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Bible Studies & Small Groups

Encouraging people on their journey to discover extraordinary life in Christ.

Our Mission Statement is a call to not only center our lives in Christ but to encourage others to take this journey. We encourage one another to commit their lives to Christ because we have experienced Extraordinary Life in following Jesus as Lord. Following Jesus as Lord is a journey of amazing joy and the challenge of experiencing profound change at the same time. We Encourage because we have discovered that following Jesus is Life!

This Extraordinary Life is described in many ways: Salvation, New Life, Transformation, Being Saved, Maturing Faith, Discipleship, Becoming Aware. Each description represents profound change, a new orientation in life. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus changes everything. Because he has been resurrected and lives, we are invited to live resurrected lives reflecting his love and glory.

The Christian Life is a highly personal experience lived in community. We are invited to experience love and forgiveness in a very real way, but faith is not a private matter. Faith is lived out in community. Below, you will find opportunities to mature as a disciple in community. Sharing our lives together as we study scripture, the Christian Life, and share burdens will transform us in ways we never imagined. Let us commit to pray for one another as we seek to live out the call to Encourage one another on the Journey to Discover Extraordinary Life in Christ.

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 2017 studies will be available on Starting Point Sunday, August 27, and in the Atrium, September 3 and 10. Early registration is ENCOURAGED since extra materials will need to be ordered by September 4.

Fall 2017
Advent 2017
Winter 2018
Lent 2018
Spring 2018
Care & Connection


Fall 2017

Disciple I (Fast Track) | Richard B. Wilke
9/5-11/28 Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Bring your lunch!)
Led by Ashley Will
9/5-11/28 Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Led by Duke Lackey
The DISCIPLE Bible Study Program provides an effective opportunity to grow in understanding of the Bible and the value of Scripture for daily life. The program focuses on the disciple as learner, believer, follower, proclaimer, and servant while providing the fellowship of a small group for study, prayer, preparation, support, and servanthood. There are daily study assignments for each lesson in the student handbook that add to the students’ understanding and help develop the spiritual discipline of daily Bible study. Additional resources include a weekly video lesson segment, supplemental study books and a wealth of Bible-era maps and charts. The 24-week study gives the Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God and draws upon the work of scholars to aid understanding of the Bible.


Choosing Gratitude | Nancy Leigh DeMoss
9/10-11/19, Sundays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Yahweh Sisterhood, led by Kristi Reeves-Pennington

Gratitude is a choice. If we fail to chose it, by default we choose ingratitude. And once allowed into the heart, ingratitude does not come by itself but with a lot of other seedy companions that only succeed in stealing joy. To not choose gratitude—daily and deliberately—is more costly than we usually realize. And when we do choose a lifestyle of heartfelt, humble gratitude, we are mindful of the benefits received from our gracious Savior and those He has placed around us. By intentionally thanking God and others, bitterness and entitlement are replaced with joy and the humble realization of just how undeserving we really are. Derived from a popular Revive Our Hearts radio series, Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy challenges and equips the reader to live a life of intention. A life based on thankfulness—for the freedom Christ has provided and for the blessings of others.


The Girl’s Still Got It | Liz Curtis Higgs
9/10-11/26, Sundays, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Women’s study, led by Laurie Scott

Walk with Ruth as she travels from Moab to Bethlehem, certain of her calling, yet uncertain of her future. Hold Naomi’s hand and watch love put the pieces of her broken life back together. And hang out with Boaz, their kinsman-redeemer, who blesses both women and honors God, big time. With best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs by your side, you’ll tarry in the corners of their ancient houses, listen to their conversations, and consider every word of every verse until you can say, “I totally get the book of Ruth. And I see what God is trying to teach me through this rags-to-riches redemption story—he has a plan for my life.” Girl, does he ever! Think of it as time travel without gimmicks, gizmos, or a DeLorean: a novel approach to Bible study that leaps from past to present, gleaning timeless truths that speak to the heart.


Embraced by God | Babbie Mason
9/11-10/31, Mondays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Led by Mary Louise Stockett

A small-group study to help women of all ages explore the transformational power of God’s love and acceptance. Every woman longs to know that she is loved, accepted, and valued. Yet many women struggle to understand and accept just how much God really loves them. Drawing upon her own personal journey to understand how very much God loves her not as a singer or teacher but as His beloved daughter, contemporary gospel singer Babbie Mason equips women to accept God’s unfailing love. The book features three sections:

  • Understanding God’s embrace
  • A Twenty-One Day Journey to Receive God’s Embrace
  • Stepping Out in Faith Knowing You Are Embraced by God

Babbie’s warm, creative, and friendly approach will engage readers and encourage them on this blessed journey.


