The mission of Community Bible Study is to make disciples of Jesus Christ in our communities through caring, in-depth Bible study, available to all.
CBS is a shepherding Bible study. Our goal is to give students an opportunity to study God's Word on their own using written materials and then to share these insights with people in their Core Group. These materials have been prepared by Bible scholars who have a heart for helping everyone to better understand the Word of God.
A typical evening looks like this:
- 5:30-6:45 Leader’s council
- 6:45-7:00 Teens arrive and “graze” in the kitchen
- 7:00-7:20 Praise and worship
- 7:20-7:30 Opening skit, testimony...
- 7:30-7:40 The Talk
- 7:40-7:45 Transfer to Core Groups
- 7:45-8:30 Core group discussions on lesson
The CBS leaders meet for Leaders Council before the students arrive. Leaders council is valuable to the leaders because they get to pray about the evening, go over the lesson in preparation for the Core Group discussions, and have quality fellowship with other adults.
Food signifies love and hospitality to the teens, so dinner is an important part of the CBS evening. Students often come straight from school, practice, work or other activities, and they always come hungry. The mealtime provides a great opportunity for fellowship before the evening program begins.
Praise and worship may be student led, adult led or a combination of both. It serves to help the students focus on the Lord, and offers students a chance to minister to their peers.
The Teaching Director or Associate Teaching Director give a 10 minute "talk" each week, which is based on the weekly study.
After the talk, the class meets in Core Groups to discuss the lesson. A Core Group includes 5-15 class members of the same sex and is led by an adult Core Leader. The groups remain together for the class year and also gather outside of CBS for special events.