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.
Phil Alessi (the dangerous guy on the left) tells the story of disciple making movements in the prison system.
Links to Phil’s resources:
- Finding People of Peace
- 10 Stories of Hope
- Follow: Discovering Discipleship
- Discovering Jesus in Mark
- Discovering Jesus in Mark 2
- Christmas Stories of Hope
- Manga Messiah Studies
James Nyman talks to Steve Addison about pioneering movements among Muslims in SE Asia. James is the author of Stubborn Perseverance: How to Launch Cascading Movements to Christ Among Muslims (and others).
To find out more visit Beyond.
I’ve heard great things about this book. Nice to snap it up for $2.99.
Stories and principles from people around the world who are sparking disciple making movements.
Well done if you saw the title of this post and decided to keep reading!
Let me translate:
CPM = Church Planting Movements
T4T = Training for Trainers
DMM = Disciple Making Movements
DBS = Discovery Bible Study
If you’re still confused, don’t worry. You’re not alone. For many DMM is just another way of talking about CPM. And T4T and DBS is just different methods of making disciples. You can even combine them.
But there are some important differences which Steve Smith unpacks in this helpful article.
I like Steve’s conclusion:
By the power of the SpIrIt, both [DBS and T4T] have born the fruIt of healthy CPMs [broadly defined]. The realIty Is that many CPM practItIoners blend elements from both.
*The bracketed comments are mine.
The best book to read on T4T:
The best book to read on DMM:
UPDATE: Don’t miss Chuck Huckaby’s contribution in the comments.
I got excited by this story which came in from Kim and Ashley Hood, who serve with MOVE in Thailand.
"It's happening so fast" said the Thai coordinator for English Classes held on Sunday. The last 2 months we have partnered with Oh and the 300 Club to run English 4 LIFE classes that connect culture with a Bible story. The last series of lessons we did from Creation, Noah, John the Baptist and the woman with the bleeding problem.
- The students read the story, in Thai first and then in English.
- They draw the story
- They re-tell the story to each other
- They answer and discuss these questions: What do you learn about God/Jesus? What do you learn about people? If this story is true, is there anything you would like to change or do differently?
- Then they choose someone they can share the story with over the next week.
The students are not followers of Jesus but are all open to learning more. When we did the story of John the Baptist. Two young women shared the story with each other and said the story gives them hope because God can forgive. They then asked, "Can we get baptised too?"
God's word is so alive and His Spirit reveals truth.
Oh and her team are following the students up — so far two have become followers of Jesus and four are meeting in a small group to learn more about Jesus.