As Christ-followers, we commit to a lifelong journey of learning and experience in an effort to grow our faith. The term discipleship articulates this journey, where we are not only called to learn the teachings of Jesus Christ, but also to live them. As members of FirstChurch, our primary charge is to grow disciples, and that begins with each of us.
While there are infinite ways to experience God’s grace, three primary points of connection comprise discipleship:
Worship: As we hear and study God’s Word, we begin to understand the nature and purpose of God.
Learning: As we engage in critical study, both alone and with others, we more fully appreciate the meaning behind God’s Word, how the Holy Spirit guides us, and how we can share faith with others.
Service: As we move into deeper relationship with God, the changes that take place within us call us to love others through action.
At FirstChurch, we’re offering ways to experience these connection points through both community and personal devotion (piety). This discipleship guide contains information that will guide you along your personal discipleship journey. For questions, contact Rev. Evan Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click image for PDF of Fall 2018 Discipleship Guide.
Christ’s call to the early Christians was to witness to the transforming love that they had experienced through faith. How can we shed our outdated understanding of witnessing and develop new ways of talking about our faith authentically? Join this four-week study to explore this topic more.
Facilitator: Rev. Ann Willet
Tuesdays, 7 – 8 p.m.
Oct. 23 – Nov. 13
Do you ever wonder how your financial gifts are used by FirstChurch? Or why we have various fundraising efforts? Join us for one night to learn how all the pieces fit together to form our financial puzzle. Select one evening that works for you; each class offered will have the same content.
Facilitators: Karen Kendall, Lori Louis and Alexis Willis
Tuesday, Oct. 30, Nov. 6 or 13
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Julianne offers all-level flow classes to connect mindful breath with mindful movement. Through guided movement, these classes offer a great way to slow down and breathe deep in the midst of all things “to do.”
Facilitator: Julianne Harris
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Noon – 1 p.m.
Sept. 18 – Dec. 13*
Cost: $5 per class
* No class on Oct. 30, Nov. 1 & 22
In her latest book, Diana Butler Bass explores why gratitude is missing as a modern spiritual practice, offers practical suggestions for reclaiming it, and illuminates how the shared practice of gratitude can lead to greater connection with God, our world and our own souls.
Facilitator: Sherrye Bass
Mondays, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Oct. 29, Nov. 5 & 12
*Grateful is available on Amazon starting at $13
Diana Butler Bass Comes to FirstChurch
In partnership with other faith communities in the city, FirstChurch is pleased to bring Diana Butler Bass to Dallas. Bass will discuss material from her books, including “Grateful”, and thoughts on dimensions of American spirituality. A former Evangelical turned Episcopalian, Bass holds a Ph.D in religious studies from Duke University, and is one of the most prolific voices on American religion today.
The United Methodist Church has been engaged in a debate over human sexuality for over forty years. The discourse has settled on two specific issues of the Church: marriage of same gender couples and ordination of openly gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons. Dr. Andy Stoker will be discussing these issues and what it means for The United Methodist Church.
Facilitator: Dr. Andy Stoker
Sunday, Oct. 28, 1:30 p.m.
Journey through what it means to really love our neighbors, to show compassion that leads to transformation, and to create equity that is sustainable. This missional series will use the book by Laceye and Gaston Warner and the video “Poverty, Inc.”
Facilitator: Rev. Holly Bandel
Mondays, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Oct. 22 & 29, Nov. 5 & 12
Book is available on Amazon for $25
Parking in the Bryan Tower garage is FREE – but you must bring your parking ticket in and have it stamped at the Information Desk.