Tag - School of Biblical Studies

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Confessions of A Bible Student
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Never Go Back to Vanilla Ice Cream
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In Praise of Brokenness – From Dead to Alive in The School of Biblical Studies
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How the Word of God Became My Daily Bread – A Student’s Encounter in the School of Biblical Studies

Confessions of A Bible Student

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The School of Biblical Studies’ students completed their intensive, nine months of study and graduated this week here at YWAM Muizenberg. One student Sydney gives her honest and encouraging outlook as her view of the Bible changed from boring and insignificant to essential to knowing God and living life. I hope you are inspired that the Bible is essential to your God-filled life!

“The B. I. B. L. E. Yes, that’s the book for me…” Yeah, yeah, I had heard it since Sunday school – I should read the Bible. Call me a “bad Christian,” but if I was honest nothing, seemed more painstaking.

With that, here are the confessions of a Bible student:

  1. For most of my life, reading the Bible consisted of opening it at random, slapping my finger on the page, and reading whatever verse I landed on.
  2. I thought the Bible was boring. It only seemed somewhat relevant when the pastor on stage came up with a witty presentation.
  3. Frankly, the Bible was too overwhelming, and I thought I would never be able to make sense of that dusty piece of literature for myself.

That was until I decided to embark on a journey. A journey to see what would happen if I read the Bible in its entirely. What would it reveal about God? How could 66 books of ancient literature, written in three different languages, over the course of 1,500 years, actually apply to my life today? Little did I know but this quest would change the course of my life forever.

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Never Go Back to Vanilla Ice Cream

Photo Credit: Mike Barkema, a graduate of YWAM Muizenberg’s School of Biblical Studies & Titus Project

The below post is by Cayla Bertelsen, a recent Titus Project graduate with YWAM Muizenberg. Titus Project, South Africa is a three month program, which includes training on how to teach to the Bible and cross-cultural communication skills, followed by practical ministry to rural and urban African communities. YWAM’s 9 month School of Biblical Studies graduates have the opportunity to follow up with this school and outreach. This post was originally published on Cayla’s blog at http://caylabertelsen.blogspot.com/2014/11/vanilla-ice-cream.html and is re-posted with permission.

Vanilla ice cream. I like vanilla ice cream. I think that most people do. My favorite flavor though is coffee or a good, rich chocolate flavor. I like the fudge on top, maybe with some banana and nuts to make a real Sunday and to spice things up a little!

Once my youth pastor talked about vanilla ice cream. He spent some time asking our youth group which ice cream flavors we liked and what kinds of toppings we would choose. There were lots of varied answers, and I think the winner was mint chocolate chip (I guess that’s pretty popular around here!). Out of our group, not a single person chose plain vanilla ice cream.

He then said something that I pondered for a long time after that because it meant a lot more to me than just ice cream flavors. It went something like this…

“If you are a beginner, you might start with vanilla, but once you have tasted all the other flavors and toppings and experienced all the exciting delicious variety, you will never want to go back to plain vanilla ice cream ever again.”

“This is how life with Jesus can be.”

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In Praise of Brokenness – From Dead to Alive in The School of Biblical Studies

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This post was originally published on the author Lindsey Lautsbaugh’s blog at http://www.thisisloveactually.com/praise-brokenness/ and is re-posted with permission.

The past felt hard, but the worst was yet to come. Thank God, I was oblivious to this fact. In the exact middle, between hurt and more hurt, I ventured off to a nine month, intensive, Biblical Studies program.

I wanted the learning for my future career in ministry but needed it for my own personal survival. In the wilderness of Montana I worked hard, day-in and day-out. Most days were between eight to nine hours with my nose in the Bible.

Many days, it was more.

The learning was mentally exhilarating. Emotionally, though, something new was digging in to me.

I remember the day clearly. In an effort to break up the monotony, a group of students decided to go to a local coffee shop to study. We all spread out to our own tables, ordered our bottomless coffee, and began to pound away at the work to be done. The book of Romans was our current task. This is no small feat to grasp if you are familiar with the Bible. I remember the exact table and the uncomfortable wooden chair I was sitting in. While classmates around me were doing a theological CrossFit routine in their minds… I was reading the same phrase over and over and over.

“so death spread to all”

“so death spread to all”

“so death spread to all”

Then, the tears just came.

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How the Word of God Became My Daily Bread – A Student’s Encounter in the School of Biblical Studies

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A little over nine months ago, I came to YWAM Muizenberg to participate in a School of Biblical Studies, and I came hungry. I didn’t know what my life was missing, but there was a deep yearning inside of me. Famished and weak, I decided to come to South Africa to give Jesus one more chance to satisfy my growing appetite for something more. One thing I knew before I came to South Africa was this: if ever-significant amounts of time are spent reading the Bible, the reader comes away changed.

It’s inevitable; truth will change you.

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