SCHOOL OF BIBLICAL STUDIES
The School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is an intensive nine month bible program designed to equip Christians to engage with the bible for themselves.
As Christians, we believe in the importance of knowing and understanding the Word of God on a deep level and that each individual have that opportunity to learn how to study, discover, and apply the truths of God’s Word to their own lives. Knowing and understanding scripture requires the development of certain skills such as keen observation, reading in paragraphs, understanding historical context, reading structurally, viewing the text through the eyes of it’s original readers and asking heart-probing application questions.
In the SBS students are taught to utilise the Inductive Bible Study method and have the opportunity to personally study each and every book in the bible from Genesis to Revelation!
The 9 months of SBS are broken down into 3 semesters, 3 months each:
School Leader: Thelma Selvan
Date: March 18 - December 13, 2018
SBS begins with a three-week seminar teaching the principles of inductive Bible study method. Books studied this term include the Pentateuch and historical books until Kings, the Writings (Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon and Job) and finishes the last month with Kings and some minor prophets.
In the second term, students finish the rest of the prophets, and finally discover the glory of Jesus in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. The last two weeks of this term include backpacking through some of the New Testament Bible lands.
In the third term, students have a great grasp of inductive bible study method. This frees them to do their best study in the New Testament. We finish with the book of Revelation.
In SBS Kyiv, we study through the Bible chronologically! That means that you will read and study the Bible as it happened. Beginning in Genesis we’ll see God’s redemptive plan for the world unfold throughout the Old Testament. We’ll finish the second semester with the gospels of Matthew and Luke and then read Acts. The last three months are dedicated to the New Testament and we finish with Revelation and the call of all his followers, Come Lord Jesus, Come!
Imagine walking on the roads that Paul actually walked on. Standing in the squares that Timothy was preaching in.
During the school we will backpack together around the ancient biblical sites in Turkey, visiting the cities and seeing some of the places that we read and study about in God’s Word.
Sites You May See:
The Seven Churches of Revelation
Hieropolis, Laodicea, Colossae
Perga, Attalia, Termessos, Patara
Nearly 300 million people speak Russian and Kyiv is one of only two Russian speaking SBS programs in the whole world. Lectures will be translated and all course materials will be available in both languages. If you are interested in the Russian-speaking part of the world, Kyiv is a great place to start.
How can I prepare for SBS?
All you need is a heart hungry for God’s Word. Seriously! Not quite the answer you were looking for? One practical suggestion would be to read How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart (ISBN: 0310246040). This book covers everything from translational concerns to different genres of biblical writing. It helps people accurately understand the different literary genres of the Bible and sets a great foundation for personal Bible study
How many hours a day should I expect to be studying?
10-12 hours per day. No, we are not over-estimating. Come to SBS ready to work and to be blessed by God’s Word.
Do I need a laptop?
No, you do not need a laptop…but you’ll find one very helpful to have! You will be able to do most of your work on computer.
Anything else I’ll need for studying?
It is recommended that you bring pencil crayons (and pencil sharpener), quality pens in a variety of colours.
What version of the Bible does SBS use?
The English Standard Version and New Russian Translation. But don’t worry about bringing one – the program will provide you with a copy when you begin the course.
Do I need to bring any specific books for studying?
Nope! The school has a library for your use (in English and Russian). Note: the books are for in-classroom use only. You may bring your own resource books if you plan on studying in your room.
If I want to buy some resource materials, which would you recommend?
Here are a few that you will use often:
- New Bible Dictionary by Inter-Varsity Press (ISBN: 0830814396)
- The Essential IVP Reference Collection [CD-ROM] (ISBN: 1844742067)
- The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament by Spiros Zodhiates (ISBN: 0899576648)
- If using a computer, Logos is an excellent digital library.
WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
- Prerequisites: Completion of the Discipleship Training School and Field Assignment or Crossroads Discipleship Training School.
- Accreditation: Thirty-six (36) semester equivalent credits will be earned for CHR 213/315/316 (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.