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21 Nov

2016 Celebration: How to Fish for Disciples in Solitary Confinement

One of our newer believers asked me to go talk to a guy who had recently been transferred to solitary confinement in the prison.

So I went and talked to him. I was on one side of the glass, and he was on the other. The conversation really opened up when we discovered he knew a guy who I had discipled from another prison.

07 Jul

Drawing a Savior: One Girl's Discovery of Jesus

I met Sara (not her real name), an 11-year-old girl, in the stairwell of my building. I would intentionally go there to hang out with her and the other kids, and soon they started knocking on my door asking to play. During one of those play times, our conversation took a turn and the floodgates opened. All the questions Sara had about God came streaming out. An hour into her questions, I suggested reading the Bible together sometime.

23 Jun

No Little People, No Little Places: A Disciple Making Movement Takes Off in Boston

I met Becca* about two years ago in a small congregation. She was a homeschooling mother with a desire to be involved in God’s purposes in the world, but wasn’t sure what that could look like for her.

I challenged Becca to get involved with reaching our city with the good news of Jesus, and encouraged her that relationships she already had could be the foundation of a disciple making movement—a mighty move of God.

Becca agreed to let me train her in basic Disciple Making Movement strategies. She caught a vision for how this simple Bible-focused, relationship-driven approach to evangelism might really work. She started to see some of her current relationships through different eyes.

17 Jun

How to Launch a DBS: Putting It All Together

This is the final post in a series on starting Discovery Bible Studies to share Jesus.

Start at the beginning.

In this guide we’ve outlined six major steps to effectively launch a Discovery Bible Study:

  • Invite and Gather
  • Connect
  • Discover
  • Empower
  • Multiply
  • Keep Accountable

These six steps will guide you all the way through finding and inviting people into your study to catalyzing a gospel movement, where the good news of Jesus expands far beyond the reach of your original group.

15 Jun

How to Launch a DBS: Keep Accountable

This is the sixth post in a series on starting Discovery Bible Studies to share Jesus.
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Step 6: Keep Accountable

It’s the final inning of the game. The bases are loaded, the score is tied, and everyone is holding their breath as the batter steps up. The whole team is counting on the next hitter to bring them home. This player is accountable to the rest of the group; they’re depending on him. Accountability is a powerful dynamic.

13 Jun

How to Launch a DBS: Multiply

This is the fifth post in a series on starting Discovery Bible Studies to share Jesus.
Start at the beginning.

10 Jun

How to Launch a DBS: Empower

This is the fourth post in a series on starting Discovery Bible Studies to share Jesus.
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Step 4: Empower

While the process of leading a discovery group is fairly simple, the process of being a good “coach” or facilitator can be challenging. It sometimes takes a colossal effort, as someone who is really good at the “game” of understanding God’s word, not to take the bat away from the little league players and hit the ball for them.

08 Jun

How to Launch a Discovery Bible Study: Discover

This is the third post in a series on starting Discovery Bible Studies to share Jesus.
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Step 3: Discover

We’ve made it to the heart of a DBS—discovering God through his word! It’s time for you, the coach, to send your players (people of peace) onto the field, where they can explore what the Bible reveals about God and about them. Your main tools in this process are a carefully selected Bible passage and some key questions.

03 Jun

How to Launch a Discovery Bible Study: Connect

This is the second post in a series on starting Discovery Bible Studies to share Jesus.
Read the first post here.

Step 2: Connect

You’re really doing this! God has led you to a person of peace: they’ve gathered a small group around them, figured out the best way to meet, and brought you together at the chosen place. What do you do now?

You might be tempted to jump straight into Bible study, but we’re going to stop you right there. While the Bible is our central tool to discover Jesus in a DBS, there are some other crucial elements to making disciples, which is our ultimate goal. Before you get into scripture, take time to connect.To continue using our coaching analogy, you could consider this a pre-game warm-up. It’s much more than an icebreaker for the group, and we’ll explain why.

01 Jun

How to Launch a Discovery Bible Study: Invite and Gather

This is part one of a series on the Discovery Bible Study method. You can download the complete free guide to launching Discovery Bible Studies here.

Suppose you have been praying for people in your city or workplace. You have taken some risks and gotten into some conversations on spiritual topics. Perhaps you’ve gone one step further and connected with like-minded friends who are praying for the same things. Together, you all want to see Jesus making a difference in people’s lives.

So what do you do next?

How about inviting people to discover who God is through reading the Bible together?




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