Bible Engagement: Six Symbol Study

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 8 December 2014

The Six Symbol method introduces young people to Bible Study in an interesting and engaging way. It gives them a tool to explore a Bible passage and develops the skills of looking for meaning, understanding and application in Scripture. It can be used individually or together in small groups which has the added bonus of hearing from others.

The Method

Ask a member of the group to read the chosen bible passage aloud. Everyone then takes a sheet of paper and writes the Six Symbols below, down the left hand side of their paper.

As you read through the Bible passage a second time, each person begins to write (next to the appropriate Symbol) what they think the passage is saying.

After 7-10 minutes of individual work, encourage the group to share their findings together.

When it comes to the ? (questions), encourage group discussion to try to find out the answers together.

The leader can finish with a summary of what you have discovered, then close with a prayer about acting on those discoveries.

The Symbols

Six Symbols: Arrow Up ARROW POINTING UP
Write something theses verses tell us about God (Jesus/Father/Holy Spirit).
Six Symbols: Arrow Down ARROW POINTING DOWN
Write something these verses tell us about human nature (positive or negative).
Six Symbols: Lightbulb A LIGHT BULB
Write down any new discovery you have made reading these verses.
Six Symbols: Exclamation Mark AN EXCLAMATION MARK!
Write down the most exciting or stand out verse in your opinion and why.
Six Symbols: Question Mark QUESTION MARK?
Write down anything you don’t understand, or that you want to ask about.
Six Symbols: Arrow Side ARROW POINTING TO SIDE
Write down something these verses say we should do.

You can download a PDF version of this resource here. Feel free to print and hand out these notes to your youth group and leaders.