Living the story of the bible to become like Jesus

From January through July 2017 East Woods Presbyterian will journey as a whole church, from the little ones to the most seasoned members, to believe the core truths of the Bible and to become more like Jesus every day.

We will embark on a holistic study called “BELIEVE”. Grounded in Scripture, BELIEVE is a unique discipleship experience that helps Christians of all ages become more like Jesus in their beliefs, actions, and character. This topical, abridge Bible illuminates the core beliefs of the Christian faith to help you think, act, and be more like Christ. 

Over 30 weeks we will dive into BELIEVE and unpack 30 big ideas of the Bible. Everyone in the church will be touched by this study. Children and Family Ministries, Youth Ministries, Adult Ministries, Connecting Time and our sermons will emphasize the lesson for each week.

Our syllabus of study:

10 Key Beliefs of the Christian Faith to “Think Like Jesus”

The first ten chapters of Believe detail the core Beliefs of the Christian life. Together they answer the question, “What do I believe?” 

10 Key Practices of a Jesus-follower to “Act Like Jesus”

The second ten chapters discuss the core Practices of the Christian life. Together they answer the question, “What should I do?” 

10 Key Virtues of a Person Who is Becoming More Like Jesus to “Be Like Jesus”

The final ten chapters contain the core Virtues of the Christian life. Together they answer the question, “Who am I becoming?”    

This is an exciting opportunity for East Woods. We will grow together in belief, practice and virtue.  

Believe Scope, Sequence and Dates

Chapters 1-10 Scripture Selections

BELIEFS – What do I believe?


                                                OT                                                       NT


1 – God                       Creation                                             Jesus’ Baptism

January 1st                 (Genesis 1:1, Psalm 19)                  (Luke 3)

                                    Key Idea: “I believe the God of the Bible is the only true God- Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”

                                    Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 13:14


2 – Personal God        The Lord Is My Shepherd                Why worry?

January 15th               (Psalm 23)                                         (Matthew 6:25-34)               

                                    Key Idea: “I believe God is involved in and cares about my daily life.”

                                    Key Verse: Psalm 121:1-2


3 – Salvation               Adam & Eve                                       The Cross & Resurrection

January 22nd               (Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17; 3:1-24)                     (Matthew 26:1-4; 27:27-66;    


                                    Key Idea: “I believe a person comes into a right relationship with God by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ.”

                                    Key Verse: Ephesians 2:8-9


4 – Bible                      The Ten Commandments               The Temptation of Jesus

January 29th               (Exodus 3:1-4:17)                              (Matthew 4:1-11)

                                    Key Idea: “I believe the Bible is the Word of God and has the right to command my belief and action.”

                                    Key Verse: 2 Timothy 3:16-17


5 – Identity in Christ   Name Change (Abraham & Sarah)            Zacchaeus

February 5th               (Genesis 17:1-7; 21:1-7)                   (Luke 19:1-9) 

                                    Key Idea: “I believe I am significant because of my position as a child of God.”

                                    Key Verse: John 1:12



6 – Church                   The Founding of Israel                   The Founding of the Church

February 12th                         (Genesis 12:1-9; 15:1-21)                 (Acts 1-2)

Key Idea: “I believe the church is God’s primary way to accomplish his purposes on earth.”

Key Verse: Ephesians 4:15


7 – Humanity              Cain & Abel                                       The Lost & Found Sheep

February 19th                         (Genesis 4:1-16)                               (Matthew 18:10-14)             

Key Idea: “I believe all people are loved by God and need Jesus Christ as their Savior.”

Key Verse: John 3:16


8 – Compassion          Ruth & Boaz                                      The Good Samaritan

February 26th                         (Ruth 2:1-4:17)                                   (Luke 10:25-37)                     

Key Idea: “I believe God calls all Christians to show compassion to people in need.”

Key Verse: Psalm 82:3-4


9 – Stewardship          Hannah & Samuel                           The Widow’s Offering

March 5th                    (1 Samuel 1:1-28; 2:18-21)               (Mark 12:41-44)

Key Idea: “I believe everything I am and everything I own belongs to God.”

Key Verse: Psalm 24:1-2


10 – Eternity               Elijah Goes Up to Heaven              John’s Vision

March 12th                  (2 Kings 2:1-18)                                 (Revelation 20:11-22:21)

Key Idea: “I believe there is a heaven and a hell and that Jesus will return to judge all people and to establish his eternal kingdom.”

Key Verse: John 14:1-2




Chapters 11-20 Scripture Selections

PRACTICES – What do I do?


                                                OT                                                       NT


11 – Worship              God Keeps Daniel Safe                  Paul & Silas in Prison

March 19th                  (Daniel 6:1-27)                                  (Acts 16:16-35)

Key Idea: “I worship God for who he is and what he has done for me.”

Key Verse: Psalm 95:1-2

12 – Prayer                 Gideon                                                           Seek & Knock/Lord’s Prayer

March  26th                 (Judges 6-7)                                       (Luke 11:1-13)

Key Idea: “I pray to God to know him, to find direction for my life and to lay my requests before him.”

Key Verse: Psalm 66:18-20


13 – Bible Study         The Lord Commands Joshua                      Parable of the Four Soils

April 2nd                      (Joshua 1:1-11)                                 (Matthew 13:1-23)

Key Idea: “I study the Bible to know God and his truth and to find direction for my daily life.”

