Bible Studies

With offerings throughout the week, Bible studies allow participants to dive deeper into Scripture while building relationships with others in the group. The variety of studies listed below offers opportunities for short-term and long-term study as well as men’s and women’s studies. To register for the classes listed in this guide, please visit rumc.com/biblestudies. For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact:

Rev. Melissa Mobley
mmobley@rumc.com
770.261.1732

Advent Study

The Gift of the Nutcracker (Matt Rawle)

The Nutcracker was first performed in 1892 and quickly became a holiday tradition, one that continues for many families to this day. In The Gift of the Nutcracker, Matt Rawle takes a look at this Christmas classic in a new way – through the lens of faith. In keeping with this “Pop in Culture” theme, Rawle uses the iconic tale to help us understand God’s greatest gift of the Christ child and of the kingdom Christ came to build. Much like Clara, we are all caught in an Advent season, pondering a most extraordinary gift.

When: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Dec. 2-23
Where: Parlor, Chapel building
Cost of participant guide and book: $10
Facilitator: Melissa Mobley

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When: Wednesdays, 3:45-5:00 p.m., Nov. 28-Dec. 19
Where: Rm. 239, Chapel building
Cost of participant guide and book: $10
Facilitator: Melissa Mobley

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General Bible Studies

Epic of Eden: Isaiah
Sandra L. Richter

Often named “the fifth gospel,” the book of the prophet Isaiah has more to say about Israel’s coming Messiah than any other Old Testament book. Brilliant, courageous, uncompromising, this prophet declared that “the year of the LORD” had come and God’s people needed to either step up, or stand down. Indeed, when Isaiah spoke, kings trembled.

But too often, when Isaiah speaks today, God’s people have trouble hearing. Why? We often miss the larger context. In The Epic of Eden: Isaiah, Dr. Sandra Richter takes participants back to the eighth century BCE. This eight-week study explains Israel’s religion and economy, explores the definition and role of the prophets, and helps us to apply the message of this great champion of the faith to our lives today.

When: Mondays, 9:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m., January 7-March 18
Where: Room 250/252, Sanctuary building
Cost of participant book: $20
Facilitator: Mary Ann Bender

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When: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., February 27-April 24
Where: Room 239, Chapel building
Cost of participant book: $20
Facilitator: Denny McFarland

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Epic of Eden: Ruth
Sandra L. Richter

Set in the midst of one of the most corrupt eras of Israelite history, Ruth is a story about three compelling characters. Naomi is an elderly widow who has lot everything and returns to her homeland empty and bitter hoping simply to survive. Ruth is Naomi’s young daughter-in-law, also a widow, and a foreigner, who at great personal cost refuses to let Naomi face the future alone. Boaz is the local patriarch—a man of wealth and influence who in this epic tale is given the opportunity to do the right thing, even though the right thing might not be the obvious thing.
In The Epic of Eden: Ruth, Dr. Sandra Richter makes each of these characters come alive. Participants in this study—young and old, men and women, churched and unchurched—will be challenged as they see themselves in these characters and find themselves faced with many of the same questions and challenges. Here is real life, lived out by real people with real fears, real struggles, real hope, and real faith.

When: Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., January 9-February 13
Where: Room 239, Chapel building
Cost of participant book: $17
Facilitator: Denny McFarland

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Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle
Barb Roose
Have you ever tried to fight worry with faith and felt you were losing the battle? Have comments like “God’s got this!” or “Just pray about it” only left you feeling more burdened? We know we shouldn’t worry, but the reality is that we all do at times. Whether it’s personal worries about loved ones and daily circumstances or broader concerns about what’s happening in the world, we long for something more than platitudes that will help us put real feet to our faith and win the worry battle.

In this six-week Bible study on the Book of Joshua, we will join God’s people as they arrive on the edge of the promised land only to find themselves in hostile territory, faced with fear and uncertainty. As we dig into the story of how Joshua and the Israelites claimed God’s promised victory, we’ll discover that winning the worry battle requires more than having faith; it requires learning to fight in faith! Following their bold, courageous footprints, we’ll learn how to fight in faith as we internalize God’s promises, draw strength from God’s faithfulness, act in obedience to God’s commands, and believe what our limitless God can do.

