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Bible Studies & Small Groups

discipleship-studies-booklet-coverWe invite you to journey with us as we present the North Raleigh UMC discipleship and enrichment offerings for 2015-2016.

A Faith That Matters is the theme that surrounds all of this year’s activities. Within these pages, you will find opportunities for all ages and interests that are designed to feed your spirit as we live into being disciples of Jesus Christ in the context of our Wesleyan/Methodist tradition.

Whether you seek a Bible study group, time to fellowship with your church family, long-term or short-term enrichment classes, or simply a way to serve others through mission and outreach, we have many opportunities that will challenge you and help you as we seek to be the church and people God desires us to be.

When Jesus called his disciples, He used two simple words: “Follow Me,” and this journey led Jesus’ followers to faith places they would never have found on their own. As we begin this new season of study at North Raleigh, it is our hope that we will hear Jesus’ words again, “Follow Me.” And as we seek to follow Him in study, prayer, fellowship, worship, and service, we can only imagine the extraordinary places He will take us!

For more information about these offerings, email Jo Hardy or call her at 919.847.1536 x101. There is also a printed booklet available in the church office or on the blue information carts.

Registration and materials for our Fall 2015 studies will be available on Sundays in the Atrium, August 30-September 13. Early registration is ENCOURAGED since extra materials will need to be ordered by September 7.

Fall 2015
Advent 2015
Winter 2016
Lent 2016
Spring 2016
Other Studies
Dinner Fellowship Groups


 

Fall 2015

wesleyan-way-studyThe Wesleyan Way | Scott J. Jones
9/13-11/1, Sundays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Churchwide, led by Susan & Eric Lindblade
In this exciting and inspiring new study, Scott J. Jones helps seekers and believers to envision and practice discipleship as a way of life. Presenting Christianity from a Wesleyan perspective, Jones invites participants into a deeper, more thoughtful, more active commitment to Christ. This 8-session study helps participants focus on how we become part of God’s work in transforming the world. Each week a different presenter shares a personal faith experience. Presenters include Adam Hamilton, Olu Brown, Felicia Hopkins, Jessica Moffat Seay, Jorge Acevedo, Rob Fuquay, and author Scott Jones. Mini-videos conclude each week with an interview or ministry story from the presenter’s home church. Participants then read on their own from the student book and the Bible.

keep-it-shutKeep It Shut | Karen Ehman
9/13-11/15, Sundays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Yahweh Sisterhood, led by Erin Sloan
From Bible times to modern times, women have struggled with their words. What to say and how to say it. What not to say. When it is best to remain silent. And what to do when you’ve said something you wish you could now take back. In this book, a woman whose mouth has gotten her into loads of trouble shares the hows (and how-not-tos) of dealing with the tongue. Beyond just a “how not to gossip” book,
this book explores what the Bible says about the many ways we are to use our words and the times when we are to remain silent. The author covers using our speech to interact with friends, co-workers, family, and strangers as well as in the many places we use our words in private, in public, online, and in prayer. Even the words we say silently to ourselves. She addresses unsolicited opinion-slinging, speaking the truth in love, not saying words just to people-please, and dealing with our verbal anger.

really-bad-girlsReally Bad Girls of the Bible | Liz Curtis Higgs
9/13-11/1, Sundays, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Led by Laurie Scott
With Really Bad Girls of the Bible, Liz Curtis Higgs reveals the power of God’s sovereignty in the lives of other shady ladies we know by reputation but have rarely studied in depth: Bathsheba, the bathing beauty. Jael, the tent-peg-toting warrior princess. Herodias, the horrible beheader. Tamar, the widow and not-so-timid temptress. Athaliah, the deadly daughter of Jezebel. And three ancient women whose names we do not know but who have much to teach us: the ashamed Adulteress, the bewitching Medium of En Dor, and the desperate Bleeding Woman. The eye-opening stories of these eight “Really Bad” women demonstrate one really life-changing concept: the sovereign power of God to rule our hearts and our lives with grace, compassion, and hope.

