It’s a “best kept secret” at Lifeway…and it’s not intended to be! I’m referring to Explore the Bible’s Discovery Guide. I’m surprised that people who love ETB for its book-by-book study of the Bible are unaware of the availability of Discovery. It has been totally redesigned for Fall 2011 and it looks great…excellent “curb appeal”…while increasing its usefulness as a discipleship tool for learners. Here is what LifeWay says about Discovery, and how it’s different from the regular learner guide in the ETB series:
Explore the Bible: Discovery Study Guide is a discussion-driven, critical-thinking approach to exploration of a specific book of the Bible. The 13-week format allows the time to dig into the depths and apply key truths of each book, while keeping the group on pace to study through the entire Bible in eight years. The Discovery approach will help you foster better discussion in your groups and lead your class to think critically about what they believe. Discovery doesn’t just ask, “What would you do?” but adds the power of “Why?” This allows you to get beyond the facts and into what those facts mean for your group today. Each lesson includes the focal Bible text, key word studies, and class helps.
5 Reasons To Love Discovery:
1) The questions in Discovery guide each person to respond to God’s Word personally
2) Each week, Discovery will help group members determine personal application based on lesson truths
3) Discovery offers wide margins and writing space for notes and reflection
4)Each lesson helps members think through practical opportunities to live out their faith – within the class, the church, the community, and the world
5) Weekly Memory Verse cards and feature articles also included to enhance personal Bible study and highlight life-application
I might add reasons 6 and 7 to love Discovery: free teaching plans available as a download at http://www.lifeway.com, and it’s a “green” product printed on recycled paper!