BECOMING DISCIPLES THROUGH BIBLE STUDY is the foundation of the DISCIPLE Bible Study program. DISCIPLE assumes that the bible is the key to renewal in the church. It recognizes the human-divine nature of the Bible: The actual texts of Scripture were written by human beings like ourselves in their cultural settings, under the divine inspiration of God. This is a 34 week study.
INTO THE WORD INTO THE WORLD is prepared for those who have completed BECOMING DISCIPLES THROUGH BIBLE STUDY. It also encourages persons to open themselves to hearing what God has to say to them through the Bible and to be guided into service in the world by Scripture and their study of it. Equal attention is given to both the Old and New Testament with concentration on four books: Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts (eight lessons on each book). Appropriate connections are made to other parts of Scripture both through reading and study assignments and through commentary in the study manual. This is a 32 week study.
REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE is prepared for those who have completed BECOMING DISCIPLES THROUGH BIBLE STUDY. Resident in the title is the driving idea in this study--the 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 (eyes to see, ears to hear), and the place of community. REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE concentrates on the Old Testament prophets and the letters of Paul. This is a 32 week study.
UNDER THE TREE OF LIFE is a thirty-two-week study prepared for graduates of BECOMING DISCIPLES THROUGH BIBLE STUDY. The word Under in the title is meant to convey invitation, welcome, sheltering, security, and rest--home at last. UNDER THE TREE OF LIFE concentrates 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. New Testament Scriptures include the Gospel of John; 1, 2, and 3 John; James; Jude; and Revelation. This is a 31 week study.
JESUS IN THE GOSPELS invites believers to look at Jesus in each of the four Gospels and ask the question, "Who is the Jesus that you see?" This study will deepen discipleship through better understanding of the biblical texts and their message. Two questions frame this study: "Who is the Jesus you bring with you to this study?" and "Who is the Jesus you take with you from this study?" JESUS IN THE GOSPELS takes participants on a journey from one question to the other. This is a 30 week study.
CHRISTIAN BELIEVER assumes that most people--though faithful followers of Jesus they intend to be--know little of the content of the central teachings of the Christian faith and its ties to Scripture. But they want to know. They want to know what is at stake in what the church teaches and how it makes a difference in their own lives, what it means to be Christian, and where we as Christians stand. CHRISTIAN BELIEVER aims at addressing the uncertainty about the substance of the Christian faith and the connection between believing and living. This is a 30 week study.
DISCIPLE SHORT-TERM STUDIES FOR THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS
These eight week 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.
Weekly group meetings are designed to last 60-90 minutes 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.
A new opportunity offered this year is DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY ONLINE - online accessible study groups that will walk through the 34 week study, Becoming Disciples through Bible Study commonly known as Disciple I and other Disciple classes. The study online will consist of Bible study, group work done together on a threaded discussion board available to you at your convenience, and group work done together during one set time-slot which is listed for each group. Group members must be willing to covenant to participate faithfully over the course of the study together in order for the group to be meaningful for all involved. All work is done on your own except for the 1 1/2 hour live meeting, so you must be available during the group's appointed live weekly meeting time.
Requirements: High speed internet access, a Disciple Bible Study student manual, a microphone and earphones or headset, and an adventurous spirit and desire to study the Bible with others in a new way! An enrollment fee for all Disciple Online courses of $30 per person covers the use of the online software and technical support. Go to www.beadisciple.com/discipleonlinecourses/ to register. Classes start the first full week of September.