Discovery Groups are smaller groups of 3-5 people and are ideal for those looking to go deeper with others beyond traditional LIFE Groups. These 3-5 people are the same gender and could all be fellow believers, could come from your LIFE Group, be a mix of folks from different LIFE Groups, could include seekers, nonbelievers, neighbors, coworkers, so on and so forth. They are highly flexible, reproducable, and cross-cultural!
Each person in a Discovery Group gets 15 minutes of total talk time so you’ll want to carve out a good chunk of at least 1.5 hours weekly. You’ll also want to pick a book of the Bible to study together. I’d recommend not picking a long book, especially to begin with. One of Peter or Paul’s letters could be great! You don’t have to do prior personal Bible study to be a part of a Discovery Group. The Discovery Group itself is the Bible study. Although of course any study of the Scriptures you put in on your own time is still beneficial.
Here’s how Discovery Groups go. Find a time when your 3-5 people can meet. Sit down over coffee, tea, breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or whatever you fancy). Then someone leans in and ask the first question. “So guys, what are you thankful for?” Then move on to the next question.
Discovery Group Format:
Accountability (only after the first meeting):
- How did you do with your application step from last week?
- Who did you tell?
- What are you thankful for?
- What are you struggling with? And how can we help?
Read the passage you’re studying together and then ask:
- What do we learn about God, and Jesus specifically?
- What do we learn about man?
- What does this passage seem to be communicating?
- In light of what we’ve learned, what will you do about it?
- Who will you tell?
For more about Discovery Groups, check out the article: Discovery Groups: 7 Questions that Become 9.
A condensed/quick sheet version of this article is available in the PDF attachment below for your convenience. Who knows what God might do through a few good questions and His Word? Consider jumping into (or starting!) a Discovery Group today!