Discovery Bible Study

Exploring what the Bible says in a small group is a simple next step for people who are curious about God. And a Discovery Bible Study (DBS, or sometimes just a “discovery group” for short) is a great way to do that. Discovery groups begin with a person of peace (a spiritual seeker) and include that person’s family, friends, or network of social relationships—whoever they can invite to explore with them.

A Discovery Bible Study is an opportunity for people to discover first-hand what the Bible says about God, about people, and what it means to follow Jesus. A discovery group is a non- threatening way to start discipling someone even before they become a believer. For more information and the steps of starting a DBS group, click on the picture (How to Launch a Discovery Bible Study).

You don’t need to be a Bible or theology expert to launch an effective DBS. A DBS is based on the belief that God’s word is powerful (Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16) and that God’s Spirit is faithful to lead us into all truth (John 16:13). When you facilitate a DBS, you are essentially co-leading with God’s Spirit, who is the major player in guiding seekers toward Jesus.


For more resources, training tools, and examples of a DBS subjects to explore in your group, visit