- NO TEACHING! Ask questions. “It
is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.” – John 6:45. ‘The point is for people to discovery God for themselves in the Word led by the Holy Spiriit. People will retain and ingest more if they discover as opposed to being told. If you’re talking, you’re not leading. Answer questions with a question going back to the text. We are looking for obedience not head knowledge. Obedience is the heart of discipleship.
- NO OUTSIDE SOURCES. We’re not interested in what you read in a book, learned in a sermon or heard on TV. Answers can ONLY come from the text being studied, If someone interjects information from outside of the text, simply ask, “That’s interesting. Where did you find that in the text?” Don’t jump around the Bible, either. This is difficult for new people to follow.
Stay on the assigned text. •
- EVERYONE PARTICIPATES: If someone is dominating, politely ask them to let others share. If someone isn’t talking, ask them a question.
Q. What is the ideal size for a group?
A. About 6 to 8.
Q. Are groups open or closed?
A. After the 5th meeting, the group is closed. Start a new group.
Spiritual Conversations Leading to DBS
Only invite someone to join a DBS IF they are asking God questions.
Start with a GENERAL CONVERSATION: “It’s cold today.”