Facilitate the First Bible Study Session

Step One: Get to know each other

Begin with Coffee & Conversation (10-15 MINUTES) Share a cup of coffee, tea, juice, or perhaps a snack. Or simply spend 10-15 minutes conversing with each other before you begin. This time of fellowship can foster friendship and community.

Step Two: Gather Group to Begin (30-45 MINUTES)

Invite the group to sit; open with a simple prayer. Select one question from the list below and have each person state their name answer that question.

“Where were you born?”
“What did you want to be when you grew up?”
“What is your favorite season of the year?”
“What was your first job?”
“How many siblings do you have, and where are you in the birth order?”
“What is your favorite junk food?”

Additional Conversation Starter Questions and One-Word Questions

This is a quick way for the group members to get to know something new about each other. If you have a group of six or fewer, you may want to ask an extra question. You also might want to begin each week with a similar activity until your members are more familiar with one another.

  • Explain the Bible Study, Theme, and Introductory Story.
  • Explain that the NBS2GO Bible Study encourages group members to read and study the Scripture passage each day for five days using different methods of discovery.
  • Illustrate that your Bible study discussions will be much like gathering to share experiences from a group vacation where you viewed sights from varying vantage points.

Step Three: Get to know the format

Give each member a printed Compact Study Guide, Study Guide, or a notebook you have prepared. Point out which of the four sets of suggested Scriptures you have selected. Have everyone turn to the passage for week one and ask a volunteer to read the verses. Briefly walk your group through and demonstrate how to use the Study Guide. Facilitate discussion by asking a few questions in order as time allows. Instruct members to use these same verses in preparation for the following session. Be sure to remind members to read the same passage daily, pray for understanding, and complete the questions for each day. Emphasize that there are no “right or wrong” answers to the daily questions. Share that the Holy Spirit will guide them as He combines His Word, the circumstances of each person’s life, and where they are in their spiritual journey. He will reveal what He desires them to learn and how to apply it to their lives.

Refer to our Leader Guides for a more detailed look at facilitating your study.