  4.  Share what you learned with other believers for accountability.

Create discussion opportunities with not-yet-believers. Share with people who are interested.

Offered here is a selection of DBS studies for families in various languages.

Developed by Jim Lilly

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

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?

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.

To Learn More about Discovery Bible Studies Visit:

Discovering God Scripture List

Discovering Jesus Scripture List

Discovering Obedience Scripture List

Discovering Leadership Scripture List

Discovering Church Planting Scripture List

Discovering the Kingdom of God Scripture List

Discovering Our Life and Ministry in Christ

Megavoice Literature

A Megavoice is a player that is designed to bring the Word of God to indigenous people. W.M.E. has developed Bible studies aimed at introducing people to Christ. These studies take a person or group through nearly a year of Discovering what it means to be an obedient disciple of Jesus. These studies are made available to communities on the Megavoice players. Each Megavoice has the potential to start 3-5 new groups/church plants. You can provide a Megavoice player for a needy community by clicking the button below. The cost is $30.

The Father Glorified

Patrick Robertson | David Watson with Gregory C. Benoit

Become a part of a powerful, worldwide awakening. Hundreds of thousands of people are discovering the truth of Jesus Christ and the eternal life that only He can provide. One by one, families and communities are committing themselves to following the Word of God, and this incredible phenomenon is captured in The Father Glorified.

The Kingdom Unleashed

Jerry Trousdale | Glenn Sunshine with Gregory C. Benoit

Christianity is growing faster than at any time in history. So why is the church in Europe and America stagnant or declining, and what will it take for that to change? The Kingdom Unleased explores God’s Kingdom Movements. Central to every movement is the core values of the Kingdom of God, which Jesus proclaimed and modeled throughout His ministry.

Miraculous Movements

Jerry Trousdale

Discover the sometimes humorous, often sobering, but encouraging true stories of how Muslim leaders and entire communities are embracing Christ. Miraculous Movements recounts an amazing change taking place within Muslim communities where the truth of Jesus Christ is turning around the lives of many thousands of Muslims. This close look at what the Lord is doing to spread the gospel highlights the key scriptural principles that help Christians reach out in love to share the gospel in their own community.

Contagious Disciple Making

David Watson & Paul Watson

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?

Great Commission Training Manual

James Lilly

This manual provides the essential information to form and launch disciple-making teams trained to complete the Great Commission as outlined in Matthew 28:16-20.The 3 sections provide:•Information about disciple-making movements.•Thirteen team-building discovery exercises covering basic concepts behind becoming and making disciples.•Information concerning outreach and model discovery lists for discipling various people groups as well as training video URLs.

Great Commission Disciple Making (Second Edition): Growing Disciples Rooted in God’s Word

James Lilly

A step-by-step guide to disciple making including the history of Disciple Making Movements (DMM) and underlying principles behind Bible-based Spirit-led discipleship. Intended for small groups committed to obeying and applying whatever the Holy Spirit reveals through Scripture, then sharing it with others.

Family Disciple Making: A Practical Guide to Raising Your Children as Disciples of Jesus

James Lilly

This book gives a Biblical orientation for Christian parents to prepare their children to thrive in a competitive and hostile world. It provides parents and their churches with resources and tools to preserve a faith, trust, and belief in God. These families will extend the kingdom of God by transforming their communities.

Great Commission Disciple Making: Growing Disciples Rooted in God’s Word (*Spanish Version*)

James Lilly

A step-by-step guide to disciple making including the history of Disciple Making Movements (DMM) and underlying principles behind Bible-based Spirit-led discipleship. Intended for small groups committed to obeying and applying whatever the Holy Spirit reveals through Scripture, then sharing it with others.

Kingdom Mind Shifts

James Lilly

Kingdom Mind Shifts begins by comparing the effectiveness of the traditional Church to that of the church in the Acts of the Apostles and asks “why?” the difference. It encourages Christians to compare their understanding of eight keywords and concepts with their use in the Bible. The goal is a reset of the traditional Church to enable it to become as effective as the early church in reaching the world.


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