When: Mondays, 9:45-11:30 a.m., March 25-May 13
Where: 250/252, Sanctuary building
Cost of participant book: $13
Facilitator: Mary Ann Bender

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1 Timothy – The Church, the Pillar and Support of the Truth
How are the people in the church to behave? What happens when we hear teaching that is not the truth? Timothy, a young pastor, was told the answers to these question in this letter written to him. It contains some doctrine, but also very practical instructions for how people in the church are to live.

2 Timothy – A Study in Discipleship
Paul entrusted the Gospel to Timothy and others. Are you guarding the treasure of the Word that has been entrusted to you? By your life? By your words? Even in the midst of persecution?

Jonah
Have you ever tried to run away from God? Can a mere man hide from the presence of an all -knowing, all -powerful God? God used a reluctant prophet to tell an evil city of His compassion for them. When God calls you to deliver a message to someone you don’t love, will you run, or get angry, or comply? Would it take a great calamity, an earthquake, or flood for God to get your attention?

When: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., January 9-April 17
Where: Room 250/252, Sanctuary building
Cost of participant books range from $5-$16
Facilitator: Judy Hawkins

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Because of Bethlehem: Love is Born, Hope is Here
Max Lucado
God knows what it’s like to be a human. When we talk to him about deadlines or long lines or tough times, he understands. He’s been there. He’s been here. Because of Bethlehem, we have a friend in heaven. Christmas begins what Easter celebrates. The child in the cradle became the King on the cross. Because of Bethlehem, we have a Savior in heaven. These are the heart shaping promises of Christmas. Long after the guests have left and the carolers have gone home and the lights have come down, these promises endure.

When: Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., January 15-February 5
Where: Dining Room, Chapel building
Cost of participant book: $16
Facilitators: Penny Monk and Lynn Nichols

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Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World
Max Lucado
Anxious for Nothing invites readers to delve into Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.
Stop letting anxiety rule the day. Join Max on the journey to true freedom and experience more joy, clarity, physical renewal, and contentment by the power of the Holy Spirit. Anxiety comes with life. But it doesn’t have to dominate your life.

When: Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., February 12-March 19
Where: Dining Room, Chapel building
Cost of participant book: $18
Facilitator: Penny Monk and Lynn Nichols

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He Chose the Nails: What God Did to Win Your Heart
Max Lucado
This is a five-week study that explore the season of Lent as an extension of Christmas – a season of receiving the most precious gifts a person could ever receive – the gifts that God graciously gives us through his Son.
In this study, you will discover the many gifts that Christ provided to us at his crucifixion. These include not only the gift of the cross, but also the gift of the thorns that pierced his brow. The nails that tore his flesh. The seamless robe that he removed for us. The empty tomb where he forever defeated sin and death.

The hill of the cross is rich with the gifts of God’s grace. These were gifts he didn’t have to give. The only required act for our salvation was the shedding of blood, yet God did so much more. So, as we unwrap these gifts, we need to pause and listen for his voice. As we do, perhaps we will hear him whisper, “I did it just for you.”

When: Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., March 26-April 30
Where: Dining Room, Chapel building
Cost of participant book: $18
Facilitator: Penny Monk and Lynn Nichols

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Invitation to Romans
A Short Term Disciple Series
Exploring how people have interpreted Romans through the ages is a good lens to view the history of Christianity itself. Compare what Paul writes in Romans to what theologians like Augustine, Luther and Calvin say in trying to understand Paul in their time. At the end of this study your group will have a more informed commitment to Paul’s radical vision of God’s relationship to both Christians and Jews and to their relationship to each other, thanks to the “love of God in Christ Jesus.”

