Course List

Community Bible Study Canada offers a wide range of courses with individual study, group discussion and relevant Bible teaching. CBS is a place to explore the Bible in a caring community. We see lives changed!

A variety of CBS courses are available, varying in length. New small classes are encouraged to start with Global lessons.

Standard Lessons

1 & 2 Corinthians

This practical and very relevant course deals with church problems in a city plagued by immorality. It applies God’s answers to similar problems faced by modern-day societies. The questions are thought-provoking.

This course is recommended for classes that have studied at least one of the Gospels.

Acts (使徒行傳第)

Students will see the Holy Spirit working through the lives of the apostles and the believers in the early church. This course includes pertinent applications for today’s believers and strong teaching on the foundation of the church—Jesus Christ.

Divided Kingdom (分裂王國時期和小先知書)

Conspiracies. Idolatry. Murderous plots.

This epic drama begins with King David’s death. After Bathsheba and Solomon narrowly escape assassination, God vindicates His Word by seating Solomon on Israel’s throne. As Solomon’s many foreign wives succeed in turning his heart away from the one true God, successive kings spiral deeper into spiritual darkness, leading their people into sin and idolatry. In the midst of widespread spiritual collapse, the ministries of the prophets Elijah and Elisha demonstrate God’s reality and power to an unbelieving world.

From the splendor of the kingdom during Solomon’s reign to the final collapse of the surviving kingdom, these books teach personal and institutional faithfulness to God. Interspersed among the stories of the kings are the messages communicated from God through the minor prophets: warnings of judgment, yet hope for a restoration of a godly kingdom. Despite Israel’s determination to rebel, the Lord’s faithfulness and love for His people never ceases.

Divided Kingdom and the Minor Prophets

Conspiracies. Idolatry. Murderous plots. This epic drama begins with the death of King David. After Bathsheba and Solomon narrowly escape assassination, God vindicates His Word by seating Solomon on the throne of Israel. As Solomon’s many foreign wives succeed in turning his heart away from the one true God, king following king spiral deeper into spiritual darkness, leading their people into sin and idolatry.

In the midst of the widespread spiritual collapse the ministries of the Prophets Elijah and Elisha begin demonstrating the reality and power of God to an unbelieving world. From the splendour of the kingdom of Solomon’s reign to the final collapse of the surviving kingdom, these books teach personal and institutional faithfulness to God.

Interspersed among the stories of the Kings are the messages communicated from God through the minor prophets: warnings of coming judgement, yet hope for a future restoration of a Godly kingdom. Despite Israel’s determination to rebel against God, the Lord’s faithfulness and love for His people never ceases.

Genesis

The substance of Genesis lies in its timeless themes: God’s mighty power and greatness, His love for His creation, and His grace toward fallen mankind. In its pages, we see human history beginning to unfold in the Garden of Eden. Human dignity and purpose, mankind’s rebellion and judgment, and forgiveness by means of a promised Redeemer are revealed. Even after Noah’s Flood wiped out all but eight of one sinful generation, the survivors’ children and grandchildren still rejected God and built the Tower of Babel. God’s redemptive plan continued to play out in the formation of the Hebrew nation. The Patriarchs’ lives are traced with the great stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and the sojourn of the Hebrew nation in Egypt. Genesis displays God’s holiness and faithfulness, and His patient development of mankind’s faith in a coming Messiah.

Genesis (創世記)

The substance of Genesis lies in its timeless themes: God’s mighty power and greatness, His love for His creation, and His grace toward fallen mankind. In its pages, we see human history beginning to unfold in the Garden of Eden. Human dignity and purpose, mankind’s rebellion and judgment, and forgiveness by means of a promised Redeemer are revealed. Even after Noah’s Flood wiped out all but eight of one sinful generation, the survivors’ children and grandchildren still rejected God and built the Tower of Babel. God’s redemptive plan continued to play out in the formation of the Hebrew nation. The Patriarchs’ lives are traced with the great stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and the sojourn of the Hebrew nation in Egypt. Genesis displays God’s holiness and faithfulness, and His patient development of mankind’s faith in a coming Messiah.

Isaiah

This course highlights God’s power, sovereignty, holiness, trustworthiness, and salvation. It provides historical background that illuminates what was happening in Isaiah’s time and speaks to the situations of our day and even beyond. It answers questions about life, human nature, and God. Class members will realize that the judgment of God is best understood in the context of His righteousness and justice. Also, class members will rejoice in the exciting prophecies concerning the Messiah and find comfort in Isaiah’s words of encouragement about a glorious future.

