chronological school of biblical studies

“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”

–Theodore Roosevelt

The Chronological School of Biblical Studies is a 10 month course dedicated to the inductive study of all 66 books of the Bible. These books will be studied in chronological order to get an overview and a better understanding of the story of God as He revealed Himself through history to His people, from creation to final redemption. We will also look at cultural and historical background to help us in the 21st century understand what the ancient author intended the ancient readers to understand.

As important as a proper understanding of the Bible is, the purpose of the SBS does not end at merely understanding God and His relationship to His people. The goal of the SBS is to see lives transformed; both our own and those of people around the world. The natural outworking of knowing God should be making God known, so in addition to SBS students growing in their own relationship with God, they are also equipped to share the knowledge of God with those to whom God sends them.

SBS I, II, III (CHR 213, 315, 316 in the U of N College of Christian Ministries)
content of the school
The goal of the school is to give you tools, so that you can study and discover the word of God for yourself, and together with others. You will learn about different literary genres (narratives, letters, prophetic, etc.) and devices (contrast, atmosphere, repetition, etc.). Teaching in class will give you introductions to each book you will study, including historical background and context, as well as discussions of important issues relevant to the interpretation of the book and to society today. Then you will be released to study each book on your own.

The main approach we use in the SBS is an inductive approach. This is based on the understanding that the Bible is not written directly to us, but to a specific group of people at the time each book was written. However, the Bible was written for us, which means that by discovering the original intents of the authors, we can learn how the messages relate to our lives today and what the timeless principles are which transcend time and culture. The inductive method uses three main steps:

  • OBSERVE the text until you see what the text is saying.
  • INTERPRET the most likely message to the original readers (not to you).
  • APPLY the timeless principles in YOUR life and culture today.

We also recognize our dependence on the Holy Spirit to guide us in this process.

As SBS staff we commit to walk with you during this time, not just to learning how to study the Bible, but also aiming for application of the word expressed in personal growth and in reaching out.

Whatever God calls you to do in life, understanding the Bible is crucial. God’s word is not only the foundation for how we live, but also shows the character of God, for whom we live. This gives us the inspiration to pursue a higher calling in our lives and to bring the truth to the world. Our world desperately needs this truth and we see God moving to reach people with His word, especially in Norway. Now is the time to transform society from the inside out through the power of God’s word. Come be a part of a community of people dedicated to God, His word, and each other.

Field Assignment Availability & Options

During the school, there will be optional outreach opportunities locally, such as interacting with refugees in the area and youth that frequent a YWAM-operated café in a nearby city. As a class, we are also planning to take part in Bible distribution with the Bible to All initiative (more information in Norwegian can be found at bibelentilalle.no)

matt-lefebvre

School Leader

My name is Matt Lefebvre and I am the leader of the CSBS at Grimerud. I am originally from Canada, but I was the leader of the SBS in Sweden for several years. I have on numerous occasions seen the eyes of a student opened to see something in the Bible that they have never seen before. I share in that excitement with the students, but even after years of study, I also have those moments of discovery myself. Though I am a leader, I will always consider myself a student of God’s word. My passion is to help people understand what they believe and why, so I invite you to come and discover God’s word with me.

Dates and pricing

Start: 24th of August 2017
End: 22nd of June 2018
Price: 60,000NOK
If you are from a B or C category nation, you can apply for a discount.

If you have questions, contact the school leader directly at: sbs@ywam.no

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“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:14-17