In this program, you'll move through a set sequence of semesters and learn about the big picture of Scripture around tables in a community to equip you to more faithfully follow Jesus and to share what you believe with others. We want to make disciples who make disciples. Each semester is a 10-week period and goes in sequential order.
Old Testament 1: The Torah
We will introduce and explain the concept of NMCU, give an overview of the Bible, and teach through the first five books of the Bible, called, "The Torah," and see how it all points to Jesus and finds its fulfillment in him.
The Old Testament 2: History, Poetry, Wisdom & Prophets
We will study the remainder of the Old Testament to see how it connects to both the Torah and to Jesus.
New Testament 1: The Gospels & Acts
We will study the first four books of the New Testament that provide first-hand, eye-witness accounts of the birth, ministry, teaching, suffering, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and how, in the aftermath of His ascension, the Church was birthed and spread, "to the ends of the earth."
New Testament 2: The Letters
We will look at the second half of the New Testament and learn about the earliest letters sent to the earliest followers of Jesus gathered as the earliest churches. We will examine their content, introduce their authors, and come to understand their implications and applications for today and how they, too, help hold the Bible together and point to Jesus.
Theology & Worldview
In many discipleship curriculums, people start with theology based on Scripture. In NMCU, we want to start with Scripture and rightly hold it together and read it in context and with healthy understanding so that we can, then, solidify our theology: what we think and speak and believe about our Triune God.
Having established a foundation of the Bible and solidified some basic theology (what we believe, think, and speak about the Triune God), we will then discuss matters of internal life and how, through a biblical perspective and worldview, we address and respond to them. In this, we will discuss, prayer, fasting, scripture reading, memorization, spiritual gifts, mental health, forgiveness, anxiety, and sexuality.
Having established a foundation of the Bible and solidified some basic theology (what we believe, think, and speak about the Triune God), we will then discuss how we are to live as faithful followers of Jesus. In this, we will discuss how we treat people, resources, finances, and the world around us. We will also discuss evangelism, missions, apologetics, and Gospel unity. Everything we do in semesters 1-4 will build to semesters 6 and 7.
Meeting Times & Enrollment
Life is busy, we get it. That's why we've made NMCU available at various days and times during the week. We've even created an online group for those that can't make it on campus. Semester 1 group begins Sunday, September 12, and will run through the week of Sunday, November 14. Fall semester registration is now closed.
Sunday evening childcare is being offered for infants through 4th grade only. The cost is a flat rate of $40, includes all children in the family & for the entire 10 weeks.
Wednesday morning childcare is being offered for 6-week olds through preschool only. The cost is a flat rate of $40, includes all children in the family & for the entire 10 weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is this a college-level course?
A: NMCU is built for everyone, at more of a high-school level. Each semester will build on the knowledge you've gained with built-in activities and additional resources provided.
Q: Can I start with semester two?
A: Everyone will begin with semester one. New semester one groups will be starting all the time, so we ask everyone to start with semester one. Keep an eye on the groups launching section of the web for when sign-ups open.
Q: What does a typical class look like?
A: Most classes are 75-80% lectures, with opportunities to do brief activities, discussions at your table, and some Q&A at the very end. Each table group is comprised of six people.
Q: Who can sign up for this course?
A: Students in 8th-grade or higher, and all adults, are encouraged to take this course. All participants must be a NMC family, calling North Metro Church their church home.
Q: Do I need to have a base knowledge of the Bible as a prerequisite?
A: Nope, we know there will be different levels of biblical literacy amongst the participants. So, in semester one, we will cover some basics before jumping into the first book of the Bible.
Q: What happens if I miss a class? And does attendance matter?
A: Since each week builds upon the content from the previous weeks, each week's content is vital. We do know though that life plans can interrupt your schedule. We'll be using an online class program called teachable for participants to review all teaching video content and make up any missed classes.
Q: Is there a cost for the materials or the class?
A: Nope, NMC is currently incurring all of the costs for the courses.
Q: Can I still be in a community group and go through NMCU?
A: Absolutely. In fact, we are even encouraging community groups to go through NMCU together. It's a great community experience and will help enrich your community group time moving forward.
Q: I usually sign up for Bible studies. Is NMCU a Bible study?
A: NMCU is a study of the Bible, a big picture how-it-all-fits-together-and-is -fulfilled-in Jesus study. In this, we want to help equip you to teach the Bible to friends or in the context of Bible studies in the future. This is a Bible study that will help all future Bible studies one leads or participates in.