Most people who attend a church will, at some point, be a part of a small group. I have written recently about the basics of small groups and about how to ask good questions in your group. Below you will find a framework for a simple, interactive Bible Study. I wouldn’t suggest this framework every time you meet, but it works great in a pinch!
Quick Small Group Bible Study
- Choose your passage
- Read the passage to the group.
- Have the group read the passage.
- Ask: What do we see about the character of God?
- Ask: What work do we see God doing?
- Read the passage again.
- Ask: What do we see about the character of man?
- Ask: What work are we commended to do or not do?
- Pray through the passage.
- Glorify God for His character.
- Ask God for help for personal growth and trials.
- Ask God for help for others.
- Thank God for His work.
Example of Small Group Study: 2 Thess 2:13-17
What is the character of God demonstrated? Love, Sovereign, Savior, Father. . .
What work has God done or what is He doing now? Chooses, loves, saves, sanctifies, calls, gives comfort. . .
What is the character of the believing person? Chosen, saved, sanctified, called, hopeful. . .
What work are we commended to do (or not do)? Give thanks, stand firm, hold to what’s been taught, do good works. . .
Here are examples of some other questions that you might discuss as a part of this study:
- How does the love of God relate to the Fatherhood of God? Can God be loving without being good? How have you seen His goodness demonstrated in your life?
- What are some ways that you recognize the comfort that God gives? What is a time that you could clearly identify His comfort at work in your life?
- What is the content of the believer’s hope? How this hope both present and future?
- Which one of that list of works is demonstrated most consistently or inconsistently in your life?
I hope this short series has been helpful for you. Do you have a great small group story you would like to share with me? Feel free to add it to the comments below.