What it is ain't exactly clear.
There's a piece of Scripture over there
To understand it we've gotta take care
I think it's time we
Stop, Small Group, what's that sound?
Everybody look what's going down.
[Enter electic guitar]
Good Small Group Bible study hinges on quality Small Group observation. If a Small Group leader asks good observation questions, everyone in the Small Group looks down at the text. That's how you know you're doing it right. There's a time for eye-to-eye contact. The observation phase isn't it.
Tonight, I'm going to pass along the 5 Essential Observation Question Categories for Small Group. Then I'll share some of my favorite staples. Master the art of Small Group observation and your Small Group will love getting into Scripture together. I guarantee it (or you can contact me for a full refund).
5 Essential Observation Question Categories for Small Group
- Who are the main characters in the passage?
- Who are the minor characters in the passage?
- Who wrote the passage?
- Who is the audience for the passage?
- What special vocabulary is used?
- What verbs do you see? commands?
- What customs jump out to you?
- What props would you need to act the passage out?
- Where does all this happen?
- Where is this place in relation to other places?
- Where does this place show up elsewhere in Scripture?
- When does all this happen?
- How long does it all take?
- How does it all go down?
Beyond the Big 5, I have a few other favorite questions:
- What words, phrases, images, or ideas do you see repeated?
- Where do you see indicatives and imperatives linked?
- What parts of the passage really jump out to you?
Use them wisely. Use them well. Stay thirsty, my friends.