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 the link to register.
In addition to the Winter 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.
Winter 2021 Bible Studies
Sermon on the Mount by Jen Wilkin (Women)
Time: Mondays, 9:00-11:00 a.m., beginning January 11
Leader: Louise Padfield
These three chapters contain Jesus’ longest recorded message – a sermon given to his disciples early in his ministry to articulate what the life of a Christ-follower would look like. Most of us have only encountered the Sermon on the Mount in fragments, considering its subdivisions as complete teachings in their own right. A study on blessedness: a reflection on The Lord’s Prayer; a discussion of religious devotion, money, ambition, and relationships. We will study this as one cohesive, well-ordered message, intended to challenge us to think differently about what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Join us as we dig through these verses and seat ourselves on the mountainside to learn at the feet of Jesus, just as his disciples did. The group will meet online – invite a friend or family member to join us from wherever they may live. Please purchase a member’s study guide in advance of the first session. To receive further details and information on how to connect online, please register below.
Greater Than by Francis Chan (Women)
Time: Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., beginning January 12
Location: Bonds Grove Fellowship Hall
Leader: Kristen Assell
Francis Chan is a respected speaker and author, who recently produced a film series entitled Greater Thanto encourage others through his life experience. Through theGreater Thanseries, Francis walks us through his own difficult childhood to help us understand that God is greater than any pain, sin or hardship that we might encounter in this life. Join us as we listen to Francis Chan’s life story and discuss how his story can help us to also embrace that God is greater than any obstacle standing in the way along our life journey as well.
Psalms: Discovering Authentic Worship by Susan Edwards (Women)
Time: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – Noon., beginning January 27
Leader: Marty Cook
Today, faithful believers all over the world will open their bibles to the Psalms – and some will burst into song or prayer. They will sing with others or pray alone. The Psalms speak when we are full of joy but also when unexpected circumstances block the sunshine. The Psalms give us permission to express and process our emotions. The purpose of this study is to deepen your worship of Almighty God. Worship is responding to God because he alone is worthy. When we worship, we celebrate God’s character, works, and plans. We rejoice in our intimate relationship with him. We participate in declaring his majesty and splendor. True worship requires that our heart be engaged, and our senses focused on God. Ladies, let’s learn more about this book together – where we find an armory for life’s battles and a perfect supply for life’s needs.
The Book of Daniel (Co-Ed)
Time: Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m., beginning January 6
Leader: Tony Bentley
The book of Daniel is a favorite for many. It has all the makings of a great story – memorable characters, cliff-hanger drama and science fiction-like visions. Yet while the human actors and events are fascinating, the main purpose of Daniel is to reveal to us who God is – his character, his purposes, his way of working in the world for the good of his people. Join us as we take a closer look at the underlying themes and lessons in the book of Daniel through this 6-week journey together.
Elijah: Faith & Fire by Priscilla Shirer (Women)
Time: Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m., beginning January 14
Leaders: Patsy Sorrell & Angie Vollenweider
Elijah was a man of fiery faith. Often, we consider the exciting elements of Elijah’s story and the great things God did through his life – but before his courageous cry on Mt. Carmel, God took Elijah through a process of sometimes painful growth. At times, God does the same with each and every one of us, so we can be used to bring glory to him in this generation. Join us as we take a closer look at the prophet Elijah and better understand the lessons that his work and ministry reveal in our own lives. This 7-week study includes five days of homework each week.
Now That Faith Has Come by Beth Moore (Women)
Time: Thursdays, 7:00 p.m., beginning in February
Location: McFadden Residence (Marvin) & Online
Leader: Sharon McFadden
The apostle Paul didn’t plan to go to Galatia. God used a physical ailment to direct him there, carrying the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The relationship Paul would build with the Galatian converts led to one of the most passionate letters in the New Testament. Paul would not sit quietly by and let those who’d been liberated by Christ’s glorious gospel submit again to a yoke of slavery. He’d send a letter with the volume turned up, calling believers to stand firm in the truth, stay bold in love, and walk by the Spirit. He’d remind them what it looked like to live for God’s approval rather than human approval. The eternal words God entrusted to Paul are as needed today as they were when then. This study includes five days of homework each week.
Discipleship Essentials by Greg Ogden (Women)
Time: Thursday evenings, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hemby House & Online
Leader: Meg Flouhouse
Jesus’ own pattern of disciple-making was to be intimately involved with others and allow life to rub against life. In 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).
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.