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.
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. We want everyone to feel 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.
What is your relationship with the local church?
Community Bible Study classes are composed of people from many different churches who have decided to incorporate a CBS class because it complements their local church and helps them grow spiritually. We 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?
Do you have classes for various ages?
Yes! We have classes for practically everyone. This includes:
- Adult classes are offered during the day or evening and can be single gender or co-ed.
- Children’s classes, from infants to middle schoolers, because no matter how young, your child needs to know about God’s love.
- Teen and student classes to help your children grow in friendship, character and their relationship with God.
- InPrison classes for inmates who want to grow in Christ.
- Internationally – if you don’t live in the USA, chances are there’s a class in your country.
Where do classes meet?
Our classes are usually hosted in local church venues. We’re grateful to these churches for allowing us the use of their premises.
When and how often do classes meet?
We start the new class season around the middle of August each year. Most classes run for 30 weeks, and all classes meet once a week.
Is Community Bible Study a topical or “book-by-book” study?
Our Bible studies are always book-by-book.
What Bible translation do you use?
We use the English Standard Version (ESV), but you may use any translation you feel most comfortable with.
What is the cost of a class?
The adult registration cost is $35. But please don’t let this hold you back; we will arrange for a scholarship for you if you are unable to cover it. And, likewise, if you are able to sponsor someone, please let us know. We want to share the Word of God with anyone who wants to attend.
What level of teaching might I expect?
We are neither an academic seminary class, or a light, quick, easy study. We are just about right for everyone. We refer to ourselves as an “every person’s” Bible study.
Is there homework?
Yes, there is home-based study. You’ll be asked to read each lesson and complete the homework because we believe this will draw you closer to Jesus. That said, we do understand the demands on daily life and know that sometimes you may not be able 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?
We understand that life is complex and demanding. Please come to the next class and pick up where you left off.
Can I join a class that has already begun?
Yes. We encourage registration at the beginning of each class season, but God’s Word is intended for you, so join us when you are able to participate.
I cannot find a class where I live, can I start a class?
Certainly! 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 might be interested in a Bible study in their area.If you would like to know more about beginning a CBS class in your community, you may request an information kit.
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?
Do you have online Bible studies for iPad, Kindle, etc?
Unfortunately not at this time – but we are in the process of investigating how best to move forward with digital technologies that would make our studies available on computer and mobile apps.