New Class: Jesus Is Greater Than Religion

Westside Church of Christ is starting a new Bible Study series for college age students titled “Jesus > Religion.”

What Is It?

Jesus>Religion will help readers abandon dead, dry, rule-keeping and embrace the promise of being truly known and deeply loved.

The study unpacks and highlights the difference between teeth gritting and grace, law and love, performance and peace, despair and hope. Author Jefferson Bethke is quick to acknowledge that he’s not a pastor or theologian, but simply a regular, twenty-something who cried out for a life greater than the one for which he had settled. Along his journey, Bethke discovered the real Jesus, who beckoned him beyond the props of false religion.


What Does It Involve?

This six-session Bible study combines 15 minute teaching videos from Jefferson Bethke with group discussion focused on 2-3 key passages from the Bible that speak truth into our lives.

The member book contains the main points from the videos, guided devotionals for you to do on your own, and the discussion questions that you’ll talk through as a group. Download chapter 1 of the member book or check out a few highlights here.

About the Author

Jefferson Bethke has a compelling story of overcoming a painful childhood of poverty and a broken home, and this gives him a unique perspective on the grace of God and the work of Jesus in his life and the lives of others.

Teaching Schedule & Topics

  • 1/3 Jesus > Religion
  • 1/10  Jesus > Self
  • 1/17 Giver > Gifts
  • 1/24 Covenant > Contract
  • 1/31 Worship > Rituals
  • 2/7 Community > Conformity

More Details

For a preview of this study, download chapter 1 of the member book (pdf).

Eddy Croxton will be leading this study for our college ministry. We invite you to join us every Wednesday night at 7:00pm at Westside Church of Christ. Our college ministry meets in room #601 (upstairs and to the left). Light snacks and drinks will be available.


Contact our Student Minister, Bryan Fojtasek.