having-a-mary-heartHaving a Mary Heart in a Martha World
Joanna Weaver

9/14-11/16, Mondays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Led by Linda Mayakis
Joanna Weaver’s popular book shows women how to blend intimacy with Jesus and service for Him. An invitation for every woman who feels she isn’t godly enough…isn’t loving enough…isn’t doing enough. The life of a woman today isn’t really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord’s feet…but the daily demands of a busy world just won’t leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him…yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy. Then comes Jesus, right into the midst of your busy Mary/Martha life—and he extends the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters of Bethany. Tenderly he invites you to choose “the better part”—a joyful life of “living-room” intimacy with him that flows naturally into “kitchen service” for him. How can you make that choice? With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story and its creative, practical strategies, Joanna shows how all of us—Marys and Marthas alike—can draw closer to our Lord, deepening our devotion, strengthening our service, and doing both with less stress and greater joy.

wising-upWising Up | Cheryl Kirk-Duggan
9/21-11/9, Sundays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Led by Susan Lindblade
Sisters is a series of video-based Bible studies that speaks to women’s hearts. In Wising Up, the author brings to life the wisdom of the Proverbs. Drawing on a lifetime of experience, she examines some themes of the Proverbs, bringing them up to date and applying them to important issues in the lives of modern-day women. Topics include: Daily Applied Understanding, Measures of Applied Wisdom, Ethical Reflections on Daily Practice, What Triggers Foolishness, Paradoxes of Daily Encounters, and Being Alive, Real and Whole.

view-from-a-mountainOn the Edge with Eric
9/15-11/10, Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Led by Eric Lindblade
How do we Methodists understand the authority of Scripture? What are the lenses through which we interpret Scripture? Which Scriptures do Methodists find most compelling and which do we find most challenging? These are some of the questions we will wrestle with in this study. Each week brings a new topic. As in the past, some will attend every class while others will come when their schedules permit. Eric leads the class every week and provides both the Scripture and the notes for each day’s lesson. No class preparation is required and there is no homework. Although Eric does lecture, he makes sure there is always plenty of time for free-wheeling discussion. While study of the Bible is the foundation and focus of the course, participants will also learn about Methodist history and Methodist doctrine along the way.

trouble-with-the-truthThe Trouble with the Truth | Rob Renfroe
9/15-10/20, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Led by Mark Tolley
There’s a lot of talk today about “culture wars,” but these external conflicts are only a symptom of a deeper problem: there is trouble with the truth. Beneath our differences about the values that should define our culture is a real disagreement about what is true. Those who hold to the traditional beliefs of the Christian faith find themselves at odds with a culture that no longer believes there are universal spiritual or moral truths that apply to everyone. And they grieve that the confusion about what is true is just as strong in the church. The Trouble with the Truth explores the truth—why it’s in trouble, what the culture tells us about it, and why the church is so confused about it. In an engaging and compelling style, Rob Renfroe reminds us that the Christian life requires commitment to both truth and grace. Like a tightrope walker with a balance bar, we must learn to balance compassion for people and passion for truth, combining them just as Jesus did.

holy-bibleWednesday Morning Bible Study
Year-Round, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 a.m.
Group-Led
The Wednesday morning Bible Study offers a time of prayer, fellowship, Bible study, and breakfast. The time begins with a light breakfast, usually breakfast sandwiches, and then prayer concerns are lifted up. At 7:30, the actual study of the Bible begins. The format is freewheeling discussion, as all opinions are welcome. Members take turns in starting the discussion each week and every week everyone takes turns in reading Scripture out loud. While there is no separate course book, most members bring Study Bibles. The study concludes promptly at 8:30 with a closing prayer. Both those who have deep knowledge of Scripture and those who have just recently begun to study Scripture are welcomed.

life-together-in-christLife Together in Christ | Ruth Haley Barton
9/15-10/27, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Led by Melissa Auten
Community may be one of the most over-promised, under-delivered aspects of the Christian life today. Communities become spiritually lifeless or even fall apart because we don’t know how to experience transformation together. Transforming community does not come primarily from listening to inspiring preaching or adding another church program. It emerges as we embrace a shared commitment to the attitudes, practices and behaviors that open us to Christ in our midst. Reflecting on the story of the two disciples who meet Christ on the Emmaus Road, Ruth Haley Barton offers this interactive guide for small groups of spiritual companions who are ready to encounter Christ in transforming ways—right where they are on the road of real life.


