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Sometimes Simple is Best

Most small group Bible studies consist of anywhere from 12-20 questions. I think the rationale often is that you need a lot of questions in order to fill the group time. However, for my group tonight, we'll just be focusing on four simple questions. We've been together long enough that I know we can have a pretty robust discussion no matter how many questions we ask. Therefore, I tried to identify four simple questions that will enable us to unpack the texts we are looking at, as well as take the time to let them seep into our hearts. Hopefully, we'll all come away with something.

Here's what our discussion guide looks like for tonight (it's postcard size)

I imagine our discussion will last about 45 minutes to 1 hour. If it's shorter, that's okay; we'll just use the time to pray.


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