- Choose open ended questions. Avoid anything that could be answered with "yes" or "no."
- Make it personal. Ask people to share an experience to relate to the text.
- Ask questions that challenge them to take action.
- How do you think Philemon felt about Paul's appeal? How would you feel?
- Imagine what it must have been like for Onesimus to carry this letter back and deliver it to Philemon. What do you think was going through his head?
- In what way can you exhibit the same kind of humility that Paul showed when he made his appeal to Philemon?
- Have you ever been wronged by a fellow Christ follower? How would you handle this?
- Do any relationships in your life need reconciliation? What steps can you take this week toward seeing this happen?
—Justin Marr is a small-group leader and blogs at TheSocialHunger.com; copyright 2013 by Christianity Today.
1. How much experience do you have with inductive Bible study? Have you used this method with your group? Why or why not?
2. When preparing for a study, do you skip over any of these steps? How will you ensure that you will cover all of them?
3. Group members need a solid understanding of a passage in order to apply it faithfully to their lives. How much time do you spend on helping group members understand the passage you're studying?