If you're a church leader, you've been part of group life, or you've urged someone to be part of group life. And among the things you ask people to do, you expect them to read the Bible and discuss it with others in their group. We don't always explain how to do the study or provide an aproach, we just expect it.
But we've all been part of group Bible studies that don't seem to get anywhere. They lack direction, or the discussion of the text boils down to a sequence of "what this text means to me..." statements. A method or approach is absent. I would hope your groups are an exception to this experience, but in most cases, I doubt it.
That's the genious of the arrow model. The Church at Cherryvale iconographically represents seven key questions every group should ask of a text. Those questions are:
- What does this passage say?
- What does this passage mean to its original audience?
- What does this passage tell us about God?
- What does this passage tell us about people?
- What does this passage demand of me?
- How does this passage change the way I relate to people?
- How does this passage prompt me to pray?
Visit the Vision Room to see how these seven questions are represented. Then, present them to your group leaders. Use them. The bookmark idea, noted at the end of the article, is worth replicating.
These questions will spark discussion, and foster growth.
That's what we want. That's discipleship.