DBS Bible Studies look to explore the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. How it is that the cross of Jesus makes possible the forgiveness of sins and how in Jesus we have eternal hope for the future.

These studies are designed for discussion within small groups either online or in person.

Matthew 16

Who do the people say that Jesus is, and how does Peter's confession of faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God, transform his understanding of Jesus' role in God's plan? What does Jesus mean when he tells Peter that he is the rock on which he will build his church, and how does this relate to the authority of the apostles and the establishment of the Christian church? What does it mean to take up one's cross and follow Jesus, and what does this entail in terms of sacrifice, commitment, and self-denial? And what does Jesus mean when he says that some who are standing there will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom?

John 20

Within this chapter, numerous thought-provoking questions emerge. How did the disciples react when Mary Magdalene first informed them about the empty tomb? Did they readily believe her testimony or harbor doubts? Why did Peter and John rush to the tomb, and what were their expectations upon discovering the linen cloths? When Mary encountered the risen Jesus outside the tomb, why didn't she immediately recognize Him, and what triggered her sudden recognition? What emotions overwhelmed the disciples when Jesus appeared among them, despite the locked doors, and how did they reconcile His presence with their grief and fear? What does Jesus' statement, "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed," signify for believers today? By exploring these questions within the context of John chapter 20, we gain a deeper understanding of the profound implications of Jesus' resurrection and its enduring relevance in our own lives.