A Study of Mark’s Gospel
9/12-10/4, Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Led by Duke Lackey

The Gospel of Mark is the earliest of our four Gospels. Mark is a brilliant evangelist/writer/storyteller. The whole purpose of his Gospel is to move the hearers/readers to make the decision to follow Jesus as Lord. We will be placing this Gospel in historical context, discovering how the first hearers were impacted by Jesus’ message, and make the connection to our lives today. The class preparation will be to read Mark’s Gospel, come with an expectation to discover something new, an open heart to encounter the living Christ in our study and fellowship, and a willingness to allow that encounter to transform our lives. You are asked to be in prayer as you read, study, discuss, and grow. This will be a lecture and discussion class.


The Divine Dance | Richard Rohr
9/13-11/1, Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Led by Melissa Auten
The Trinity is supposed to be the central, foundational doctrine of our entire Christian belief system, yet we’re often told that we shouldn’t attempt to understand it because it is a ‘mystery’. Should we presume to try to breach this mystery? If we could, how would it transform our relationship with God and renew our lives? In the pages of this book, internationally recognized teacher Richard Rohr circles around this most paradoxical idea as he explores the nature of God—circling around being an apt metaphor for this mystery we’re trying to apprehend. Although early Christians gave us some highly conceptualized thinking on the life of the Trinity, the best they could say, again and again, was, Whatever is going on in God is a flow-it’s like a dance. But God is the dance itself, and He invites you to be a part of that dance. Are you ready to join in?


Men’s Book Club | Various
9/18 & 11/20, Mondays, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Led by various hosts
The NRUMC Men’s Book Club was formed to provide an opportunity for men to enjoy good fellowship and conversation about books. The meetings are informal and usually held in members’ homes. Books are selected by members at the last meeting of each year for the following year. If your book is chosen, you often will be leading the discussion. Leaders and hosts are chosen by rotation, and hosts typically provide refreshments, but hosts and leaders are not always the same person. The first book on our fall schedule is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. If interested in joining the group, please contact Ted Kunstling ( or 919.787.5282).


A Study of the Psalms
11/7-11/28, Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Led by Ashley Will
This four-week study of the book of Psalms illuminates one of the most beloved but least-read books of the Bible. The Psalms engage the diversity of human emotions: these prayers give us words to praise God in the good times, words for pleading for deliverance in the difficult times, and words to thank God for bringing us through these hard times. Join us as we engage with these ancient prayers and songs, and discover how they might speak to our own contemporary spiritual experiences. No previous Bible study experience is required to attend—come as you are!



Journey: Moms’ Study Group
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Led by Cassidy Plunkett
Moms of children of all ages are invited to journey together through Bible study and fellowship. Our focus will be supporting one another in prayer and searching scripture to better understand God’s love for us.

To register, click here. if you have questions, email Cassidy Plunkett or call her at 919.847.1536 x103.




Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Year-Round, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 a.m.
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 around 8:00 a.m. with a closing prayer. Both those who have deep knowledge of Scripture and those who have just recently begun to study Scripture are welcomed.


God Is in the Manger | Dietrich Bonhoeffer
12/5-12/19, Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
(Bring your lunch!)

Churchwide, led by Ashley Will
(also opportunities for home group study)

“There are only two places where the powerful and great in this world lose their courage, tremble in the depths of their souls, and become truly afraid. These are the manger and the cross of Jesus Christ.” “No priest, no theologian stood at the cradle of Bethlehem. And yet, all Christian theology finds its beginnings in the miracle of miracles, that God became human.” These stirring words are among forty devotions that guide and inspire readers as they move thematically through the weeks of Advent and Christmas, from waiting and mystery to redemption, incarnation, and joy. Supplemented by an informative introduction, short excerpts from Bonhoeffer’s letters, and passages from his Christmas sermons, these daily devotions are timeless and moving reminders of the true gift of Christmas.

Winter 2018 – TBA

Lent 2018 – TBA

Spring 2018 – TBA


Care & Connection

First Wednesday Fellowship Dinners
9/6-12/6/17, 1st Wednesday of the month
5:00-6:30 p.m.

Churchwide, sponsored by various church ministries
Come join the rest of the church as we enjoy a delicious meal, fun fellowship, and the chance to get to know people that you may not have met! There will also be outreach/mission opportunities for all ages after each dinner.


Women’s Retreat: The Gift of Friendship
4/16/18-4/18/18, Lake Junaluska
Led by the women of NRUMC
Retreat cost: Double $275, Single $325
(includes meals & lodging)
Deposit of $100 due with registration.
Registration deadline is Sept. 30, 2017. Balance due by Oct. 30, 2017.
Join us for what has become an annual event for the ladies of the church in a time of spiritual nourishment and fellowship.






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Location & Service Times

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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


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