Let’s grow together! Look over the Bible study class opportunities below for 2023-2024, and when you’re ready to sign up for a class click the blue “Register” button. Once you’ve registered be sure to purchase your needed class materials using the red “Purchase Materials” button. 

If you have questions, please contact Scottie Tisdel at stisdel@sharingtheheart.org
DISCIPLE I: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study (In-person & Zoom)
Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm in Dyer Hall & Online
Led by Dr. Tommy Brumett
34 weeks, beginning Sept 6
We think everyone should take Disciple I at leaste once! This course moves through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The first half focuses on the Old Testament and the second half on the New Testament. Participants will read more than 70 percent of the Bible. The Bible readings for each lesson follow the chronological movement of the biblical story. Groups meet weekly for about two hours. Participants commit to personal daily preparation (30-40 minutes) and weekly group meetings (34 weeks).
DISCIPLE I Fast Track: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study
Sundays @ 6:00 pm at Melissa UMC
24 weeks, beginning Sept 10

Disciple I Fast Track is an adaptation of the original Disciple 1 course ideal for busy people who want to fit a comprehensive Bible study into their schedule. Classes cover the entire Bible—from Genesis to Revelation—but in a shorter time. The first half of the course focuses on the Old Testament and the second half on the New Testament. The Bible readings for each lesson follow the chronological movement of the biblical story. Groups meet weekly. Participants commitment to personal daily preparation (30-40 minutes) and weekly group meetings (24 weeks).

DISCIPLE III Fast Track: Remember Who You Are
Sundays @ 6:00 pm at Melissa UMC
24 weeks, beginning Sept 10

This study examines the connection between memory and identity as people of God. There are 12 sessions on the Old Testament prophets, and 13 on the New Testament letters of Paul. Participants commit to personal daily preparation (30-40 minutes) and weekly group meetings (24 weeks). Prerequisite: Disciple 1.

CHRISTIAN BELIEVER: Knowing God with Heart and Mind
Sundays @ 6:00 pm at Melissa UMC
30 weeks, beginning Sept 10

This study focuses on classical teachings of Christianity, including ancient and modern Christian writings and videos by leading Bible scholars. Participants commit to personal daily preparation (30 minutes) and weekly group meetings.

Spiritual Formation (In-person & Zoom)
Sundays @ 4:30 pm
Led by Dr. James Woods
Beginning Sept 3

In a world where the pace of existence is so fast, and life’s patterns are changing all around us it can be a challenge to live faithfully for God’s glory. Spiritual formation, the process of being formed in the image of Christ for the sake of others, is a way to develop spiritual disciplines for a flourishing faith. This class offers a framework for understanding the spiritual disciplines and instruction for developing and nurturing those practices. It is for Christians new and old who understand that we become like Christ gradually, not instantly, and are open to learning practices and activities that lead to a meaningful life with Christ and others.

Making Sense of the Bible
Tuesdays @ 10:00 am in the Hub (Youth Building)
Led by Monty Forrester
8 weeks, beginning Sept 5
This is a six-week study on Rev. Adam Hamilton’s book of honest conversations about the Bible. It addresses some of the often-misunderstood biblical themes, leading participants to a deeper appreciation of the Bible so that we might hear God speak through it and find its words to be life-changing and life-giving.
Note: This class will choose another study and continue meeting after this study ends.
Reading John for Dear Life
Sundays @ 5:00 pm
Led by Rev. Macie Liptoi
8 weeks, beginning Sept 17

Join Pastor Macie for an 8-week study on the Gospel of John, starting September 17th – November 12th from 5-7pm on Sunday nights. We will read and discuss together “Reading John for Dear Life,” by Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles.

Words for Life
Mondays @ 10:00 am
Led by Marilyn Hodge
Beginning Sept 18

It’s easy to get lost in the Bible. With so many different books and interweaving stories, it can feel overwhelming. A small group Bible study is the perfect way to find your place in the Bible, get a better grasp on what you’re reading, and feel more at home in the Word of God!

