Discipleship University


Discipleship University Explained

Cookeville First is excited to introduce Discipleship University, a resource for individuals, classes, and small groups as they seek to grow in discipleship and deepen their faith. Below, you will see a list of larger themes and their associated reading lists.

Transformative Discipleship

These studies provide a profound look into the gifts of spiritual disciplines and personal spiritual transformation.

The Good and Beautiful Series, James Bryan Smith
The Good and Beautiful God
The Good and Beautiful Life
The Good and Beautiful Community
Understanding the Enneagram
The Road Back to You, Suzanne Stabile
Spiritual Rhythms of the Enneagram, Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
Discipling Disciplines and Devotions
Spiritual Autobiography, Richard Peace
Invitations from God, Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition
Devotional Classics, Richard Foster and James Bryan Smith
Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster
Dallas Willard
Renovation of the Heart
The Spirit of the Disciplines
Wesleyan/Methodist Perspectives

We are a part of a special tradition with distinct perspectives on matters of faith and Christian living. These selections explore Wesleyan history and Methodist theology.

Adam Hamilton
John, The Gospel of Light and Life
Unleashing the Word
Tom Berlin
Reckless Love
Defying Gravity
John Wesley
A Plain Account of Christian Perfection
Methodist History and Practice
The Scripture Way of Salvation, Kenneth Collins
The Class Meeting, Kevin Watson
Wesley and the People Called Methodists, Richard P. Heitzenrater
Better Lives Through Christian Living

Knowing and understanding the word is a cornerstone of our faith. These topics show us the practical application of Biblical principals in various areas of our lives.

The ZimZum of Love, Rob Bell
Love to Stay, Adam Hamilton
Financial Peace University, Dave Ramsey
The Blessing, John Trent and Gary Smalley
The Very Best, Hands on, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions, Tim Shoemaker
Biblical Studies
John Wesley called himself “a man of one book.” These opportunities explore the “One Book” that is the source of our faith.
The Grand Sweep, J. Edward Kalas
What is the Bible, Rob Bell
Disciple 1, Disciple 1 Fast Track
Disciple 2
Christian Wisdom

Knowing and understanding the word is a cornerstone of our faith. These topics show us the practical application of Biblical principals in various areas of our lives.

Bob Goff
Love Does
Everybody Always
Richard Rohr
Falling Upwards
Immortal Diamond
The Divine Dance
Henry Nouwen
Life of the Beloved
The Way of the Heart
In the Name of Jesus
C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity
The Four Loves
Rachel Held Evans
Searching for Sunday
Diana Butler Bass
A People’s History of Christianity
Brene Brown
Daring Greatly
Braving the Wilderness
Dare to Lead
Philip Yancey
What’s So Amazing About Grace
Vanishing Grace
The Bible Jesus Read


Video Study Opportunities

Watch sermons, lessons, themed study series and our regular Grace Note lessons on our YouTube channel.

Dr. Kevin Conrad

Weekly Grace Notes

Grace Upon Grace

In his recent sermon series, Dr. Kevin Conrad explored the heritage of grace that defined the Methodist Movement.  Click here to read the sermons and learn more about we express grace, salvation, and Christian living!





Scripture Reading: Paul's Letter to Philemon


From Paul, who is a prisoner for the cause of Christ Jesus, and our brother Timothy.

To Philemon our dearly loved coworker, Apphia our sister, Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church that meets in your house.

May the grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Paul’s prayer for Philemon

Philemon, I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayers because I’ve heard of your love and faithfulness, which you have both for the Lord Jesus and for all God’s people. I pray that your partnership in the faith might become effective by an understanding of all that is good among us in Christ. I have great joy and encouragement because of your love, since the hearts of God’s people are refreshed by your actions, my brother.

Paul’s appeal for Onesimus

Therefore, though I have enough confidence in Christ to command you to do the right thing, I would rather appeal to you through love. I, Paul—an old man, and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus—  appeal to you for my child Onesimus. I became his father in the faith during my time in prison. He was useless to you before, but now he is useful to both of us.  I’m sending him back to you, which is like sending you my own heart. I considered keeping him with me so that he might serve me in your place during my time in prison because of the gospel.  However, I didn’t want to do anything without your consent so that your act of kindness would occur willingly and not under pressure. Maybe this is the reason that Onesimus was separated from you for a while so that you might have him back forever— no longer as a slave but more than a slave—that is, as a dearly loved brother. He is especially a dearly loved brother to me. How much more can he become a brother to you, personally and spiritually in the Lord!

So, if you really consider me a partner, welcome Onesimus as if you were welcoming me. If he has harmed you in any way or owes you money, charge it to my account. I, Paul, will pay it back to you (I’m writing this with my own hand). Of course, I won’t mention that you owe me your life.

Yes, brother, I want this favor from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ.  I’m writing to you, confident of your obedience and knowing that you will do more than what I ask. Also, one more thing—prepare a guest room for me. I hope that I will be released from prison to be with you because of your prayers.

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