What is the Online SBS?
Biblical Observation, Interpretation and Application
The Online SBS is designed to make Youth With A Mission’s (YWAM) nine month School of Biblical Studies available to YWAMers and those from all other walks of life who have a hunger for God’s Word and want to engage with it at a deeper level.
The Online SBS is ideal for:
in the Body of Christ who desires to explore the riches of Scripture beyond what they understand at present.
whose circumstances make them unavailable to attend a regular SBS or, for example those who are on furlough, on sabbatical, or caring for children at home.
who want to continue their studies earning University of the Nations credits.
that would value some systematic study of the Bible in a supportive on-line community setting.
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The course involves disciplined self-study of the Bible.
• First, you will be taught the dynamic skills of insightful observation, enabling you to see more clearly what is in the text.
• Then you will be taught the principles of interpretation, considering historical and linguistic background information, helping you to discern what the text meant to the original readers.
• From this you will glean application, what the text means to us today, both individually and corporately.
Modules 1-3 lay the foundation for the course, teaching the principle of the inductive approach, and the particular method of study employed in this course.
These modules use the letters of Philemon, Galatians Titus and Thessalonians, Mark and Luke’s Gospels and Acts. When these 3 modules have been completed, other modules can be completed in any order although some modules do have prerequisites.
When I was completing Mark, The Holy Spirit put such a conviction on me that I just started to cry. There was no reason, just a huge conviction and revelation of the Holiness of God. I ran outside to our soccer field and fell to my knees thanking God. It was an amazing encounter with God.
I have loved how God has spoken to me through each of these books and they have all seemed so relevant to my ministry. Each of these books feels so much more alive and full of meaning and application now – as if they have personalities of their own.
The studies have led me to begin to research things beyond the chapters and books. I have seen it be very conducive to my study of medicine as I am holding stronger to my personal values as I practice the philosophy of cure.
The Online SBS and the Regular SBS
Each 6 modules are equivalent to one term of the residential SBS.
Modules 1-6 is the equivalent to term 1, CHM 213;
Modules 7-12 is the equivalent to term 2, CHM 315;
Modules 13-18 is the equivalent to term 3, CHM 316.
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So how much will it cost?
The cost of each module is scaled according to your nationality. Please see the financial information page for more information, click here
Online SBS Book time limit
To support you in your studies there is a strict time limit for each unit studied. You are allowed 6 weeks for each book from the moment you first log on. This time limit does not apply to the introduction unit as this unit has information that you will need to refer back to as you continue with the course.
Should some unforeseen situation arise that prevents you from continuing your studies in a given module, you can take a break from your studies for up to 6 weeks. This can only happen once in each module. Such breaks should be negotiated via your staff cohort leader.
Should you need more than one break in your studies, you will need to enrol for the module a second time and pay the appropriate fee when you recommence.