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Does anyone have a good suggestion for Adult Bible Study/Small Group materials, including whether a suggestion is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, or advanced Bible study? 


Hi Colin, 

The Discover Your Bible series is a great tool for small groups to discover together what the Bible says and means. The series originated for use in Coffee Break. Today, the Discover Your Bible series is going global and being translated into many languages.  

Discover Your Bible is an inductive style study. The skeleton of questions in the study guide serve to help group participants observe and interpret what the text says in order to lead to good application. The leader's guide equips the leader with extra questions to build the conversation about the text and offers leadership tips. We have several tools to support leaders as they lead Bible discovery. Here's a link to Leading Bible Discovery. There are also webinars on the Coffee Break Network page. 

The purpose of Bible discovery is to equip people to read and discover for themselves and to build a conversation around the text. As people dig together into God's word, the Holy Spirit speaks. This simple method works for people new ot the Bible or experienced Christians. In other words, the Word does the work of evangelism and discipleship.   

Our small group is enjoying the book by Lois Tverberg called, Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus.  As her teacher Ray VanderLaan does, she challenges us with new insights into the words and work of Jesus by understanding his Jewish world.  

For those new to Christianity or still searching, we used the Christianity Explored series through the book of Mark. It was a great way to share the gospel and spark open conversations. 

At Calvary CRC in Ottawa, ON, we have a small group that meets for a potluck dinner and discussion. We are always looking for good resources! To date we have found useful these resources:

Bridges - Christians connecting with Muslims (Crescent Project)

Manning - Abba's Child

John Timmer - Four-Dimensional Jesus

John Timmer - The Kingdom Equation - on the parables of Jesus

We'd love to hear from others!

John Cook, [email protected]

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