Take the next step in strengthening the foundation of your life and ministry!
The Bible is one of the main tools God wants to use to equip you for his mission: to bring all nations to Himself and rule them with justice, goodness and peace. In other words, the setting up of his Kingdom, of which Jesus said that it is near. The Bible tells us what God’s mission looks like, what He has done already, the goal of the mission and how you can be a part of it.
So, the Bible is invaluable for God’s mission. It leads you into intimate relationship with God, equips you and challenges you to grow. Come, discover the Bible in Bible For Life!
Bible For Life is a Bible school of three months, during which you will:
- discover the grand Story of the Bible – the story of God’s Kingdom
- learn to read and study the Bible in a responsible and practical way: inductive Bible study
- read the Bible devotionally
- be equipped to share the Word
We will learn and grow together, so that after Bible For Life you will explain and share the Bible with much greater confidence.
For more information, go to ‘Content’ on the left.
Bible For Life is about helping students to joyfully, passionately and correctly handle the Word of God for life and ministry. In order to achieve this we will do the following:
- STORY | Explore the Bible’s great Story: God the King is setting up His Kingdom and He is bringing about His salvation for mankind and all of creation so His righteous and peaceful reign can again be enjoyed.
- INDUCTIVE BIBLE STUDY | Develop reliable and hands-on methods for reading the Bible with greater understanding: inductive Bible study. We want to help you become confident in explaining and proclaiming God’s Word.
- MEDITATION | Practice Bible meditation, so you’ll even more enjoy the benefits of personal Bible reading.
- SHARING | Share the Bible and the gospel. We will do evangelism and introduce you to the basics of preaching & teaching.
In the first week, the main focus is on exploring the Bible’s Story: how do we see the theme of the Kingdom played out from Genesis to Revelation? How is the theme of salvation tied into this? How are the Old (or: First) and New (or: Second) Testament related to one another? What does all of this mean for the way we should think about the Gospel? Etc.
In the next ten weeks the focus lies on getting to know the main literary genres of the Bible: Torah (mainly narrative and law), historical books, wisdom books, prophets, gospels and Acts, letters and Revelation (a so-called “Apocalypse”). We will explore how each genre can be read with understanding and applied. Throughout these weeks you will learn to study the Bible inductively (see more info on the left). The following books will be studied in their entirety:
- Major portions of the Torah (Genesis to Deuteronomy)
- 1 Peter
In the last week the focus will be on introducing you to the basics of preaching and small group Bible study: how do you prepare a sermon or Bible study? What’s important for the delivery of a sermon? Etc.
We will go out for evangelism every other week and evaluate carefully what we’re learning there. The role of the Bible and the Bible’s great Story will be explored.
Throughout the school we will practice Bible meditation several moments of the week.
Every other week you’ll get together in mentor groups, processing what you’re learning, how you are growing and encouraging one another. Bible For Life puts an emphasis on learning together, through these mentor groups, but also group assignments and discussion.
Our weeks will further include times of worship and intercession. All in all, a full week – including lectures, assignments, outreach, work duties and everything else mentioned above – will be roughly 50 hours.
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Do you want to see what Bible for Life is all about? Check this promotional movie.
Inductive Bible Study
Inductive Bible study is all about letting the Bible speak for itself. It’s not the only (valid) way to study the Bible, but it’s a crucial one, because it turns you into a listener. How does it do that?
Inductive Bible study begins with careful observation: what does the text say? E.g.: what is happening? How is the message structured? Is there an emphasis in the text? What are the main themes? Etc.
Upon seeing what is in the text, the meaning of it can be explored: interpretation. What did the text mean to the original recipients? We explore the historical circumstances of author and recipients. We look at the literary form in which the text comes: is it a story, poem, law, letter, prophecy, parable, etc.? We look at the context: what comes before and after the text I’m studying? How does the text fit in the whole Bible? And we ask lots of questions: what does this mean? Why does the author say that? How would this have spoken to the original recipients? And so on.
When we have a grasp of the meaning of the text, we can think about its application. How does the text speak into my personal situation? How does it speak to my church, or the culture I’m living in? How can it be applied to society: government, business, health care, family life, etc.
Observation, interpretation and application are the core skills to be developed. Since we’re using these to study God‘s Word, we come to the text with the expectation to ultimately hear from Him. It’s good to start with prayer and to read with faith and expectation.
And one more thing: inductive study isn’t complicated. It’s about learning to look carefully at the text, asking good questions, exploring the setting of the text and – probably the hardest part of it – becoming obedient to it.
You can think long and hard about the content of Bible For Life, but just as important – if not even more so – are the motivations behind the course. Why has this course been developed? Why might you consider doing it? There are many Bible schools, courses and seminars: why choose this one?
We have started a short series of blog posts that attempts to share the heart behind the course.
- Know God
- Make God Known
- Reservoir of Life
- Library of Diversity
- The Magic Word… Context
- The Story of a Lifetime
Meet the Staff
Hey, I'm Bart. Studying the Bible is all about pursuing God. That's why I am also enthusiastic about our ministries. I am looking forward to dig together in God's Word to discover more of His heart and get in awe of Him.
I also enjoy playing soccer, biking through the forest and drinking coffee with friends.
Hey Hallo, nearly seven years I may work with Youth with a Mission. After my DTS I followed the SBS and that has captured my heart. I find it amazing to see others grow as they go through school or courses, grow in faith, make choices that make them grow and flourishing in God's plan for their lives. and I believe that the Bible plays a major role in getting to know God better.
I'm blessed with a wonderful family. Jantien and I have three kids. After having done a DTS (2001) and SBS (2002) I joined YWAM at the end of 2003. Teaching the Bible is my greatest passion. I believe the Bible draws us into God's Story and equips us for His mission of setting up His Kingdom.
Hi, my name is Seraina. Like every swiss I love cheese and chocolate. Even more than that I enjoy spending time with friends, I’m always up for a cup of coffee. But truly heart beats for the nations and teaching the Bible and that’s why I’m part of Bible for Life.
After being out of the country for some years I have grown even more fond of my flat, wet, green, homeland with it’s many cows and bikes. It's good to be back! Discovering the School of Biblical Studies (SBS) was a total surprise for me and doing it an absolute privilege. I am looking forward to share with others what has been given to me by staffing BFL.