DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDIES
“In the beginning was the Word….” is the phrase with which the Apostle John begins his gospel: eloquent in its simplicity, profound in its eloquence. Have you ever wanted to study the Bible but were at a loss where to begin? BEGIN WITH US!
The DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY PROGRAM is not merely an intellectual study of the various books of scripture. The Disciple series is a life changing experience with other Christians who desire to increase their Bible literacy and understanding as a means of applying God’s Word to the challenges and opportunities in their lives. The study covers 75% to 80% of the Bible twice over the four course series and class members become a close family unit. Small groups ranging from singles and parents of preschoolers to retired grandparents, share their lives, their individual faith journeys and their ministry experiences. One recent Disciple graduate characterized the study as “a great way to study the Bible and learn from others, to grow your faith and gain a stronger relationship with the Lord.”
Registration is beginning for Disciple Bible Study for the 2014-2015 classes!
This year we will be offering TWO classes of the Disciple 1
foundation course and one class of the Disciple 4
final course. More information is available on the adult education bulletin board in the east side of the Fireside area or by contacting Mike Witherspoon at 591-0963.
Questions and Answers About Disciple Bible Study Program
The Disciple Bible Study Program provides an effective and exciting opportunity for participants to grow in their understanding of the Bible and the meaning and value of Scripture for their daily lives in a collective setting of like-minded individuals. Through DISCIPLE, persons are strengthened in their faith and guided into service and ministry. The program focuses on the disciple as learner, believer, follower, proclaimer, and servant while providing the fellowship of a small group for study, prayer, preparation, support, and servanthood.
Classes meet for two to two-and-one-half hours weekly and there are daily study assignments for each lesson in the Student Handbook that add to the students’ understanding and help develop the spiritual discipline of daily Bible study. Additional resources include a weekly video lesson segment, supplemental study books and a wealth of Bible-era maps and charts. The study gives the Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God and draws upon the work of scholars to aid understanding of the Bible.
At completion of the four basic courses the student will have been through approximately 75%-80% of the Bible twice: once during the Disciple I foundation course and a second time cumulatively within the context of the more detailed, specific courses II-IV. Many class groups stay together for the entire four-course cycle and participants have often remarked of the joy of the fellowship and building of long-term relationships with others of similar spirit that extend well beyond the duration of the courses.