Luke (路加福音)

The clear, concise commentary in this course handles the historic record as well as conveying the truth of the Gospel in such a way that students see Jesus as Saviour and Lord as well as Jesus in His humanity (as “the Son of Man”). Questions are thought provoking, but not difficult.

Matthew

Matthew wrote by the power of the Holy Spirit, primarily to his fellow Jews, proving through Scripture that Jesus’s life and ministry fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah. In studying this Gospel, you can clearly hear Matthew’s message: Jesus is indeed the long-awaited Jewish Messiah, the King of kings and Lord of lords, Immanuel, God with us!

Pentateuch (摩西五經)

This course is a comprehensive survey of the first five books of the Old Testament, emphasizing the correlation and unity of the Old and New Testaments. It provides the student with a wonderful basis for understanding God’s plan of salvation.
Most of the course is in Genesis and Exodus so that the other 3 books are really only surveyed. Especially moving are the lessons in Leviticus which usually coincide with Easter and for many students truly deepen their understanding of the Cross in light of the centuries of sacrifice at the Tabernacle and later the Jerusalem Temple.

Red Sea to the Jordan River

Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers tell the story of how God delivered His chosen people,
the Israelites, from Egyptian slavery and established them as a new nation. But these
books are not just history. They also tell the story of a holy God’s faithfulness to weak
and sinful people like us. Some class members may be surprised by how practical the
topics in these Old Testament books really are. Because of biblical themes like doubt
and faith, complaining and grace, crisis and intercession, and failure and repentance, the
opportunities for spiritual growth offered in this course are plentiful.

Return to Jerusalem

An overview of the history of the Israelites that includes their return to Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile, this course covers the books of Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. This course is best suited for established classes, but has been well received by all classes.

Romans

The study is a stimulating and insightful look at this magnificent treatise of the Christian faith. A great deal of cross-referencing in the questions proves the truths of this book are found in other books of the Bible, but the number of references may be frustrating for some people. This is a good course, but not an easy one.

Servants of God (incl. Joshua, Judges, Ruth and 1 & 2 Samuel)

This course covers the period from Joshua’s leadership through David’s rule in Israel by exploring the books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and 1 & 2 Samuel. While some lessons skim through large portions of Scripture, overall this course will take you and your students on a rollercoaster ride up to peaks of Israel’s faithful obedience, then back down into valleys of doubt, fear, and stubborn disobedience, only to be repeated in seemingly endless cycles. The lessons to be learned are as valid now as they were then.

Servants of God (神的僕人)

This course covers the period from Joshua’s leadership through David’s rule in Israel by exploring the books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and 1 & 2 Samuel. While some lessons skim through large portions of Scripture, overall this course will take you and your students on a rollercoaster ride up to peaks of Israel’s faithful obedience, then back down into valleys of doubt, fear, and stubborn disobedience, only to be repeated in seemingly endless cycles. The lessons to be learned are as valid now as they were then.

Hebrews

Hebrews challenges students to gain confidence in the supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus Christ, presenting the theme of Jesus as High Priest.
Using Old Testament references, the study leads students to see how the Old Testament worship system foreshadows the New.

Hebrews used to be paired with Galatians, but now it is available to mix and match with the other short courses.

Recommended for established classes.

Mark

This course leads students to important discoveries following Jesus on His earthly journeys and seeing Him first hand as a “man of action”.
This course used to pair with the 12- week Ephesians but can be paired with any other 12- week course, or with two 6-week courses.

Mark (马可福音)

This course leads students to important discoveries following Jesus on His earthly journeys and seeing Him first hand as a “man of action”.
This course used to pair with the 12- week Ephesians but can be paired with any other 12- week course, or with two 6-week courses.

Revelation

An exciting study in which Jesus Christ appears in all His glory. He is revealed as the Lamb of God, Bridegroom, King, and Judge. Prophecies are examined against the backdrop of God’s overriding plan for Creation since the beginning of time and on through eternity. Class members will be inspired to worship and challenged to live in watchful readiness for the Lord’s return.

Pairs well with Daniel 12-week course.

Not recommended as a first study for new classes.

1 & 2 Peter

These two letters examine how Christians face suffering, knowing their safety and security are in God. The apostle Peter also teaches his readers how to handle heresy and recognize false teachers in their midst.
Recommended for established classes.

