Classes & Courses
"To make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in our communities through caring, in-depth Bible study, available to all."
For almost 40 years Community Bible Study has taught the Word of God through in-depth, community-based Bible studies. With nearly 700 classes in the United States as well as classes in more than 70 countries, Community Bible Study purposes to be an "every-person's Bible study, available to all." Classes for men, women, youth, children, and even babies, are all designed to make members feel loved, cared for, and accepted—regardless of age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, education, or church membership. Because Bible study is most effective in one's heart language, Community Bible Study curriculum has been translated into more than 50 languages.
Community Bible Study makes every effort to stand in the center of the mainstream of historic Christianity, concentrating on the essentials of the Christian faith rather than denominational distinctives. Community Bible Study respects different theological views, preferring to focus on helping people to know God through His Word, grow deeper in their relationships with Jesus, and be transformed into His likeness.
Community Bible Study's Focus ... is to glorify God by providing in-depth Bible studies and curriculum in a Christ-centered, grace-filled, and philosophically safe environment.
Community Bible Study's Passion ... is the transformation of individuals, families, communities, and generations through the power of God's Word, making disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Community Bible Study's Relationship with Local Churches ... is one of support and respect. Community Bible Study classes are composed of people from many different churches; they are designed to complement and not compete with the ministry of the local church. Recognizing that the Lord has chosen the local church as His primary channel of ministry, Community Bible Study encourages class members to belong to and actively support their local churches and to be servants and leaders in their congregations.
Do you want to experience lasting transformation in your life? Are you ready to go deeper in God's Word?
There is probably a Community Bible Study near you! Find out by typing in www.findmyclass.org or scan the QR code at the bottom of this page.
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Community Bible Study makes every effort to stand in the center of the mainstream of historic Christianity. We concentrate on the essentials of the Christian faith, not on denominational distinctives. As we grow ...
Do you follow a particular denomination?
Community Bible Study makes every effort to stand in the center of the mainstream of historic Christianity. We concentrate on the essentials of the Christian faith, not on denominational distinctives. As we grow in our love and respect for one another we learn that Christians can hold differing views on matters that are not essential to salvation. Regardless of these differences, we learn to love and care for each other as we grow in our knowledge of the Bible and in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
What is your philosophy?
Since its inception, the philosophy of Community Bible Study has always been that it is every person's Bible study, available to all. Each man, woman, youth, and child will be so cared for and loved that all will feel comfortable in their class regardless of background, education, church involvement, ethnicity, or economic status. Our desire is to build unity in the midst of diversity in our community.
What is your relationship with the local church?
Community Bible Study classes are composed of people from many different churches; it is designed to complement not compete with the local church. CBS recognizes that the Lord has chosen the local church as His main channel of ministry. It is our goal to encourage class members to belong to and actively support their local churches and to be servants and leaders in their congregations.
How do I find a class near me?
Please click this line www.findmyclass.org. and simply enter either your state or zip code of where you live.
Do you have various different classes for Adults, Teens, or Children?
Yes. We have classes for just about all people. Please check out these links for more details.
Adult Ministries - We offer day and evening classes for males, females, or co-ed.
Children's Ministry www.childrencbs.org
Teen and Student Ministries www.studentcbs.org
Prison Ministries www.inprisoncbs.org
Where do classes meet?
We are very grateful for the churches that permit CBS to use their facilities. It is our goal to leave the church property in even better condition than it was found and to avoid inconveniencing the church in any way. In fact, we desire that our presence be a blessing. At the end of the class year, a contribution that is a percentage of the class receipts is made to the host churches.
When do classes meet?
We start the new class season around the middle of August of each year. Most classes are for 30 weeks, and all classes meet one time each week.
Is Community Bible Study a topical or "book by book" study?
Our Bible study is always book by book.
What Bible translation do you use?
We are currently changing our curriculum from NIV to ESV but you may choose to use any translation you feel most comfortable.
What is the cost of a class?
We ask for a $25 fee to cover our hard printing costs. If you do not have these printing fees please come as we will scholarship you. We want to share the Word of Christ with you! We do rely on the contributions of those who are able give to run our ministry.