Advent

when-god-comes-downWhen God Comes Down | James Harnish
11/29-12/20, Sundays, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Churchwide, Led by Susan & Eric Lindblade
When God Comes Down is a five-week study, providing one lesson for each week of Advent and one for Christmas. Each lesson includes a key Scripture, a brief reflection, discussion/reflection questions, a brief prayer, and a focus for the coming week. In this study, Harnish explores the meaning of the Incarnation…God with us in human flesh. Often our Advent/Christmas journey is focused on us—our memories, feelings, relationships, and experiences. This study puts the focus on God’s action in Jesus Christ. It encourages participants to think more deeply in terms of the biblical, theological, and spiritual meaning of the Nativity and to apply it to their own lives.It looks at the stories of the primary biblical characters in the birth stories through whose lives the miracle of incarnation happened: Zechariah, Elizabeth, Joseph, Mary, Jesus, and a traditional character in nativity plays, but who is not mentioned in the Bible, the innkeeper. Through all these characters, he helps us claim for ourselves the reality of God’s presence with us.


Winter 2016

five-practices-fruitful-livingFive Practices of Fruitful Living
Dr. Robert Schnase

1/10-2/7, Sundays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Churchwide, led by Susan & Eric Lindblade
How do I cultivate a life that is purposeful, deep, and fruitful? What are the commitments, critical risks, and personal practices that open me to God’s grace? How can I discover the spiritual life and the difference God intends for me to make in the world? Radical Hospitality. Passionate Worship. Intentional Faith Development. Risk-Taking Mission and Service. Extravagant Generosity. Five Practices of Fruitful Living provides an honest, practical, and winsome guide to the spiritual journey. By repeating and deepening certain fundamental practices, we cooperate with God in our spiritual growth. These five practices—to receive God’s love, to love God in return, to grow in Christ, to serve others, and to give ourselves fully—as we attend to them and develop them, help us settle ourselves in God and become instruments of God’s grace. Following Christ will change your heart…and through you, God will change the world.

let-it-go-ehmanLet. It. Go. | Karen Ehman
1/10-2/7, Sundays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Yahweh Sisterhood, led by Erin Sloan
Women are wired to control. We do great a great job taking care of our families. But sometimes our strength of being conscientious can morph into the weakness of being a slight—or all out—control freak! This humorous, yet spiritually practical book will help you learn how to control what you should, trust God with what you can’t, and more importantly, decide which one is which! Karen Ehman shows how you can:
• Draw the line between mothering and micromanaging
• Influence your husband instead of manipulating him
• Take control of your schedule yet welcome interruptions from God
• Learn to control your emotions when you can’t control the circumstances
• Stop pursuing the appearance of perfection and start pursuing the person of God

slightly-bad-girlsSlightly Bad Girls of the Bible | Liz Curtis Higgs
1/10-2/7, Sundays, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Led by Laurie Scott
Good women behaving badly. A spiteful boss, a defiant employee, a manipulative mother, a desperate housewife, an envious sister…honey, we know these women. We’ve lived with them, worked with them, or caught a glimpse of them in our mirrors. Now let’s take a look at their ancient counterparts in Scripture: Sarah mistreated her maidservant, Hagar despised her mistress, Rebekah manipulated her son, Leah claimed her sister’s husband, and Rachel envied her fertile sister. They were far from evil, but hardly perfect. Mostly good, yet slightly bad. In other words, these matriarchal mamas look a lot like us. “A Slightly Bad Girl is simply this: a woman unwilling to fully submit to God. We love him, serve him, and worship him, yet we find it difficult to trust him completely, to accept his plan for our lives, to rest in his sovereignty.” —from Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible.

