Joanne and I traveled to South Africa on the 15th of August. It was Joanne’s 1st trip and my 5th. Joanne had a great time making new friends, ministering to some of the women, and seeing some of what South Africa has to offer. She stayed for about 10 days while I continued there for another 10 days.
It was my 3rd trip to Living Word Bible College in Pretoria. I had the privilege to teach both 1st and 2nd-year students. Once again, I was thoroughly impressed with the level of competence the students demonstrate. It’s no accident these students are so doing well. Mainly, it is the approach that the Bible college takes to studying Scripture.
Ironically, it is the same method I used when I first began to study the Scripture using Robert Traina’s book, Methodical Bible Study. Traina’s book is the time-tested standard for inductive Bible study. Several other “method” books have been written over the years, but nothing comes close to Traina’s “method.”
The students at Living Word go through the Bible in nine months, diligently outlining each book. They spend hours each day reading, observing, and writing charts of sections and paragraphs. It is very intensive and productive work.
On this last trip, I learned that the same method the students at Living Word use is now available online. That’s right! You can enroll in the EBS (Electronic Biblical Studies) online and study the Bible one book at a time. The study is broken into eighteen modules made up of several books. The student will be given 90 days to complete each module. The thought behind this is that without a set goal, he or she may never get the work done. You can, of course, finish sooner.
We hope to have this up and running by January 2019. All the proceeds will go to the Bible college in Pretoria, too. I will only act as a promoter and when the need arises a consultant here in the USA.
When the student finishes the course of study, they will have the tools for a lifetime of research because the student will be able to lay aside preconceived ideas and let the Scripture speak for itself.
This study will teach:
-Basic principles of interpretation
-Types of literature used in the Bible
-Chronology of events in the Old Testament
-Significant historical background
-And most importantly, how to find answers for yourself.
The module cost between $50-100 depending on the number of books in the module. There are also downloadable audio lectures for each text on the cultural and historical background.
This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to study the Bible accurately and unbiasedly. Only learning the inductive method of Bible study ensures this. We are very excited to offer this and see the multiple benefits from this program. We hope to have more information shortly. Please pray for us as we embark on this endeavor.