At Corydon Baptist Church, we talk a lot about “doing gospel life together.” This is more than just a catchy phrase for us. It is the way we capture the essence of what it means to be the family of God in Christ – the Church! There is simply no way for us to be a biblical New Testament Church apart from sharing our lives with one another (see Acts 2:41-47; 4:32-35). Everywhere you look in the New Testament, God is telling His people to do face-to-face life together in order to show off His glory in the Gospel of Christ (Matthew 18:15-18; 1 Corinthians 12; Galatians 6; Ephesians 4; James 5; 1 Peter 4; 3 John). Every Christian needs to make disciples and to submit to being discipled! Every Christian needs the love and discipline of a gospel-centered, Christ-exalting family! We must take seriously our Lord’s command to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called” (Eph 4:1). This is why we strongly encourage every believer who covenants together with us at CBC to “do gospel life together.” And we have two primary avenues for accomplishing this calling:
Gospel Life Groups
GLGs consist of 8-12 people and are led by qualified Bible teachers under the leadership of the Pastors, or by the Pastors themselves. These groups meet every other week. Some meet in homes and others meet in the church’s facility. These groups commit to in-depth, expository Bible study (expository Bible study aims to know and apply the meaning of the text), as well as confessional accountability and powerful praying. Children are included in praying and Bible study, and are also allowed to spend time together during GLGs
DMDs – gender-specific groups of two or three people committed to reading the Bible together, praying together, and mutual confessional accountability. These groups are aimed at equipping every church member to be about the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ. DMDs can meet just about anywhere and anytime, but the goal is for each group to meet at least every other week.
As you can see, fancy curricula is not often used in our disciple-making process. This is true regardless of whether you are in a Sunday School class or sitting in a coffee shop DMD. To be sure, we do sometimes employ good, gospel-centered curricula from ministries such as: Desiring God, The Gospel Story Curriculum, New Tribes Mission, or Matthias Media. But our heart and soul here at CBC is to teach and read and learn from open Bibles. We believe nobody has yet invented a curricula as good as God's Word!
Beginning in January 2014, we will embark on a 9-year journey as a church family to study all 66 books of the Bible together during our Bible Study Hour (Sunday School). We will be using the Explore the Bible curriculum from Lifeway Christian Resources. Every age will study the same books of the Bible at their appropriate learning levels, making it much simpler for parents to discuss the biblical texts with their children each week. This study’s workbooks will also allow students of every age to get into the text themselves each week, coming prepared for a more in-depth exposition on Sundays.
You can find more information about the Explore the Bible curriculum at www.lifeway.com/explorethebible. But remember, at CBC our teachers use open Bibles and study and prepare from the text itself. The curriculum is just a guide and helps keep us on track in our quest to study every book of the Bible, passage-by-passage, over a nine year period.
The whole church. The whole Bible. Nine Years. Join us!