"The greatest problem with world evangelisation
is that Christians don’t like to hang out with non-Christians.”-
Jim Yost (World Mandate conference September 2011)
Each DBS is very discussion-oriented (all members
participate) and looks like this:
- What good things have happened to you this week?
- What difficulties have you experienced or needs do
you have (yourself or the community)?
- Is there a way that we as a group can help one another
meet these needs?
- With whom did you share what we studied last week?
- How did you apply this week what we studied last week?
- Let’s read several times / listen / write this
week’s scripture passage.
- How do we say this in our own words? Let’s summarize
it as (individuals and as) a group.
- If we misstated anything or included something from
outside the text, let’s correct that together. We
ask one another where that came from in this passage.
- What do you learn in this passage about God? man? life?
- How can you / will you apply this to your life?
- With whom will you share what you’ve learned
The core values of church (DNA) that are instilled
in the group follow. The numbers correspond:
- Thanksgiving and Praise
- Intercessory Prayer
- Accountability in Evangelism
- Accountability in Obedience
- Bible Study — Scripture is Primary (not man or
- Understanding of God’s Word (and preparing for
- Self-correcting with God’s Word the Authority
- Knowing God and his Desires
- Obedience (and Accountability)
- Evangelism (and Accountability)
You can see how, in time, the DBS becomes (with no teaching
as to “how to do church”) a time for Christians
to meet together in order to praise God, encourage one another,
study God’s word, minister to one another and their
community, prepare for evangelism, hold one another accountable,
etc. — in essence they function as a church.
There are loads of intentional values built into
this approach to gathering. Here are just a few:
- Anyone can lead.
- All people participate every time.
- The passage and group self corrects the conversation.
- Pre-Christians can do this.
- It includes worship to God and relationship with others.
- It creates a Bible-centered gathering.
- It shows people that they can study and learn the Bible
- It teaches people that they do not need a qualified Pastor
or Teacher to learn the Bible.
- It allows space for Jesus and the Holy Spirit to lead