The Bible changed my life. Transformation is unavoidable when you are studying the Word of God. Three years ago, the Lord started me on a journey of diving into His Word. During my Discipleship Training School (DTS), I made a commitment to read the entire Bible three times in a year. This was an ambitious goal, but I felt the Lord calling me to do so. As I started reading, God began to actually give me a heart for the truth contained in His Word! It took me some time to make it through the Old Testament, but every step brought me to a deeper appreciation for the Bible.
“As I walked the sands of the Holy Land during my DTS graduation week, the Lord started to deepen my love of His Word even more…”
As I walked the sands of the Holy Land during my DTS graduation week, the Lord started to deepen my love of His Word even more. I actually got to see the places I had read about in the Bible. I waded in the water Oasis where David fled from King Saul. I walked in the Garden where Christ was betrayed. I swam in the Sea where the disciple’s faith was tested through storms. I prayed next to the wall of the temple where God’s glory had dwelt for so long. I sat in the room where the Holy Spirit had been poured out. I rejoiced at the open tomb where Christ’s body no longer lay. And I was overcome by the realness of the Bible! The hunger within me to fully know and invest in the truth contained in the pages of this book was endless. I needed more!
Three weeks later, the journey continued as God called me to do the School of Biblical Studies (SBS) in Montana. SBS brought me so much wisdom about how to study the Bible for all it was worth. I learned the importance of keeping the original reader and author in mind. I learned that the Old Testament is actually full of life and truth! I learned to look at the big picture of how each book fits into the overarching story of God’s redemption of mankind. I realized that the hunger I had for the Word truly was limitless.
“The BIBLE changes mindsets and lives…”
The BIBLE changes mindsets and lives. SBS is not just great because you use the inductive method; SBS is great because it is The BIBLE. In this day and age, people really need to know there is absolute truth, and that truth is only found in Scripture. There are so many people who have never opened their Bibles outside of the walls of a Church. Many places in the world are not facing Bible poverty; they are facing Bible illiteracy.
How do we change this?
- First, people need to simply read the Bible. Why is it that people ignore the very book that contains all the truth they are seeking? Most people do not fully know how to study the Bible. They get overwhelmed and give up before they have even really begun. Or they read the Bible with “me” in mind, instead of putting the text into its original context. I faced this when I started my journey of reading through the Bible three times during DTS. I was so focused on what it meant to me, and I barely made it past Leviticus. Interestingly enough, Leviticus is now one of my favorite books.
- Second, people need to learn how to read the Bible. This is what SBS is all about. The goal of SBS is to give every student the ability to read the Bible for themselves. We want people to encounter God through the Scriptures and have their lives transformed. We want people to take the truth of the Gospel and spread it to the nations and the entire world in desperate need of truth. The Bible changes people, cultures, and nations. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
God has called all of us to study His Word. Why not start now?
Interested in studying the Bible? Learn more about our School of Biblical Studies (SBS) at YWAM Montana!
SBS is a 9 month course in which students study all 66 books of the Bible. An inductive approach is taught, in which students observe what the text says and then let it shape their beliefs.
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The Bible changed my life. Transformation is unavoidable when you are studying the Word of God. Three years ago, the Lord started me on a journey of diving into His Word. During my Discipleship Training School (DTS), I made a commitment to read the entire Bible three times in a year. This was an ambitious goal, but I felt the […]