On this episode of Group Answers, Chris and Brian talk to Reid Patton about how to ask good questions when facilitating a Bible study.
Reid Patton is a Content Editor for the Short-Term Discipleship Team at Lifeway Christian Resources. He is the thankful husband of Kristen and proud father of Ceile and serves with the Life Group leadership team at the Church at Station Hill in Spring Hill, Tennessee. In his free time, Reid likes reading, watching NBA Basketball and Auburn Football, and going to record stores. You can find him on Twitter @jreidpatton.
- If I’m using a pre-written curriculum, how can I make the most out of those questions?
- What types of questions invite conversation?
- How should I structure the questions in my group?
- How would you sum up the big questions small groups should answer?
As someone who writes Bible studies, I don’t know your group better than you do.
I would rather give someone more than they need than less than they need.
The open question is far superior to the closed question.
There are going to be three types of questions in every Bible study: observational, interpretive, and application-based. A good Bible study will balance between those three types of questions.
The three big questions are what? so what? and now what? What does the Bible say? So what do we do with that, why does that matter? Now what do we do with it?
A holistic approach to the text will give you a holistic disciple.
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The Group Answers Podcast is a weekly show designed to resource, train, and encourage small group leaders. Each episode considers current trends and resources as well as timeless truths and methods of discipleship. It is hosted by Brian Daniel, a Bible study and discipleship expert in Lifeway’s Groups Ministry, and Chris Surratt, the small group and discipleship specialist at Lifeway and author of Leading Small Groups.