Dr. Chip Bond wants to fix more than your bones. The local orthopedic surgeon hopes you'll let Jesus doctor your life.
He has helped lead Community Bible Study in Rutherford County for 10 years. The group involves hundreds of local folks who are looking for a deeper and more transformative understanding of the Bible.
New gatherings are set to begin in a few days here, both a night class and a day class, all online.
The Evening Coed class is taught on Monday evenings at 7 pm starting Sept. 14. More details can be found here https://rutherfordeve.cbsclass.org/ The Day class is taught on Wednesday mornings 9:30 am starting Sept. 9 and can be found here https://rutherfordton.cbsclass.org/
What's the appeal? Bond said personal change has been tremendous for him. "I'm more empathetic with my patients," he said. "Things that used to frustrate me just don't any more."
Community Bible Study, or CBS as they call it, gives participants the opportunity to "drill down," as Bond put it and get to know the Jesus/God, especially as found in John's Gospel. The course this year is in John's Gospel.
One plug for the study says, "John was transformed by the years of close friendship he spent with Jesus and he wanted everyone (including YOU) to experience that same joy."
The course includes small group discussions on Zoom, a large group teaching that usually lasts 15 minutes, also on Zoom, and material prepared by a professional which appears in a workbook.
Other local folks who are involved: Greg and Hannah Poe, Cinda Fischer, Laurie Furse, Sheena Gabbard, Sherry Henderson and others.
Bond said the study is no substitute for Sunday School and church. "In fact, we require everybody to be active in a local church." But the study is for people who want more than can be found on Sunday mornings.
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