finding-balanceFinding Balance | Becca Stevens
1/4-2/6, Mondays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Led by Linda Mayakis
In this six-week Sisters study, Becca Stevens will help you consider the question of balance in your life—between service and worship, duty and devotion, doing and being. She does this by examining narratives of New Testament women such as Mary and Martha, Lydia, Mary the mother of Jesus, the Canaanite woman, and Mary Magdalene. Becca concludes the study by exploring the anointings of Jesus Christ, in which women played a crucial role. Throughout the study, Becca brings powerful insights from her work in Magdalene, a residential community she founded for women with a criminal history of prostitution and drug abuse. Finding Balance will help you weigh and resolve some of the conflicting impulses in your life, as you seek to follow Jesus Christ.

view-from-a-mountainOn the Edge with Eric
1/5-2/9, Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Room S2
Led by Eric Lindblade
How do we Methodists understand the authority of Scripture? What are the lenses through which we interpret Scripture? Which Scriptures do Methodists find most compelling and which do we find most challenging? These are some of the questions we will wrestle with in this study. Each week brings a new topic. As in the past, some will attend every class while others will come when their schedules permit. Eric leads the class every week and provides both the Scripture and the notes for each day’s lesson. No class preparation is required and there is no homework. Although Eric does lecture, he makes sure there is always plenty of time for free-wheeling discussion. While study of the Bible is the foundation and focus of the course, participants will also learn about Methodist history and Methodist doctrine along the way.

when-the-game-is-overWhen the Game is Over,
It All Goes Back in the Box

John Ortberg
1/5-2/9, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Led by Mark Tolley
What can we take with us to the kingdom of God? In this book, bestselling author, pastor, and consummate storyteller John Ortberg tells us we can take pretty much only what we brought to the game. Everything else goes back in the box—the cash atop the corporate ladder, the vacation home at the lake, and the status vehicle in between. All the tokens, game pieces, and prizes are left behind when you walk away from the table. The only real “winnings” you claim and keep are your own soul and the love you have for Christ and each other. If you think you might need a better game plan—one that offers an eternal perspective—this strategy-filled playbook walks you through what it takes to really win big at the game of life.

holy-bibleWednesday Morning Bible Study
Year-Round, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 a.m.
Group-Led
The Wednesday morning Bible Study offers a time of prayer, fellowship, Bible study, and breakfast. The time begins with a light breakfast, usually breakfast sandwiches, and then prayer concerns are lifted up. At 7:30, the actual study of the Bible begins. The format is freewheeling discussion, as all opinions are welcome. Members take turns in starting the discussion each week and every week everyone takes turns in reading Scripture out loud. While there is no separate course book, most members bring Study Bibles. The study concludes promptly at 8:30 with a closing prayer. Both those who have deep knowledge of Scripture and those who have just recently begun to study Scripture are welcomed.

essentials-of-methodismThe Essentials of Methodism—What Every Methodist Should Know
James Reuteler

1/4-2/8, Mondays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Led by Ken Klingborg
The Essentials of Methodism is a small group study which focuses on the basic beliefs and ethics of what it means to be a Methodist or Wesleyan Disciple of Jesus Christ. This book contains ten lessons on Methodist Essentials. The author holds a B.A. in the Humanities from Texas Wesleyan University, a B.D. in New Testament and Systematic Theology from Candler School of Theology, and a Ph.D. in Christian Social Ethics from Emory University. In addition to being a Dempster Scholar, he served congregations in Texas, Georgia, and Wisconsin. He also taught at the Methodist Theological School in Sibu, Sarawak (Malaysia) and currently lives with his wife Barbara in Aurora, Colorado.