When: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., January 16-March 6
Where: Dining Room, Chapel building
Cost of participant book: $13
Facilitator: Sally Dowland

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Listening to Scripture: Strategies for Interpreting the Bible
The Kerygma Program
This 8-week study introduces six skills or strategies that will enable learners to uncover enough about the text that they can begin to understand the meaning it might have had for its first readers and hearers. Learning what the text meant is the study’s first objective. From there, participants explore what the text means — the message it has for us as Christians today.
Strategies include:

  • Exploring the Historical Setting
  • Discovering the Literary Context and Audience
  • Identifying Oral and Literary Forms
  • Analyzing the Structure
  • Investigating Words and Phrases
  • Putting it All Together

When: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., March 20-May 8
Where: Dining Room, Chapel building
Cost of participant book: $20
Facilitator: Sally Dowland

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Walk Through the Bible
Have you even wanted to read through the entire Bible but thought it was too much to tackle by yourself? Do you want to spend time daily with God but find the discipline is hard? Reading the Bible and engaging with the Word is part of the life-changing journey that we experience as followers of Christ. However, sometimes we don’t understand what we read and adding something to our routines can be challenging. This year make a new commitment and join with a community of people as we take the journey through scripture together. Walk Through the Bible is a one year study that helps bring the Bible alive to the reader. Meeting once a month, the group engages in individual study and reflection using Daily Walk magazine as a guide and then comes together monthly for discussion and accountability.

When: Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Room 250/252, Sanctuary Building
Cost of Participant Book: $13
Facilitator: Dave Mueller

Men’s Studies

Holy Rollers
This men’s Bible small group meets weekly to explore a variety of studies and topical conversations from contemporary Christian leaders including Adam Hamilton and Andy Stanley. Men of all ages and stages of life are invited to attend.

When: Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m., Meets Year Round
Where: Room 251, Sanctuary building
Facilitator: Dave Cunningham (DWCUNN@AOL.COM)

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What Radical Husbands Do: 12 Steps to Win and Keep Your Wife’s Heart
Regi Campbell
What Radical Husbands Do is a book written by a man for men about marriage. It gives people things to DO not to BE. No ‘psycho-babble’, ‘religion’, or ‘feel-good frills’. Just straight up advice from a guy who has screwed up and learned how to make his marriage work through hard times. Marriage isn’t a game of chance. Are you willing to put your chips on the table and go ‘all in’ to win and keep your wife’s heart? This book shows you how.

When: Sundays, 6:15-7:30 p.m., January 13-March 3
Where: Room 239, Chapel Building
Cost of participant book: $12
Facilitator: Jeff Ross

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Women’s Studies

Your Sacred Yes
Susie Larson
Are you worn out from life’s ought-to’s and should-do’s?
It’s so easy to give away our time to things un-appointed by God. We commit to something because it’s a good cause or there’s a great need. Or maybe because no one else will help out. The result? The days blur together and we find ourselves overworked and underjoyed, desperate for a faith awakening. In this practical and liberating book, Susie shares biblical ways to:

  • Learn how–and when–to say no without guilt or shame
  • Find a pace and perspective that matches God’s best for you
  • Discern man-made obligations from God-given invitations

When: Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., January 9-February 13
Where: Room 246, Chapel building
Cost of participant book: $11
Facilitator: Kathy Carpenter

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Job
Lisa Harper
Joy is the constant companion of the woman who trusts in the Lord. And while you can find it in friends, family, and circumstances, unfailing, persistent joy will only ever overflow from your relationship with Jesus. Just ask Job, the man from Uz who clung to God’s goodness while all his worldly joys were stripped away. But how is it possible to hold onto such joy in times of sorrow?
In this 7-session study, discover the redemptive facet of Job’s suffering. Learn to view pain as a way to strengthen your faith, point others to the gospel, and trust in the Lord. Because His providence will never take you to a place where His grace will not sustain you.