Key Verse: Hebrews 4:12


14 - Single-                 Jehoshaphat Defeats the Enemy  Jesus Walks on Water

         mindedness       (2 Chronicles 20:1-30)                                  (Matthew 14:22-36) 

April 9th                      Key Idea: “I focus on God and his priorities for my life.”

Key Verse: Matthew 6:33



15 – Total Surrender   Fiery Furnace                                                Stephen

 April 23rd                   (Daniel 3:8-28)                                  (Acts 6:8-7:60)

Key Idea: “I dedicate my life to God’s purposes.”

Key Verse: Romans 12:1




16 – Biblical                Rebuilding the Wall of Jerusalem           Church Unity & Sharing

         Community        (Nehemiah 2:11-3:32; 6:15)             (Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-37)

April 30th                    Key Idea: “I fellowship with Christians to accomplish God’s purposes in my life, in the life of others and in the world.”

Key Verse: Acts 22:44-47


17 – Spiritual Gifts     Daniel Interprets the King’s Dream         The Body

May 7th                       (Daniel 2:1-47)                                  (1 Cor. 12:4-13:13)

Key Idea: “I know my spiritual gifts and use them to fulfill God’s purposes.”

Key Verse: Romans 12:4-6a


18 – Offering              Finishing the Temple                                 Jesus in His Father’s Temple

         My Time                        (Haggai 1:1-15)                                 (Luke 2:41-52)                                   

May 14th                     Key Idea:I invest my time in fulfilling God’s purposes.”

Key Verse: Colossians 3:17



19 – Giving My           Gifts to the Tabernacle                  Gifts to Help Jerusalem

         Resources          (Exodus 35:4-29; 36:6)                      (2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15)

May 21st                      Key Idea: “I give my resources to fulfill God’s purposes.”

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 8:7



20 – Sharing                Jonah                                                 Philip & the Ethiopian

          My Faith                       (Jonah 3:1-4:11)                                (Acts 8:26-40)

May 28th                     Key Idea: “I share my faith with others to fulfill God’s purposes.”

Key Verse: Ephesians 6:19-20



Chapters 21-30 Scripture Selections

VIRTUES – Who am I becoming?


                                                OT                                                       NT


21 – Love                    David & Jonathan                            Unmerciful Servant Parable

June 4th                      (1 Sam. 18:1-4; 19:1-7; 20:1-42)        (Matthew 18:21-35)

Key Idea: “I am committed to loving God and loving others.”

Key Verse: 1 John 4:10-12


22 – Joy                       The Feast of Tabernacles              Vine & Branches

June 11th                    Nehemiah 8:13-17)                          John 15:1-11

Key Idea: "Despite my circumstances, I feel inner contentment and understand my purpose in life.”

Key Verse: John 15:11


23 – Peace                  Solomon’s Kingdom at Peace                    Jesus Calms the Storm

June 18th                    (1 Kings 3:1-5; 4:20-25)                     (Mark 4:35-41)                      

Key Idea: “I am free from anxiety because I have found peace with God, peace with others and peace with myself.”

Key Verse: Philippians 4:6-7


24 – Self-Control         Joseph & Potiphar’s Wife               The Prodigal Son

June 25th                    (Genesis 39:1-23)                             (Luke 15:11-32)

Key Idea: “I have the power through Christ to control myself.”

Key Verse: Titus 2:11-13


25 – Hope                   Isaiah the Prophet Brings Hope   Simeon

July 2nd                        (Isaiah 40:1-31)                                (Luke 2:22-35)

Key Idea: “I can cope with the hardships of life because of the hope I have in Jesus Christ.”

Key Verse: Hebrews 6:19-20a




26 – Patience              David’s Patience with Saul                        Paul & John Mark

July 9th                        (1 Samuel 24:1-22; 26:1-5)               (Acts 15:36-41; 2 Tim. 4:11)

Key Idea: “I am slow to anger and endure patiently under the unavoidable pressures of life.”

Key Verse: Proverbs 14:29


27 – Kindness/            David & Mephibosheth                  Jesus at the Pharisee’s House

         Goodness           (2 Samuel 9:1-13; 16:1-4; 19:24-30) (Luke 14:1-14)

July 16th                      Key Idea:  “I choose do be kind and good in my relationships with others.”

Key Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:17


28 – Faithfulness        Joseph                                                           Mary

July 23rd                      (Genesis 37:1-36; 39:1-6a;               (Luke 1:26-56, 2:1-21)

                                    40:1-23; 41:14-46a; 42:1-6)

Key Idea:I have established a good name with God and others based on my loyalty to those relationships.”

Key Verse: Proverbs 3:3-4


29 – Gentleness          Nabal & Abigail                               Jesus Reinstates Peter

July 30th                      (1 Samuel 25)                                                (John 21:1-19)

Key Idea:I am thoughtful, considerate and calm in my dealings with others.”

Key Verse: Philippians 4:5


30 – Humility              Nebuchadnezzar                              Jesus Washes Disciples’ Feet

August 6th                  (Daniel 4:1-37)                                  (John 13:1-17)

Key Idea:I choose to esteem others above myself.”

Key Verse: Philippians 2:3-4