A Real-Life Approach to
Applying Bible Truths
Getting Real with God
(and with each other!)
How to use this site
HOW TO USE THE STUDIES
Go to the BS-Busters Topics page and choose a study to print out. (It may be necessary to “cut & paste” into blank document to make it print out properly.) Then follow the suggestions below to use this study for your small group. Please note that many (if not most) of the “objects” suggested as word pictures can simply be borrowed from a child’s toy basket, even if that child lives down the street. These studies are being provided to you at no cost, but the contents remain the intellectual property of Whitney McKendree Moore and must not be used for any other purpose without her consent.
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GUIDELINES AND GENTLE SUGGESTIONS
Open and close with prayer, allowing at least one hour for conversation in between.
Honor people for coming on time by starting on time (ditto on finishing). People can always stay if they are interested and able, but people appreciate being able to rely on a disciplined completion time.
Maintain confidentiality so people will feel safe about sharing openly.
In pursuing matters that are not main and plain, it is helpful to point out the difference between “essential” and “secondary” doctrines. Essential doctrines are, simply put, the Gospel. Secondary doctrines are everything else. It is helpful to avoid these “disputable doctrines,” but when they emerge, to encourage members to explore Scripture for the sum of the Word.
The BS-Busters format is designed to KISS (Keep It So Simple) so that anyone who wants to facilitate a lesson can readily do so.
SUGGESTED FLIGHT PATTERN
ALL: Open to the cited scripture, each reading aloud from their respective translations.
FACILITATOR: Introduce the “BS-Busters” object that is focusing the lesson, and connect it to the scriptural citation.
FACILITATOR: Stir up the “mud” by sharing an example from deeply personal experience.
ALL: Similarly share ways in which they personally relate to applying this scriptural point.
The sections entitled What I Shared are provided to help you develop a sharing of your own. (I suppose you could use mine if you are absolutely desperate.) The trick is ending with “a link” so that your conclusion invites others to share from their personal experience rather than “head knowledge” types of commentary.
Copyright by Whitney McKendree Moore, May 2012