Here’s a way you and your group can study the Bible without using a Bible-study guide. I developed these questions (some of which I picked up from other places) several years ago.
Read a section of Scripture (a chapter, for instance) together as a group. Be creative. Read in the round (one verse or sentence at a time) or have group members read in parts. Then ask some general questions to get people dialoguing around the text. Move from “what did you get” questions to “what will you do” questions. Here are a few possibilities. You might use only one or two of these kinds of questions in a study! Remember that follow-up questions are the best questions.
- What jumped out at you in this passage?
- What’s going on here? Summarize what’s happening.
- What did you notice here, maybe for the first time?
- Who are the main characters in this passage?
- What’s your favorite verse in this passage? Why?
- What’s your least favorite verse in this passage? Why?
- What do you think God is trying to communicate overall in this passage?
- If we were writing a sermon with three main points from this passage, what would be our three points?
- What did you sense the Holy Spirit saying to you?
- What example do you see here that you can follow?
- What commands do you see here that you need to obey?
- What thoughts do you find here about God himself?
- What promise(s) do you see here for you to claim?
- What principles do you see here that you need to accept?
- What can we learn as a group from this passage?
- In what verse or section do you sense God speaking directly to you?
- How will this passage affect your relationships this next week?
- What changes do you feel like you need to make based on this passage?
- So what? What are you going to do based on reading this?
- What is one specific thing from this passage that you would pray back to God? How would you word that prayer?
— Michael C. Mack (@michaelcmack) January 1, 2018
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#Leadership #TIPoftheDay: Christian leader, you have been designed, developed, and deployed for nothing less than to participate in God’s restoration project of his world. You are his coworker and ambassador in that mission. Accept his assignment!
— Michael C. Mack (@michaelcmack) January 4, 2018
#Leadership #TIPoftheDay: One of your roles as a Christian leader is to help prepare the world for Christ's return. He will someday make EVERYTHING new, and he wants to use the new you to accomplish it.
— Michael C. Mack (@michaelcmack) January 5, 2018
I am privileged to lead the Small Group Leader Summit Saturday, January 20, from 9 AM to noon.
The event will be held at First Church, Burlington, Kentucky, 6080 Camp Ernst Road, in Burlington, Kentucky 41005.
SESSION 1: “Things Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know”: I will focus this session on how to avoid leader burnout, toward which small group leaders are often prone, and how to guide your group as a healthy, overflowing leader. (Some of the content for this session comes from my books The Pocket Guide to Burnout-Free Small Group Leadership, chapters 1 and 2 of Small Group Vital Signs, and World’s Greatest Small Group.)
SESSION 2: “Mike’s Newest and Best Ideas for Small Group Leaders”: I’ll zero in on how to really disciple people effectively in a small group. This topic is, by a wide margin, the most-requested subject of small group leaders and point people (as it should be!).
This event is for new or experienced small group leaders, co-leaders, apprentices, core team members, ministry point people, and anyone interested in stepping up to lead a group in the new year. We want this to be a catalytic event to help leaders see beyond what they are presently doing, to help leaders who have hit a wall in their group, to teach leaders new strategies and tactics to use in their groups, and to show leaders how they can be used by God in new ways to carry out his mission in 2018.
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