Bible Study

In order for a Christian to grow closer to Jesus Christ, understanding the word of Jesus Christ is imperative for a solid foundation.  Therefore, bible study is very important to Prospect United Methodist Church and we have several bible study programs that meet this goal.  Currently Prospect United Methodist Church is offering the Disciple Bible Study series.

What is the Disciple Bible Study Program?

What are the different Disciple classes?

There are four classes in the basic Disciple program. The first, Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study, is a prerequisite to all other Disciple studies. All subsequent classes can be taken in any order.

Disciple I: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study

During the course of 34 weeks, Disciple I groups move through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The first half of the course focuses on the Old Testament and the second half on the New Testament. Disciple I participants will read more than 70 percent of the Bible. The Bible readings for each lesson follow the chronological movement of the biblical story. Groups consist of about twelve members and a leader, and meet weekly for about two hours. Each participant makes a commitment to daily preparation (30-45 minutes per day) and weekly attendance and participation in the group study sessions.

Disciple II: Into the Word, Into the World

This 32-week group study encourages you to open yourself to hear what God has to say to you through the Bible and to be guided into your particular ministry in the world. The study selects specific portions of the Bible and goes more deeply into them. Equal attention is given to the Old and New Testaments, with concentration on four books: Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts (eight lessons on each book). Appropriate connections are made to other parts of the Bible, both through reading and study assignments and through the commentary in the study manual. Participants' commitments are similar to those in Disciple I.

Disciple III: Remember Who You Are

This 32-week Bible study is also open to Disciple I graduates. The study includes the Old Testament Prophets (from Isaiah to Malachi) and the New Testament letters of the Apostle Paul, and focuses on the connection between memory and identity for the people of God. Major themes include the call to remember, the call to repentance, the need for renewed vision, and the place of community. Remember Who You Are understands Bible study as a call to turn our lives more and more toward God and encourages us to be a people who puts God first—a community of obedience. Participants' commitments to the study are similar to those for Disciple I.

Disciple IV: Under the Tree of Life

"Being a faithful community, we freely choose to be bound together as the people of God." This is an example of one of the "Marks of Faithful Community" from this 32-week study entitled Under the Tree of Life. As the Writings of the Old Testament (books not in the Torah or the Prophets) and writings from the Apostle John (the Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation) are read, participants are constantly reminded that life lived in community, faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ, is the answer to the "human condition."

How Do I Join?

Check the Church bulletin for bible study times and location or contact the church for further assistance.


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