In our small group I have introduced the “Open Bible-Study Questions” taken from The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay (p. 167). This is an effort not only to encourage more willingness to invite others to join but also to equip the group with an approach to Bible study that is less about what the “preacher” teaches and more about what we learn and discover together. Here are the questions which you might find helpful to your own ministry context:
After reading a passage of scripture (e.g. John 3.1-21) ask…
- What did you like about what you just read?
- What didn’t you like?
- Was there anything you didn’t understand?
- What did you learn about God?
- Regardless of where your faith is at right now, if you were to apply what we learned about God to something in your life this week, what would that look like?
You might need to tweak the questions a bit for your own context. For example, because of our group dynamics of all Christians at the time, a better question than “what didn’t you like?” was “what did you find to be challenging?”.