Jesus called his disciples to share the good news (Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8) and in 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul charges Timothy with the following; “Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.”
Have you been looking for a way to share your love for the Lord with others? Or have you wondered how you could start a bible study to help others discover who God is?
Well, Jesus’ call to the disciples and Paul’s charge to Timothy in this passage is the Lord’s charge to us today. And if we want to pass on our faith to the next generation of leaders in the sports industry, it would be helpful to have a tool to assist us in doing that. The Discovery Bible Study Method may be that tool.
The Discovery Bible Study Method is a tool that is being used around the world to help empower both Christians and non-Christians alike to read and understand God’s word for themselves. The focus of the study is on God’s word. Period. The participants read the bible and answer simple questions that are designed to help them to know God’s character, encourage them to obey what they are learning, and share what they are learning with others.
The leader in a Discovery Bible Study simply facilitates the discussion as both they and the students seek to know God better together. Because the leader does not need any special training to facilitate the discussion and the focus is on the word of God, it is very easy for anyone to lead a Discovery Bible Study. In fact, one of the goals of this method is to equip the participants to be able to go off and start their own Discovery Bible Studies with their friends, co-workers, and others they may interact with on a daily basis.
So, how does it work? First, select the passage. Here is a list of suggested passages that walk through creation to salvation. Then, begin to facilitate the discussion. That’s it, it’s that simple. Here is the main format.
Talk (Have each person answer these three questions)
What are you thankful for?
What is causing you stress?
Who needs our help? How can this group help them?
Talk about the previous week’s passage
What did you do differently based on what we read last week?
Who did you tell and what was the reaction?
Read and Retell
Have one person read the passage out loud while the others follow along.
Have another person retell the passage from memory if possible and others can fill in what’s missing.
Read the passage again.
Discuss what the passage says about God, Jesus, or His plan.
Read the passage once more.
Discuss what the passage says about humans.
According to this study, what am I doing well?
What do I need to change?
Write down/share how I am going to obey this scripture.
Who needs to hear this story?
How can I tell them?
Who can I invite to study the bible?
Write down/share who I know that needs to hear what God said in this study.
The key to the Discovery Bible Study method is letting spiritually interested people read the bible together, discover what it says, challenge themselves to live out what it says and share with other people.
If we are going to pass on our faith to those around us or to the next generation of leaders in the sports industry, we have to equip them with the truth about God from His Word, help them to become surrendered and transformed disciples of Jesus, and teach them an easily reproducible way to share with the people they interact with on a daily basis. The Discovery Bible Study Method is a great way to do that.
So, the call to us is to pass on our faith to the next generation. We have a simple, easy-to-follow tool to help us do that. Now, let’s follow the call and use our position, wherever we are, to make an impact for the Glory of God!