What level of teaching might I expect?
We sometimes use the word "pro-sumer" to indicate the strata of teaching. Using a camera as an illustration, there are high-end complex professional cameras, low-end disposable cameras, and then is a "pro-sumer" version that is very powerful but usable by almost everyone. We are not an academic seminary class, and we are not a light, quick, and easy study. We are just about right for everyone. We refer to ourselves as an "every person's" Bible study.
Is there homework?
We do ask that you read each lesson and complete the homework to draw you closer in relationship with Jesus but we understand the demands on daily life and know that some time you may not have a chance to complete your daily study.
Will I have to speak in front of people?
We hope, as you feel more comfortable in your core group that you will participate, but we understand that some are shy and we never pressure anyone to speak.
What happens if I miss a class?
No problems, we understand that life is complex and demanding. Please come to the next class and pick up from where you left off.
Can I join a class that has already begun?
Yes, however we encourage registration before the beginning of each class season. However, God's Word is intended for YOU so join us when you are available to participate.
I cannot find a class where I live, can I start a class?
Yes. Every Community Bible Study Class begins with prayer. The first step in developing a class is to begin an informal Community prayer group comprised of people from various church backgrounds who desire a Bible study in their area. The group should pray for the Lord's will in starting a class and for the following leaders: a Teaching Director, an Associate Teaching Director, a Coordinator, and a Children's Director (for classes that plan to offer a Children's Ministry). All those involved should feel called by the Lord to launch the new class. The group will meet regularly to pray and may begin an informal Bible study when appropriate.
A CBS Area Director or Area Representative will be in touch with the group to provide support and direction. When the Area Director feels the group is ready and when the key leaders, who must come from different churches, have been identified they will be recommended for Leadership Training, which is hosted twice a year in Colorado Springs, CO.
Before the team attends Leadership Training, the Area Director will also determine if the locality will be able to meet the CBS requirement of 60 class members. It is not necessary to have 60 members before the team attends Leadership Training but there must be the potential to reach this goal. If this criterion is met and the leaders are approved by the Area and the Regional Director, they will attend Leadership Training. After the class begins, there is a grace period to build the attendance numbers. At the conclusion of Leadership Training, the team will be commissioned and will return home to continue the process of starting a class by:
- Selecting a church facility to host the class
- Holding informational events to interest prospective class members
- Training Core Leaders and Children's Teachers
- Beginning to meet as an official Community Bible Study Class
If you would like to know more about beginning a CBS class in your community, you may request an Information Kit by clicking here to email the Ministry Service Center. The kit contains materials on Community Bible Study, the CBS Children's Ministry, samples of the adult and children's lessons, and a list of study courses. You will also find a sample of our It's In The Book lessons which are excellent for small group studies and used by many CBS Prayer Groups as their preliminary Bible study. You may order It's In The Book lessons on our website at www.communitybiblestudy.org under the CBS Marketplace tab.
After you have had an opportunity to review the materials in the Information Kit, you will receive a follow up call or email to discern your interest level in beginning a CBS class. If there is continuing interest, an Area Director will be assigned to assist you with the process of starting a class. We are eager to serve and encourage you as together we seek God's will for another strong and vibrant CBS class!
Do you have classes in other countries?
Yes. We are currently in over 70 countries. Please visit http://cbsinternational.org/.
Do you have "on-line" Bible study for iPad, Kindle etc?
Not at this time, however we are in the process of investigating how best to move forward with digital technologies that would incorporate Community Bible Study into computer and mobile apps.
Time after time, my personal devotions mirrored and reinforced the lesson or concept of our Servants of God study. The Holy Spirit made connections between the lesson, my personal reading, and the application to my life situation that was needed at the very time that it was revealed to me.
Cheryl — PA
My boys love CBS; they love their teachers, the stories, their friends, the songs and their crafts! They love CBS so much that they even like to "play" CBS.
Melissa - Anaheim Hills, CA
I met with a friend I have known since junior high (40+ years) last week who is now an empty nester; her comment was that CBS has saved her marriage! Those were her exact words.
