Is it best to use a bunch of discovery bible discussion stories or one of the gospels when you help people to discover Jesus around the table?
Choosing one of the 4 biographies of Jesus found in the New Testament is a great way to introduce people to Jesus.
- Matthew has lots of detail and was written to prove to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah and so goes into a lot of Old Testament details that were relevant to the Jews, but perhaps not so relevant for a seeker today.
- Mark is a cut down straight to the point version of Matthew, written to the Roman gentiles, non Jewish people like many today.
- Luke is a historical view of who Jesus was with lots of stories about the important events in his life.
- John focuses on the latter part of Jesus life and was written to demonstrate that Jesus is who he says he is; the son of God.
But instead of reading through one of the gospels, another way of leading people to discover Jesus is to focus on a different discovery bible story about Jesus each time you meet.
I’ve put together a list of 15 discussion topics that provide a pathway to help a person to discover who Jesus is and decide whether they will choose to follow Him. Each study has a major question that can be used in conjunction with the general discussion questions.
My personal preference is now to use the discovery bible stories listed below rather than going chapter by chapter through a gospel. The stories have been chosen from all four gospels to give an overview of his life, death and resurrection and to each week have a specific focus.
Of course, you don’t have to go week by week in the order I’ve listed. Rather go with what is relevant for where the group is at, addressing the major questions that they have.
I pray that you will find many who are interested in discovering who Jesus is and that you will have the indescribable privilege of leading many people to discover Jesus.
|Study||Discussion||Story / Passage||Key Question|
|1||The Birth of Jesus||Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-20||Who do you think Jesus was?|
|2||The Baptism of Jesus||Matthew 3:13-17||Why did Jesus think He needed to get baptised?|
|3||Jesus’ Call To Follow Him||Mark 2:13-17||Who does Jesus call to follow Him?|
|4||Jesus Begins His Ministry||Mark 1:21-34||Why were people so amazed at what Jesus did?|
|5||Jesus Heals The Paralegic||Luke 5:17-26||What upset the religious leaders about what Jesus did?|
|6||The Parable of The Lost Son||Luke 15:11-32||What does this story tell us about the love of God?|
|7||Jesus Claims About Himself||John 5:19-24||Who does Jesus claim to be?|
|8||Jesus Performs Miracles||Matthew 14:13-33||Who do you say Jesus was?|
|9||Jesus Heals The Sick||Matthew 9:18-34||What role does faith have in healing?|
|10||Jesus Forgives The Woman Caught In Adultery||John 7:53-8:11||How does Jesus treat our sins?|
|11||Jesus Washes The Feet Of His Disciples||John 13:1-35||What does the kind of love Jesus demonstrated look like today?|
|12||Jesus Anointed With Perfume||Luke 7:36-50||What does it mean to be forgiven much?|
|13||Jesus Death On The Cross||Mark 15:21-41||Why did Jesus die on the cross?|
|14||The Empty Tomb||John 20:1-31||How will you respond to the claim that Jesus is the Son of God?|
|15||Jesus Resurrection To Eternal Life||Act1 1:1-9||How will you respond to the resurrection of Jesus?|
ps – I’ve also put together some more thoughts on how to effectively run a discovery bible discussion like we’ve talked about here and you can read more about how to disciple people to faith here.