Christian Leadership (1&2 Timothy, Titus)

Christian Leadership emphasizes the essentials necessary for a church to be united and grounded in God’s truth. In these three letters to young pastors (1 and 2 Timothy, and Titus), Paul gave instructions for teaching sound doctrine, avoiding false teachers, and fostering an environment of spiritual health. Chronologically, 2 Timothy is the final letter Paul wrote. It offers a poignant picture of his vision, faith, and legacy.

Christian Living (1, 2, 3, John, Philemon, Jude)

This 12-week study of Philemon, 1, 2, and 3 John, and Jude contains plenty of practical guidance for living the Christ-centered life. The letters were written to encourage Christians to live lives of truth and love in the midst of cultures that did not necessarily embrace either. Class members will learn how to deal with false teachers, how to be sure of their salvation, and much more in this highly relevant course.

Daniel

Set in the Babylonian captivity, the book of Daniel focuses on God’s sovereign control of heaven and earth, from beginning to end. The familiar stories of Daniel 1–6 provide a great model for living a godly life in a hostile environment. Chapters 7–12 provide compelling pictures of God’s eternal, unshakable kingdom that will prevail, no matter how bad things seem at the moment. Class members will be encouraged in the areas of prayer, persevering under trial, living wisely, and seeking God in troubling times.

Daniel (但以理书)

Set in the Babylonian captivity, the book of Daniel focuses on God’s sovereign control of heaven and earth, from beginning to end. The familiar stories of Daniel 1–6 provide a great model for living a godly life in a hostile environment. Chapters 7–12 provide compelling pictures of God’s eternal, unshakable kingdom that will prevail, no matter how bad things seem at the moment. Class members will be encouraged in the areas of prayer, persevering under trial, living wisely, and seeking God in troubling times.

Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy leads students to respond to a holy God in obedience and love.
This course was originally paired with Psalms but now you may mix and match it with other short courses.


Recommended for classes that have studied the Old Testament before.

If You Will Pray (Nehemiah)

This is an 8-week course based on the study of the Book of Nehemiah.
It is a prayer based course incorporating the process of beginning a CBSI Canada Class, and developing leadership. Recommended for all groups beginning the CBSI Canada program.

If You Will Pray (如果你願意禱告)

This is an 8-week course based on the study of the Book of Nehemiah. It is a prayer based course incorporating the process of beginning a CBSI Canada Class, and developing leadership. Recommended for all groups beginning the CBSI Canada program.

1 & 2 Thessalonians

Written by Paul to the young church in Thessalonica, 1 and 2 Thessalonians focus on the hope and the habits of faith when tested. The study looks at how the words of encouragement and of warning guided new believers and apply to believers today.

1 John (約翰一書)

This letter is filled with assurances and provides practical advice to believers. The CBS study looks at the differences between true believers and those who have been deceived, evidences of a new life in Christ, and God’s great love for all of His children.

Colossians

A letter written to combat error in the church, Paul points the believers at Colossae to Jesus as the head of His body, the church, who gives believers fullness in Christ. The questions are thought provoking and challenging.

Ephesians (以弗所書)

Written to the church at Ephesus by the apostle Paul, the letter beautifully describes how God regards believers. Paul exhorts the Ephesians about what should be evident in their lives in view of what God has accomplished in them. Our study explores God’s purpose and power, the power of regeneration in Christ, and the unity and standards of the church.

Galatians

Galatians is an outstanding treatment of Christian liberty, illuminating Paul’s forceful declaration of justification by faith alone based on the finished work of Jesus Christ and freedom from the bondage of the Law.
Originally this course was 12 weeks long and paired with Hebrews but in 2008 was edited down to six weeks and can be used in combination with any other course.

Galatians (加拉太書)

Galatians is an outstanding treatment of Christian liberty, illuminating Paul’s forceful declaration of justification by faith alone based on the finished work of Jesus Christ and freedom from the bondage of the Law.
Originally this course was 12 weeks long and paired with Hebrews but in 2008 was edited down to six weeks and can be used in combination with any other course.

God's Amazing Book (奇妙聖經)

This course addresses the issues of divine inspiration, canonicity, the uniqueness of Scripture, and the role of prophecy in a clear, succinct manner. The course contains a section that provides a broad overview of the entire Bible. Students with all degrees of Bible knowledge will find the questions thought provoking. This is often the course recommended to follow the “If You Will Pray Course” based on the book of Nehemiah which prayer groups considering CBSI Canada use as a first step.

