SBS

About the School of Biblical Studies

Starts September 2025

What is SBS?

SBS is a nine month Inductive Bible Study program where students study each book of the Bible in depth. They investigate who wrote each book, when it was written, its historical context and then make detailed observations, interpretations and application on the entire text. This method gives both breadth and depth to the student’s understanding of God as He has revealed Himself in His Word.

Why do SBS?

Knowing God’s redemptive story from Genesis to Revelation enables you to understand and live out a Biblical worldview bringing transformation in your life, and allowing you to bring transformation to your family, community, and nation. There is a distinct lack of grounding in the Word of God in the global church today. You doing this school is a part of changing that pattern and ushering in a generation of Christians who have a thorough knowledge of the Word of God and who live by its truth and the power of the Holy Spirit. The goal of Bible study is life change.

Come study with us the Holy Spirit inspired word of God for the next 9 months and allow the him to renew and transform your mind (Rom 12:2)

What is inductive bible study?

Inductive bible study consists of three parts. Observation, Interpretation , and Application.

Observation: what is written in the text. We observe people, places, contrasts, commands, promises, figures of speech etc. (who, what, where, when)

Interpretation: What does it mean to the original reader? This is where we ask the question WHY? From our observations we determine who wrote the book, when it was written, who it was written to, and why it was written. We re-examine the text in the light of the historical background and make interpretations for what the text would have meant to the original people it was written to. We do not involve the modern day in the process of interpretation. We determine what it meant to the people it was originally written to.

Application: What does it mean today? How do we apply the truths we have observed and interpreted to our own lives, our families, our churches, communities and nations? This is the goal of our study. Transformation and life change.

Things to consider in applying for SBS. It is a huge commitment.

This school will be very costly but so worth every minute. You will be asked to sign a contract committing to the necessary study of the 60-80 hour work week. It is not so much academically challenging as it is time consuming and requires commitment and perseverance.

What will student life look like in SBS?

The first month will be very heavy on class. We will have about five hours a day of teaching as we do an overview of the Bible and then learn the tools of Inductive Bible Study together. After that month teaching hours will be about 9 hours per week. There will be small group discussion times and meetings with staff to go over your work, as well as times of intercession and worship, and work duties, but the majority of your time will be spent in self study. For those not from Puerto Vallarta, you will live on or near the YWAM base and participate fully in community life. For local pastors and leaders, you will continue to live at home and join everyone for class times etc. and we will have lunch together each day there is class. We will share the cost of this lunch together amongst ourselves. After the first month, classes will generally be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

What is the financial cost?

We estimate the actual cost per person for the school to be around USD 3,000/Mx pesos 51,000 for those living on base. This price does not include food.

However, we feel the Lord has asked us to fund this school in a unique way. We as a base are committed to take away barriers that may hinder people from studying God’s Word. Upon acceptance you will be asked to raise support for housing, food, school costs, etc. and we will give you an estimate of the cost based on where you will be living. However, we will fund the costs of the actual school by faith. As a School we will put our needs on board in the Classroom each week which will include school costs, housing, utility fees and honorariums for our guest teachers. We will each ask the Lord what He is asking us to give and also trust for provision. As a base we will not be providing food but you will have a kitchen area in your living space if you would like to cook your own food. Most people like to go out in our community because it is known for its great Mexican food and affordable prices. Communal meals is highly encouraged.

Why are we funding the school this way?

The use of your money will be between you and God based on the book of Acts 4:32-5:11, the motive behind the Sacrificial system in Leviticus and Luke 12:48. In Acts 4:32-5:11, we see the contrasting motives of two individuals – Barnabas verses Ananias and Sapphira. Barnabas’s heart was filled with genuine generosity and a desire to help others, as he selflessly sold a piece of land and donated the proceeds to the community of believers. On the other hand, Ananias and Sapphira’s motive was driven by deceit and the desire for recognition and praise. They pretended to give the full amount of money from the sale of their property while actually keeping part of it for themselves.

Through the Bible and passages like this in Acts you will discover God is not only interested in or own interests but the wellbeing of the community. This passage highlights the importance of integrity and sincerity in our actions, showing that God values not only what we do but also why we do it.

The sacrificial system in Leviticus demonstrates that God does not show favoritism based on a person’s wealth or social status, but rather looks at the heart and motives of an individual. In the offerings required by the Israelites, there were provisions for different levels of wealth, allowing everyone to participate regardless of their financial situation. This showed that God valued the devotion and sincerity behind the sacrifice more than the material value of the offering. What matters most to God is the authenticity of one’s worship and the purity of one’s intentions.

Additionally, Luke 12:48 further reinforces the principle that to whom much is given, much will be required. This verse reminds us of the responsibility we have to use our resources, talents, and opportunities wisely and for the benefit of others. It underscores the importance of having the right motives in serving God and others, recognizing that we are called to be good stewards of what we have been entrusted with.

In conclusion, Acts 4:32-5:11, the sacrificial system set up in the book of Leviticus, and Luke 12:48 teach us the importance of the motive of one’s heart in our actions and service. They challenge us to examine our intentions, being committed to integrity in all that we do, and to seek to honor God through our attitudes, motives, and actions for not only our own sake but for those He has put around us.

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