DISCIPLE: REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE is part of the four-phase DISCIPLE program and is prepared for those who have completed BECOMING DISCIPLES THROUGH BIBLE STUDY. The driving idea in this study is the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. The word You in the title is meant to be heard both in its singular form (the individual) and its plural form (the community). We are a community of memory. Participants in this thirty – two week study will read the major and minor Old Testament prophets, with the exception of Daniel, and will read the thirteen Letters traditionally attributed to Paul. To establish the historical context in which the prophets spoke for God, daily reading assignments draw also on the books of Deuteronomy through Chronicles.
Several themes weave their way through the study – the call to remember; the call to repentance; the need for renewed vision; and the place of community. The prophets and Paul are continually calling hearers and readers back to their God and to a sense of who they are as a people “set apart”.
DISCIPLE: REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE has a component unique to this study – The Context Portfolio. The Context Portfolio is a set of maps and charts prepared especially for this study of the Prophets and Paul’s letters. It provides the setting or surrounding circumstances in which an event occurs. Items in the portfolio situate the prophets and Paul’s writings historically and geographically. Suggestions in the teacher helps and study manual will guide its use and stimulate individual interest. The Context Portfolio itself is a basic component intended for use in the group meetings; it is not optional. Each group needs weekly access to the materials in it.
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