Gospel-Based Discipleship (GBD) is founded on the ancient practice of Lectio Divina and is similar to African Bible Study. It offers a deeply engaging way for people to come together in community to discern personal meaning from holy scripture.
Typically taking 20-40 minutes, we read a scripture passage three times, from three different Bible translations. Each time we ask a question, getting deeper into the scripture and into our responses with each question:
- What words or phrases did you hear?
- What is Jesus (the Gospel) saying to you?
- What is Jesus (the Gospel) calling you to do?
This process and these questions are designed to elicit personal reflection, sharing, discussion, and revelation.
GBD is a recurring feature of our Sunday Forum and we facilitate a weekly GBD group every Wednesday. We also employ GBD as the opening activity of important meetings. Our vestry has found that 20 minutes of shared reflection on scripture at the beginning of every meeting helps facilitate open and respectful dialog. It also opens us up to listen for God’s voice in our deliberations. We find that this front-end investment of precious meeting time saves time in the end and adds value to our outcome and to our members.