“Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study” is a 34-week study during which the participants will move through the biblical story from Creation in Genesis to the New Jerusalem of Revelation.
The theme of this Bible Study is Transformation, taking participants through the whole Bible. Its aim is to build strong disciples who submit to the Word of God and commit themselves in service in the various ministries of the church.
Those who participate in the course should see themselves as being in training for leadership understood as servant-hood.
As you go through this course you will build up a discipline for Bible Study that will further strengthen your spiritual growth. You will be committing yourself to at least three hours a week of independent study and preparation. This time will be spent on the required Bible readings daily and on exercises in the manual for the lesson of the week.
"Into the Word Into the World" proclaims the transforming power of Scripture while teaching Bible study skills that take participants deeper into the Scripture. The importance of keeping Bible study related to witness is reinforced while participants are encouraged to practice spiritual disciplines arising out of Scripture for the purpose of changing habits and transforming lives. The study also emphasizes the rhythm of coming to God and going for God, of being in the Word and in the world individually and corporately. This study understands the growing Christian as under discipline in community and in ministry to the world. This study approaches all experiences of life as opportunities for faithful witness and service.
"Remember Who You Are" studies 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 its plural form (the community). We are a community of memory. Participants in this 32-week study will read the Major and Minor Old Testament Prophets, with the exception of Daniel, and will read the 13 letters traditionally attributed to Paul. To establish the historical context in which the prophets spoke for God, daily reading assignments draw also on the books of Deuteronomy through Chronicles.
Several themes weave their way through the study: the call to remember, the call to repentance, the need for renewed vision, and the place of community. 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.
"Under the Tree of Life" concentrates on Old Testament Writings, the Gospel of John, the Epistles of John, James, Jude, and finally, Revelation. Emphasis on the Psalms as Israel’s hymnbook and prayer book leads naturally to an emphasis on worship in the study. Present through the entire study is the sense of living toward completion – toward the climax of the message and the promise, extravagantly pictured in Revelation. The image of the tree and the color gold emphasize the prod and promise in the Scriptures. The word under in the title is meant to convey invitation, welcome, sheltering, security, and rest – home at last.