“It has been my privilege and blessing, and I use those words in their truest sense, to be part of four DISCIPLE Bible study groups over the past five years. I have come to know DISCIPLE, not as a Bible study, but as a fellowship, where faith is nurtured as believers share their gifts, worries, hopes, and love under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is often said that DISCIPLE Bible study is not about information, but rather transformation. While that’s true, my experience has been one of revelation—specifically, revelations of who God is and who I am and, most importantly, who God created me to be and how I am to live my life. This revelation has come not only through the study of the Word of God, but also through intimate fellowship with newfound friends in faith.
“The spiritual and emotional closeness we have as disciples of Jesus Christ is very hard to explain. We’ve undergirded one another through many tears of pain and smiles of joy, periods of unemployment and times of physical and emotional fatigue, moments where deep-seated burdens were released, and very private incidences in our lives revealed. But through it all, what we found is that we were having and being ‘church.’ ”
Pastor Joseph W. Daniels, Jr.
“So many of life’s pleasant experiences are never quite the same the second time. Well, not so with these studies. Each time has proven to be as fresh and new as the first study. I don’t believe this has happened only in our church, because I am always looking for that red or green study manual when I am visiting other churches. When I see one, I usually ask, “How is it going?” and I see that special light come alive in their eyes. I have found another soul mate.”