Bible Studies, Classes and Groups

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Ongoing classes and studies

New! Pastors’ Bible Study

Pastors' Bible StudyOur pastors are leading a new Bible study on Sunday evenings from 5:30-7:00 pm in the sanctuary and narthex. The gathering includes a light supper. The topic for the first study is “A Fresh Approach to Revelation”.  This study  began on Sunday, September 16, continuing for 10 weeks. An exciting addition to the study will be a Sunday morning and lunch session on November 11 with Dr. Craig Hill, Dean of Perkins School of Theology and an expert in the book of Revelation.

The study coincides with our student ministry programming and child care will be available, so this is a new way for the whole family to be involved on Sunday evenings at First Church.

 


Brown Bag Theologians

A diverse group of people meet weekly on Tuesdays for lunch,  prayer and to discuss Scripture readings for the next Sunday, reflecting on the sermon’s topic and sharing insights. All are welcome.  Contact Dr. Will Cotton for more information.


Disciple Bible Study

The Disciple Bible Study program is an in-depth study of God’s word which will deepen faith, increase Biblical knowledge, and prepare people for leadership in the church. Traditional (long term) classes begin in August and last 30-34 weeks. Disciple Course Descriptions long term.  Short Term classes begin in August and January and last 8-11 weeks. Disciple Course Descriptions short term. For more information, contact Felicia House or Rae Frenette.


Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Study

Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Study meets on Tuesdays at 9:30 am during the fall and spring. Join us as we explore the Bible through studies by Beth Moore and others. The next study begins on September 11 and is Stuck by Jennie Allen.

For more information and to find out when the next study begins, contact Denise Blomquist at mommystruck@gmail.com.


Wednesday Women’s Bible Study

Wednesday Women’s Bible Study meets on Wednesday mornings & evenings during the fall and spring.  The Wednesday groups meet at 9:30 am and 6:30 pm in Bldg. 5-232. The next 8-week study begins on September 5 and will be Believing Jesus by Lisa Harper.

To register or get more information, contact Janet Reynolds, jreygma@gmail.com, or 512-255-7198.


Life Application Groups

Words to Live By

Studies of character traits that improve our lives are presented by James Lehrmann.  The studies address issues such as What Does God Expect From Me, Why is It Always God’s Fault, and What Does God Want Me to Be Up To and are scripture based, topical discussions.  Classes are offered various evenings of the week and are 6 – 8 weeks long.  Contact James Lehrmann for more information.

Next session begins October 11

Does it make sense to be a Christian?New Fall Bible Study begins Thursday, October 11, 7:00 pm, Bldg. 5-127
Join us for a six week Bible Study entitled “Does It Make Sense To Be A Christian?”  Hear the evidence that backs up your faith and how that evidence helps you to both defend and proclaim the reason for your hope in Jesus Christ. Orientation is Thursday, October 11 with study sessions from October 18 – November 29 (off on November 22 for Thanksgiving).  Register here  or contact James Lehrmann at jameslehrmann@sbcglobal.net.

Topics include:

  • The book of God’s Words
  • The book of God’s works
  • What do the gospels say about who Jesus was
  • Why did Jesus have to die on the cross, and was the resurrection essential?
  • Grace.

Financial Peace University

Financial Peace University is a nine week class to help God’s people get finances under control. Step by step, national financial guru Dave Ramsey walks through a process to serve God’s kingdom by getting out of debt, saving an emergency fund, and ultimately creating wealth. The next class will be in 2018. Contact Rae Frenette at rae@fumc-rr.org or 512-255-3336 for more information.


LifeGroups

LifeGroups are small groups of up to 16 people who join to do Christian life together.  The most joyful Christian walk is done in community, where people share common faith, support each other, grow spiritually, and serve their neighbors together. They are covenant groups that are intentionally multiplying, that is, as a group meets its maximum size, members are trained and sent out to start new LifeGroups as the ministry grows.

LifeGroups may meet on Sunday mornings or weekday evenings, at the church or off campus.  Each meeting is 60-90 minutes with focus and content chosen by the group’s input.

Interested? Click here for more information.


Methodists and What We Believe

Methodism 101

A series of 4 week classes on what it means to be a United Methodist.  Led by Rev. John Clifford, these classes meet on Sunday mornings at 9:40 am several times per year.

The next Methodism 101 class begins on September 9. Register here.

Click here or contact John Clifford for more information.


Prayer and Spirituality

Prayer Labyrinth

A group of people who are interested in our church’s prayer labyrinth and how to extend its ministry to others is forming.  If you’d like to find out more about the Prayer Labyrinth Group, contact Dr. Will Cotton.