Sunday School, Alpha, Bible, and Disciple Studies

Sunday School classes also offer opportunities to be part of a community of faith. Check out our list of classes, and stop by one (or a few) to find the one that’s right for you. All classes are delighted to have new members or guests. And sometimes there’s food!

Class times and dates are posted in the registration links below each class description. Nursery is available for most Bible studies for children up to age ten. Please indicate your childcare needs when registering.

East Cobb Campus Winter Studies 2019

Acts: The Power of the Holy Spirit Unleashed

The book of Acts begins where the gospel of Luke ends. In this historical account of the early Christian church, as the power of the Holy Spirit fills the lives of believers in life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This class will study the twenty-eight chapters of this New Testament book in order to better understand the activities of the Christian community in that period of time.

Tuesdays | 10-11:30am | January 15 – March 26 | A23 | Facilitated by Randy Mickler

Alpha: Exploring Questions of Life and Faith

Alpha begins a conversation around the big issues of faith and unpacks the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus? and How can I have faith? Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. As a part of the class, you will participate in a weekend retreat with a focus on the Holy Spirit. Study guides will be handed out at the first class session.

Sundays | 9:15-10:45am | January 13 – March 24 | Olympia Room | Facilitated by Terri Teague
Tuesdays | 10-11:30am | January 15 – March 26 | B118 | Facilitated by Mary Allphin

Embracing Purpose

Embracing Purpose is designed to help you find, love and live your God-given purpose based on your unique design and calling from God. This action-oriented course challenges you to live beyond yourself for God’s glory by blessings others with your time, talents and energy. At some point in our lives most of us realize something’s missing, but we can’t figure out what. Embracing Purpose offers a unique self-discovery process that helps you find your answers and get the rich, purposeful life you want.

Workbook available at the first meeting (please bring $20); two online assessments required (one free, one $15 additional cost).

Tuesdays | 10-11:30am | February 26 – May 14 | B116 | Facilitated by Jana Combs

Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy

We were never meant to take this journey of faith alone or in secret. God has entrusted us with the great and mighty gift of the gospel, something too precious and life-giving to keep to ourselves.
This six-session Bible study will encourage you to guard what God has entrusted to you, further His kingdom by sharing Christ with others, and pour into future generations just as Paul once mentored Timothy. Because in this journey of joy and hardship, we need each other to stay the course and live a life of faithfulness.

A copy of Entrusted: A Bible Study of 2 Timothy is available in the Mt. Bethel bookstore.

Wednesdays | 9:45-11:15am | January 9 – February 13 | B109 | Facilitated by Melissa Ford

The Epic of Eden: Ruth by Sandra L. Richter

In this Epic of Eden: Ruth Study Book, Dr. Sandra Richter makes each of the characters in the book of Ruth (Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz) come alive. Participants in this study — young and old, men and women, churched and unchurched — will be challenged as they see themselves in these characters and find themselves faced with many of the same questions and challenges. Here is real life, lived out by real people with real fears, real struggles, real hope, and real faith.

Participants will need a Bible and a copy of The Epic of Eden: Ruth by Sandra Richter, which is available in the Mt. Bethel Bookstore.

Wednesdays | 10-11:30am| January 16 – February 13| B118 | Facilitated by Gaylyn Kelly

Holding Fast: A Conversation About Our Foundation and Future

“What comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us” (A.W. Tozer in The Knowledge of the Holy). As we begin to examine the basics of Christianity by exploring God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we begin to lay down a framework for our faith. With a focus on the Scriptures, we have a firm foundation for our faith. This bedrock of belief, forms our worldview. This study will ground believers in the basics of the faith while tackling some of the more difficult challenges in today’s culture and our denomination.

Sundays | 9:30-10:30am | January 6 – February 10 | F322 | Facilitated by Leon Monroe
Sundays | 11am-noon | January 6 – February 10 | B111 | Facilitated by Dave Perry
Wednesdays | 6:30-8pm | January 9 – February 13 | B118 | Facilitated by Jonathan Lawson & Joshua Toepper

The 8 Core Values of Christian Life & Leadership

In 1998 a Methodist Pastor by the name of Wes Griffin, who had been a missionary in Estonia along with his wife Joy, had recently recovered from a bout with cancer and during this difficult season of his life received a vision from God to empower Christian leaders around the world through eight core values of Christian leadership. International Leadership Institute was born. Twenty years later over 250,000 Christian leaders in over 80 countries have received this training and seen the fruit of thousands of lives impact for the kingdom of God in a way that could only be described as life changing! Join us for this class and find out what God might have in store for you!

Wednesdays | 6:30-8pm | February 27 – May 15 | B109 | Facilitated by Carey Akin

The Magnificent Story: Uncovering a Gospel of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth

We are story-making people. We love reading stories―and we love hearing the personal stories of others. We need stories, or narratives, to make sense of our world. And those stories shape our lives. What is the story you have been told about the gospel? About God? About the Christian life? About Jesus? About the cross? About yourself? About heaven? Your answers to these questions will form a story that will determine how your life will go. The answers reveal your ability to trust, to love, to hope―and even your capacity for joy. Any story worth giving the power to shape our lives must pass a simple test: is it beautiful, good, and true? If it is, then it is a Magnificent Story―and that is where transformation takes place. From James Bryan Smith, author of the bestselling book Good and Beautiful God, comes this spiritual formation resource meant to help both individuals and groups understand the Magnificent Story of Christ in their lives.

A copy of The Magnificent Story is available in the Mt. Bethel bookstore.

Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30pm | January 9 – March 6| B111 | Facilitated by Leon Monroe

Matthew: Life Lessons

You have to wonder what Jesus saw in Matthew. You also have to wonder what Matthew saw in Jesus with dirt under his nails, calloused hands, holes in his sandals, and not connected with the clout in the local church. These two were quite a pair.
Matthew accepted Jesus’ invitation and never looked back. He spent the rest of his life convincing people to follow this Jesus as the Messiah. The relationship Jesus had with Matthew can serve to convince us that if Jesus had a place for Matthew, He may have a place for us, too.

Wednesdays | 6:30-8pm | January 9 – March 13 | B116 | Facilitated by Steve Franks

Praising and Praying through the Psalms

The Psalms have always been a special source of inspiration, comfort, and strength for believers throughout the centuries. In our study of Praising and Praying through the Psalms, we will experience God’s presence through a lifestyle of worship as we study and meditate on a particular psalm each week. We will receive the ministry God has provided to us through the finished work of Christ and His gift of the Holy Spirit, and learn how to share this ministry with others.

Tuesdays | 9:30-11am | January 29 – March 26 | A18 | Facilitated by Cindi Fain
Tuesdays | 7-8:30pm | January 29 – March 26 | A18 | Facilitated by Cindi Fain

Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today

In Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today, widely-respected Bible and Jesus scholar, N. T. Wright gives new life to the old, tattered doctrine of the authority of scripture, delivering a fresh, helpful, and concise statement on the current “battles for the Bible,” and restoring scripture as the primary place to find God’s voice. In this revised and expanded version of The Last Word, Wright shows how both evangelicals and liberals are guilty of misreading Scripture and reveals a new model for understanding God’s authority and the Bible.

A copy of Scripture and the Authority of God is available in the Mt. Bethel Bookstore.

Sundays | 5:30-7pm | January 13 – March 24 | B115 | Facilitated by Clyde Almy