Grace United Methodist Church
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Helping, Healing, Home.

Disciple Bible Study

 

Disciple I - Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study If you are new to the Disciple program, then it is best to begin here with a 34 week overview of the Bible, learning anew to interpret and apply Scripture to daily life. This first study in the DISCIPLE program is a thirty-four week journey through the Biblical story from Genesis to Revelation. The first half of the course is devoted to the Old Testament and the second seventeen weeks covers the New Testament. Participants can expect daily reading assignments to require 30 to 45 minutes six days per week.

Disciple II - Into the Word Into the World This study encourages persons to open themselves to hearing what God has to say to them through the Bible and to be guided into their particular ministry in the world by Scripture and their study of it. Concentration is on four books: Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts, with eight lessons for each book. Daily reading assignments require about 30 minutes, six days per week.

Disciple III - Remember Who You are This thirty-two week study makes a connection between memory and identity as the people of God. Several themes weave their way through the study: the call to remember; the call to repentance; the need for renewed vision; and the place of community. Sixteen sessions are devoted to the major and minor Old Testament prophets, excluding Daniel. The second sixteen sessions cover the thirteen letters traditionally attributed to Paul. Daily reading assignments require 30 to 45 minutes six days per week.

Disciple IV - Under the Tree of Life Disciple IV participants will spend 32 weeks with the first half concentrating on the Writings in the Old Testament—Ruth, 1 and 2, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Lamentations, and Daniel. The other 16 weeks will concentrate on New Testament Scriptures include the Gospel of John; 1, 2, & 3 John; James; Jude; and Revelation. There is a strong emphasis on worship, and present through the whole study is the sense of living toward completion—toward the climax of the message and the promise pictured in Revelation. Daily reading assignments require about 30 minutes, six days per week.

Jesus in the Gospels - This 30-week study concentrates on the portraits of Jesus that emerge from the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This study compares and analyzes the Gospel passages. It looks at the way each Gospel writer presents events and teachings and at the picture of Jesus that emerges in each of the Gospels. This is a second-generation Disciple Bible study. Daily reading assignments require about 30 minutes, six days per week. 


Short Term Bible Studies

Are you hesitant to commit to a 30+-week class? There are also some Short-Term (8-11 week) Disciple studies. These in-depth, high commitment Bible studies are modeled after the basic design of DISCIPLE Bible Study, which has enriched more than 1 million lives. Short-Term DISCIPLE Bible Studies make these life-changing courses easier to be a part of for those busy people who are unable to commit to longer studies. The short-term studies are great introductions for those new to the Disciple program.

Weekly group meetings are designed to last 1.5 hours with a two-part video segment to guide each session with interpretive presentations from biblical scholars; contextual presentations and roundtable discussions; and opportunities for reflection, contemplation, or inspiration on some aspect of the Scripture studied. As in the long-term Disciple program, the expectation remains that participants will prepare for weekly meetings by reading substantial portions of Scripture and taking notes, praying for the group, and attending group sessions.

Invitation to the Old Testament
This eight week study approaches the study of Hebrew Scriptures by inviting participants to hear the story of God and God's calling of the people of Israel through the many "voices" of the biblical text. Narrative, poem, history and prophetic utterance all have their own distinctive characteristics and purpose, arising out of a particular historical, social, and cultural setting. Video presentations of recent archeological findings and their significance in our understanding of the Hebrew people and scriptures are especially interesting. Through this study, participants will be invited to listen afresh to the witness of the Old Testament to hear God's call and purpose for their own lives and respond to that call.

Invitation to the New Testament
Using Matthew's Gospel as a starting point, this eight week study explores how the New Testament and the early Christian community wrestled with the coming of Jesus--his life, actions, death and resurrection--and the implications of his arrival for their lives and their communities of faith. The overarching themes from this story of Jesus provide the conversation topics for each of the eight sessions. Each theme is then traced through other related passages in the New Testament. Who is Jesus and what is his significance for our lives? Participants are invited to join this conversation, to study afresh this story of Jesus, and to learn more about their calling to discipleship and to community.

For more information, please contact Director of Student Ministries.