It’s that time of year again…
September 12, 2011 | My Jottings
I love September. It just might be my favorite month, followed closely by October. I love the cooler, crisper air, the slow color change of the trees, the smell of soup simmering and bread baking, the need for sweaters and socks. And I love September because it means the beginning of Community Bible Study again. I’ve been going to Community Bible Study for fourteen years now, and I pray that I will be attending until my dying day. I could probably change churches without too much folderol, but I don’t think I could ever stop going to CBS.
If you live in the United States and would like to see if there’s a class meeting near you, click here.
If you live in Europe, Asia, Latin America or Africa, click here to see if there’s a CBS class near you.
Here’s a little quiz to determine if you’re the kind of person who might enjoy going to Community Bible Study:
(If you answer any of the following questions yes, make a mental note of it – you don’t have to count how many yes answers you give, just whether or not you say yes to any of the following statements.)
I am a Christian
I am not a Christian, but believe in God.
I’m not sure I believe in God at all.
I am politically liberal.
I am politically conservative.
I hate politics.
I am very shy.
I hate groups.
I love getting to know new people.
I don’t own a Bible.
I graduated from Bible College.
I have mobility issues and need help moving around.
I am a young mother with children.
I have no money.
I think I might like Jesus, but am not so sure about Christians.
I haven’t been to church in years.
I don’t like church.
I feel like I don’t fit in anywhere.
I have many questions about religion.
I was raised Catholic.
I am a middle-aged man.
I hate being hit over the head with religion.
I have no friends.
I don’t have much time during the week.
I would like to know more about the Bible.
I wonder why God lets all these things happen if He’s a God of love.
I don’t like to do homework.
I love to study and do homework.
My kids are getting on my nerves and I know they need something.
I have questions but no answers.
I used to go to a Baptist church.
I am newly married and am finding life very hard.
I can’t get my act together.
The other Bible studies I’ve done haven’t challenged me.
I don’t like any social pressure.
I’m a stutterer.
I feel spiritually dry.
I would like to feel God’s presence.
I don’t like churches with long, drawn-out worship.
I go to a traditional church.
I dislike traditional churches and prefer non-denominational ones.
I believe communion is a remembrance only.
I believe communion contains the very presence of Christ.
I have never taken communion.
I’m not sure why the Bible is so important.
I don’t like traditional churches.
I believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
I believe those who believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit are a little weird.
I don’t even know what the Holy Spirit’s gifts are.
I think I might feel uncomfortable in a Bible study.
I would like to be noticed.
I would like to fade into the woodwork.
My mother went to CBS and I’m not sure it would be relevant for me.
I work during the day.
It doesn’t sound fun to read the Bible and answer a bunch of questions.
I’m in prison.
I’m a homeschooler.
I’m a with-it person and don’t really want a stodgy sort of gathering.
I rarely feel respected.
I believe in God, but don’t want to get all whacked out about it.
I can’t fit one more thing into my schedule.
I need help with my relationships.
I need more stability in my life.
I am not very with-it and don’t like a lot of newfangled things.
I am tired.
I need some encouragement.
I want to feel like something I’m doing really makes a difference.
I need to do something that benefits my family as well as myself.
I need……something. And I’m not sure what it is.
Nothing has meant more to me in my spiritual life. It’s really hard to explain to someone just how amazing CBS is — I just encourage you to find a class and go.
And it’s a good idea to go four times before making a decision on whether or not it’s for you. Four weeks will give you a better picture of what to expect from the September through May class.
If you think a friend might like to know more about Community Bible study, refer them to this blog post. And here’s the home link — click here: Community Bible Study.
If any of you have attended CBS, would you be so kind to leave a comment and share a bit about what it has meant to you? Your comments might help someone decide if they should attend!
God bless your week!