Bible Discovery Group
Questions and Answers
Last updated 11-17-2012
1. Who opens the meeting
at 6:50 and determines the next meeting place, snack
people, and facilitator?
14. If my name is not on a group list can I go to whatever group I want to from week to week?
No. You may attend either one to see where you feel you fit. Then you have to decide to stay and will be added to the list of member for that group. If you were brought into the group by invitation, you may want to stay in the group they are attending.
15. Can one person (one couple) take on two roles for an evening, like being the snack person and the facilitator or host and facilitator, or host and snack person?
No. Those three tasks should be spread amongst the members of the group. We know it would be easy for some to multi-task, but that is not always the case. Let everyone have a part to play. And those that have a part to play usually make sure they attend.
16. During discussion time, how much should we read at one time?
We have found that the more that is read, the less is discussed. Stick to a paragraph at a time unless they are interrelated in such a way to make reading both necessary. The less read, the more said. (see Q11)
17. Why don't we change night of the week like we change locations?
Many have other activities they participate in during the week so changing nights could be a problem for some of the members. A fixed night makes it easy to schedule. Also, by having a fixed night of the week we can easily invite others to join us and those who miss a meeting can depend on the night for the next meeting as only the location changes.
18. Is it acceptable to ask members of my group to come to my church on Sunday?
No, unless they are un-churched. If they are currently attending a church, you should not be tempting them to come to yours. The BDGs are non-denominational and are not to be considered a place to recruit new church members.
19. When facilitating, how much should we have someone read?
When having people read, have them read a paragraph, two perhaps if very short. Do not have them read an entire section of the story. The idea of a "discovery" is to see what God tells us, not what the story is about. Let's discover together and then discuss what He has said to us and how it applies to our walk today. And remember, the commentaries at the bottom of study Bibles are a great reference, but they are what others have discovered. By reading God's Word and listening to His voice, we can discover new revelation for us for today. Ask Him to reveal your good news for today.
20. Why don’t we take prayer requests before we start the discussion time?
Prayer requests are important, but we do not want to take away from the discussion time. When the discussion is over at 8:00 PM, we say the closing prayer. This gives those that must leave a place to do so. Then we ask for prayer requests and then we pray for each request. Typically each prayer is given by someone different as the Lord leads them to pray until all prayer requests have been covered. If we take the requests before the discussion time, we will have to repeat them before praying or most will have forgotten the requests.
21. If I cannot make the meeting should I let anyone know?
Yes. You were invited to the host's home for the evening. If something happens and you can't make it you should call them so they know and will not be worried when you are not there.
22. How much food should we have before the meeting?
Not too much. Only one person should be bringing food. The host should only provide the drinks. This is not a meal. Cookies or a cake or simple pastry is fine.
23. Why limit the scriptures to Matthew through Jude?
The purpose of the group is to discuss revelation received while reading the passages in scripture. Therefore the target reading is Jesus' words in the Gospels and the books written about the experience of the Apostles as they shared the Good News to the churches of their time. They give us answers to many questions regarding how we live out our life with Jesus here on earth.
The Old Testament shows us much of the historical past of the Jews and points to the coming of Jesus. Much of which is repeated by the writers of the New Testament. I believe the book of Revelation is a vision of what is to come and does not apply as easily to our daily life as does the other books in the New.