Discovery Bible Study

Discovery Bible Study (DBS) is a simple and powerful approach used by all kinds of people all over the world as a way to explore God's Word with others.  It is so easy that anyone can facilitate a conversation regardless of their religious or spiritual background, or even how familiar they are with the Bible. 

Can someone like me start a Discovery Bible Study?

Absolutely! You don't need to be a professor to read and discuss what the Bible says with other people.  Just get some friends, neighbors, family, or co-workers together in person or online by asking them if they'd like to study what the Bible says for themselves, then follow these three steps:

  • What is something you are thankful for right now?
  • What is a challenge that is causing you stress?
  • If this is not your first DBS, how did you do with your "I WILL" statement from last time?
  • If this is not your first DBS, how did you do telling someone about what you discovered last time?

  • Read the ONE passage once or twice until you are familiar
  • Retell the story in your own words (other’s can fill-in missing pieces)
  • What stands out to you?
  • What does this passage say about God?
  • What does this passage say about humans?

  • How can you specifically live out what you’ve discovered in the next few days? (Everyone writes an "I WILL..." statement to share with the group.)
  • Who else will you tell about what you discovered?
Tips for Facilitators
  • Facilitate, don't teach! Allow the Holy Spirit to be the teacher as He leads people into clearer understanding of God's Word over time. You certainly want to share your thoughts and observations, but a facilitator's role is to keep the convo rolling with questions.

  • Stay in one passage.  Not everyone has the ability to just jump around the Bible and track with the diverse writers, contexts, and storylines represented.  You can diplomatically bring wanderers back on target by graciously asking "where do you see that in this passage?"

  • After the first DBS, make sure to ask everyone how they did with their "I WILL" statement and with telling others.  Accountability breeds action!

  • The ideal group size is 4 to 12 people. It can work with only two people, but it's amazing how God uses mutliple minds, hearts, and histories to bring perspective to a passage.

  • This works great in person or online. Not everyone has access to people who want to explore the Bible, so don't be shy to use the technology God gave us to help people discover Him!

What are good Bible passages to get us started?

While many passages in the Bible will work well for this approach, it's always helpful to have a little guidance when starting out.  The following list can get you and your group off the starting line.  Just make sure to check back as we add more lists and studies in the future.

  • God Creates – Genesis 1:1-25
  • God Creates Man and Woman – Genesis 2:4-24
  • Man and Woman Eat the Fruit – Genesis 3:1-13
  • God’s Curses – Genesis 3:14-24
  • God Regrets His Creation – Genesis 6:5-8
  • God Saves Noah and His Family – Genesis 6:9 – 8:14
  • God’s Covenant with Noah – Genesis 8:15 -9:17
  • God’s Covenant with Abram – Genesis 12:1-8, 15:1-6, 17:1-7
  • Abraham Gives His Son as an Offering – Genesis 22:1-19
  • God Spares His People – Exodus 12:1-28
  • The Commands of God – Exodus 20:1-21
  • The Sin Offering – Leviticus4:1-35
  • God’s Righteous Servant – Isaiah 53
  • Jesus is Born – Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-20
  • Jesus is Baptized – Matthew 3; John 1:29-34
  • Jesus is Tested –  Matthew 4:1-11
  • Jesus and the Religious Leader – John 3:1-21
  • Jesus and the Samaritan Woman – John 4:1-26, 39-42
  • Jesus and the Paralyzed Man – Luke 5:17-26
  • Jesus Calms the Storm – Mark 4:35-41
  • Jesus and the Man with Evil Spirits – Mark 5:1-20
  • Jesus Raises a Man from the Dead – John 11:1-44
  • Jesus Talks about His Betrayal and the Covenant – Matthew 26:17-30
  • Jesus is Betrayed and Faces Trial – John 18:1-19:16
  • Jesus is Crucified – Luke 23:32-56
  • Jesus is Resurrected – Luke 24:1-35
  • Jesus Appears to the Disciples and Ascends to Heaven – Luke 24:36-53
  • Enter into the Kingdom God – John 3:1-21

Want to join a DBS?  

You can invite friends, family, coworkers, or neighbors to join a DBS you start on your own, or we can help you join a group you don't need to facilitate.  If you 're not ready to facilitate on your own, let us know what days and times work best and we will get to work getting you squared away.