“I really like the format….”

  • DISCOVER What’s There: Who | What | Where | When | How | Why

–Read, Study, Enjoy—look for the W’s:

WHO is involved | WHEN did it happen | WHERE is it happening |   WHAT is taking place | HOW is it happening… and then ask the… WHY questions regarding what the author’s message is about.

–Mark It Up: We use a four-colored Bic pen. 

–Circles around places or people

–Boxes around whatever you’d like

–Clouds wherever you feel like it.

                                  –Underlines of key words/phrases      > > > > > > > > >

–Identify change of scene, watch for

contrast, repetition, key words, etc.

–Put lots of NOTES in the margins and in between lines!

  • CONSIDER How It Relates: To God | To Life | To People | To You

–Express Our Thoughts: We can write down ways that we see the passage applying to us and where we are with God, with others, with life, etc.

–Discuss: We come together in a small group to discuss insights, then in a larger group interaction. A facilitator keeps things on track and helps generate give and take discussion. But there are no experts here. Everyone’s contributions are valued and appreciated.

–Homework Assignment: Yes there’s homework—one thing to do each week—but we grade ourselves!

Example Session–The Luke Study: Debt, Forgiveness, Love

Here’s an example of our dialogical large group interaction (after the personal study and small group discussion) from Luke 7:36-50. Most of the time we do not chart things out as we did in this study but this particular passage lends itself to an extraordinarily clear explanation of Jesus’ message.

Jesus has been invited by a Pharisee named Simon to have dinner with him and his fellow religious leaders. Everything seems to be going swimmingly until a woman of ill-repute shows up. Suffice to say, the dynamic changes!