A Discovery Study works best in small groups where conversation is natural. The goal of a Discovery Study is meaningful discussion about the truths of Scripture. It is NOT an in-depth examination of the Bible. Rather, it’s a group conversation leading to self-discovery. Here are the steps: Watch here for an overview. Read a passage. A passage has an italicized heading. Some passages are short, some are long. Generally, there is more than one passage per chapter. Read the passage a few times. One way is to read it aloud and again silently.
Retell the passage. As a group, without looking at the passage, try to summarize the main points. Keep adding to the first summary until you're comfortable with your "final" version.
Discuss the passage. Answer the four questions below. You may look at your bible. Think paragraphs if answers come slowly. Limit responses if there is abundance of answers.
What does the passage say about God? Include the whole godhead in this category.
What does the passage say about mankind? Some passages have a lot to say about both God and man. Some favor one over the other. Let the passage speak for itself. Don't force it to say what it doesn't say.
Based on #1 and #2, what is God telling me to do? The focus here is personal. What is God asking ME to know, feel or do? The answer should favor the words, "me" and "I" over "we" and "us."
Who can I tell? Who are others God is directing me to either teach the content of this material to, or train to do this type of study? If there aren't any people, pray for God to bring those people across your pathway.
Discovery Study 2.0. Time permitting, you can deepen group discussion by creating additional questions. Pick one person's answer from question 1 or 2 above. Create a list of questions using "who, what, where, when, how and why" as prompts. Pick the best question and discuss. This part is optional. Finish all four questions as a group before going back to do this part.