When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., January 9-February 20
Where: Room 246/248, Chapel building
Cost of participant book: $13
Facilitator: Araminta Almand

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Psalm 23
Jennifer Rothschild
Many women know Psalm 23 by heart but haven’t experienced its power in their lives. This beloved psalm can breathe new life into women who are weary and unsure of their next steps. It’s more than a psalm that comforts in death; it gives confidence in life. In this 7-session study by Jennifer Rothschild, gain fresh insight and encouragement from Psalm 23. Explore the depths of God’s compassionate care while debunking the self-reliance myth. Learn how your vulnerability is not a liability because you can trust the Shepherd’s goodness throughout each season of life.

When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., March 6-April 17
Where: Room 246/248, Chapel building
Cost of participant book: $22
Facilitator: Araminta Almand

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Short Term Small Groups

Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess
Tom Berlin
Often we make a mess of our lives and wonder if there is any redemption. In this book, pastor and author Tom Berlin helps us see our mess through the eyes of Christ to find redemption and restoration. Using Scripture, devotional tools, and the writings of Ignatius of Loyola, John of the Cross, St. Augustine, John Wesley, Evelyn Underhill, and others, Berlin encourages reflection and meditation through our own brokenness. Only then can we focus on the cross as the place where we truly surrender control, leave our mess, and find redemption.

When: Wednesdays during Lent, 3:45-5:00 p.m., March 6-April 17
Where: West Wing Conference Room, 3rd floor, Chapel Building
Cost of participant book: $11
Facilitator: Melissa Mobley

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Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church for People Not in Church
Kenneth Carter Jr. and Audrey Warren
Are you an entrepreneur or a pioneer? Do you like being part of new things? Are you interested in taking church to places where church may not have gone before? Then Fresh Expressions is for you. Increasingly we live in a culture that has many “nones” and “dones” who have written off coming to church. Fresh Expressions is a new movement seeking to go to people, listen to them, and meet them where they are on their journey toward Jesus. Believing that God is already at work in these places, FE seeks to reimagine how the Body of Christ can live and work in diverse and changing contexts. Join us as we look at Ken Carter’s and Audrey Warren’s book, go out and explore our own community, look for where God is sending us to start something new and become ministry pioneers.
This group will join together for conversation around the book as well as take interactive trips into the community to look, see, and meet with the people around us.

When: Sundays, 4:00-5:30, January 13–March 3
Where: West Wing Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Chapel Building
Cost of participant book: $11
Facilitator: Melissa Mobley

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Mom & Me Studies

Mom and Me Small Group – This is an on-going small group that is open to all moms who want to connect and journey together while enriching their lives through faith and friends.

Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story
Angie Smith
Whether you’ve grown up hearing Bible stories or you’re exploring Scripture for the first time, the full story of the Bible can be overwhelming and frankly, sometimes difficult to understand. The 66 books can seem disconnected at first glance and can leave you wondering what they really have to do with you and your life. In this study, Angie Smith shows us how the whole Bible – from Genesis through Revelation – connects as one beautiful, seamless thread.

When: Thursdays 9:45-11:00 a.m., January 17 – Feb. 21
Where: Welcome Center, Sanctuary building
Cost of participant guide: $18
Facilitator: Melissa Mobley

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Messy People: Life Lessons from Imperfect Biblical Heroes
Jennifer Cowart
“My House is a Mess!” How many times have you dreaded an unexpected visitor when your home was less than clean? If only we could throw all of life’s messiness under the bed or behind the closet door. At some point, our lives get messy. Stuff happens. Thankfully, God loves us despite our brokenness. If fact, some the messiest people in the Bible – Rahab, Josiah, David, and Mary – were used by God in powerful ways. In this six week study, we explore the lives of different people in the Bible, learning from their stories that we don’t have to endure the messiness of life, we can actually thrive with God’s guidance and help.

When: Thursdays, 9:45-11:00 a.m., February 28 – April 4
Where: Welcome Center, Sanctuary building
Cost of participant book: $12.50
Facilitator: Melissa Mobley

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It’s Not Supposed to be this Way
Lysa Terkeurst
Life often looks different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We can feel disillusioned and disappointed, and we may quietly start to wonder about God’s goodness. Lysa Terkeurst understands this but she also believes our disappointments can be divine appointments for our souls to radically encounter God. Lysa invites us into her own faith journey and helps us understand how to better process unmet expectations and grow in our belief that God is protecting and preparing us.

