Studying God's Word

BUMC offers many ways to grow in God's word through studies all grounded in scripture.  

Tuesday Morning Women’s Study  

The first Spring study begins on Tuesday, January 13, 2023, at 9:30 AM

Classes are held in the Holy Grounds Room of Fellowship Hall

Expecting to see Jesus by Anne Graham Lotz

In this nine-session small group Bible study, Anne Graham Lotz 
delivers a new message from the Mount of Olives in Israel and issues a wake-up call using 
the signs of Jesus'  return. In it, Anne leads you through a Bible study workshop, joined by pastors 
Crawford Loritts and Henry Blackaby for seven additional sessions to discuss the experience of a deeper, richer relationship with God through a life-changing, fire blazing revival. Anne knows from personal 
experience that it's in the busyness of our days, as we're drifting into a comfortable complacency, we most 
need a wake-up call—a jolt that pushes us to seek a revival of our passion for Jesus that began as a blazing 
fire but somehow has died down to an ineffective glow. In Expecting to See Jesus, Anne shows how you 
can experience an authentic, deeper, richer relationship with God in a life-changing, fire-blazing revival. 

Sessions include:
1. He’s Coming!
2. Listening for His Voice: Bible Study Workshop
3. You’re Sleeping!
4. Wake Up!
5. Open Your Eyes!
6. Bend Your Heart
7. Bend Your Knees!
8. Just Say Yes!
9. Move Your Feet!

The second Spring study will begin on March 28, 2023

The Abide Bible Course by Phil Collins

Discover five innovative ways to read the Bible
Do you feel guilty that you don’t read your Bible every day? When 
you do sit down to study the Bible, do you find yourself easily distracted and feeling 
like you’re missing something? Are you  looking to connect with God’s Word in a fresh 
way that makes you look forward to your daily time in Scripture? If so, The Abide Bible 
Course is for you! In this study, a professor and a pastor—Dr. Phil Collins and Randy Frazee—
will walk you through five innovative practices that will take you beyond just reading and help you deeply engage with Scripture in a way that fits your unique personality and learning style. 
In each session, they will explain the practice and  walk you through each one—with 
practical examples—so you can try it out for the upcoming week. These practices include:

·      Praying Scripture: pray with the words of Scripture instead of your own
·      Engage Through Art: looking at works of art to help you see a passage in a new way
·      Journal: writing out your thoughts and feelings on a passage to give you greater clarity
·      Picture It: putting yourself into the stories of the Bible to experience them firsthand
·      Contemplate: deeply reflecting and praying through a passage in God’s Word

Jesus instructed his followers to "abide" in him 
so they could lead fruitful lives (see John 15:4). The Abide Bible Course will 
equip you to establish a daily, lifelong habit of abiding in God's Word so you can hear his voice.

Wednesday nights

Two Creeds
Wednesdays beginning January 11th at 6:30 in room 205
Led by Rich Jenkins.
Join Rich for a 3-week exploration
of the history and text of The Apostles Creed and the
Nicene Creed, two of the oldest summaries of our Christian faith.
Disciple Fast Track New Testament Study
Wednesdays beginning January 4th at 6:30 pm for 12 weeks
This 12-week study immerses the participant in the
New Testament. Disciple Fast Track-New Testament is a
viable option for busy people seeking to study the New Testament
in-depth. Participants read a manageable 3-5 chapters of the Bible
daily in preparation for the weekly meetings.  Material cost is $15. 
 Parenting Class
Boundaries with Kids by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

Begins September 7th at 6:30 pm for 8 weeks 
Led by Jason and Lauren Blevins
This book will help the parents in your group raise their kids to take responsibility for their own actions, attitudes, and emotions. In eight sessions, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townshend offer tools and insights for bringing order to problematic circumstances and cultivating healthier parent-child relationships in the home.
4:12 KIDS
Mid week fun for kids ages 4-12 including music,
games, crafts, and stories all designed to point them to Christ.  Meets each Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 6:30pm.
Aftershock Youth Middle School
Aftershock middle school students (6th-8th) meet
Wednesdays and high school students (9th-12th) meet
Sundays at 6:30-8:00pm with open gym starting at 6:00pm.
We provide dinner, play games, pray, worship God, immerse ourselves in Scripture, and participate in small group discussions. 

Sunday Discipleship Class 9:45am

Each Sunday at 9:45am

Children's Discipleship-Education
Building Upstairs:
The Gospel Project offers children a Christ centered,
chronological study of the Bible that helps kids dive
deep into the big story of the Bible—God’s plan to rescue
 His people through His Son, Jesus Christ. Kids will
be shown how the whole Bible points to Jesus and the
gospel. There will be fun extras like art, videos, music,
and activities to keep your kids engaged every week.

Seekers Class (Adults)
Fellowship Hall,
Holy Grounds Room: Eve Shope, public
school educator and dedicated Seekers SS class
facilitator, continues to build group cohesiveness
and inspire group discussion as various books of
the Bible are examined through close reading
and thoughtful study. Members of her class are
encouraged to comment and ask questions on the
 scripture being studied—regardless of their level
of Biblical under- standing. Eve's husband, Pat,
partners in facilitating the lessons. The Apostle, Paul,
wrote to the people at Ephesus saying this: “I keep
asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the
glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom
and revelation, so that you may know him better.” This a
great time to join an adult Sunday School class to enjoy
Christian fellowship while growing in Biblical wisdom!

Covenant Class (Adults)
Education Building room 207: Jim Richardson,
long time BUMC member, will use scripture as a
guide for class members to understand and know
what God desires of us. Lessons will come from
topical subjects that are of a concern to the class and
group discussion and interaction will lead followers
to know God in a deeper way. Jim has a BA
in Christian Studies, has written Bible studies,
and has hosted a Christian group to the Holy Land in
the past. Deeply spiritual and a God-fearing man,
Jim Richardson’s commitment to the Jesus “Way of Life”
is inspiring! Proverbs 16:16 says having wisdom
and understanding is better than having silver and
gold! Fellowship, fun and learning—what could be better!

Sunday Discipleship Class 11am

Each Sunday at 11:00 am

Youth Sunday School
Community Center,
Youth Lounge: 6th through 12th graders are
invited to join this class each Sunday. Topics will vary.

Providential Life (Adults) 
Meets at 10:45 in room 205:
In 2023, The Providential Sunday School class will be focusing on A BIBLICAL APPROACH TO AGING: Help and Hope for Your Journey. The material in the class will be based upon an exciting new book on the subject that covers a wide panorama of Bible advice for all of us.
This class is led by former Methodist pastor,
Bill Winscott, who authored the book, “Living a Providential Life:  Discovering Providential Qualities to Live By”. 

Aftershock Youth Ministries

 Our Youth Program for
Grades 6 -12 meets weekly in person:

Aftershock middle school students (6th-8th)
meet Wednesdays and high school students
(9th-12th) meet Sundays at 6:30-8:00pm with
open gym starting at 6:00pm. We provide dinner,
play games, pray, worship God, immerse ourselves
in Scripture, and participate in small group discussions


Tuesday Evenings Online
Men's Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) meets
online Tuesday nights! Contact David Martin to sign up.
 For more information about BSF, go to…. BSF International.

Ryan Reading Library & Children’s Library :

Our libraries carry an abundance of
books for study or pleasure. The adult library
(Ryan Reading Room) is located in the Community
Center, and our children's library is located upstairs
in the Education and Administration building, room
204. Both our open during church operating hours.