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Adult Disciple Program

If you make my word your home you will indeed be my disciples.  John 8:31
The New Jerusalem Bible

Disciple is a program of disciplined Bible study aimed at developing strong Christian leaders. Over the course of the four-phase Disciple Bible study, participants study the entire Bible in survey fashion followed by in-depth study of the whole Bible according to groupings of literature.

1.   Becoming Disciples through Bible Study.  This study is the foundation of the Disciple Bible Study program.  It uses biblical language and images and draws upon the work of scholars to aid understanding of the Bible.  This study requires reading large portions of Scripture each week and is based on careful study and preparation.  During the course of thirty-four weeks, groups will move through the biblical stories of Creation to the New Jerusalem.  The principal scripture of each session follows the chronological movement of the biblical story. It’s recommended that participants complete this study before doing the other ones.

2.  Into the Word, Into the World:   A study of Genesis-Exodus and Luke-Acts.  This study builds on the biblical knowledge gained through the overview of the first study.  This study deepens biblical understanding by probing selected portions of scripture. Each week’s reading assignments will also include appropriate passages from other parts of the Bible.  32 weeks

3.  Remember Who You Are: A study of the Prophets and the Letters of Paul. The prophets and Paul are continually calling their hearers and readers back to their God and to a sense of who they are as a “set apart” people.    32 weeks

4. Under the Tree of Life:   The Writings and John-Revelation.  This study 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.  The New Testament Scriptures include the Gospel of John, 1, 2 and 3 John, James, Jude and Revelation.  There is also an emphasis on Psalms as Israel’s hymnbook and prayer book. 32 weeks.

5. Jesus in the Gospels. Jesus in the Gospels focuses on the portraits of Jesus found in the four Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The word in used in the title signals that this study takes an approach different from the familiar "life and teaching of Jesus" approach of reading stories and accounts of what Jesus said and did in order to draw conclusions about their meaning and about who Jesus was. This study looks at the way each Gospel writer presents events and teachings and the picture of Jesus that emerges in each of the Gospels.

Handbooks with more information about the program about are in the wall racks on the main level of the church, just before the stairs to the sanctuary.  

This information was taken from Disciples Handbook, published by Abingdon Press, and is used with permission.