Discovery Bible Method

Discovery Bible Method (DBM) is a simple, structured way of opening the Bible with someone so that they encounter God directly through His living Word.

The aim is to allow participants to discover God’s truth for themselves, rather than relying on a leader. As the leader, you are there to empower them and to pray, not to have all the answers.

It’s best to start with two or three people, or coach one person to do DBM with their community. Try to reach a community, not just an individual.

The DBM method is as simple as A-B-C

A. Ask

Ask each person how they went with the previous week’s commitment.
“How did you go with_________?”
“Who did you tell?”

B. Bible

Choose a short passage from the Bible (around 5-10 verses). Have someone read it aloud, then ask someone else to read it again in another translation.

Have the participants retell the story from memory.

Spend some minutes silently reading the passage again. Silently pray for God to speak directly from the passage.

Ask open-ended questions, such as:
“What do you see?”
“What does this say about God?”
“What does this say about us?”
“What is God saying to you?”

Let the participants do most of the talking and don’t be afraid of silences.

If the session veers off course, you can ask, “Where do you see that in the Bible?”

C. Commit

Let them suggest their own commitment to whatever God is saying to them.

Ask them:
“What are you going to do?”
“Who are you going to tell?”

Not sure where to start? Here are some suggested passages:

Old Testament
Genesis 1:1-5: First day of creation
Genesis 3:1-9: Adam and Eve sin
Exodus 3:1-6: Moses and the burning bush
Joshua 4:1-7: Altar built after crossing the Jordan River
1 Samuel 17:32-37: David kills Goliath
1 Kings 18:30-39: Elijah calls on God
2 Kings 5:9-14: The healing of Naaman
Daniel 3:19-27: The blazing furnace


New Testament
Matthew 7:24-29: Building on a solid foundation
Matthew 21:28-32: Parable of the two sons
Matthew 25:1-13: Parable of the ten bridesmaids
Matthew 26:6-13: Jesus anointed at Bethany
Mark 6:45-56: Jesus walks on water
Mark 4:35-41: Jesus calms the storm
Luke 5:17-26: Jesus heals a paralysed man
Luke 10:30-37: Parable of the good Samaritan
Luke 17:11-19: Ten healed of leprosy
Luke 18:35-42: Jesus heals a blind beggar
Luke 19:1-10: Zacchaeus meets Jesus
John 2:1-10: Wedding at Cana
John 5:1-9: Healing at the pool of Bethesda
John 6:5-13: Jesus feeds the five thousand


For more on Discovery Bible Method with Nicky, check out this video: