Bible Study is one of the greatest ways we grow in our discipleship with Christ and in our relationships with one another. This year there is something for everyone! I’ve often heard, “I can’t go to Bible study, I don’t know enough about the Bible.” Fear not…whether you’ve never really read the Bible or you’ve been taking classes for years, spending time studying God’s word can be transformative: increase your knowledge, develop the discipline of a daily or weekly routine, and learn more about God and one another. Sign up today for a short-term study to get your feet wet, or for a 36-week disciple class to dive right in! – Julie Schendel
Sundays, starting August 27, 6:00 pm, C104 Jeff Upshaw & Les Watters
Mondays, starting August 28, 6:30 pm, C106 Troy Nottingham & Jo Hodges
Whether you’ve never read the Bible or have studied it often and want to dive deeper, this 36 week class is a great way to develop the discipline of studying the Bible and using that knowledge to help you grow in your faith journey.
For those whose schedules won’t quite allow 36 weeks of study in a row, try the Fast Track version for an abbreviated study with 12 weeks in the Fall for the Old Testament, a break for the winter holidays, and 12 weeks beginning in January for the New Testament. This is a great way to get your feet wet with Disciple.
Mondays, starting August 28, 6:30 pm, C102 Gary Schneeberg & Leigh Beakley
Tuesdays, starting September 5, 6:30 pm, C102 Ross Daniel & Lynn Banks
33 weeks focusing on Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts, Disciple 2 teaches participants the transforming power of scripture and Bible study skills that take students deeper into the Word. Disciple 1 is a prerequisite to help you get the most out of this course.
Study the major and minor Old Testament Prophets and the New Testament Letters of Paul. This 32-week course will allow participants to discover the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. Disciple 1 is a prerequisite for the course, but Disciple 2 is not required.
A 36 week Disciple favorite that connects the teachings of Jesus with the Judaic texts of the Old Testament. Discover Jesus in a new light by learning more about his roots in Judaism and how it all connects with Christianity. Participants must have completed Disciple 1 previously to get the most out of class.
This 8-week short-term Disciple study looks at how the early church took ownership of and was shaped by the story of Jesus. Participants will discover how to develop as disciples and create communities of faith just like they did in the early church.
A 9-week, money-management course taught on DVD by America’s most trusted financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Dave and his teaching team will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future and much more.
If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, it may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. You’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. Grief Share meets weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.
Throughout the Psalms, we encounter a beautiful spectrum of words used by the writers to demonstrate how God’s word impacts everything around us. The word of God is not merely something tied to some ephemeral spiritual realm. Rather, its purpose is to transform our daily lives and the ways in which we interact in the real world.
Deep Waters Knowing Our Neighbors: Building Bridges in a Volatile World
Wednesdays, starting September 13, 6:30 pm, C208
Join Deep Waters this fall for a forum series aimed at gaining a better understanding around how/what contemporary issues and movements are affecting those of other faiths. Drawing upon the expertise and experiences of Jewish and Muslim speakers, Candler and Emory faculty, and other experts in the field, the course will provide members with insights to analyze current events and issues as they relate to other religions and sociopolitical issues. We’ll explore ways we as Christians can promote tolerance, understanding, and peace, as well as inter-faith dialogue with our neighbors in the Atlanta community.
A 3-week marriage enrichment class helping couples grow (not fall) in love, make the relationship a priority, and avoid the pitfalls that rob the relationship of joy. Open to engaged couples, newlyweds, and long-term married couples.
A study on Rob Bell’s newest book “What is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything.” Take a deeper look at the Bible you know and love, and discover how it’s more revealing, revolutionary, and relevant than we ever imagined.
This 12-week study focuses on Richard Foster’s classic book “Celebration of Discipline.” Discover ways to become a stronger disciple of Christ through the inward, outward, and corporate disciplines such as fasting, simplicity, and celebration.
The Religion Next Door Exploring the Role of Christianity in the South
Mondays, starting September 11, 6:30 pm, C104
How can people of shared faith express such different and sometimes opposing outlooks on the issues of the day? How does religion inform these views? Using the Letters of Paul and insights from Southern literary figures, this five-week study will consider how religion affects everything from our social interactions, political views, and values to our perceptions, self-understanding, and identity. Recalling our traditions and experiences, and through intentional self-reflection and discernment, we will examine ways to engage some of our most difficult cultural questions while claiming meaningful, faithful responses to them.
A dynamic 5-week study on the ancient personality test, the Enneagram. Working through Ian Morgan Cron’s book “The Road Back to You” and the accompanying workbook, discover more about yourself and others as you learn about personality traits, driving factors, and how to reach your healthiest self.
A 6-week study on the book by Richard Swenson. “Margin” is a class for people who buy a book on how to handle stress, then don’t have time to read it. It is a practical guide and discussion of how to add reserves to your life and family. Emotional reserves. Physical reserves. Financial reserves. Time reserves. And most importantly, spiritual reserves. If you yearn for relief from the pain and pressure of overload, “Margin” will teach you how to find relief.
This 4-week study focuses on John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Discussion will revolve around the early Methodist Movement in England, as well as the historical sights that helped shape John Wesley and the birth of our denomination.
This 6-week study focuses on Adam Hamilton’s newest book “Moses.” It doesn’t get much more dramatic: rescued baby, parting the Red Sea, leading his people out of Egypt…Moses’ life was one challenge after the next, but although he resisted God’s calling, by the end of his life he successfully fulfilled the role he was given. We’ll take a look at historical information, archaeological data, and biblical text, all while gaining a better understanding of Moses’ significance in our lives today and how we, too, can turn our reluctance into boldness.
This 3-week study focuses on Richard Rohr’s book “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.” In the first half of life, we are naturally and rightly preoccupied with establishing our identity. But, those concerns will not serve us as we grow older and begin to embark on a further journey. Rohr offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life’s mysteries: how our failings can be the foundation for our ongoing spiritual growth.
We are surrounded by love, kindness, compassion, opportunity, and hope. Yet in these blessings, fear, worry, doubt, and neglect seep in. Join us as we study scripture on how to cloak ourselves and each other in God’s love. We’ll study the Gospel of John.