How to Study a Book of the Bible

- Thank you to Dr. Al Bean, PV Community Group leader and retired Old Testament professor, for major contributions to this resource. The Bible is made up of sixty-six books, each with its own author, time and place of writing, and purpose.* So, studying the Bible book-by-book allows us to see the diversity of God’s … Continue reading How to Study a Book of the Bible

Not Just Another Bible Study

One the biggest challenges in the process of making disciples is helping people move beyond head knowledge to heart knowledge.  Transformation happens at the point where the truth of God’s Word intersects with the reality of an individual’s life.  We know that happens best in the context of biblical community—believers living in authentic relationships with … Continue reading Not Just Another Bible Study

Thinking Beneath: Pursuing Depth

We’ve all heard people make statements along the lines of: “I just want to go deeper.”  I have to be honest though, in my experience it’s one of the most misused and overrated statements in church, because without any kind of context, that statement can mean anything!   Does that mean we’re not spending enough time … Continue reading Thinking Beneath: Pursuing Depth

Making the Most of Your Group Study

One of the first questions usually posed by new Community Group leaders is, “What studies do I use?”  Because studying God’s Word is an essential part of your group meeting identifying the best study is one of the foundational steps toward seeing transformation take root in the lives of your group participants.  That’s why we … Continue reading Making the Most of Your Group Study

Studying and Teaching the Scriptures Theologically (Pt. 1)

How someone views a piece of literature determines how they read it. If it is popular a magazine or newspaper, skimming is completely natural with only focus on those stories in which you are most interested. No one starts a novel in the middle, but instead reads it from the front to the back. A … Continue reading Studying and Teaching the Scriptures Theologically (Pt. 1)

The Art of the Follow-up Question…

Part of preparing every lesson we teach and/or facilitate during the course of our group meetings are questions for specific application.  If we lead a Community Group, the last thing we want is to instruct our group members in the truth of God, only for them to fail to understand “how” that truth intersects with … Continue reading The Art of the Follow-up Question…