Priscilla - Jacksonville, FL
You see, our Children's Ministry teachers have not only taught our children Bible stories and helped them hide God's Word in their hearts, but, by their example, they have given them a desire to tell others about Jesus. In addition, we are so grateful.
Melissa - AL
Then I asked my mother if she might like to come to CBS and study Genesis and see her daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter every week! And again, to my surprise, she said "yes!" Four generations are praising God together,
Vicki - St. Louis, MO
Looking back at this letter now, I can see the whole picture, how 17 years of CBS lessons are all woven together as one message—it is God's love for us and His plan for redemption. So by the grace and power of our Lord, the CBS lessons I have learned are being passed on in a way that I never dreamed.
Angela - Richmond, VA
Since that first time, CBS has been the biggest blessing in my life. At that point in my life I have to admit I was a spiritual train wreck. I was torn between my selfish apathy and my desire to regain my faith. However, CBS finally brought me around and ignited a new spark in my faith.
Kalli - Austin, TX
We were looking for a place where we could simply come to be fed and renewed by God's Word... CBS fit the bill perfectly!
Mark - Dallas, TX
Dr McIntosh is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1971) and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1982) He has been senior pastor of an Atlanta church since...
Dr McIntosh is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1971) and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1982) He has been senior pastor of an Atlanta church since 1971, taught Biblical Languages and Theology at Columbia Biblical Seminary Extension, lead tour groups to the Bible Lands, and is a prolific author.
Dr. Sam Schultz
Dr Schultz earned his Doctor of Theology degree from Harvard Divinity School. He was professor of Bible at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois for 30 years and headed its Biblical Studies department for 22 years. He has written many books on the Old Testament, including the widely acclaimed and circulated The Old Testament Speaks. He serves as a trustee of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Dr. Eddy Swieson
Dr Swieson received his L.Th. from Melbourne College of Divinity in Australia and his doctorate at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D. C. He also studied at George Washington University and the School of International Service of American University. After serving in pastoral ministry for 34 years in the Washington, D C area, he moved to California in 1997 and joined the Volunteer Airport Ambassadors at San Diego International Airport to minister to the traveling public. In his book Why the Angels Laughed, Dr Swieson chronicles his premature birth into a poor Chinese Buddhist family in Indonesia, his malaria-ridden youth, God's grace in healing him and sparing him from the atrocities of war. He also writes of his encounter with Jesus Christ while reading Paul's letter to the Romans His motto is, “What I am now I am by the grace of God!”
Dr. William Counts
Dr Counts received an A.B. from Princeton, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a D Min from Fuller Seminary Since 1980 he has been the pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Dallas, Texas He has written three books: Freedom from Guilt (coauthored with Bruce Narramore); The Incredible Christ and Called to Be Free.
Dr. James Edwards
Dr Edwards is Professor of Religion at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington and former Professor of Religion at Jamestown College in Jamestown, North Dakota. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in New Testament from Fuller Theological Seminary. As a contributing editor for Christianity Today, he has volunteered with Young Life and done translation work for Wycliffe Bible Translators. He has written commentaries on Romans and The Gospel of Mark. His books include The Divine Intruder: When God Breaks Into Your Life and Is Jesus the Only Savior? He co-authored The Layman's Overview of the Bible
Dr. Erwin Rudolph
Educated at Greenville College, Illinois (B A in Theology), Ohio State University (M.A.), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D. in English Literature), Dr Rudolph served pastorates in Ohio and Illinois before becoming Professor of English Literature at Wheaton College in Illinois. After 31 years at Wheaton, Dr. Erwin was named Professor Emeritus in 1981. His publications include a critical-analytical study of the 18th-century devotional writer William Law, and Good- Bye My Son, an account of the death of his 21-year-old son from multiple sclerosis. He also edited a series of Devotional Classics for Victor Books
Dr. Howard Clark
Dr Clark received a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Since 1992 he has served as Senior Minister at Northwest Bible Church in Dallas, Texas and as Adjunct Teacher of Pastoral Ministries at Dallas Seminary