DISCIPLE IV UNDER THE TREE OF LIFE is the final study in the four-phase DISCIPLE program and is prepared for those who have completed BECOMING DISCIPLES THROUGH BIBLE STUDY. The study concentrates on the Writings (Old Testament books not in the Torah or the Prophets), the Gospel of John, and Revelation.
Emphasis on the Psalms as Israel’s hymnbook and prayer book leads natural 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 for DISCIPLE IV: UNDER THE TREE OF LIFE. The word under in the title is meant to convey invitation, welcome, sheltering, security, and rest – home at last.
Commitment and Time Involved
- 32 week study
- Three and one-half to four hours of independent study each week (40 minutes daily for leaders and 30 minutes daily for group members) in preparation for weekly group meetings.
- Attendance at weekly 2.5 hour meetings.
Four of the five videos in this set contain video segments of approximately ten minutes each that serve as the starting point for discussion in weekly study sessions. The fifth video is the unique component that guides an interactive worship experience of the book of Revelation.
Under the Tree of Life Scriptures lend themselves to videos with spoken word, art, dance, music, and drama.
Set decorations differs from segment to segment depending on the related Scripture and its time period. Set decoration for video segments related to the Writings generally has a Persian theme. Set decoration for the New Testament video segments emphasizes the simpler life of New Testament times.