Neil L. Irons - Disciple Bible Study

Neil L. Irons - Disciple Bible Study

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Message from Bishop Neil L. Irons

Dear Christian Friends:

Disciple Bible study is now available in another format that may work for some in your church. It is called Disciple Fast Track. Bishop Richard Wilke, the creative leader who helped craft the initial Disciple Bible Study, now offers this new small group study that allows the participant to study the Old Testament for 12 weeks and the New Testament for another 12 weeks. What a quick way to become conversant with the whole Bible and not just with one’s favorite part. In its early uses, the responses have all been positive. So why not invite a group in your church to take this step on the road of being a disciple of Jesus Christ, our sovereign? If each District identifies seven churches to participate in the pilot we will reach our goal.


Disciple Fast Track:  
Bible Study for Busy Lives

Since 1987, Disciple Bible Study has reached more than 2 million people worldwide, introducing the grand sweep of Scripture in a 34-week format. Now Disciple Fast Track maintains the integrity and principles of the original study, but its modifications can better meet the needs of a hectic world. Participants still receive a thorough introduction to the Bible, but in almost a third less time. Fast Track is not a replacement for the original; it is simply a practical option.

How does it work? The course uses the same Disciple Study Manual, but the class time and course length have all been adjusted for busy lifestyles. Additional print and video materials, which are extremely easy to use, give participants the tools to absorb and retain what they learn in this shortened format.

Here are the main features of Disciple Fast Track:

  • The class meets for a total of 24 weeks (12 in the Old Testament, 12 in the New Testament). Groups typically start the Old Testament in September and finish before Thanksgiving; they then start the New Testament in January and finish before Easter.
  • Each group session lasts 75 minutes – half the time of traditional Disciple classes. A new, user-friendly Leader Guide skillfully directs Fast Track leaders through the biblical narrative in each of the 24 sessions. No additional preparation is needed.
  • A Participant Guide clearly outlines daily reading assignments to fit the 24-week model. Participants read an average of three to five chapters of the Bible five days per week and then the Study Manual on the sixth day – about the same daily amount as traditional Disciple.
  • 24 new weekly illustrated video review component, touches on all lessons from previous weeks, becomes key to helping participants remember what they have learned.
  • Twenty-four new videos – presented by Bishop Richard Wilke, author of Disciple Bible Study – offers a dynamic overview of the main point of each session.
  • Fast Track is designed for small groups of 8-16, as traditional Disciple is intended. But unlike the traditional version, Fast Track easily adapts for groups of 100 or more.

What Fast Track Participants Say:

“I had heard about Disciple for a long time, but I just didn’t have time to take it until the church offered Disciple Fast Track. I loved it!”
“I have read all kinds of books about the Bible and with a faith emphasis, but I have never really studied the Bible. This 75-minute class during my lunch hour, with a break for the holidays, was perfect for me. I feel like I have finally studied the whole Bible.”
“The weekly video review portion helped me remember key stories and ideas and get them in chronological sequence. And, I loved the art.”
“I’ve always felt the Bible was confusing and overwhelming to read. I particularly loved the review portion in the Fast Track. I finally have the basic story line of the Bible in my head."
“I took the original Disciple Bible Study a long time ago. I was so excited to take it again in this model. The new videos were great. I am so glad I signed up!”

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