Disciple Bible Study

Disciple Bible Study

“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. 

    Who is the Disciple Bible series designed for?
  • The series is appropriate for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of the Bible and its continuing application to today’s world and to their lives: not only for those wishing to begin a personal relationship with the Scriptures but also those who may already be well-versed. The diversity of participants’ knowledge and experiences is one of the more meaningful aspects of collective study.
    Do the courses have to be taken in order I-V as written?
  • That is not the case, however it is highly recommended for a student to take Disciple I before any of the others to establish an overall foundation for the other courses.
    Is there any cost for the course?
  • The only out-of-pocket cost to the student is for the student handbook from which the student follows the study, takes personal notes and keeps at the completion of a course. All other course materials (videos, books, maps and other common-use materials) are provided.
    What do I need to provide as a student?
  • All you will need to provide as a student is a personal Bible in which to study. The studies are based upon the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, although other translations are often used as noted in the Student Manual and this specific version is not necessary. A diversity among Bible translations in a class often adds to and aids understanding of the coursework. Many who are beginning this Bible study series find it valuable to purchase a new Bible sometime during the first course in order to be able to accumulate personal notes and references as the courses progress.
    When do classes meet?
  • The weekly meeting time is determined based upon the availability of the students and class leaders and generally remains the same each week throughout the course. Time changes for individual classes (such as holidays or other conflicts of a general nature) are easily made on an as required basis by consensus of the class members.
    When will classes start and which courses will be offered?
  • The classes at Calvary United Methodist begin meeting the second week of September and run through the end of May. There will be at least one Disciple I class offered as well as many of the courses II-IV that can be accommodated.
    How do I sign up?
  • Registration/course interest counts are taken through the summer months. Sign up on the bulletin board in the fireside area of our church during the summer or call Mike Witherspoon at 591-0963 anytime for additional information.
    (PLEASE NOTE: Including your name and phone number on the sign-up list does NOT commit you to taking a Disciple class the next fall. It only commits Mike to contacting you personally when classes are being organized, provide you specific information and give you time to prayerfully consider your participation in this rewarding opportunity.)
    Disciple I -Becoming Disiciples through Bible study.
  • BECOMING DISCIPLES THROUGH BIBLE STUDY is the foundation of the DISCIPLE Bible Study program and covers nearly three-quarters of the Bible in thirty-four weekly lessons aimed at transformation, not jut information. The study moves from the Creation stories of Genesis to the New Jerusalem of Revelation and students are invited to bring their experiences and struggles to Scripture. The titles and topics of the sessions follow the chronological sequence of the biblical story setting the major persons, events and topics in the minds of their participants.
    Disciple II - Into the Word and Into the World
  • INTO THE WORD INTO THE WORLD selects specific portions of Scripture and delves deeper into them. The thirty-two week study proclaims the transforming power of Scripture while teaching Bible study skills that take participants deeper into the Scripture. Concentrating on four books, Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts, the study makes connections to other parts of the Bible through reading , study and commentaries in the study manual. Participants read familiar passages, see them in fresh ways, and learn to approach all experiences of life as opportunities for faithful witness and service.
    Disciple III - Remember Who You Are
  • REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE strives to build the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. The word You in the title is meant to be heard both in its singular form (the individual) and in its plural form (the community). The thirty-two week study covers the major and minor Old Testament prophets (with the exception of Daniel) and the thirteen New Testament letters traditionally attributed to Paul. Study of the prophets follows their historical sequence, rather than their biblical sequence. The dates of Paul’s letters also influence the order of their study. The prophets and Paul are continually calling hearers and readers back to their God and to a sense of who they are as a people “set apart.”
    Disciple IV - Under the Tree of Life
  • The title UNDER THE TREE OF LIFE is meant to convey invitation, welcome, sheltering, security and rest – home at last. The thirty-two week study concentrates on the writings of the Old Testament (Ruth, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Lamentations and Daniel. New Testament study includes the Gospel of John; 1, 2, & 3 John; James; Jude and Revelation. Present through the entire study is the sense of living toward completion, toward the climax of the message and the promise extravagantly pictured in the Revelation.

More information regarding this life changing experience is available on the bulletin board in the fireside area or call Mike Witherspoon at 591-0963 for additional information.

For more general information regarding the Disciple Bible Study program, see the Cokesbury Publishing website:

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105