What is MBC?
We believe that education and discipleship are closely intertwined and are thus vital to the life of the church. It is not enough for believers to simply take in content, to be mere receptacles of information. We must, as the Scriptures say, “be doers of the word, and not hearers only.” (James 1:22) If we do not also apply and act on what has been learned, that person, James goes on to say, “he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.” (James 1:23-4) This principle of both hearing and doing correlates beautifully with historic teaching models that suggest the best way for one to truly learn something is for that person to immediately act on it, an embodied pedagogy.
To that end, the MBC curriculum is both instructional and formative, fostering an environment conducive to healthy spiritual growth and maturity. Pastor Woodward teaches each lesson asking these three questions of the passage: “What does it say?” (Observation), “What does it mean?” (Interpretation), and “What does it mean to me?” (Application). Within each lesson you will learn about the meaning of the passage based on the original context of the audience.
At the same time, you will also learn about how that truth can be applied to your life. The supplemental material that accompanies each lesson fosters small group discipleship and encourages immediate life application of what has been learned coupled with a healthy communal accountability.
Next, let us draw your attention to each component below that further instructs how to use MBC.
How to Use MBC?
Audio lessons :
The content is divided up into courses. Each course will consist of various lessons covering the topic of the course. Each lesson within the course is in audio format and is available for free through the website. These lessons can either be streamed or downloaded for later use. The audio lessons are ideal for group settings.
This material is a set of guides (in PDF file) for leaders of small groups to use. For each Audio Lesson there is a corresponding lesson in the Leader’s Guide. The first chapter of any course contains additional material for the leader including instructions on how to run a small group. This is followed by a summary of the lesson, study questions to reflect on, questions for further conversation, and quiz questions and answers that related to the material taught in the corresponding lesson.
This material is a set of workbooks (in PDF file) for members of the small group to use. For each audio lesson there is a corresponding lesson in the Student Workbook. They contain a brief synopsis of the lesson and the main verses of Scripture that have been used. Additionally, the same questions that are in the Leader’s Guide are in the Student Workbook (minus the answers).
This material is offered as additional information for group leaders or individual students. The booklets (in PDF file) do not follow the same flow as the Audio Lessons, but the information is nonetheless valuable and enriching to help you in your study of the Bible. The best way to use the Study Booklets is to view them as supplemental material or a commentary of the full course (for example: Genesis – Exodus, Acts – Romans, etc.).
Below are our training modules that teach about MBC, the purpose of MBC, how MBC is organized, the call for Biblical discipleship, and how to structure an MBC Small Group.