Lent 2016

discover-your-god-given-gifts

Discover Your God-Given Gifts | Don & Katie Fortune
2/14-3/13, Sundays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Churchwide, led by Mark Tolley
Discover Your God-Given Gifts is a great tool to help people understand their personal gifts. This book explores the seven gifts listed in Romans 12:6-8, identifying them as the Perceiver, Server, Teacher, Exhorter, Giver, Administrator, and Compassionate person. Each gift’s strengths and weaknesses are described in detail, as are personal inventories and a lot of other practical information. God wants us to be blessed in life and He also wants the best for the Body of Christ, and both purposes are best served if each Christian knows how he or she fits into the Body. Each of us is a gift to the Body of Christ, because God (and the Lord Jesus Christ) have given us unique ways to serve and minister. Furthermore, when we are doing what God wants us to and has equipped us to do, our life will be more fulfilling and our work more enjoyable. Also, when we are serving in the way God intended us to, we do a much better job than if we are trying to do something God has not equipped us to do. This study is highly recommended for gaining a foundational understanding of these gifts as well as helping each of us recognize and become comfortable with the unique gift we are to the rest of the Body of Christ.

 

Spring 2016

mile-in-her-shoesA Mile in Her Shoes | Sheron C. Patterson
4/4-5/9, Mondays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Led by Linda Mayakis
Life in ancient times was a struggle for survival, many times removed from the relaxed, comfortable existence most of us enjoy today. For women especially, simply living often meant enduring a harsh society that viewed women as voiceless entities more like property than persons. Still, faith blossomed and thrived. Explore the bold, yet inspirational lives of Old Testament women such as Hannah, Hagar, Abigail, and others.

 

 

 


holy-bibleWednesday Morning Bible Study

Year-Round, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 a.m.
Group-Led
The Wednesday morning Bible Study offers a time of prayer, fellowship, Bible study, and breakfast. The time begins with a light breakfast, usually breakfast sandwiches, and then prayer concerns are lifted up. At 7:30, the actual study of the Bible begins. The format is freewheeling discussion, as all opinions are welcome. Members take turns in starting the discussion each week and every week everyone takes turns in reading Scripture out loud. While there is no separate course book, most members bring Study Bibles. The study concludes promptly at 8:30 with a closing prayer. Both those who have deep knowledge of Scripture and those who have just recently begun to study Scripture are welcomed.

 

Other Studies

WesleyStatueWesley Heritage Tour
5/10-5/18, 9-Day England Tour of Wesleyan History (2016)
Led by Susan Lindblade & Jo Hardy
This 9-day program takes you on a journey through England to discover the roots of early Methodism and the ministry of John Wesley. Visit London, Oxford, Epworth, the Old Rectory where John Wesley grew up, The Cotswolds, and much more. Enhance your journey with more days in London or an extension to Ireland! Here are some important dates:
• Tues., September 15, 2015: Deposit & registration due
• Tues., December 1, 2015: Balance due to church office
• Tues., May 10, 2015: Tour leaves RDU/New York
• Wed., May 18, 2016: Tour returns to New York/RDU

 

Fellowship

Dinner Fellowship Groups
Contact:  Barbara Bays – Email Barbara
Location:  In homes of group members or restaurants
These small groups of 6-8 people meet for dinner once a month for 4 months:  February-May and August-November. The members of each group decide where to dine and when. So the schedule is flexible each month. The point is to have fellowship, food, and fun. Potlucks are held at the church in January and July for those wishing to meet potential group members, catch up with former group members, or who just plain like potlucks. Some group members continue to schedule periodic social events after their initial group term is past.

 

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Location & Service Times

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SERVICE TIMES

Traditional: 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m.,
and 11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Contemporary (Souljourn):
9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall

Children's (SHINE):
Begins in 11:15 Traditional, then moves to Room S2

LOCATION

8501 Honeycutt Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
(919) 847-1536

info@nrumc.org