school of biblical studies
We want to equip DTS graduates and long term YWAMers with the necessary study tools and methods to enable them to understand the Bible correctly, for their own spiritual growth, but also to enable them to present the Word of God accurately to others.
The Chronological School of Biblical Studies is a 10-month course, studying inductively all 66 books of the Bible. These books will be studied in chronological order to get a better appreciation of God's redemptive story - from creation to final redemption. We will also look at the cultural and historical background of each book to help us understand what the ancient, inspired author intended the ancient readers to understand before applying those truths it to our own lives.
We believe that understanding the Bible is the beginning of seeing lives transformed; both our own and those we minister to. Not only do SBS students grow in their own relationship with God, they are also equipped to share the knowledge of God with those to whom God sends them.
Dates: August 23rd, 2019 to June 21st, 2020
Price: 60,000 NOK
If you are from a B or C category nation, you can apply for a discount.
Course Code: SBS I, II, III (CHR 213, 315, 316 in the U of N College of Christian Ministries)
Jaco Swart is from South Africa and has been involved with the School of Biblical Studies in Uganda, East Africa, for quite a number of years. In 2017 he and his wife, Leanne, and their five children joined the team here at YWAM Grimerud in Norway. He is an avid believer in the saying that a good teacher must be an even better student. Staff and students study and discover together as the Holy Spirit reveals truth to all.
“In 2 Timothy 3:16, 17, Paul mentions some of the benefits of knowing Scripture. However, these are not two stand-alone verses. The previous verses warn Timothy against the reality of imposters and deceivers. Knowing and then applying Scripture have huge benefits; not knowing Scripture carries huge risks.
I believe Norway is in a season of re-awakening to the necessity of the Bible. Come and be equipped to be part of this awakening and be ready to teach those who are turning to God’s Word for the answers to life.
In this full-time, 10-month Bible School you will learn many tools for reading the Bible. The main approach of the school is the Inductive Method of Bible study. Using this method you will read all 66 books of the Bible. This approach starts with observing the passage, followed by interpreting it and finally applying it to your life. Through this process we rely on prayer as we believe that a dependency on the Holy Spirit is of utmost importance in our study.
We also learn how to look at different literary types and genres in the Bible. We look at Ancient Near East and 1st Century history and culture as it relates to each book. We study the Bible in small group and preaching workshops. We also address Biblical Worldview issues as we apply Scripture to the world we live in.
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. Even so, the Bible was written for us, which means that by discovering the original intent 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. 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.
” Studying the Old Testament first, before going to the New Testament, was very important to me because it helped me understand what the culture was. It made me understand why Jesus was such a counter-cultural character, and why people didn’t see right away that He was the Christ and why Jews today also refuse to acknowledge that Jesus was the Savior they had been waiting for.
It also surprised me how much God actually loves us and how merciful He is. I knew that God sent Jesus to die on the cross for us so that we could have eternal life with Him, but I knew that other peoples’ perceptions of the Old Testament were that God was a mean and scary and punishing God.
When I actually read the Old Testament, I was faced with a loving God who gave chance after chance to His people. He cared for them, provided for them, and saved them from many enemies. The times that were hard for me to understand was when He continued to be merciful. The Israelites deserved severe punishment, but God continued to be merciful long after any human would have deemed the people worthy.”
– SBS Student from 2018 –