School of Biblical Studies
COVID-19 UPDATE: As per advice from our government, we are planning to run our upcoming school as scheduled! We are still accepting students, so APPLY NOW!
The School of Biblical Studies, or SBS for short, is a nine-month program for students who want to deepen their understanding of the Bible and who want to discover what it means to apply God's truths from this ancient collection of books to our present-day society.
Our SBS is located in the heart of Amsterdam, where you will join a community of believers who are called to Amsterdam and Europe to reach a society where religion is seen as old-fashioned. Together with your staff and fellow students, we will not only use our time for study but we will also be actively engaged in the city of Amsterdam. Our lectures and assignments will focus on the rich art and cultural history of Europe as we simultaneously discover how the Bible shaped Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Europe. Uniting our culture and the Bible will further enrich our present values and future expressions of our faith.
During the course we will teach the inductive method as our main tool to interpret the Bible as we look at the overarching story told by different authors and told in different writing styles. Our approach will be to imagine ourselves as the original readers and from this understanding, look at a modern application. As a school we will go through the entire Bible more than five times, and you will discover for yourself what shapes our beliefs as followers of Christ. We will start by reading each book out loud, observing the style of writing, researching the author, the audience and the cultural background of the text. The next step is interpreting the text chapter by chapter and then ending each book with a practical application that will help us to create bridges to our society and impact our personal faith.
The school comes in three individually accredited semesters for the University of the Nations, and after finishing the school, you will have a comprehensive understanding of both the Old and the New Testament. With this study, you can use the skills and knowledge to deepen your own understanding of God's living Word and be equipped to impact your city.
“One of my biggest takeaways from SBS is realizing how God sees me as an ambassador of Christ, as said in 2 Corinthians 5:20. I see this as a way of God showing how He trusts His people and wants to partner with us. Even God trusts the unworthy, so why shouldn’t we trust Him, the most worthy One? I can now see this shown throughout the Bible, and has inspired me to go out and be used by God.”
-Benji Yañez Punt, SBS 2019-2020 student
*These dates and prices are still subject to change, but will give you an indication of what to expect.
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