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 context. During 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.
SBS runs every year from September – June
Start Date Sept 22nd
End Date June 11th 2020
Completion of the Discipleship Training School and Field Assignment (DSP 211,212)
Country A = $2000 per semester, $6000 for the 9 month school
Country B = $1000 per semester, $3000 for the 9 month school
Country C = $500 per semester, $1500 for the 9 month school
University of the Nations
This YWAM School of Biblical Studies (CHR 213, 315, 316) 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. A successfully completed YWAM-DTS (DSP 211 & 212) is a prerequisite to all other UofN training schools, degree programs and working long-term with YWAM.