Have you signed up for DISCIPLE Bible Study?
DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY - all studies begin in the Fall of the year
DISCIPLE I - Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study, a 34-week study designed to guide a small group from Genesis to Revelation with an emphasis on learning what is in the Bible and how the Bible applies to daily life.
DISCIPLE II - Into the Word, Into the World, a 32-week study with a concentration on Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts; eight weeks spent on each book.
DISCIPLE III - Remember Who You Are, a 32-week study of the Old Testament prophets and Paul's letters, the historical context in which the prophets spoke for God.
DISCIPLE IV - Under the Tree of Life, a 32-week study which concentrates on writings in the Old Testament (Ruth, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemian, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Lamentations, and Daniel); as well as writings in the New Testament (John, James, Jude and Revelation).
Christian Believer - a 30-week study about doctrine; what the church teaches and believes. Less about opinion, more about facts.
Graduates of DISCIPLE I are offered DISCIPLE II, III, IV and Christian Believer. There is a $35 fee required for DISCIPLE I, DISCIPLE II, DISCIPLE III and DISCIPLE IV participants to cover the cost of the student manual for each course. $45 fee for the Christian Believer materials.
Each of the studies aims at transformation of one's faith, not just information sharing. In these studies, one can expect to spend individual preparation time (30 to 40 minutes) on a daily basis for the length of the study.
DISCIPLE and CHRISTIAN BELIEVER Graduates and Leaders are to be commended for their sizeable accomplishment of Bible study that lasted from 32 – 34 weeks, depending on the course:
DISCIPLE I - Frank and Gail Barber, Anne Cobb, Brian Eith, Amlie Lewis, Wayne Long, and Amber and Steven Rowe. Sincere thanks to Robert Edwards and Don Patilo who led the small group through the gateway course, Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study, which includes an overview of the Old and New Testaments.
DISCIPLE II - Ruth Brown, Lynne and Noah Byrd, Janice Fontaine, Elva Johnson, Bob Snyder, and Terri Vann. Deep appreciation goes to Rev. Exa Grubb for leading this small group through Into the Word Into the World, an exploration of Genesis and Exodus.
DISCIPLE III - Sharon Gilbert, Laura Luquire, Kathy Simcoe, and Tracey Wiggins. Much gratitude goes to JoAnn Akers for her commitment to this small group and leading them through Remember Who You Are, which examines the Prophets and the letters of Paul.
DISCIPLE IV - Richard Browne, Brenda Harbison, Judy Parker, David and Tina Philpot, Pam Seegars, and Elizabeth Smith. Continuing thanks go to Dr. Scott and Cheryl Dunbar for shepherding this group through Under The Tree of Life, which explores the Writings of the Old Testamant and John and Revelation of the New Testament.
CHRISTIAN BELIEVER – Anne and Bud Blount, Nell Butler, Jennifer Hasler, Sarah Heller, Bob Houghton, Arje McCarty, Kathy and John Richie, Carolyn Roesner, Mary Ruffin, Shirley and John Shurley, and Ann and Cecil Wilder. Much appreciation goes to veteran Christian Believer leader, Rev. David Melton, and his wife, Rev. Joy Melton, who team led this impactful 30-week study of just what it means to be a "believer".....
A Thought: Service and offering your gifts and tithes are a wonderful testimony of your faith. But DISCIPLE bible study is something you do - just for yourself. The knowledge gained is good, but the transformation of your spirit is, indeed, something different and wonderful. Small group association throughout the course of the study is the icing on the cake, as you meet people and get to know them at a deeper level than even service and volunteer work offer. Dr. Stephens and all those who have gone through these courses urge you to become involved in DISCIPLE bible study when it begins again in the fall. You will grow and be glad for the decision. Please feel free to contact the church with questions.