Spiritual Growth / Small Group Ministries We, at Red Bank UMC believe our Christian lives are in a continual state of growth and service. While there are various ways we can grow and serve, we recognize one important method is through group oriented study and fellowship. �All scripture is breathed out by God, and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work." (II Timothy 3:16-17 ESV) Small Group Opportunities - Long Term Bible Studies *** Disciple Bible Study *** The DISCIPLE Bible study has been in place at RBUMC for several years. Classes of 8 -15 persons study representative portions of the Old and New Testament for 32 - 34 weeks with breaks during the Holidays. Members of the class read daily and meet once a week for two and a half hours. Response to the study has been enthusiastic and some of the most active members of our church have or are taking Disciple Bible Study. Participants usually report their spiritual lives are strengthened and worship, service and fellowship are more meaningful. Classes start signing up in August of each year. Call the church office at 359-4031 for more information. The purpose of DISCIPLE may be expressed in the words of Ephesians 4:12: "to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." Disciple Bible Studies include: Disciple I : Becoming Disciples through Bible Study A 34-week study that moves through the biblical study from Creation to the New Jerusalem. Disciple I covers reading approximately 80% of the Bible with a goal of developing biblically nourished persons committed to live as disciples. It is recommended that this study be completed first. Disciple II : Into the Word Into the World A 32-week study focusing on Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts for graduates of Disciple I: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study. This study emphasizes the rhythm of coming to God and going to God, of being in the Word and in the world individually and corporately. Disciple III : Remember Who You Are A 32-week study of The Prophets and The Letters of Paul for graduates of Disciple I: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study. It calls clergy and laity to disciplined Bible study that will result in a ministering community nourished by Scripture. Disciple IV : Under the Tree of Life A 32-week study of Old Testament Writings and the Gospel of John - 1,2,3 John; James; Jude; and Revelation for graduates of Disciple I: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study. It continues to call clergy and laity to serious, disciplined Bible study that will result in development of biblically nourished servant-leaders. *** Christian Believer Bible Study *** This is a study of the beliefs of the Christian faith; it integrates Bible Study and Christian doctrine. As a participant in the study, you will explore both the Scriptures and the teachings of the church shaped from those Scriptures. Read the testimony of God's Word and the creeds and confessions of the church. Learn the contents of Christian doctrine with fellow believers as well as with scores of believers from across the ages - Augustine, Hildegard, Calvin, Luther, Wesley, & Georgia Harkness Christian Believer begins with disciplined daily reading of Scripture and of the writing of early and modern church leaders. Learning this content of faith results in faithful understanding of the teachings of Christianity and leads to weekly group discussion on the relation of Scripture, beliefs, and daily living. *** Jesus in the Gospels *** This study differs somewhat from the Disciple bible study, for it looks more closely at the Gospel text. It focuses on the portraits of Jesus found in the four Gospels through the writers distinctive angle of vision. Each Gospel's way of presenting Jesus and his significance reflects the writers view of Jesus and events. Daily individual study and weekly group study involves the use of three components - the Bible, the study manual, and the Gospel Comparisons manual. Jesus in the Gospels is a 30 week study that will stimulate thoughtful reflection each week on the question "Do You Want to Become His Disciple, Too?"