This is a small group exercise designed for brave and self-directed groups who easily engage one another in meaningful discussion. Whether you do this in a group meeting, or around a table at Starbucks, this is a chance to interact with one another about real life stuff, using the Bible as your foundation for wisdom.
To get the full value from this exercise, you must be committed to Scripture rather than your own wisdom!
Before you begin, take a moment and have each person say one encouraging thing to the person sitting to their left.
Read James 1:19 in unison. Remind the group that the three virtues identified in this verse are central to every group's growth.
Have one person read James 1:22-25. Tell the group you'll be doing an exercise which will give them all the opportunity to be a DOER instead of just a HEARER.
Take turns. Let one person share a personal struggle they are currently having. As a group, ask questions and listen closely so you can gain a full understanding of their struggle.
One at a time, let other group members share specific truth from the Bible (no opinions here, just Biblical insight) that may be applicable to the struggle. People may share promises from the Psalms, advice from Proverbs, stories that seem to be similar, words of Christ, thoughts from the epistles, etc...
Once several people have shared God's Word, move on to another person.
At the end of your time together, have everyone who participated tell the group ONE thing they are going to DO as a result of HEARING God's Word.
Pray together. Find time during the week to encourage one another.