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!

East Cobb Campus Fall 2018 Studies

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.

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, is a weekend retreat with a focus on the Holy Spirit. Study guides will be handed out at the first class session. To learn more about Alpha, watch this video »

For the classes that have a zip code listed for the location, the home address for the hosts will be sent prior to the first class.

Sundays | 9:15-10:45am | September 9 – November 18 | A35 | Facilitated by Betty and Ben Hornsby

Mondays | 7-8:30pm | September 10 – November 19 | 30068 | Facilitated by Anne and Dave Perry

Tuesdays | 7-8:30pm | September 11 – November 13| 30068 | Facilitated by Genia and Will Crane

Wednesdays | 9:45-11:15am | September 5 – November 14 | B109 | Facilitated by Melissa Ford

Thursdays | 7-8:30pm | September 6-November 15 | 30068 | Facilitated by Lim and Jared Latham

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1 & 2 Peter: Life Lessons

Has your peace been stolen? Dreams crushed? Hope lost? Life has a way of not turning out like we wanted. The disciple Peter knew what it was like to go through tough times. Threats. Punishment. Time in jail. Beatings. False words. He’d seen enough to know how to stay strong in tough times. So he wrote a survival manual. He describes how we should act and respond when life isn’t fair. His words of wisdom are beacons of hope for making it through hard times. Peter’s counsel may surprise you. But it may be just what you need when you are between the rock and a hard place.

Sundays | 5:30-7pm | August 12 – November 18 | B115 | Facilitated by Clyde Almy
A copy of Lucado’s Study Guide: 1 & 2 Peter (for the Almy class only) is available in the Mt. Bethel bookstore.

Wednesdays | 10am-12 noon| August 22 – November 7 | B118 | Facilitated by Gaylyn Kelly

Wednesdays | 6:30-8pm| September 5 – October 17 | B116 | Facilitated by Joshua Toepper

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 | 10-11:30 am | October 2 – November 13 | A23 | Facilitated by Randy Mickler

The Church on a Mission

The New Testament Church from 30 A.D. to 130 A.D. grew dramatically from 125 believers to 20 million Christians in just 100 years. That is remarkable growth by any standard of measure!

Today, however, the church, especially the Western church, is in decline. What caused the incredible drop in the church? Where do we go from here to once again become a missional church?

Wednesdays | 6:30-8:00pm | August 8 – August 15 | B116 | Facilitated by John Freeland

The Good & Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love

In this third book in the Apprentice Series, James Bryan Smith helps us know how to live in relationship with others as apprentices of Jesus. “Apprentices of Jesus are not part-time do-gooders,” he writes. “They live in continuous contact with the kingdom of God, and are constantly men and women in whom Christ dwells. They do not sometimes tell the truth, sometimes live sacrificially or sometimes forgive. There are myriad opportunities for us to impact the world in which we live.” Yet many times we’ve gotten it wrong, tending to emphasize personal faith over social justice or vice versa. In these pages Jim Smith shows us how to bring spiritual formation and community engagement together, and then once again offers spiritual practices that root new, true narratives about God and the world in our souls. His insight and humility as a fellow learner with us will lead us to live in authentic ways as a good and beautiful community of Christ-followers, shining the light of the Spirit into every relationship.

A copy of The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love is available in the Mt. Bethel bookstore.

Sundays | 9:30-10:30am | September 9 – November 4 | F322 | Facilitated by Elaine Friedrich

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 | 6:30-8pm| September 12 – October 24 | B118 | Facilitated by Steve Franks

Tuesdays | 10-11:30am | October 2 – November 6 | B118 | Facilitated by Mary Allphin

Financial Peace University

Financial Peace University is a nine-lesson class taught by financial expert Dave Ramsey that will teach you how to take control of your money. The Financial Peace University membership kit is $91. If you don’t already have a FPU membership kit, just bring a check to the first class. The Financial Peace University membership kit will be distributed during the first class meeting.

Wednesdays | 6:30-8pm | September 5 – October 24 | B115 | Facilitated by Darren Strozier

Galatians

In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he addresses the primary issue in the church in Galatia. The Gentile converts were being forced to convert to Judaism in addition to accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior. As the thread of the Law runs through this New Testament book, Paul emphasizes freedom from the Law through Christ. He not only tells the church at Galatia to live ethically, but also reveals the true fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Thursdays | 6:30-8pm | August 23 – September 27 | A35 | Facilitated by Ben Thomas

Legacy Journey

The Legacy Journey is a seven-week, biblically based class that teaches you how to truly live and leave a legacy for generations to come. This class will lead you deeper into investing, basic estate planning, purposeful living, safeguarding your legacy, and discovering the keys to generational wealth and true generosity. The Legacy Journey membership kit is $91. If you don’t already have a Legacy Journey membership kit, just bring a check to the first class. The Legacy Journey membership kit will be distributed during the first class meeting.