James

The book of James is one of the most practical in the Bible. The lessons encourage each student to lead a more consistent, caring Christian life and to explore practical application of faith in family and society.

James (雅各書)

One of the most practical books in the Bible, the lessons for this epistle encourage each student to lead a more consistent, caring Christian life and to explore the practical application of faith in family and society.

Job

The book of Job examines the role of God in a world where suffering touches every life. When great personal loss and agonizing disease descend on the godly man Job, his trust in God is challenged. As he struggles to figure out why a loving God would allow such pain, his friends are convinced that Job is hiding secret sins that deserve God’s wrath. The book concludes with a confrontation between Job and God. Many spiritual truths are revealed in this unique study.


Global Lessons

Acts

The study of Acts is an exciting, stimulating course in which students see the Holy Spirit working through the lives of the apostles and the believers in the early church. It includes pertinent applications for today’s believers and strong teaching on the foundation of the church – Jesus Christ.
• a good course to follow a gospel. Good for a young class as the questions are not difficult and it is very relevant.

Genesis

The substance of Genesis lies in its timeless themes: God’s mighty power and greatness, His love for His creation, and His grace toward fallen mankind. In its pages, we see human history beginning to unfold in the Garden of Eden. Human dignity and purpose, mankind’s rebellion and judgment, and forgiveness by means of a promised Redeemer are revealed. Even after Noah’s Flood wiped out all but eight of one sinful generation, the survivors’ children and grandchildren still rejected God and built the Tower of Babel. God’s redemptive plan continued to play out in the formation of the Hebrew nation. The Patriarchs’ lives are traced with the great stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and the sojourn of the Hebrew nation in Egypt. Genesis displays God’s holiness and faithfulness, and His patient development of mankind’s faith in a coming Messiah.

Luke

A wonderful course that allows the student to see Jesus in His humanity. Clear, concise commentary in handling historic record as well as in conveying the truth of the Gospel in such a way that the student will see Jesus as Saviour and Lord. Includes straightforward, but thought-provoking Home Study Questions.
•very effective as a first gospel for a class with Acts as a follow-up

Matthew

Matthew wrote by the power of the Holy Spirit, primarily to his fellow Jews, proving through Scripture that Jesus’s life and ministry fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah. In studying this Gospel, you can clearly hear Matthew’s message: Jesus is indeed the long-awaited Jewish Messiah, the King of kings and Lord of lords, Immanuel, God with us!

Christian Living (1, 2, 3 John, Philemon, Jude)

This 12-week study of Philemon, 1, 2, and 3 John, and Jude contains plenty of practical guidance for living the Christ-centered life. The letters were written to encourage Christians to live lives of truth and love in the midst of cultures that did not necessarily embrace either. Class members will learn how to deal with false teachers, how to be sure of their salvation, and much more in this highly relevant course.

Daniel

Set in the Babylonian captivity, the book of Daniel focuses on God’s sovereign control of heaven and earth, from beginning to end. The familiar stories of Daniel 1–6 provide a great model for living a godly life in a hostile environment. Chapters 7–12 provide compelling pictures of God’s eternal, unshakable kingdom that will prevail, no matter how bad things seem at the moment. Class members will be encouraged in the areas of prayer, persevering under trial, living wisely, and seeking God in troubling times.

Ephesians

Ephesians is an in-depth study encouraging understanding of deep spiritual truth and seeking to activate the will in matters of daily life and practice of faith.

James

The book of James is one of the most practical in the Bible. The lessons encourage each student to lead a more consistent, caring Christian life and to explore practical application of faith in family and society.

Philippians

Philippians is one of the most quoted New Testament epistles. Paul wrote to friends at Philippi to show them that joy does not depend on surroundings but on the Savior. Our study explores working for the kingdom, Christian unity and charity, and enduring persecution.

Ruth and Esther

The books of Ruth and Esther show ordinary women in extraordinarily difficult situations. In spite of extreme hardship and probable disaster, they continue to trust God – even when He seems distant. This in-depth, seven-lesson study shows God caring for His people, bringing good from hardship. Ruth and Esther’s courage and faith will inspire you to hope—no matter what you’re facing.

Ruth and Esther (路得和以斯帖)

The books of Ruth and Esther show ordinary women in extraordinarily difficult situations. In spite of extreme hardship and probable disaster, they continue to trust God – even when He seems distant. This in-depth, seven-lesson study shows God caring for His people, bringing good from hardship. Ruth and Esther’s courage and faith will inspire you to hope—no matter what you’re facing.