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
Ask each person how they went with the previous week’s commitment.
“How did you go with_________?”
“Who did you tell?”
Choose a short passage from the Bible (around 5-10 verses).
Have someone read it aloud, then ask someone else to re-read the passage.
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?”
Let them suggest their own commitment to whatever God is saying to them.
“What are you going to do?”
“Who are you going to tell?”
Not sure where to start? Here are some suggested passages:
Genesis 1:27-31 God makes man and woman
Genesis 3:1-9 Adam and Eve sin
Exodus 3:1-6 Moses and the burning bush
1 Samuel 16:2-13 Samuel annoints David
1 Samuel 17: 32-37 David kills Goliath
1 Kings 18:30-39 Elijah calls on God
Psalms 23:1-6 God as our good shepherd
Psalms 139:1-10 God’s knowledge of us
Psalms 139:13-18 God was there before our birth
Isaiah 53:3-9 Jesus sacrifice and death foretold
Matthew 3:11-16 The baptism of Jesus
Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus is tempted
Matthew 6:9-15 Jesus teaches us how to pray
Matthew 26:27-30 Jesus and His disciples – last supper
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 15:11-31 The story of the lost sons
Luke 18:35-42 Jesus heals a blind beggar
Luke 19:1-10 Zacchaeus meets Jesus
John 1:1-14 Jesus coming to earth
John 3:1-8 Jesus and Nicodemus
John 3:16-21 God’s incredible love for us
John 5:1-9 Healing at the pool of Bethesda
John 6:5-13 Jesus feeds the 5000
John 18:1-11 Jesus arrested
Luke 23:44-56 Jesus death and burial
John 19:16-24 Jesus is crucified
John 20:1-9 Jesus resurrection
John 20:10-18 Jesus appears to Mary after His death
John 20:24-30 Thomas sees Jesus
Acts 1:3-11 Jesus goes up to heaven
Acts 9:1-19 Saul’s dramatic conversion to Jesus
Acts 16:11-15 Lydia believes in Jesus
Romans 5:1-11 The impact of faith in God
Romans 8:31-39 Who we are because of Jesus
Ephesians 2:1-10 Made alive in Jesus
Colossians 2:6-15 Freedom in Christ
Colossians 3:1-14 Changed outlook on life