CBS | Our Local History
The Gulf Breeze-Navarre women's day class of Community Bible Study (known as CBS) began as a weekly prayer meeting made up of ladies from Concord as well as other churches who were seeking an opportunity to study the Bible together and to grow in community with one another. Two years after begining here on Concord's campus CBS grew into a larger facility where it continues to grow with over 150 women and children coming from all over our local area.
You are welcome to join us Thursday mornings from 9:30 am to 11:30 am from September through May (registration for childcare is available for all studies). For more information or to register for "Return to Jerusalem" (our study for 2019-20) you can click here to be taken to our local CBS web page.
CBS | Who Are We?
From young moms and housewives. From business people, professionals, tradespeople to students, or retired. We are just like you and your neighbors. We come from all of the Christian denominations, from no religious background, or from non-Christian faiths that simply want to study the bible, which is the most widely published and studied book in the world.
Children and students also want to study the bible. We offer a safe and loving environment for babies, Bible songs and stories for toddlers, and age appropriate materials for children starting at age two. School aged children typically study the same passages as the adults, allowing families to discuss the Bible together. Children and youth either study alongside an adult class or as a standalone class.
CBS | Our Broader History
Community Bible Study’s story is rooted in prayer and a strong desire to help people grow in their relationship with Jesus by exploring the Bible. These two aspects remain as vital to who we are today as they were at the very beginning.
We began as an answer to the heartfelt prayer of a group of women who prayed that the Lord would provide Bible studies for people in the Washington, D.C. area. As a result of those prayers, the first CBS class began in the fall of 1975 at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland. Over 500 women, from many different churches, registered to study the book of John. Lee Campbell taught the first class. She, along with her husband Floyd (Corky), were used by God to get CBS off the ground.
One year later two more classes began: a day class in Alexandria, Virginia, and the first co-ed evening class in Tysons Corner, Virginia. In 1977, classes sprang up in California, Colorado, and Tennessee. In 1978, classes began in Alabama, Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois, and in 1979, people could attend a CBS class in Texas and London! Without any advertising, publicity, or human planning, classes spread like wild fire. Since then the curriculum has expanded to include many other books in the Bible.
God has blessed this ministry, and with grateful hearts we want to love, serve, and honor Him in all that we do.
Our ministry philosophy is guided by the following principles:
Part of our DNA, prayer is the starting point for our decisions and our activities – everything we do.
We want every single person who attends a Community Bible Study class to feel cared for and loved, and comfortable regardless of their background, education, church involvement, ethnicity, or economic status. Our desire is to build unity in the midst of diversity.
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.
Community Bible Study leaders are volunteers who feel called by God to their roles, and give of their time and talents out of love for Him. Shepherding occurs at every level so that each individual feels connected and cared for and does not operate in isolation. Each leader is equipped specifically for their role and must attend ongoing training and spiritual enrichment sessions.
We aim for excellence in everything we do, from the materials we use based on scripture alone, to the time we spend developing freindships together.