Let’s look at the discovery group format and look at a passage together.
Jim Egli from the Vineyard in the US describes it like this:
A new way of doing small groups is sweeping around the world. Instead of focusing on learning and talking about the Bible—as we have so often done in the past—the Discovery Group format focuses on listening to and immediately obeying the Bible. The change is subtle but powerful and brings wonderful results. The simple Discovery format is accelerating evangelism, leadership multiplication, and church planting across the globe.
What are you thankful for this week? (a wonderful weekend with our son DAVID)
What challenges are you facing? (PRAYING FOR MIRACLES FOR LITTLE NOAH)
Bible discovery questions:
- What does it say? (Read the passage several times)
- What do we learn about God from this passage?
- How would I say that? (Each person tries to retell the passage or Bible story in their own words or act it out together)
- What must I do to obey what I have learned? “I will…” (Each person crafts a statement or two to tell how they will obey the passage this week.)
Let’s look at Matthew 7:7-8:
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Write your “I will statement” on how you will obey this passage this week.
For me, we were visiting our son David and his wife Jess this last weekend. Their son Noah was born deaf and has some developmental delays at 21 months old. We are praying for several miracles for him. This passage encouraged me to keep on asking until the door is opened. So, I will keep on asking for miracles for Noah! He needs to walk, feed himself and begin to talk!