Disciple 3

DiscipleSeries_medium.jpg (161x57)px  DISCIPLE 3: REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE

This is the third of four DISCIPLE Bible studies.
You must complete Disciple I before taking this class.

REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE is for adults and youth who are graduates of BECOMING DISCIPLES THROUGH BIBLE STUDY. The main 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. 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 Bible is the primary text of REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE. It has power to provide a memory that sustains us, that tells us who we are and what we are to do.

REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE

  • offers the nurture of Scripture and the community of the group
  • confronts the persistent questions of the prophets and Paul: What are the priorities in your life? What are the priorities in society?
  • looks at the world through the lens of Scripture
  • calls for willingness to stand under the judgment of what the prophets have to say
  • recognizes that the Bible shows us how to live as sojourners in a strange land
  • emphasizes the centrality of the command to love God and neighbor
  • declares that God requires justice and righteousness
  • understands Bible study as a call to repentance understood in the biblical sense-to change direction, to turn life toward God's will
  • offers a sense of groundedness in identity as God's children

REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE concentrates on the Old Testament prophets and the letters of Paul. The prophets and Paul are continually calling their hearers and readers back to their
God and to a sense of who they are as a "set apart" people.

  • Old Testament: The prophets and the community cannot be separated. The prophets spoke for God, out of the community, to the community.
  • New Testament: Paul's experience of the risen Lord, his relationship to the community he addressed, his Jewish traditions, and the Greco-Roman culture of his day merged in his
    writing of the letters. Paul used the language of his culture to carry the message that arose out of his roots in the Hebrew Scriptures and Judaism.

Giving equal attention to the Old Testament and the New Testament supports the assumption of the DISCIPLE program that the two testaments form a whole, that the God of the prophets
is the God of Paul, and that God's offer of salvation runs throughout the whole Bible.

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