When: Thursdays, 9:45-11:00 a.m., April 18 – May 23
Where: Welcome Center, Sanctuary building
Cost of participant book: $9
Facilitator: Melissa Mobley

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Ongoing Open Small Groups

Very Small Small Group
We are presently 3 couples, (and counting) all counting our married lives in decades. Our group has grown kids, grandkids, kids in college, and no kids. We all have dogs, some have cats. We are musicians and artists, engineers and planners. We are all long term members of RUMC, and have all been drawn to Chapel Roswell, because of the message of hope, love, and inclusion for all of God’s children.

We’ve read and discussed studies by Max Lucado, Frederick Buechner, and Walter Bruggeman. We’ve read and discussed Paul, the gospels, the gnostic gospels and how 1st century teachings inform our 21st century lives.

We’re intellectually curious and theologically diverse, open to all viewpoints, all shared without judgment. We are children of God, creating a safe place to ask questions, wrestle angels and seek God’s grace and wisdom.

When: Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (ongoing)
Where: West Wing Conference Room, 3rd floor, Chapel building
Registration not necessary

Young Adults
The young adult Bible study is a great place to examine beliefs and be encouraged by other young adults. Together we choose a book of the Bible to study in-depth. This strengthens understandings of scripture and stretches us to view the Bible and Jesus’ plan for our lives in new and challenging ways. This group is for adults aged 18-30.

When: Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. (ongoing)
Where: Parlor, Chapel building
Facilitator: Mark Kramer
Registration not necessary

Walk and Bible Study
Join us on Tuesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. for a three to four mile brisk walk. We meet in various places around Roswell and discuss our study while we walk. In case of inclement weather, we meet indoors and skip the walk! The studies are short-term, each lasting about six weeks, and focus on parenting, marriage, and other areas of interest to moms.

When: Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (ongoing)
Where: Offsite
Facilitator: Kathryn Mulkey, 404-431-6234
Registration not necessary

Sisters in Faith
This is a small group of women who meet for a time of study and discussion on various topics that range from studying individual books of the Bible to modern day studies offered by current authors.

When: Sundays, 6:00-8:00 (ongoing)
Where: Parlor, Chapel building
Registration not necessary

As we move into the new year, there will be additional studies offered. Please look for them in the Sunday School and sanctuary announcements as well as the Friday e-mail blast.

Advent Recommendations

We’re not that different from Joseph. True, we may not be part of a story that will be remembered for all time, but like Joseph, we encounter circumstances that we’d never choose for ourselves. At times, it can be tempting just to walk away, but Joseph provides us a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don’t understand, faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides. The story of Joseph provides a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don’t understand and faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides. This is a four-week study that includes a DVD, book, and leader guide.
Every year, we say we’re going to cut back, simplify, and have a family Christmas that focuses on the real reason for the season—Jesus. But every year, advertisements beckon, the children plead, and it seems easier just to indulge our wants and whims. Overspending, overeating, materialism, and busyness rob us of our peace and joy and rob Jesus of his rightful role as the center of our celebration. This Christmas, cut through the hype that leaves you exhausted and broke at the end of the year. Instead, experience the peace of knowing that God is truly with us, the joy of giving sacrificially, and the love of a Savior who gave everything he had for us. This is a five-week study that includes a DVD, leader guide, and book.
The Nutcracker was first performed in 1892, and quickly became a holiday tradition, one that continues for many families to this day. In The Gift of The Nutcracker, Matt Rawle takes a look at this Christmas classic in a new way—through the lens of faith. In this four-week Advent study, Rawle uses the iconic tale to help us understand God’s greatest gift of the Christ child and of the kingdom Christ came to build. This is four-week study that include a leader guide, a DVD, and a book.