DBS

Looking for people to read the Bible with

There is a ten-year-old girl in a Cape Town school who does Discovery Bible Study at lunchtime with her friends. She's been making disciples since she was eight.

Celsus, a second-century Greek philosopher, alleged that Christianity was the faith of uneducated slaves, women and children. He complained it was spread from house to house “by wool workers, cobblers, laundry workers, and the most illiterate and bucolic yokels” who claimed that they alone knew the right way to live.

Movements mobilise everyone. They are spread by insiders. They are contagious. They employ simple but profound methods. They are fuelled by commitment and passion.

Discovery Bible Study (DBS) is the key ingredient in multiplying movements. DBS is at the centre of evangelism, discipleship, leadership development and healthy church formation.

We're not talking about a tool or a program or model. We're talking about God's living Word. We're letting the Word do the work.

Whenever people gather to read the Scriptures and learn how to obey, God is powerfully present. In Acts, the Word spreads, grows, and multiplies, and wherever the Word goes, the fruit is multiplying disciples and churches.

The video above is a simple introduction to Discover Bible Study by our good friends at Beyond.

How do you get started? Ask someone. Say, "I'm looking to read the Bible with someone. Would you be interested?" Keep asking until you find someone who says yes.

What was a Dutchman doing in the Middle East speaking Arabic?

There are two types of people in the world — those who know Jesus, and those who don’t.

Share the good news with the latter, and train the former.

Ying Kai

I met Hank somewhere in the Middle East recently. I assumed he was an Arab with good English. I discovered he was Dutch with good English and Arabic.

Hank is a student of Middle Eastern studies working has way around the region, learning Arabic and learning culture.

In exchange for a bed and meals he was serving as a waiter in a hotel. I was impressed.

I soon found out he has a Catholic faith. 

He had to keep working and I was checking out, so I had just a few minutes to explain how he could start reading the (Injil) Gospels with Muslims who wanted to know more about Isa (Jesus).

The Quran commands Muslims to do just that.

So I explained the Discovery approach, outlined the passages to read and discuss, and emailed the questions.

I prayed for Hank and told him, if he gets started to send me an email and we can talk more.

Fred on getting from zero to one [video]

Tim Scheuer hosts another google hangout for practitioners downunder.

Fred is the guest contributor. He’s the man to help get you from “zero to one.” From finding a person of peace for forming a new group of disciples.

It’s two hours and unedited, but if you’re keen you’ll want to watch and learn. Then go do something.