Does your simple/organic church have an impact beyond the gathering? There’s a simple tool to help with that.
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In the interactive Bible study pattern that we most frequently use and teach to others, four symbols help people share around the passage:
- A question mark: do you have any questions about what this verse says?
- A lightbulb: this verse brings understanding either about the passage, or about something going on in your own life. The light has come on.
- An arrow: God is speaking to you directly through this verse and there’s something you need to do about it
- An ear: who do you know who needs to hear what has been shared?
It’s this last symbol that helps to create an impact beyong the gathering. When each person is accountable, not only to apply what they have learned in their own lives but also to pass it on to someone outside the group, the influence of the group spreads. When the person they share it with is a not-yet-believer, there is the opportunity to multiply.
We retain only 5% of what we hear, but 90% of what we teach on to others. This practice therefore, not only spreads the message, it also helps people to retain what they have learned.
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2 replies on “Multiplication tools: passing it on”
Good timing. I just looked up this paragraph in Small is Big yesterday. We are starting a study group this weekend on the book of Mark, and I think we are going to try this format. But for some reason I didn’t get the point of the ear. Now I’m having a lightbulb moment for your ear idea. 🙂
Jon, I’m excited to hear about your study group. I pray it goes really well this weekend.