When it comes to Bible study group time, an engaging discussion makes all the difference. We want group members and guests to leave with a better understanding of God’s Word than they had when they arrived. So, how do we accomplish that? Solid discussion is key.
The group teaching plans found in the Leader Guide and Daily Discipleship Guide are packed with discussion questions to get your group talking. This week’s lesson entitled Leaders Needed (Micah 3:1-12) suggests launching your group time with this question: “What games did you enjoy playing as a child?” After some discussion, the group leader makes the connection that some games like Simon Says and Follow the Leader require someone to direct the actions of the group. This question leads into a discussion of how leaders create courses of action for others to follow. In just a few minutes discussion, one question allows everyone to speak and introduces a primary concept of today’s lesson. A good question is a wonderful teaching tool!
- Always begin with an intriguing introduction question. This question should garner the attention of everyone in the group, be easy to answer, and get the group talking right away. Make it your goal to have everyone answer this first question; this will make it easier for them to answer questions later in your discussion.
- Allow time for thought. Some questions just require a bit more time to consider. Don’t be afraid of silence and resist the temptation to answer the question yourself when no one speaks up immediately. Pausing momentarily communicates to your group that you will wait for them to formulate an answer and that their input is a valuable part of your lesson.
- Encourage multiple group members to discuss. Every group will a person or persons who are very comfortable speaking in groups, which is really helpful. But, your goal should be to involve a variety of group members in the discussion. Invite those who might hesitate to speak up by asking, “What do you think?” or “What would you add to this idea?” Don’t purposefully make anyone uncomfortable, but do attempt to pull in quieter group members to the discussion.
Leading a vibrant discussion with engaging questions takes some practice, but it is worth it! Good questions can bring new ideas into a discussion, increase engagement of your group members, and encourage a deeper understanding of a Scripture passage. Your group plans are designed with several questions interwoven throughout the lesson for that very purpose. Don’t miss out on these opportunities to create an inviting and interactive Bible study!