Disciple Bible Study

Are you looking for an in-depth Bible study with lively discussion? First UMC is hosting Disciple 4: Under the Tree of Life – an online study that started on September 11, 2023. This in-depth, 32-week 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.

Disciple Bible Study is the gold standard of UMC Bible studies combining daily readings, weekly discussions, and spiritual insight for all participants. There are no prerequisites for this course other than a commitment to setting aside approximately 30 minutes a day for reading and preparation for the weekly discussions on Mondays from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

If you are interested or just have questions, you can contact Joe Savastano at disciple@fumcgnv.org. The required study manual is available online through Cokesbury for approximately $45. Since we feel that Bible study is an important part of your faith journey, we have limited scholarships available to help defray the costs. Please contact Janet Rocap at janet@fumcgnv.org for more information on scholarships.


Disciple is based on the assumption that the texts of Scripture were written by human beings in specific cultural settings, under the divine inspiration of God. The study gives equal time to the Old and New Testaments, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as the revelation of God.

Disciple requires a commitment in preparation (at least 30 minutes a day, including time spent on the Discussion Board, as well as reading), presence, and participation, both in weekly Zoom meetings and on the online Discussion Board. The class lasts a total of  32 weeks, including an orientation session. 

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