"The word of God hidden in the heart is a stubborn voice to suppress." --Billy Graham
In 2018 we want you to hear from God, and take someone along with you. Hearing from God is the desire of every person who walks through the doors of our church, and we want to take this passion to another level. We want to do what is called Communal bible reading. God speaks through His Word; He makes clear His character and nature, humanity's character and nature, and how humankind can be reconciled to God through God's Son, Jesus Christ. In his Word, there are warnings for disobedience and promises for obedience, with the highest reward being God Himself.
With that said in the next days, we want to introduce you to the CBR Journal This is a tool that allows you to read the Bible alongside others and grow in community. We will start with answering the question "What is the CBR?" Watch the Introduction Video below.
We introduced the CBR to some of our people at City Church and this what most of them said...
"It makes devotional time easy with just two sections to read a day. Even though it seems like a chore sometimes I still find myself gleaning so much from the devotional time set aside to do the CBR. Being able to break down the text and then discuss with my community how it has impacted me or how I learned something from it."- Kevin Garza
"I love how it has affected my relationships with the other people doing it. It’s been a great way to keep myself and others accountable "- Leah Bower
"I like how it guides my bible reading and brings all of us closer together as a community" - Scott Boehret
I love that it breaks it down into the four sections and guides my reading process so I can get the most out of each passage. I also like having the group chat about it so I can see different perspectives from other people on what they got from the reading. Sharing what stood out to us helps me understand the meaning of the passage and different important parts that I might not have noticed. - Sarah Neff
When it comes to Bible reading plans, CBR will always have a special place in my heart. For people who are can’t fly through 4 chapters very well but desire to be intentional with scripture, CBR provides you with the tools to read and respond to His Word that won’t be overwhelming each day. - Alex Muller
I like how it's low pressure but highly encouraging. There's no emphasis on it being a "must" like other Bible reading plans, but with the community aspect, you want to participate because you see daily how much everyone else is benefiting from their reading.- Guston Bird
I’ve enjoyed the CBR because it is both Bible reading and journaling which helps me comprehend and remember what I have read. I love the accountability that comes with discussing it in a community. I’ve enjoyed that it’s gospel-centered which helps tie in every part of the Bible to the main center of Jesus. - Heidi Mnkandhla
It allows me to focus in on what different aspects of worship during prayer. The ACTS format lets me express my true feelings towards God in a structured way. - Tyler Henry
These journals will be for sale at the church's bookstore, and we pray they will help in grounding our Community in the Word of God.
Some of you will be super curious to find out more about the journal, read more here http://thecbrjournal.com/