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09-12-2021 12:54 PM

Practice #2 GOD'S WORD - Discussion Guide for Groups

09-12-2021 12:54 PM
09-12-2021 12:54 PM

Practice #2: Word

If you have spent any time around our church, you’ve likely heard the expression “Inspired truth; not shifting opinion.” But, where do we find that inspired truth?
What makes one truth better than another? At Dallas Bible, we believe the Bible is God’s authoritative word. Still, for many believers, studying scripture can be a tedious, and intimidating task. We hope to see that change!

For Group Leaders

  1. Begin in prayer. Welcome the Holy Spirit to the group and invite Him to lead, guide, and convict your group as you meet together.
  2. Reflect on the sermon this morning as a group. What were some highlights? Was anything particularly helpful, convicting, or confusing?
  3. Consider the following questions and pick a few to focus your discussion.

Examine the Word

  • Re-read sections of Psalm 119.
  • What are some of the words or phrases used to describe the Psalmist’s delight?
  • Why would anyone delight in God’s Word?
  • Make a list of reasons why the scriptures are important for a believer.
  • What happens if we neglect time in God’s Word?

For Discussion

  • Have you ever thought about the Bible as a “library of writings, both human and divine?” How does that help better understand God through His Word?
  • Talk about the first time you remember connecting with God through scripture. Was there a time in your past where devotional moments with God were particularly rewarding? What was that time like?
  • What’s the difference between reading scripture devotionally, and studying scripture? Why do you think God chose to use a book to communicate to his people? 
  • When you hear “Bible” what comes to mind? Do you have any baggage or guilt associated with the Bible and your past?
  • Do you feel like you read the Bible well? How would you characterize your relationship with scripture?
  • Have you ever encountered a time when your devotional moments in God’s word were less than fulfilling? What was that like? How should a believer navigate those spaces?
  • How might reading scripture as an individual differ from reading it collectively as a group? What are some possible pitfalls in reading scripture alone? What are some advantages?

For Discussion: God’s word in groups

  • What role does preaching scripture play in the health of the Church?
  • We live in a time where you can access world-class preaching at the click of a button. Consequently, it’s easy to find persuasive “Biblical” teaching that will support a variant of presuppositions, biases, and misinterpretations. How do we discern what is good teaching? What role does the local body play in this process?
  • Talk about group Bible studies you have participated in. What were the hallmarks of “successful” group Bible studies?

Practice

  • Make a goal: 4 days/week / 15 minutes/day…simply to know and enjoy God.
  • Start with prayer: “Lord, open my eyes that I can see you.” Psalm 119:18
  • Re-read sections of Psalm 119. What does it reveal about the Lord & His Word? You might want to take notes, or simply meditate on His Truth.
  • Take some time to worship in response. This could be song, or prayers of praise. You might want to take a posture of surrender on your knees, or hands raised, to fully express what is happening inside.
  • Discuss this time with your group. Any challenges or reward?
  • Follow the Foundations blog for supplemental resources to help your time in the Word. dallasbible.org/foundations
  • Group Activity: Read a longer passage of Scripture out loud together and just listen. You’ll be amazed at what everyone hears! Discuss what you heard God say through His Word.

For Family Discussions

  • Take some time to share your favorite Bible stories. Why do you like that particular story? What do you think God says about himself in that story?
  • Do you ever have trouble enjoying reading God’s word? Why do you think that is?
  • The Bible is God’s book for us. How has God spoken to you through the Bible in the past?
  • How old do you think you have to be to read the Bible on a daily basis? What are some ways kids can read the Bible to help with that?

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