Have you ever heard someone rave so highly about the food at a restaurant that you adopt the idea of how good it is, without ever having tried it? The idea of its goodness is in your head before ever even having a taste, yet there are doubts about great it could actually be. When you finally make the time to go and try it for yourself, you order the best looking dish on the menu. Your food arrives and your mind is blown- the quality, the presentation, the flavor...all exceedingly greater than your expectations. You’d heard of it for so long, but all this time you were underestimating it! This was my experience with the School of Biblical Studies - Chronological.
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”
I chose to participate in the SBS-C because I made a personal decision to discover the truth about God for myself. All of my life I had allowed other people to dictate who God was and what Christianity meant and I knew as a full time missionary, that I needed to equip myself with the word. Using the inductive study method, was a way for me to forget any preconceived ideas that I had about Christianity, allowing me to form my own perspective and beliefs. While, studying inductively showed me the background and context of each book of the Bible, studying chronologically created the opportunity for me to feel as though I was daily walking through life with the Israelites. Throughout the school my ideas of who I thought God was, began to be challenged as He faithfully showed Himself to me. I discovered that there is no God of the Old Testament or God of the New Testament, He is one in the same and His character is constant and unchanging. When I see in the text that God is wrathful, I now know that this wrath is always birthed from a place of desire for the redemption of His people.
In the SBS-C I read the Bible in new depths that brought exciting and profound revelation to my life. For me, this school was a season of intimacy with the Father like no other; a time when instead of listening to other people’s opinions, God Himself revealed His truth to me. I cannot deny that I experienced doubts, frustrations, tears and convictions, but those things were always countered with truth, joy and freedom in knowing God’s word. God used this school to allow me to find clarity in the places where there was confusion and to see the history of my faith in plain view: God’s redemptive plan for mankind. I was able to discover that I am a part of that plan, and that this history is mine too. Spending nine months studying the word of God brought transformation to my heart that I never expected and created a firm foundation for my life and future ministry. I no longer have to be concerned or doubt my faith; I have reached a place where nobody could convince me that God is anything over than passionate for His people. My studies proved to me that for over twenty years I had been underestimating the splendor and majesty of my King, but as a follower of Christ and a student of the Bible, I now have the knowledge and authority to proclaim the truth! I have tasted and seen that the Lord is good!
“I will build my life upon your love, it is a firm foundation. I will put my trust in you alone and I will not be shaken.”
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(*Prerequisite for the school is having previously completed and graduated from a DTS with YWAM.)
Nicole, 27 from Sonora, California, a recent graduate of SBS-C is on staff with YWAM San Diego/Baja. A lover of the outdoors and fresh mountain air, she currently works with our Discipleship Training Programs, Homes of Hope, and serve in our cafe.