DBS

Discovery Bible Study

An unexpected Bible study

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I wasn't expecting this Bible study

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Last night I had a most unexpected Bible study with Adil*.

It was unexpected because I was stopping by Reyansh's apartment to invite him to my birthday party and I expected him to be alone. I knew his wife and children were in India visiting relatives.  I didn’t know that Reyansh* had taken in a temporary boarder.

Adil was cooking dinner and asked if I’d like a parantha.  I love Indian food so I gladly accepted.

My first Focus Group

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[DBS] Here is how the experiment went

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I am trying a new approach.  I call it a Focus Group.

This year we have been building relationships with the Asian Indians in our neighbourhood.  Most of them are Hindus.  We have enjoyed many parties and a few trips out of the city together.  

Last month, as part of my wife's birthday party,  I asked if they would like to try an experiment and get together for a Focus Group.   I told them the topic would be "Finding Balance in Life".  

Before I start a DBS

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Before I start a DBS

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It is Bob here.

I am trying an experiment.

My wife and I have become friends with some people in the Indian community.  We've celebrated birthdays together, gone on a trip to the beach and even held a pool party at a neighbours home.

For me, the jump from social friendship to a Discovery Bible Study seemed too big.  Yes, some of us have moved from Casual Conversation to Meaningful Conversation and even to Spiritual Conversation.  But I don't think the group is ready to move to regular  Jesus Conversations.

This DBS didn't work

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This DBS didn't work

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Last week we took a passage to our Discovery Bible Study groups that they found really confusing.  

My wife had been to a conference where the speaker unpacked John 21:15-22.  The talk had a great impact on her and Chris thought the issues addressed were very relevant for our three groups.

The problem is that they did not have enough background to understand the passage (it is at the end of this email)

One person is called:

Watch out for question 2 if you are an APE

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[DBS] Watch out for question 2 if you are an APE

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My friends think I am an APE (Apostolic Prophet Evangelist).  

I gladly accept the first two letters. As an Apostle I identify with the slogan from StarTrek: 'to boldly go where noone has gone before' (my paraphrase). As a Prophet I am quite willing to put forth unpopular views when I am convinced they are right. 

I'm not so sure about Evangelist.  I am often with non-Christians talking about Jesus, but I think my gift of teaching is stronger. That would make me an APT.

How often should your DBS group meet?

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how often should your DBS group meet?

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|first_name|,

How often do your DBS groups meet?

Last weekend Allan* and Carrie* asked Mike* and his wife how often they wanted to meet for Discovery Bible Study.  Mike's wife said she is very busy and only wants to meet once a month.

Mike* seemed to want to get together more regular.

In the end the couple settled on a monthly meeting.  

Allan* then got creative.  He thought, "If Mike* is more eager to learn than his wife, maybe I can do something with him onlline between the monthly sessions.  We both use WeChat."

When do you give DBS members a Bible?

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when do you give DBS members a Bible?

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Good morning |first_name|,

Yesterday I started questioning the way I lead my DBS again.

I normally bring just a piece of paper that has both the questions and the Bible passage that I have printed at  dmlife.info/dbs_maker.

Most of my groups need bi-lingual outlines, and this is the easiest way for me to make sure that everyone has the Bible passage in their heart language.

How long until they respond?

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[DBS] How long until he responds?

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Hi |first_name|,

Last week was our 31st Discovery Bible Study with Krish* and his wife.  

Krish* is still not a Christian.  His wife is.  Their daughter is going to a Christian primary school.

Should we keep on meeting? 

I'm not convinced that they are "people of peace" who will open doors to new social groups.

I left before the DBS started

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I left before the DBS started

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Yesterday was invited to  Michael's new apartment.  He lives on the 22nd floor of a brand new apartment building near the Sydney Olympic Centre.

What a view.

We spent 30 minutes on the rooftop looking at the city and visiting.

Then he and his wife served us a wonderful Chinese lunch.  I love duck.  

A dessert of fruit was served.... and I was ready to head home for a nap.  I've not been sleeping well lately and I was tired.

It was then that my wife told me that they were expecting a Discovery Bible Study. 

Cerchunck.

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