A meditative Bible School
A meditative Bible School
This is a different kind of Bible school. We start at the beginning of a book and go through it for as far as we get in twelve weeks. However, we have never finished a book in the four times we have done the school. That’s because the purpose of our study is not to complete a task, but to relate with the author.
Jim Stier, who leads the school, prepares questions beforehand to help the students slow down and really look at what is written. They will read the questions and meditate on the implications. Then they put the questions aside and ask the Lord what He wants to teach them, writing down the results. After they have spent about four hours on the text and questions we have class.
In Hebrews 4:12 we read that the word of God is living and active. In John 1: 1-14, Jesus is the Logos, the Word, and this identity creates all things. In 2 Corinthians 3: 2,3 we are described as a “letter of Christ, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God …”
Three verses later the Bible says, “For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life”. In Hebrews 1: 3 we read that He is “upholding all things by the word of his power.” The word of God, then, is much more than the scriptures. They came into being millions of years after the Logos, Jesus, created everything that exists (John 1). The word of God is Jesus, vivifying the scriptures by the Spirit and making them live for us. The word is relational, personal, alive and dynamic.
17 June to 6 September 2019
Successful completion of a YWAM-DTS
Our fees are based on the nationality of the applicant. This fees structure allows students coming from less privileged backgrounds to join in our training. The fees include tuition, food, & housing.
South Africans: R12,300
Zone 1 (African countries): R13,900
Zone 2 (Latin America and Asia): R16,800
Zone 3 (North America, Europe, and Oceania): R21,300
Registration fee (Payable if accepted into the program)
Prices might change without prior notice.
All topics connect head understanding with heart and action application
Classes last about three hours, but it’s not a lecturing format. The teacher is a catalyst for discussion who stimulates responses and encourages the students to understand what God is saying to each of them. By the end of class, we will have spent seven hours on a few verses of the Bible and many of the students have actively participated in the interaction.
In this process, our objective is to let the Holy Spirit be the main teacher. We want the Word of God live in the student, not just be a subject of study. Our desire is that the Spirit be the center of everything, because the letter kills but the Spirit gives life. I think you would agree that we want life to come from our interaction with scripture.
As far as I know, every student has been powerfully changed by listening so closely to the Lord in the context of the Word. They learn a dynamic, relational way of relating to the Word. It is meant to become a way of life that brings life. The results have been very, very encouraging.
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