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

Invitation to Psalms Make a deeper connection to the world of the Psalms so that these well-known scriptures can help you give voice to all aspects of our human experience–joy, faith, uncertainty, and sorrow. Ideal experience for adults who are interested in the practice of prayer and worship and would like to connect prayer practice with Scripture. The study is accessible for adults with little prior Bible experience. Cost: $16.

Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., August 30 (10 weeks), Room 258, Sanctuary building
Facilitator: Sally Dowland
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Discerning the Voice of God Do you feel that the ability to hear God’s voice is for other people and not for you? Is it only for people who lived in Biblical times? The God who loved you enough to die for you loves you enough to talk to you. And wherever you are in your spiritual walk, God will find a way to speak to you in a way you will understand. Become acquainted with the Voice that has spoken from a fire and a cloud, with visible signs and an invisible Spirit, through a burning bush and burning hearts. Priscilla Shirer’s Discerning the Voice of God contains insights that will aid you in your desire to hear Him speak. Discover the treasure of recognizing how God keeps in touch with his beloved people. Cost of book: $13.

Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m., Begins Wednesday, Sept. 6, Trinity Cafe, Chapel building
Facilitator: Ellie Griffis
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Disciple IV: Psalms, Proverbs, Gospel of John, Revelation This study, as a part of the Disciple Bible Study series, is titled, “Under the Tree of Life.” This phrase 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. May we all find our place “under the tree of life.” There is no prerequisite for this class – all are invited! This study is open to new group members, but it will be closed after the first introductory session. Cost of participant book: $33

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Aug 16th (10 weeks), Room 221, Dodson Center
Facilitator: Denny McFarland
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Name Above All Names Name above All Names helps us to see and meditate on the incomparable character of Christ, a spiritual exercise that enables us to readily respond to the exhortations of Scripture, to focus our gaze upon the King of kings, and to better understand just how great Jesus really is. Cost of participant guide: $4

Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Sept 5 – Oct 31, Room 239, Chapel building
Facilitators: Penny Monk and Lynn Nichols
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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., Meets year-round, Room 251, Sanctuary building
Facilitator: Dave Cunningham (DWCUNN@AOL.COM)
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Women’s Studies

5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit, by Nicki Koziarz Have you ever gotten to the place where you just couldn’t take it anymore? The 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit will enable you to: evaluate the internal personal struggles that make you want to quit, cultivate consistent habits to help you progress toward your goals, and receive a fresh dose of perspective from the Bible that will help you develop perseverance. Cost of participant guide: $13

Mondays, 9:45-11:30 a.m., September 11, Room 250/252, Sanctuary building
Facilitator: Mary Ann Bender
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A Woman Overwhelmed: Finding God in the Messes of Life, by Hayley DiMarco Choose to be overwhelmed! Not with the demands of life faced by women today, but with our overwhelming God! When we learn to be overwhelmed by God, our days are no longer filled with frustration, fatigue, and stress, but with peace, hope, love, and joy instead. In this six-week Bible study, Hayley offers personal stories and biblical strategies for addressing worry, uncertainty, and isolation, and encourages us to discover the depths and heights of God’s love and power by recognizing the spiritual beauty that surrounds life’s messes. Cost of participant guide: $12

Mondays, 9:45-11:30 a.m., October 23, Room 250/252, Sanctuary Building
Facilitator: Mary Ann Bender
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Revelation by John MacArthur The book of Revelation unveils Jesus Christ in glory. The apostle John wrote this letter to the churches in Asia Minor who were feeling the overwhelming effects of persecution from all sides. This book was a reminder to them that God saw their hardships, cared about them, and would reward them for their faithfulness. Through the use of vivid imagery, John writes Revelation to reveal the end of human history, the return of Christ, and the establishment of a new heaven and a new earth. John s message of hope in Revelation assures Christians that God is in sovereign control of all past, present, and future events. He encourages believers to trust that Jesus Christ will judge the lost and will rule in ultimate victory over all human and demonic opposition. Cost of book: $7

Tuesdays, 11-Noon, September 12th, Room 246/248, Chapel Building
Facilitator: Kathy Carpenter
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Women’s Walk and Bible Study: Improving your Mind, Body, and Spirit
Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life, by Jen Hatmaker 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 share in a time of Bible study and life application discussion. You can join us for just the study, but why not get in a workout and study the Word of God all in one morning!

Jen Hatmaker believes backbone is the birthright of every woman. Women have been demonstrating resiliency and resolve since forever. They have incredibly strong shoulders to bear loss, hope, grief, and vision. She laughs at the days to come is how the ancient wisdom writings put it. But somehow women have gotten the message that pain and failure mean they must be doing things wrong, that they messed up the rules or tricks for a seamless life. As it turns out, every last woman faces confusion and loss, missteps and catastrophic malfunctions, no matter how much she is doing “right.” Struggle doesn’t mean they’re weak; it means they’re alive.  Cost of participant guide: $15

Tuesdays, 9:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., September 12, Room 131, Chapel building
Facilitators: Kathryn Mulkey
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Entrusted by Beth Moore We were never meant to take this journey of faith alone or in secret. God has entrusted us with the great and mighty gift of the gospel, something too precious and life-giving to keep to ourselves. In this 6-session Bible study, Beth will encourage you to guard what God has entrusted to you, further His kingdom by sharing Christ with others, and pour into future generations just as Paul once mentored Timothy. Because in this journey of joy and hardship, we need each other to stay the course and live a life of faithfulness. Cost of participant guide: $13

Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., September 13 (6 weeks), Room 226, Dodson Center
Facilitator: Araminta Almand
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Titus – Developing Character and Integrity in the Midst of a Society Which Has Lost Respect for God How do you live with integrity in a nation without morals? Can the church effectively engage and change this destructive condition in our society? How does your life reflect your faith? You can change the culture into which God has called you. Cost of participant book: $6.75

Wednesdays, 9:30 – noon, September 13th, Room 252, Sanctuary building
Facilitator: Nancy Erwin
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Joshua- Conquering Your Enemies God said, “Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed.” Increase your faith in God who has put you in His grip and will never let you go! This study will charge you up and encourage you to press on! Cost of participant book: $16

Wednesdays, 9:30 – noon, October 4th, Room 252, Sanctuary building
Facilitator: Nancy Erwin
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Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids Nearly every Christian parent in America would give anything to find a viable resource for developing within their kids a deep, dynamic faith that “sticks” long term. Sticky Faith delivers. Research shows that almost half of graduating high school seniors struggle deeply with their faith. Recognizing the ramifications of that statistic, the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) conducted the “College Transition Project” in an effort to identify the relationships and best practices that can set young people on a trajectory of lifelong faith and service. Based on FYI findings, this easy-to-read guide presents both a compelling rationale and a powerful strategy to show parents how to actively encourage their children’s spiritual growth so that it will stick to them into adulthood and empower them to develop a living, lasting faith. Written by authors known for the integrity of their research and the intensity of their passion for young people, Sticky Faith is geared to spark a movement that empowers adults to develop robust and long-term faith in kids of all ages. Cost of the book: $10

Thursdays, 10 – 11 a.m., September 7th, Welcome Center, Sanctuary building
Facilitator: Rev. Kristin Heiden
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