Marilyn Hodge, who has been teaching bible studies for over two decades, is a gracious and insightful guide who will help you make your way through the Scriptures, pointing out the people, places, and things to pay particular attention to. She will bring the Bible alive as the group reflects on how these ancient words fit into our very contemporary life. Marilyn is a new member of First UMC, and a long-time friend of Pastor Tommy Brumett.

Short Course Bible Study
Tuesdays @ 9:30 am
Led by Sam Peacock
Beginning Sept 12
Join this group led by Sam Peacock as they meet weekly to discuss various short-term (6-8 week) studies. Specific study topic information will be sent to the class by Sam.
This is a fun group, and all are welcome!
The first study will be a 6-week study called “Questions Jesus Asked” by Magrey R. deVega.
This class will choose a new study topic at the completion of this study.


Jesus’ Alternative Plan
Sundays @ 11:00 am in Room B205
Led by Dr. Andrew Clifford and Roger Smidt
Beginning Sept 17

When Jesus talked about the Reign of God, he was talking about an utterly different way of relating to one another. He lays out a blueprint for this alternative lifestyle in his best-known teaching, the Sermon on the Mount. From the Beatitudes onward, the Sermon on the Mount overturns conventional wisdom and traditional power structures, offering an alternative plan for an authentic life.

In this revised and newly titled book, Jesus’ Alternative Plan, Richard Rohr explores the implications of Jesus’ vision, and goes through the teachings, explaining the historical and cultural context of each verse and offering guidance for what it means for humanity today. The result is a clear, yet challenging look at the alternative plan laid out by Jesus.

This updated edition of Jesus’ Plan for a New World will inspire those desiring a transformative understanding of Jesus’ teachings.

This class is offered through First UMC’s Center for Transformative Prayer. 


Powerful Parenting
Select Sundays @ 5:15-6:30 pm. Room E215 (upstairs of Children’s wing)
Led by Dr. Abe Smith and Amy Smith
Beginning Sept 10.  
Childcare is available. Contact Ashley Lehman for childcare: alehman@sharingtheheart.org
Powerful Parenting is a transformative journey designed to empower and equip you with the tools, insights, and strategies needed for rewarding and meaningful parenting. This class is thoughtfully crafted to address the unique challenges of modern parenting while drawing on time-tested wisdom. We will discuss topics such as building strong connections, setting boundaries with love, navigating challenges, caring for each other, and healthy use of technology. This class is for new parents, experienced parents, and anyone involved in the upbringing of children. Meets every other Sunday from 5:15-6:30pm beginning September 10th. [Sept. 10 & 24, Oct. 1 & 15, Nov. 5 & 19]
About the Leaders: 

Abe and Amy have four teenage children and have spent their lives working with kids of all ages. They both have degrees in education, have taught several parenting classes, have been guest speakers at schools and parent groups, and Abe served as a youth minister for nearly 20 years. They don’t have all the answers, but they’ve gleaned a lot of wisdom around parenting and look forward to sharing it with you.


The Lord’s Prayer
Wednesdays @ 6:45-8:00 pm
Led by Christie Dickson
6 weeks, beginning Sept 13 

This six-week study by Rev. Adam Hamilton guides us to really know-and really pray-the Lord’s Prayer. It explores each line and meaning in the Bible, showing what we ask of God and what we ask of ourselves through its words. Learn how to use it as a pattern for your own prayer life.


LUKE: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws
Wednesdays @ 9:30-11:00 am
Group: Rose Christian LADIES Bible Study
6 weeks, beginning Sept 13 

“Through this six-week study, Rev. Adam Hamilton explores the life, teaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus came to lift up the lowly. Throughout his ministry to his final days on the road to the cross, we find stories of his relationships with ordinary, flawed, and unexpected people. He met, dined, and traveled with people who were not perfect. Many of them were struggling, some were outsiders or even outlaws. Whoever they were, from those he healed to the outlaws with him at his crucifixion, Jesus brought the good news of God’s kingdom to those who most needed to hear it. Through Luke’s stories we find Jesus’ care and compassion for all as he welcomes sinners and outcasts. As we study Luke and see Jesus’ concern for those who were considered unimportant, we hear a hopeful and inspiring word for our lives today.”