Wednesdays | 6:30-8pm | October 3 – November 14 | B109 | Facilitated by Larry Armstrong

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 | 9:30-11:00am | October 2 – November 13 | A18 | Facilitated by Cindi Fain

Tuesdays | 7:00-8:30pm | October 2 – November 13 | A18 | Facilitated by Cindi Fain

Disciple Bible Studies

Disciple Fast Track: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study (DFT1)

This is the first study in the four part Disciple Bible Study series. It provides a viable option for busy people seeking comprehensive engagement over time with the entire biblical text. This study is an overview of the whole Bible. Fast Track groups meet for a total of 24 weeks, devoting 12 weeks each to the Old Testament and the New Testament. Participants read a manageable 3-5 chapters of the Bible daily in preparation for the weekly meetings, which lasts 75 minutes.

A copy of Disciple Fast Track: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study is available in the Mt. Bethel bookstore.

Sundays | 9:15-10:45am | August 26 – March 24 | F002 | Facilitated by Terry Vick

Disciple Fast Track: Into the Word Into the World (DFT2)

Disciple Fast Track Into the Word Into the World is an adaptation of the original, bestselling Disciple Bible Study Into the Word Into the World. The study is ideal for busy people who want to fit an in-depth Bible study into their schedule. The study retains the familiar Disciple format with its theme word, theme verse, statement of the human condition, daily and weekly assignments, and prayer.

Into the Word helps readers deepen their understanding of Scripture and make connections between what they already know and what they are reading. Each week you will encounter three spiritual disciplines, learn what they are, and how you can engage those disciplines. The first discipline varies from week to week, then moves into Sabbath and prayer. In every session, you commit to how you will respond to Scripture in terms of ministry in the world.

Into the World identifies some needs in the world for which ministry is needed and suggests possible responses, then invites participants to summarize the scripture message that will shape their ministry and to decide what response and commitment to make to that message. Each week you will be guided in experiencing the gift of Sabbath rest and renewal. Classes meet for a total of 24 weeks, studying Genesis-Exodus and Luke–Acts for 12 sessions each. Daily preparation is manageable, with 3–5 chapters of the Bible to read each day.

A copy of Disciple Fast Track: Into the Word Into the World is available in the Mt. Bethel bookstore.

Wednesdays | 6:30-7:45pm | August 29 – March 27 | B112 | Facilitated by Don Taylor

Disciple Fast Track: Remember Who You Are (DFT3)

This Disciple Fast Track is an adaptation of the original, bestselling Disciple Bible Study: Remember Who You Are. The study is ideal for busy people who want to fit an in-depth Bible study into their schedule. The study retains the familiar Disciple format with its theme word, theme verse, statement of the human condition, daily and weekly assignments, and prayer.

This study examines the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. Participants will find common themes, including calls to remember, calls to repent, calls for renewal, and calls for community.

In this study manual, there are 12 sessions on the 13 New Testament letters traditionally attributed to Paul. Paul is continually calling hearers and readers back to their God and to a sense of who they are as a people “set apart.” Daily reading assignments are designed to establish the historical context in which Paul wrote. Readers will encounter “The Word of the Lord,” with comments on Scripture and amplification of meaning, as well as “Marks of Obedient Community,” which identifies beliefs, attitudes, and actions of the obeying community. “Marks” is the faith response to “Our Human Condition.”

A copy of Disciple Fast Track: Remember Who You Are is available in the Mt. Bethel bookstore.

Sundays | 9:15-10:45am | August 26 – March 24 | F201| Facilitated by Maren Vick

Disciple IV: Under the Tree of Life

Disciple IV Under the Tree of Life is the final study in the four-phase DISCIPLE program. The study concentrates on Old Testament Writings, the Gospel of John, the Epistles of John, James, Jude, and finally, Revelation. Emphasis on the Psalms as Israel’s hymnbook and prayer book leads naturally to an emphasis on worship in the study. Present through the entire study is the sense of living toward completion – toward the climax of the message and the promise, extravagantly pictured in Revelation. The image of the tree and the color gold emphasize the prod and promise in the Scriptures. The word under in the title is meant to convey invitation, welcome, sheltering, security, and rest – home at last.

A copy of Disciple: Under the Tree of Life is available in the Mt. Bethel bookstore.

Sundays | 5:00-7:30pm | August 12 – May 5| B116 | Facilitated by Ed Craven