I posted previously about the "Head, Heart, Hands" method of inductive Bible study that I've been using for discipleship and in discovery Bible studies for evangelism as well. This is an expanded look at the method. All of this material is adapted from Chuck Wood and he is the author of the video below as well. You can check out his materials at jmovement.net.
The Head, Heart, Hands Method
Head: Understanding, Facts
· When is it? Where is it? Who is it? What happened?
· Say it in your own words.
o Ask the group, "Do you agree with this retelling? Is there something he added or left out that he shouldn't have?" As long as the group doesn't miss a key component of the passage, continue. If they miss something read the passage again. If someone states something that isn't in the passage, ask, "Where did you find [what he said] in this passage?" Reread the passage, if necessary.
Heart: Emotions; Promise, Feelings
· What were the emotions of the characters during the different parts of the story?
· How does this make you feel?
· Quote: “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
· How does this make you free?
· Who do you identify with in this passage?
Hands: Obedience, Applications
· Quote: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
· Is there a command to obey? Sin to avoid? Example to follow?
· How will you respond to what God has spoken to you?
· What do you plan to do next week to apply what you have learned?
· How can you make your application measurable?You may get answers such as "My imam says this," or "My friend said that." When that happens, keep bringing it back by asking, "What does this passage of Scripture say?"
§ Tips for Story Telling
- Break it down into logical sections
- Imagine yourself being there and flowing through the story
- Hit the high points
- Don’t try to memorize the verses, just tell the story
- Practice telling it several times
- Use a note card if you have to
- Don’t just read it, tell it
Tips for Facilitating the Group
- Very Important! Stick to the lesson outline
- Be prepared
- 80-20 Rule – You only talk 20% of the time (Facilitate discussion, don’t teach)
- Delegate as much as you can (prayer, reading, etc…)
- Keep the group focused
- You don’t have to have all the answers
- Try to involve everyone but don’t force people to participate
- Don’t let a few people dominate the discussion
- Develop your questions before hand
- Encourage thoughtful answers
- Don’t embarrass people who have different answers