Disciple Bible Study
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. If you haven’t done the Disciple program, I want you to. For your sake, and for the sake of God. - Tom Pace
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.
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.
Underlying 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 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.
The second study in the Disciple program is for those who have completed Disciple I using the Bible as the primary text. The study encourages us to open ourselves to hearing what God has to say through the Bible and be guided into ministry in the world by Scripture and study. This 32-week study selects specific portions of the Scripture and delves into them. Equal attention is given to Old and New Testament, concentrating on Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts. Appropriate connections are made to other parts of Scripture through reading and study assignments and the commentary in the study manual.
The 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.
Participants 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.
Disciple Plus will combine two short-term Disciple studies: Invitation to the Old Testament and Invitation to the New Testament. Each study is 8 weeks with 90 minute sessions.
- Invitation to the Old Testament - Explore the Old Testament's story of God and God's calling of the people of Israel through the biblical text. Participants gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Old Testament as an integral part of the Christian Bible and a renewed discovery of our identity in God and God's vision for all things.
- Invitation to the New Testament - Explore the writing of the New Testament using the story of Jesus as the starting point. Participants find a deeper conversation with the writers of the New Testament and a renewal of our commitment to be shaped - personally and comunally - by the story of Jesus.
- Invitation to Romans
This 8-week session will explore how the Book of Romans has been interpreted through history. Participants will gain a firmer commitment to Paul's vision of God's relationship to both Christians and Jews and their relationship to each other. The study is substantial and extremely enjoyable for those with some familarity of Romans and strong biblical foundation.
Need more information?
For information about upcoming Disciple Bible Study classes, contact at 713-402-5139. Classes will begin in September. The fee is $40 per course. Confidential scholarships are available for all Adult Ministries programs. Childcare is usually available with advanced reservation.