What is a Discovery Bible Study?

A Discovery Bible Study (DBS) is a simple way to read and study the Bible and see for oneself what the Bible says. With a focus on prayer and community, a Discovery Bible Study supports a disciple-making movement that reaches those who don’t go to church and are looking for their life questions answered. Whether it’s two people or opening up the Bible with a larger group, the Discovery Bible Study format has been designed so that those seeking to know Jesus can learn of the character of God and encourage others to follow his teachings. Every time you meet, you go through four simple questions that help you to reflect on the Bible passage and how you can act on what you have read.

What is not a Discovery Bible Study?

There are many approaches across the world to cultivating disciples but they are often culturally specific so it is difficult to replicate in other contexts. To support a disciple-making movement, a Discovery Bible Study approach has been developed that is intentionally simple so that it can be launched and reproduced in any setting.

A Discovery Bible Study is a simple way of supporting discipleship as it takes away the need to have a learned instructor teaching the Bible, which can create dependency on the leader and may encourage passivity to those listening if they are not required to actively participate in discussion.

In a Discovery Bible Study, the role of the leader is to facilitate discussion by asking participants “discovery questions” so they can pay attention to what the Bible says for themselves and take action.

Why should we use a Discovery Bible Study?

A Discovery Bible Study is a great way of helping others to explore the teachings of Jesus. Whether people have responded to the Gospel for the first time or are already Christians but want to develop a deeper relationship with God, a Discovery Bible Study takes the program approach out of Christianity and gives room for the Holy Spirit to reveal the person of Jesus by simply reflecting on his life and words.