Discovery Bible study or DBS is a study method that relies on the Bible itself rather than a leader or a teacher to do the heavy lifting of discipleship.
DBS works well in almost any context, but especially well suited for small groups of people interested in studying the Bible, but who may not yet be Christians. On the surface, DVS is simply reading a Bible passage and responding with a series of questions. It’s centered on God’s word without secondary sources. It keeps the focus on God rather than rabbit trails that can plague Bible studies. Most importantly, it’s so simple to anyone, including a non-believer who wants to learn about God with other non-Christian friends can facilitate a group pretty easily. Personally, I love discovery Bible study and how organic and multiple it can be to any audience or environment. We ran a DBS in our house for nearly two years with non-believers from multiple spiritual backgrounds and they absolutely loved it.
It was simple. Everyone knew that on Thursday nights, our family had dinner at our house and talked about how to be more like Jesus because of how much he changed our lives.
Over dinner, we would always talk about what our greatest needs were and what we were most thankful for. After dinner, we’d go into the living room and we’d just take one story from the Bible, read it together, and then go around and talk about it. We’re DBS stands out from the rest is its value for trying to obey.
One of the key questions always asked in to DBS is, if you believe this is true or good, what is one way you will apply this into your life in the next two days? From what we’ve experienced once people start trying to obey, God is always faithful to his promise to meet those who seek him.