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Lesson 4:  Interactive Bible Study

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 Interactive Bible Study #

For Developing Disciples

Everyone---please turn off your cell phones.

The goal is to present the Bible and its truths in a simple format that even those who can’t read can hear the story and tell it to others.  The second and equal goal is to teach the Bible in a manner that compels obedience to the Word of God.  You must not teach as a sermon or lecture. These Bible studies should be led by asking questions and allowing people to share their thoughts.  If you teach them in a traditional way, the studies will not be effective. The reason as to why doing Interactive Bible Study in a traditional way is less effective is: 1. It’s more difficult to reproduce. We want everything we do in Disciple Making to be reproducible by everyone in the training. 2. Traditional Bible Study doesn’t help people participate nearly as effectively as Interactive Bible Study. 3. These studies work well for everyone from the highly educated to those who can’t read.

Steps in an Interactive Bible Study Meeting:                                         

  1. Pastoral Care – Praying for people’s needs counseling, answering questions using opportune moments to teach biblical principles. Pastoral care can also be step 7.
  2. Worship – Read praise Psalms, sing songs and teach people to praise God out loud and to become worshipers.
  3. Loving Accountability – Who did you share the Gospel with? Who are you training? Which lessons are you going to teach this week? Etc. Ask them to share how they were obedient to the previous week’s Scripture lesson.
  4. Vision Casting – Helping people understand what we want to accomplish — CPM/Disciple Making Movement. The value of each lesson—what we want to accomplish with each lesson.
  5. Lesson – Interactive Bible study
  6. Practice Presenting The Lesson – Each person read the passage out loud to each other to make sure you understand the content of the passage, then practice repeating the 7 question.
  7. Goal Setting and Prayer – Who are you presenting the gospel to? What lessons are you going to teach and to whom?  Ask for the direction and anointing of the Holy Spirit and that He will prepare each person to whom you will minister.

The value of Bible study.

Acts 20:20 How I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, ESV.

Acts 17:11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to check up on Paul and Silas, to see if they were really teaching the truth. NLT

2 Timothy 3:11-15, 11 You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord delivered me from all of it. 12 Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil people and imposters will flourish. They will go on deceiving others, and they themselves will be deceived. 14 But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. 15 You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. NLT

How to start the lesson.

  1. Have someone read the passage out loud while people follow along in their Bibles.
  2. Have someone else read the same passage out loud in a different version while people follow along in their Bibles
  3. Have someone else read the same passage out loud while the group listens without looking in their Bibles.
  4. Have the group retell the passage in their own words with anyone adding something so that nothing is left

Out (without using their Bibles).

Use the following interactive questions to encourage the group to engage the passage.

  1. What stood out most to you from this passage?
  2. What else did you like about this passage?
  3. Did anything bother or challenge you? Why?
  4. What does this passage tell us about God?
  5. What does this passage tell us about people and about relating to each other?
  6. What other questions do you have about this passage?
  7. The most important response we can have is to obey God’s Word. Let’s each share briefly what we are going to do to obey the passage over the next week and share it with others.

Guidelines for Interactive Bible Study.

  1. Use the designated Bible Studies that are listed on this page first.
  2. Use only the passage given, don’t bring in other Scriptures during this study.
  3. Try to get everyone to contribute, don’t discriminate others, no one should dominate the discussion.
  4. Ask everyone to share their thoughts including the verse that’s inspiring them.
  5. The leader is the facilitator, not a teacher.
  6. It’s easier to do a longer passage if it’s a Bible story than it is to do a long doctrinal passage.
  7. If you don’t know an answer, acknowledge that and say you will contact your trainer.
  8. If someone gives a strange answer, ask another person to give their thoughts about that verse.
  9. After you have done these Interactive Bible Studies below, request the list of ‘discipling’ interactive bible studies that we will provide and use them. Then you can choose a story or short passage between 5-15 verses to continue.

Here is a list of lessons and corresponding Interactive Bible Studies which we want you to use.

Week 1         Good News for you

Week 2         John 3:1-16                                                                     Nicodemus Comes to Jesus.

Week 3          Why, Who and How

Week 4         Mark 16:14-20                                                               Go Into All the World.

Week 5          How to Start Your Groups

Week 6          John 4:34-42                                                                    Sow/ Labor/ Reap the Harvest.

Week 7           Interactive Bible Study

Week 8           II Timothy 3:14-4:5                                                              Why Study the Bible.

Week 9          Water Baptism

Week 10        Romans 6:1-14                                                                  The Power in Water Baptism.

Week 11        Receiving Holy Spirit Baptism

Week 12        Acts 10:34-48                                                                          Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles.

Week 13         Living The New Life 1

Week 14         Ephesians 6:10-20                                                                Put on the Whole Armor of God.

Week 15          Living The New Life 2

Week 16          Ephesians 5:2-20                                                                      Walk in New Ways of Righteousness.

Week 17          Be A Biblical Church

Week 18          Acts 2:41-47                                                                             The Example of the First Church.

Week 19          Your Heavenly Father Loves You

Week 20           1 John 4:7-21                                                                           Knowing the Father and His Love.

Week 21           Forgiveness

Week 22            Colossians 3:12-17                                                                   Clothed with Forgiveness.

Week 23            Ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit

Week 24             II Timothy 1:6-14                                                                      Paul tells Timothy How to Minister.

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