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This Spring I had the privilege of traveling to Cambodia to take part in teaching a women’s conference. While this was not a CBT sanctioned event, the training I received through CBT enabled me to effectively teach my assigned lessons within the context of the metanarrative of the Bible. When teaching abroad, I believe it is crucial to incorporate the storyline of the Bible. Often in these situations, the Biblical foundation of participants attending is unknown, and the opportunity to return is not guaranteed. It is imperative to make the most of every opportunity given to advance the gospel and drive Believers toward Bible literacy. My personal conviction and goal in missions is to leave them convinced that they can get into the Word of God for themselves and pursue their relationship with the living God.
This was my fourth overseas conference since becoming fully equipped with my, “CBT teaching tools.” Each time the teaching has been received with great enthusiasm. I have received comments such as, “Why aren’t we getting this teaching in our churches?” and, “Helping connect the dots is good because no one who comes does that.” Teaching the story arc of the Bible using the CBT method provides a missing piece of theological instruction both locally and abroad. Understanding the basic storyline of the Bible encourages and empowers Christians to study for themselves and retell the Story. Furthermore, the 14 Era model is incredibly versatile. It is easily adapted and executed in as basic or complex form as necessary for the intended audience. Truly, “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” 2 Peter 1:3 We must encourage Christians to have the audacity to pursue knowledge of God through His Word and CBT effectively equips Christians to do just that.