Disciple Bible Study and Fall Groups
If you haven’t done the Disciple program, I want you to. For your sake, and for the sake of God. - Tom Pace
A man stopped me in the hall, and I could see the passion in his eyes. He knew I was between worship services, and he didn't have much time to explain. "I have been in church all my life. I have heard the Bible stories. I am taking Disciple right now, and for the first time, I think I get it. I see the big picture. I see how things fit together. And I just love these people, these new friends… Just wanted to tell you that Disciple works.” I want each one of you to feel that you are starting to “get it.” I want you to have marvelous “aha moments,” and meet some friends that will last a lifetime. I know of no program that can help you do that more than Disciple Bible Study.
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For information to be added to the list to learn about upcoming Disciple Bible Study classes, contact at 713-402-5139. Childcare is usually available with advanced reservation.
What is Disciple?Disciple Training Teams approach Bible Study through disciplined reading of and listening to Scripture. It results in Biblically nourished people committed to live as disciples following the Rule of Life. During the course, Disciple groups move through the Scriptures while integrating their learning into their everyday lives. Disciple aims at transformation, not just information.
How can you be involved?Disciple is based on the model of Jesus and the Twelve: eight to twelve persons with spiritual commitment, open minds, and a hunger for the transformative power of scripture come together to study and hold one another accountable. Disciple is an opportunity to reform and transform your life in Christ. Interested? Pray about leading, participating, or inviting a friend.
The AssumptionsUnderlying the development of Disciple is the assumption that people are hungry for the word of God, for fellowship in prayer and study, and for a sense of appropriate ministry as believing, committed Christians.Disciple assumes that the Bible is the key to renewal in the church.Disciple recognizes the human-divine nature of the Bible: The actual texts of Scripture were written by human beings like us in the cultural setting, under the divine inspiration of God. Disciple gives Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as the revelation of God. Disciple invites persons to bring their experiences and struggles to God through Scripture. Disciple groups covenant together in terms of commitment of time, daily and weekly preparation, and attendance at all weekly sessions.
Disciple I: Becoming Disciples Through Bible StudyDisciple I is the foundation of the Disciple Bible Study program. During the course of 34 weeks, groups move through the biblical story from Creation of Genesis to the New Jerusalem of Revelations. The participants will read more than 70 percent of the Bible. The Scripture for each session follows the chronological movement of the biblical story. Disciple aims at transformation, not just information. Groups meet weekly for 2 hours. Disciple encourages us to put ourselves under the power of God's word and to be changed by God's word.
Disciple III: Remember Who You AreThe third study in the Disciple program is for those who have completed DiscipleI. The driving idea is the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. The word "You" in the title refers to its singular form (the individual) and in its plural form (the community). Participants in this thirty32-week study will read the major and minor Old Testament prophets, with the exception of Daniel, and will read the thirteen letters traditionally attributed to Paul. To establish the historical context in which the prophets spoke for God, daily reading assignments also draw on the books of Deuteronomy through Chronicles. Study of the prophets will follow their historical sequence rather than their biblical sequence. The dating of Paul’s letters influences the sequence of their study. 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.
Disciple IV: Under the Tree of LifeParticipants focus on writings in both the Old Testament (Ruth, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiates, Song of Solomon, Lamentations, and Daniel) and New Testament (John, 1, 2, 3 John, James, Jude, and Revelation). Disciple IV emphasizes the ideas of being tested, refined, and moving into spiritual maturity.