Disciple Bible Studies

Disciple Bible Study is an intensive study of the Bible that encourages participants to grow in their understanding of God and their discipleship of Jesus Christ. Participants meet weekly to hear teaching through a video and engage in conversation with other participants about how they interpret and apply the scripture lessons from the week’s reading. Each participant is provided a workbook. At Bethlehem First UMC, we offer a variety of different options for those who are interested in the Disciple Bible Studies. Groups meet at various days and times throughout the week. Participation in Disciple I (or Disciple I Fast Track) is a prerequisite for all other Disciple Bible Studies.

If you would like to know more about Disciple Bible Studies and options available through Bethlehem First UMC, please contact Rev. Megan Gomez in the church office.

Sunday Nights from 5:00-6:30pm

Disciple 1— Facilitated by Sam and Marlene Kilburn. The first Disciple Bible Study serves as the basis for all other studies in the Disciple family that follow. Over the course of 34 weeks, Disciple covers the entire Bible (Old and New Testaments) following the Biblical story from Creation to the New Jerusalem. (This group is now closed)

Disciple 3— Facilitated by Pete Black. Participants in this 32 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 draw also on the books of Deuteronomy through Chronicles. Disciple 1 is a prerequisite. (This group is now closed)

Each year, we offer multiple studies from the family of Disciple Bible Study.

Disciple I:  The first Disciple Bible Study serves as the basis for all other studies in the Disciple family that follow. Over the course of 34 weeks, Disciple covers the entire Bible (Old and New Testaments) following the Biblical story from Creation to the New Jerusalem.

Disciple Fast Track:Fast Track is an adaptation of the original, Disciple BIble Study: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study. This 24-week study is ideal for busy individuals who want to fit a comprehensive Bible study into a busy schedule.

Disciple II:  This 32-week study offers a deeper examination of Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts, emphasizing the rhythm of coming to God and going for God…approaching all experiences of life as opportunities for faithful witness and service.

Disciple Fast Track: Into the Word, Into the World: The second study of the Disciple Fast Track series, this 24-week study is an adaptation of Disciple II

Disciple III:  In the Old Testament Prophets and the Letters of Paul, Disciple 3 examines the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. Participants will find common themes including calls to remember, calls to repent, calls for renewal, and calls for community.

Disciple IV: The phrase “under the tree of life” conveys the promise of finding shelter, security, and rest in God’s love. In this 32-week study of the Old Testament writings, the Gospel of John, the Epistles of John, James, Jude, and finally, Revelation, participants will see the entire process of living toward final completion of rest and reward.