SBS Overview

The School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is a nine-month course in which students study all 66 books of the Bible. The Inductive Study Method teaches students to observe the text with the historical background to understand the Bible in contextDuring the school, students survey each book and discover the big picture, while also digging into the details verse by verse.

Emphasis is placed on understanding the cultural and historic background of each author and original reader of a book. The student interprets Scripture with the mindset of the original reader then takes the timeless truths and applies them personally. Students are given hands-on instruction in the principles of observation, interpretation, and application. SBS staff will meet weekly with the students to aid in their personal growth, understanding of Scripture, and help students take application into life transformation.

The vision of SBS Cambodia is to train and equip people to know God’s Word and to influence the church in Cambodia, in South East Asia and to the Ends of the Earth.

 

What is the Inductive Method?

In the Inductive Study Method the student lays aside any preconceived ideas and lets the scripture speak for itself. The students’ conclusions evolve out of what they have observed, interpreted and applied.

Steps of the Inductive approach:

  • Read the entire book through, aloud in one sitting (first reading).
  • Read the entire book through asking specific questions (second reading).
  • Read through the entire book giving a paragraph title for each paragraph (third reading).
  • Using the paragraph titles, draw up a rough Horizontal Chart of the book. A Horizontal Chart is an overview of the entire book (this may require another reading).
  • Make Vertical Charts for each small segment in the Horizontal Chart. This is the where the student looks in detail at the passages (this is either the fourth or fifth reading).
  • Polishing of the rough Horizontal Chart (the student may do the fifth reading here).

The three basic steps of Bible Study are stressed. They are done in the following order:

  • Observation: What does the text say? Observation is stressed in the first two readings of the book, in doing paragraph titles and in the Horizontal and Vertical Charts.
  • Interpretation: (Exegesis) – What does the text mean? What did it mean to the original hearers/readers? This requires a study of historical background.
  • Application: (Hermeneutics) – How does the truth of this passage or book apply to my life in the 21st Century? A written application is required for each book.

More information about the Inductive Study Method

Upcoming Schools

SBS runs every year from September – June

2013 SBS: September 23rd, 2013 – June 11th, 2014

2014 SBS: September 22nd, 2014 – June 2015

 

Prerequisites

Completion of the Discipleship Training School and Field Assignment (DSP 211,212)

Cost

Country A = $1200 per semester, $3600 for the 9 month school
Country B = $800 per semester, $2400 for the 9 month school
Country C = $500 per semester, $1500 for the 9 month school
Khmer = $400 per semester, $1200 for the 9 month school

YWAM SBS Fee Structure

For more information, please email us at uofnbattambang@yahoo.com

 

SBS Cambodia highly encourages all potential SBS Students to consider taking the Titus Project immediately after the SBS to learn how to take the deep understanding of the Bible and teach others.

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University of the Nations

This SBS is a University of the Nations registered course. Thirty-six (36) semester equivalent credits will be earned for CHR 213, 312, 313 (twelve per semester) upon successful completion of the School of Biblical Studies. These credits may be applied to a U of N degree program or transferred to other participating colleges or universities.