Bible Studies

Christian Formation at RUMC

Bible Study

With offerings throughout the week, Bible studies allow participants to dive deeper into scripture while developing 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.

General Studies

Conversations About God
Join Bruce Fielden for conversations about God that will guide you through the Lenten season as we prepare for Easter. There is no book, no required readings, no DVD. The only requirements are that you bring your Bible, an open heart, and a willingness to talk about God. Class begins March 7 and ends May 2 but with no class on April 4.

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m., March 7 – May 2, Trinity Cafe
Facilitator: Bruce Fielden


“What on Earth Am I Here For?”
We are excited to offer a new small group experience for 2017 that will follow Dr. Mike Long’s sermon series. If you have joined the church in the last two years and have not yet found a small group, you are exactly the audience we are looking for!

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Jan. 11 (8 weeks)
Facilitators: Rev. Martha Fielden and Linda King

Christianity and World Religions
This video-based small-group study and outreach program explores four major world religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism – and compares the beliefs of each with those of Christianity. This six-week study deals openly and honestly with questions people ask about other religions, including why we should believe the claims of Christianity over those of other faiths. In examining these major world religions and the beliefs of their followers, the Reverend Hamilton urges us as Christians to build bridges with others so that we might grow in our faith, seek peace in our world, love our neighbor, and find positive ways to share the gospel. Cost of participant guide: $9

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Jan. 18 (6 weeks), Room 239, Chapel building
Facilitators: Julia Thompson and Matt Boltin

Good or God?
These days the terms good and God seem synonymous. We believe that what’s generally accepted as good must be in line with God’s will. Generosity, humility, justice good. Selfishness, arrogance, cruelty evil. The distinction seems pretty straightforward. But is that all there is to it? If good is so obvious, why does the Bible say that we need discernment to recognize it? “Good or God?” isn’t another self-help message. This audio book will do more than ask you to change your behavior. It will empower you to engage with God on a level that will change every aspect of your life. Cost of book: $15

Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., February 1 (6 weeks), Room 221, Dodson Center
Facilitator: Denny McFarland

James: Guidelines for a Happy Christian Life
In his short and powerful book, the apostle James gives us practical guidance on issues that ensure true and living faith. Through an emphasis on spiritual fruitfulness, James calls all believers – then and now – to live a life that demonstrates genuine, saving faith marked by godly behavior.

Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. – noon, Jan. 10 (12 weeks), Room 239, Chapel building
Facilitators: Lynn Nichols and Penny Monk

Building Stronger Relationships
We all desire a deep relationship with our spouse, parents, children, coworkers, friends, and others around us. The quality of life we live can be directly related to the success or failure of these relationships.  The Discovery Sunday School Class invites you to participate in this study and discussion for seven weeks on Sunday mornings.

Sundays, 11 a.m. – noon, Jan. 15 (7 weeks), Room 250/252, Sanctuary building

Young Adult Study
Currently looking at the book of Genesis, this group of young adults gathers to dive into scripture, asking questions and seeking after the truth of God revealed in God’s Word. Join with others in your age and stage for this great study and fellowship.

Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Dodson Center
Facilitator: Mark Kramer

Men’s Studies

Holy Rollers
Join the Holy Rollers each Monday night as they explore a variety of bible studies and topical conversations. Men of all ages and stages of life are invited to attend.

Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m., Jan. 23, Room 251, Sanctuary building
Facilitator: Dave Cunningham (DWCUNN@AOL.COM)

Women’s Studies

Women’s Walk and Bible Study: Improving your Mind, Body, and Spirit
Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely
Join us Tuesday mornings at 9:45 a.m. for a 3-4 mile brisk walk mixed with strength and stretching exercises. Walkers should meet in front of the Fellowship Hall after preschool drop off. In the case of inclement weather, we will bring the walk indoors. Following the workout, we will look at Lysa Terkeurst’s study, Uninvited. In this 6-session video Bible study, Lysa Terkeurst digs deep into God’s Word to help you explore the roots of rejection, the way other relationships get tainted because of a past rejection, and the truth about what it looks like to live loved. With biblical depth, gut-honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, Lysa will take you on a visual journey in the Holy Land to some of the places where people of the Bible such as Hannah, David, and even Jesus lived and walked. Cost of participant guide: $10

Tuesdays, 9:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Jan., Room 131, Chapel building
Facilitator: Kathryn Mulkey

Lord, Teach Us
Dive into the words of the beautiful prayer that Jesus taught us, exploring each phrase and how it continues to speak into our lives today. Using the book by Bishop Will Willimon and Professor Stanley Hauerwas, this study will open up the Lord’s Prayer to you in new and exciting ways as well as guide you in deepening your prayer life. Join with other women as we pray and study together. Cost of book: $8

Tuesdays, 11 a.m. –  noon, Jan. 10, Room 251, Sanctuary building
Facilitator: Kathy Carpenter

Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted
What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times, like Jonah, we run. In this 7-session Bible study, Priscilla redefines interruption and shows that interruption is actually God’s invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city. Cost of participant guide: $20

Mondays, 9:45-11:30 a.m., Jan. 23 (7-weeks), Room 250/252, Sanctuary building
Facilitator: Mary Schaefer
*Note: This Bible study is delayed due to the ice. The first class will NOT meet on Monday, January 9.*

Present Over Perfect
In this five session video Bible study, New York Times bestselling author Shauna Niequist invites you on a journey that changed her life. She will walk a path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning of your worth. Shauna will help you begin leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection. She offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us.

Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Jan. 11, Room 239, Chapel building
Facilitator: Ellie Griffis

The moment you accept Jesus as the Lord over your life, you are redeemed. As the redeemed, we experience a lifelong journey of being transformed into His image. As redeemed women, we grow in the grace of Christ, and He calls us to extend grace to others. In this 7-session Bible study, Angela Thomas-Pharr explores the practical side of redemption, inviting us to lean upon Jesus for our real help and hope. Cost of participant guide: $13

Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., Feb. 22 (7 weeks), Room 226, Dodson Center
Facilitator: Araminta Almand

Precept – Galatians: Who Has Bewitched You? Why and How?
God used the Apostle Paul to send a clear message to the Galatians about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the work of salvation He completed on the cross. In this study, you will learn for yourself the same truth Paul spoke to the Galatians about how Christians are to live under grace, led by the Spirit, free from bondage.

Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – noon, Jan. 11 (7-weeks), Room A252, Sanctuary building
Facilitator: Nancy Erwin
*Note: Will not meet on 3/1 or 3/8

Precept – Second Corinthians
This guide considers the historical contexts, the literary forms, the social and rhetorical backgrounds, the politics, the theologies, and the reception of 2 Corinthians. Each chapter surveys recent scholarly approaches to the text, focusing especially on critical perspectives that mesh with our contemporary concerns about gender, identity, race, and class. 2 Corinthians becomes, in the process, less the work of a single 1st-century writer than a set of fraught, even fractured negotiations between competing interests and impulses, conducted in Paul’s voice. Cost of participant guide: $21

Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – noon, March 15 (10 weeks), Room A252, Sanctuary building
Facilitator: Nancy Erwin

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