“For where two or three gather in My name, there am I with them.” — Matthew 18:20
Many years ago, I discovered Jesus with a small group of women who gathered in an apartment. None of us were scholars or had any experience reading the Bible, yet it came alive for us, reading it together.
As I read the gospels more, I saw Jesus loved to ask questions. They were pointed, disarming questions that went to the heart of the person He was talking to. He listened as well as taught and then He encouraged the people He encountered to take the next step of faith.
I have led Bible Study discussion groups for more than 20 years now. I have found that groups provide a unique opportunity for spiritual growth. As we sit in a circle and read scripture together and grapple with questions about the text, we understand how to apply truth to our daily lives. These Bible study discussion questions were originally written for my small group. I’ve reformatted and posted them here for you with my prayer that you would be changed from the inside out as you read the Bible together.
“But what about you?” Jesus asked. “Who do you say I am?” — Matthew 16:15
Sermon on the Mount <== click here
What was the greatest sermon ever preached? That’s an easy question to answer! The ones Jesus preached Himself. Here we find Jesus talking to all of His followers and then in a more intimate sharing with His chosen 12 disciples.
What is the key to a joy-filled life? What does Jesus think is most important? How should we live as His followers? What do we do when those with whom we share Jesus’ good news mock us? May you find out together as you read and discuss these selections from the gospel of Matthew.
Eleven sessions for group discussion or individual Bible study.
Psalms: Songs of the Heart <== click here
Anger, fear, sorrow, hope, joy. Does God understand our vast range of emotions? Does He care? Can He help? Yes, yes, yes! Here in the Psalms we find King David and others pouring out their heart honestly to God.
My prayer for you is that you would authentically share your feelings with God and find the hope only He can bring. There is also a bonus study from the life of King David.
Six session for group discussion or individual study.
Book of James Bible Study <== click here
Jesus had a younger brother named James, born of Joseph and Mary. During Jesus’ ministry, like the rest of his family, James did not believe Jesus was who He said He was. However, after witnessing Jesus’ death and encountering Jesus as resurrected Lord, James believed and became the leader of the church in Jerusalem.
My prayer is that reading and discussing these letters together will show you how to have a faith that works.
Seven sessions for group discussion or individual Bible study.
Letter of Peter Bible Study <== click here
Peter was a fisherman when he met Jesus. At first, Peter was merely curious about Jesus, but after He provided a miraculous catch of fish, Peter became a follower. After Jesus’ resurrection and return to heaven, Peter became a leader in the church. Peter wrote letters from Rome to other followers to instruct and encourage them.
My prayer is that reading and discussing these letters together will encourage you today.
12 sessions for group discussion or individual Bible study.
Interested in devotionals? Click here.
Book of Job Bible Study <== click here
If our God is a God of love and mercy, why do bad things happen to good people? In the book of Job, the curtain is pulled back and we see what is happening in heavenly places and we discover the larger purposes of God.
My prayer for you is that you would find peace in the love of God and be a greater comfort to others as you study together.
Five sessions for group discussion or individual Bible study.
Interested in devotionals on the book of Job? Click here.
Women of the Bible Discussion Questions <== click here
Leah and Rachel, Ruth and Naomi, Tamar and Rahab, Deborah and Hannah: what did they all have in common? How were they like us? What can they tell us about faith in the complexity of a woman’s life? As we look deeper into their lives we are challenged to become the woman God always meant us to be.
Ten sessions for group or individual Bible study.
Read more about these women of faith, click here.
Gospel of Mark Bible Study <== click here
At the end of Peter’s life, he was in a Roman prison, ultimately martyred for his faith in Jesus, his God and his Lord. During this time, his dear friend Mark was with him and wrote an account of Jesus’ life for the believers in Rome, to encourage them to hold fast to their faith in the face of Rome’s cruel persecution.
This book is the fast-moving, dramatic story of Jesus’ life, based on Peter’s recollection of these events. In it, Mark records Jesus asking two important questions:
(1) Who do you say Jesus is? (see Mark 8:29)
(2) What are you willing to give up to remain faithful to Him? (see Mark 8:34)
25 Sessions for group or individual Bible study.
Read my journey in the gospel of Mark, click here.
Philippians <== click here
The church in Philippi (northern Greece) was started by Paul during his second missionary journey. The first church members were a woman merchant who traded expensive cloth, a demon-possessed slave girl, and a prison guard. You can check out the details of this fascinating story in Acts 16:9-40.
This is a letter was written to the people of this church while Paul was in prison in Rome. The approximate date is 61 AD, about 30 years after the death and resurrection of Jesus. The church had sent him a gift and this was his letter of thanks. He also used this opportunity to teach them. Interestingly, the church of Philippi resembled the remote site churches of today but instead of a video, Paul wrote them a letter.
Six sessions for group discussion or individual Bible study.
Prepare for Christmas <== Click Here
Are you prepared for Christmas?
During this month we will be surrounded by reminders of Christmas. There will be decorations, music, activities with special food, and presents, all pointing to Christmas, and yet, we can be unprepared to actually experience the presence of Christ. In the midst of our religious traditions, do we expect the coming of the most holy God?
I pray that as you read these scriptures you would remember the real
message of Christmas and be more aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit
in the midst of the hurry of the holiday.
Four sessions for group discussion or individual study.
Interested in devotionals? Click here.