Discipleship

A disciple is a follower of Jesus Christ who is growing in love for God and others. Jesus calls us to be disciples and to make disciples. And in so being and in so doing we are a part of something bigger than ourselves. We are the body of Christ, and each one of us is a part of it. 

Marvin is geared toward helping our members share the Gospel. From Bible studies to small groups to Sunday School classes, you'll find information here to help you grow in your faith and become a stronger disciple.

Sunday School classes

Unless otherwise noted, Sunday School classes meet at 9:45 a.m.

Disciples | All ages

Room 225
This class is for adults of various ages. Bible study and faith lessons are led by rotating teachers in both lecture and discussion formats. Class members are very mission hearted.

Faith | Late 30s to 50s

Room 240
10 a.m.
The class studies various spiritual and life topics presented in discussion format. Couples are late 30s to early 50s and most have young children.

Freedom | Single and married, 50-plus

Room 106 
This class is for singles and married age 50 and older. Bible-based studies and discussion. Members have a chance to meet new people, gather for social activities and participate in service projects.

Friendly | All ages

The Hub
This class is for adults for all ages who study the Bible through lectures from the Adult Bible Study curriculum. This class can be heard on a weekly radio broadcast on AM 600 at 10 a.m. on Sundays, and it livestreams in the Friendly Class Facebook group at 10 a.m. each Sunday.

Generations | Couples, late 30s to 60s

Room 240
This class studies various spiritual and life topics presented in discussion format, allowing for the formation of mentoring relationships among members.

The Knot | Families with infants and young children

Room 242
Focus on developing relationships between couples, families and friends, and strengthening each of those through a relationship with Jesus.

New Genesis | Mid-40s and up

Room 234
As parents of young adult/college age children, our class places an emphasis on being purposeful Christians while enjoying the camaraderie of watching our kids become capable adults. Lessons are Bible based and discussion is encouraged.

Seasons Class | 40s and 50s

Room 223
This class is mostly made up of parents in their 40s and 50s with kids from youth to young adult. Leaders facilitate Bible-based teaching via lecture, video, and discussion to explore topics from a historical perspective while also bringing the Word to life for daily application.

Seekers | 60-plus

Room 235
This class is a caring, committed group of adults, ages 50 and up, who seek knowledge, wisdom and a growing relationship with Christ through the study of the Adult Bible Study curriculum. Classes are member-led in a discussion format.

Thrive | 18 to 35

Room 222
Explore your relationship with Jesus. Learn what it means to live your life with purpose as a young adult.

Unity | All ages

Room 113
Lessons are taught from the Bible in lecture style. Members are invited to have an ongoing and lively discussion from God’s Word. Members are active in all areas of the church, have frequent socials and would love for you to come and learn more about Jesus Christ. Open to all ages.

The Vine | All ages

Room 353
We are a group of people that enjoy fellowshipping and figuring out Christian life together. We span a variety of topics, but especially like discussing hard or interesting topics. This often results in lively discussion and polite banter. We aren’t afraid of pushing each other outside of our comfort zones, and aren’t easily offended. This is a probably considered a non-traditional class.

Women at the Well | All ages

Room 232
All women are invited to the class tailored just for them.

read the bible together

Marvin Church, you are invited to read the Bible using the YouVersion app in one of three ways:

  1. The Psalms (starts over at the beginning of each month)
  2. The Gospels (starts over every three months)
  3. The Bible (starts over each year)

Use the links provided provided below to join in right where we are.

  1. Read through the Psalms in a month using the Psalms plan on the YouVersion app.
    A new plan begins the first day of each month.

    Read the Psalms
  2. Read through the Gospels in 90 days using The Bible Project | Gospels plan. This online plan gives short, informative videos to help frame your reading and lets you see other Marvin participants' comments.
    A new plan begins Jan. 1.

    Read the Gospels
  3. Read through the Bible cover to cover using The Bible Project | Bible Reading plan. This online plan gives short, informative videos to help frame your reading and lets you see other Marvin participants' comments.
    Begins Jan. 1 (three to five chapters a day), ends Dec. 31

    Read the Bible

There are also hard copies of these reading plans available at the Welcome Center.

Our goal is for Marvin Church to read the Bible in community for the simple purpose of being shaped by God’s Word and conformed more into the image and likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the Word made flesh.

graphic: bible study

discipleship pathway

We’re all at different places on our faith journey, but we all want to grow closer to Christ. In order to grow and go with God, you need to know where you are and what your next steps might be. Click the link below to help you determine your current stage. 

Discipleship Pathway

Looking for support along your pathway? The Discipleship Team recommends the following books by the stages:

  • Stage 1 | Exploring Christ (books that move people toward belief) | Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith, Absolute Basics of the Wesleyan Way of Salvation, Thirty Questions, Questions of Life
  • Stage 2 | Growing in Christ (books that move people toward intimacy) | A Spiritual Formation Primer, Experiencing God, Practicing the Presence of God
  • The Wall | Emotionally Healthy Discipleship
  • Stage 3 | Close to Christ (books that move people toward sacrifice) | Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Celebration of Discipline
  • Stage 4 | Christ-Centered (books about the Christian life and disciple-making) | Perfect Love: Recovering Entire Sanctification, The Divine Conspiracy, Surprise the World

graphic: discipleship pathway