We encourage everyone to connect to other members and worshipers at WUMC through Bible Studies. You are welcome to join at any time. Invite your friends and neighbors as a way to encourage others to learn more about the Christian faith and connect with the church body. New Bible studies begin throughout the year! Below you’ll find new Bible Studies for Fall 2020 as well as the link to register.
In addition to the Fall Bible Studies listed below, be sure to also visit our Life Groups, Disciple Bible Study and Sunday Classes pages where you will find additional Bible study opportunities – or see the Quick View Schedule of all adult discipleship groups this fall below. If you have questions or would like assistance in finding a group, please contact Patsy Sorrell, Director of Adult Discipleship at 704-814-1308.
Fall 2020 Adult Bible Studies
New! Discipleship Essentials (Women’s Bible Study)
Time: Thursday evenings, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hemby House
Leader: Meg Flouhouse
Jesus’ own pattern of disciple-making was to be intimately involved with others and allow life to rub against life. By gathering together to study the Bible and encourage one another, we most closely follow the example Jesus modeled through his relationship with the twelve disciples. This study resource is designed to help you follow this pattern and grow as a disciple of Jesus and in relationship with others looking to intentionally grow in faith. This group will meet in-person (or if you prefer you may join the group virtually). Please click here to register.
New! Online Disciple I: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study
Disciple I is an amazing journey through the entire Bible, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God. The study draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading of the participants and group discussion that aid participants in deeper Biblical understanding and spiritual growth. The group meets for 34 weeks and involves approximately 30 minutes of daily homework. If you are interested in joining an ONLINE group, please call or email Patsy Sorrell to express your interest. Date and time will be determined based upon interest.
Better: A Study of Hebrews by Jen Wilkin (Women’s Bible Study)
Time: Mondays, 9:00 a.m., beginning September 14
Leader: Louise Padfield
Join us as we travel verses-by-verse through this study, Better: A Study of Hebrews. The author, Jen Wilkin will help us explore how God “provided something better for us” in the person of Jesus Christ (Heb 11:40). Through stories of the Old Testament heroes and practices, the Biblical author of Hebrews demonstrated how the new covenant is superior to the old, and how Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of every promise. We’ll explore familiar verses in the context of the entire Bible, learning how to place our hope and faith in Christ alone. Please plan to purchase your workbook in advance of the first session.
Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby and Claude King (Men’s Bible Study)
Time: Mondays, 8:00 p.m., beginning August 31
Leader: Trevor Smith
Gents, if you’re 30-50’s with kids of any age, join us as we begin a new study, Experiencing God. Through this study you’ll find God is inviting you into a relationship through which he reveals his will, his ways and his work and recognize how to hear his voice and see his activity around you. We will meet on Monday evenings for a 45 minute virtual meeting and once a month for an in-person gathering at an outdoor venue. We’re a laid back group of dads looking to connect with other guys in the church and grow in faith. Hope to see you!
The Good Gospel: Understand the Greatest News You’ve Ever Heard by Jennie Allen (Women’s Bible Study)
Time: Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., beginning September 8
Location: Bonds Grove Fellowship Hall
Leader: Kristen Assell
So many of us claim to know the gospel, but sometimes we can forget what it actually means for our lives.Jesus. What he did for us changes everything! Whether you’ve walked with Jesus for years or never understood who Jesus even is — this study is for you. Join us as we look at the foundation of our faith to discover how God brings us from death to life, from fallen to free.
The Book of Acts (Men’s Bible Study)
Time: Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., beginning September 9
Location: Fellowship Hall
Leader: Dwight Jacobs
This men’s group gathers for fellowship and bible study and consists mostly of 40+ men, but ages all arewelcome. This fall the group will study the Book of Acts.
Steadfast: A Devotional Bible Study of The Book of James by Courtney Doctor (Women’s Bible Study)
Time: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. beginning September 16
Leader: Marty Cook
Faithfulness regardless of our circumstances. That’s what it means to be steadfast. But in a world where so much can undermine our faith or pull us off track, steadfastness is often a rare and elusive trait. James longs for his readers to be steadfast. His letter meets us in our suffering and sickness, our trials and temptations, our wealth and poverty, our ups and downs. He confronts our sin, our speech, and our pride. He encourages believers to have a more resilient and concrete faith: not just to hear the word, but to do it. He calls us to persevere in truth in a world of lies and to see that God’s steadfast love is ultimately the source of our faith. In a fickle and wayward age, we need Biblical wisdom if we are to stay the course and be steadfast saints. The Book of James provides this wisdom, and Steadfast will help us apply it.
Pastor’s Bible Study – The Gospel of Luke (Co-Ed Bible Study)
Time: Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. beginning September 9
Leader: Rev. Dr. Terry Moore
Luke shares the “good news” of Jesus Christ to Theophilus, the “one who loves God.” In his gospel, Luke introduces us to our Lord, Jesus the Christ, and his mission. In his sequel, the Book of Acts, Luke shares how the mission of Jesus Christ continues through the church by the power of the Holy Spirit. As people who “love God,” join us to hear Luke’s message for us in this Gospel. In January, we will continue to hear Luke’s proclamation of the Holy Spirit and the church through the Book of Acts. We look forward to studying God’s holy word together. Please register to receive information on how to join the group.
The Gospel of Mark by Francis Chan (Women’s Bible Study)
Time: Thursdays, 1:00 p.m. beginning September 10
Leader: Kendra Wallace
Join us as Francis Chan takes us through the fast-paced, action-packed Gospel of Mark. With video-teachings set in the Holy Land, we will read God’s Word, while getting a glimpse of where Jesus walked, taught, healed, ministered, and eventually died – because he so loved us. There is no required study materials or homework involved – just a desire to know “the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1).
Matchless: The Life and Love of Jesus by Angie Smith (Women’s Bible Study)
Time: Thursdays, 7:00 p.m., beginning September 10
Location: Marvin & Online
Leader: Sharon McFadden
Who is Jesus? Why did he come to earth? How can I know him? We live in a world where there is a lot of confusion about Jesus. Too often people want to shape him and his message to fit their personal needs or agendas. So how can we know the truth? In this study we will take a look at the story of our matchless Savior – his mission, miracles, and message. Whether you’ve walked with him for years or are meeting him for the first time, this study will deepen your understanding of Jesus through Biblical, historical, and cultural insight and help you see him less as an iconic figure and more as an intimate friend.
Sermon on the Mount by Jen Wilkin (Women’s Bible Study)
Time: Fridays, 9:30 a.m. beginning September 25
Leader: Angie Vollenweider
What does it mean to be a citizen of the kingdom of Heaven? The Sermon on the Mount articulates what the life of a Christ-follower looks like, asking us the same questions it posed to its original hearers: How should a disciple relate to sin? To others? To the law? How does a disciple think, speak, and act? These are all great questions with which that many of us sometimes struggle. Join us as we examine the words of Jesus, and be transformed as he challenges us to think differently about repentance, salvation, and sanctification. Leader Angie Vollenweider looks forward to exploring the answers to these questions with you and discover what God will teach us through this study and each other!
We also offer many Life Groups and Sunday Classes that meet throughout the week as well as Disciple Bible Study classes. Click the links for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Patsy Sorrell.