Step 1. Read a passage. A passage has an italicized heading. Some passages are short, some are long. Usually there is more than one passage per chapter. Read the passage a few times. One way is to read it aloud and then again silently.
Step 2. Retell the passage. As a group, without looking at the passage, try to summarize it aloud. Keep adding to the first summary until the group is comfortable with a final version.
Step 3. Review the passage. Answer the four questions below. Provide time for people to develop their answers. You may look at your Bible.
- What does the passage say about God? Include God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit in your observations.
- What does the passage say about mankind? Some passages have a lot to say about both God and man, some favor one over the other. Let the passage speak for itself. Don’t force it to say what isn’t there.
- Based on #1 and #2, what is one thing God is telling me to do? The focus here is personal. What is God asking me to know, feel, or do? Your answer should use the words me and I not we and us.
- Who can I tell? Who are others God is directing me to either teach the content of this material to or train to do this type of study? If there aren’t any people, pray for God to bring those people across your path. Application of this question is the key to multiplication.