This coming September will be the start of Amsterdam’s first SBS!
The SBS in Amsterdam will offer its own distinct flavor as we walk through the Bible and teach how to interpret and apply this collection of ancient texts in present-day society.
Amsterdam’s unique flavor to the SBS
Over the course of nine months, our SBS will teach the inductive method as we walk through the practical messages of the New Testament, the action packed Old Testament wisdom and history books and finish the year by studying the amazing literary works of the prophets. Each of these books have shaped and transformed our world and radically impacted our society. So every week we will look at a historical example, artistic illustration or contemporary case that will bring these books’ application to life.
What will these illustrations look like?
Of course we don’t want to spoil too much of what can be expected in our school, but here a few examples that will give you a clear picture of what we are trying to achieve.
The book of Jonah challenges its audience to forgive and love their enemies. Jonah’s story resonates with that of Corrie Ten Boom. Corrie and her sister were detained in a Nazi concentration camp for hiding and protecting Jews during the war. After the war and losing her family to Nazi hostilities God called Corrie to go back to Germany and share her testimony of forgiveness, she even met face to face with her former camp guards and forgave them. We will visit the Corrie ten boom museum while we study the book of Jonah to see our calling of forgiving and loving our enemies come to life.
In the first week of the SBS we will be confronted with slavery in the Roman Empire and how Paul sought to reconcile a runaway slave and his master. A story that reverberates with the life of William Wilberforce, a 17th century British politician and philanthropist who worked his entire life to see slavery abolished in the British Empire after discovering God’s heart for social justice and reconciliation. His life will be explored as we tour through the city of Amsterdam and look at Holland’s involvement in the slave trade and end with the topic of human trafficking in Amsterdam’s infamous red light district. We will witness how God is still at work through YWAM and many other organizations to bring hope to this district.
And what better way to explore the challenging topic of the many wars of the Old Testament then by visiting the ICC-CPI, International Criminal Court in the Hague and to see how God’s standards during times of war, as given in Deuteronomy, are still applicable and partially upheld today in a court that convicts those who are guilty of crimes against humanity.
These are but a few examples of the weekly interactions in our SBS that will show how the Bible continues to be the most influential and relevant book ever written.
The story of Jesus
If this spikes your curiosity towards God’s character and the Bible, then joining the SBS in Amsterdam might just be the right thing for you. Throughout the school we will explore how the Bible has shaped Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe and the world as we study each book and look at the overarching story pointing us towards Jesus Christ.
So come and join us for a great SBS in the heart of Amsterdam!
Start date: Monday, 18 September 2019
End date: Friday, 26 June 2020
Lecture fees: €6.750, Which will fully cover your housing, food, lectures and outreaches
Located in: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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