Since 1975, men, women, teens, and children across the United States and around the world have studied the Bible in Community Bible Study Classes. Thousands of lives have been transformed by using the tried and proven five-step CBS method of Bible study:
- individual study through stimulating study questions,
- encouraging discussion in a safe, small group setting,
- effective teaching from trained teachers,
- insightful commentary to help better understand the passage, and
- caring community that encourages spiritual growth in a loving, supportive community.
CBS curricula is designed to support this method. Each lesson includes a series of study questions that are designed to help you engage with God’s Word in a meaningful way. These questions may include observational questions that help you explore the facts of the passage, interpretational questions that invite you to think about what the passage means, and application questions, which encourage you to apply what you’re learning to your life.
In addition to the study questions, each lesson includes a commentary, written to help you understand the context of what you’ll study as it relates to the rest of Scripture, God’s character, and what the passage means for your life. CBS concentrates on the essentials of the Christian faith, not on denominational distinctives. Our writers, editors and reviewers seek to ensure balanced representation of biblical viewpoints, accuracy of historical details, and in-depth coverage of the passage
With CBS curricula comes the assurance that those who write, edit and review each and every course are in unqualified agreement with CBS’s statement of faith, vision and mission, and stance on Scripture: “The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is divine revelation and the inspired Word of God inerrant in the original manuscripts. Its teaching is the final authority for all Christian life in matters of faith and practice.” The team has many years of combined experience in biblical teaching, journalism, curriculum publishing, and communications. Several have formal seminary and Bible college training, and all have experience in practical ministry and community-based Bible study.
CBS curricula are available in many forms, tailored to the age and needs of the participant. Translated in dozens of languages, the curriculum serves CBS classes on six continents.
You may examine samples of some of the CBS courses below. Unless otherwise noted, these are the versions of courses utilized in the United States.
- Adult Standard, our “standard” lesson for adult classes [regular lesson sample] [large print lesson sample]
- Global, used in the U.S., and translated globally [sample lesson, English]
- High School – [sample lesson]
- Middle School – [sample lesson]
- Junior – grades four to six [sample lesson]
- Primary – grades one to three [sample lesson]
- Young *Teacher Lesson – pre-readers [sample lesson]
- Preschool *Teacher Lesson [sample lesson]
- Baby *Teacher Lesson [sample lesson]
- Children’s Craft Activity [instructions]
*for younger children, the teacher lesson equips the Children’s Teacher to deliver the lesson. “Take Home” papers help the parents to reinforce the learning at home.
For free-standing Student CBS classes, these curricula are used