Biblical Studies Center
The Biblical Studies Center sees the Bible as crucial to discipleship and missions. Therefore, this is our mission:
Helping God’s people to know, live and share the Bible.
We’re running the following activities to achieve this:
Bible for Life – 3 months
Bible Summer Course – 1 week at the end of July
Titus Project – 3 months
Seminars and preaching in churches and DTS’s.
As Biblical Studies Center we regularly organize Bible Seminars. In three days you will be taken through one book of the Bible while you develop Bible study skills. Together we think about the meaning of the text and look for applications in today’s context.
Intro Prophets & Amos
Intro Paul & Romans
November 29 – December 1
The Biblical Studies Department runs the following schools:
- School of Biblical Studies (SBS) – registered with YWAM’s University of the Nations (CHR213, CHR315, CHR 316 – respectively first, second and third term)
- Bible for Life – registered with YWAM’s University of the Nations (CHR227)
- Titus Project – registered with YWAM’s University of the Nations (CHR214 Field Assignment)
If you’re interested in hosting a seminar in your church or DTS, please contact us. We can offer the following types of seminars:
- Introduction to a book of the Bible
- Overviews of the Old and New Testament
- Introduction to the Bible
- Inductive Bible study
Every Summer we organize a Bible Summer Course.
Check out what’s happening in our schools and activities and follow us on Instagram
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.
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.
My YWAM journey started in 1985 in Sweden. Then it took me to the Philippines and Micronesia before it led me to Heidebeek. While doing my SBS in 1995 I got hooked on the word and work with the Biblical Studies Center since. It’s a joy to get people excited about God and his word.
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.
In Spannum (Friesland) I was born, 73 years ago. I'm married to Barbara, blessed with two daughters, both married, a grandson and -daughter. I've been a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church for 20 years. Barbara and I did our DTS on Hawaii in 1984. Since 1985 I'm part time involved in the life and work at Heidebeek, since 1996 deeply involved in the BSD. Hobby's » celebrations and thrillers
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.
Bringing Gods truth to change lives is my passion, to see that happen I joined the Biblical Studies Centre february 2012. Besides digging in the Word, I love to go for a walk in the forest with my husband. For the rest: I love pink, chocolate and having lots of fun!
Blessed with my wife Ralda and 4 kids, 1 daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren. Active in pastoral care, psychotherapy, marriage counselling and bible lectures. Theology always remains the greatest discipline there is, but to be able to combine it with therapy is a great privilege.