School of Biblical Studies

Falling in love with God.

What is SBS?

The SBS at YWAM Lausanne is a twelve-month course where students study through each of the incredible 66 books of the Bible. An inductive approach is taught, in which students, leave behind their preconceived ideas and observe what the text says, understand the text through the original reader’s perspective, and then let it shape who they are called to be.

The heart of the School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is to see the Great Commission fulfilled by giving the opportunity to studying, doing, and sharing God’s Word. Staff and students desire to see Jesus’ character revealed in every sphere of society. Whether you are called to full time ministry, the corporate world or other spheres of society, SBS will provide a solid foundation to your calling. Having a Biblical foundation will deepen your relationship with God as you walk with Him to impact the spheres of society.

The aim of the SBS is not to obtain the knowledge about the Bible, but to know God, to fall in love with God in a deeper way and to make the living God known to all nations. The SBS is not a teaching and preaching school, but rather Students will be trained with the inductive approach to study the Bible. And our hope is to see the lives of students transformed as they meet God in the pages of His book. In these twelve months students would discover God’s beating heart for the lost, their identity in Christ, and God’s plan of redemption for all nations.


School of Biblical Studies III

28 September 2021 - 14 December 2021

Prerequisites: A successfully completed DTS + SBS I + SBS II

Languages: English
UofN Credits: 11
Lecture Cost: 3790 CHF
(Covers tuition, housing, and meals)


School of Biblical Studies I

11 January 2022 - 29 March 2022

SBS I, II, III is a nine-month inductive Bible study course composed of three phases which allow the students to study all 66 books of the Bible.

Prerequisites: A successfully completed DTS

Languages: English
UofN Credits: 34
Lecture Cost: 3990 CHF
(Covers tuition, housing, and meals)


School of Biblical Studies II

6 April 2022 - 26 June 2022

SBS I, II, III is a nine-month inductive Bible study course composed of three phases which allow the students to study all 66 books of the Bible.

Prerequisites: A successfully completed DTS

Languages: English
UofN Credits: 34
Lecture Cost: 3790 CHF
(Covers tuition, housing, and meals)

The successful completion of the SBS I, II, III and FA enables you to work towards an Associates of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies at the University of the Nations. For more information and pricing of the AA Degree in Biblical Studies, go to http://www.ywamlausanne.com/aa-degree-track-biblical-studies/ or contact [email protected]

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

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  • Value of Study. We believe in the equipping of God’s people with His word and truth. The tools that we equip them with is the inductive approach through the entire Bible. We believe that having a biblical foundation for life will deepen your relationship with God and with one another.
  • Value of Community. We believe that the transforming truths of God leads to a deeper relationship with God and one another. We believe that part of our learning, spiritual growth and character formation is not only in the study but also with living in community through worship, intercession, practical ministry, celebration and evangelism.
  • Value of Generosity. We believe that the purpose of study is to live it. We believe in making God known through our actions as practice hospitality to one another. We believe in sharing the truth of Jesus with passion from our studies.

Lecture Phase

“For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.” Ezra 7:10

The expectation of an SBS student is to commit to a full time intensive studying and applying the word of God in community events and practical ministries.

During the school, students will be working, studying, and living in a community of fellow students who are on a journey through the Bible together. They will survey each book and discover the big picture, while also digging into the details paragraph by paragraph. Emphasis is placed on understanding the cultural and historical background of each author and original reader of a book. The student will be interpreting Scripture with the mindset of the original reader, then they will take the timeless truths and apply them personally.

Students will have opportunities to live out what they are learning; this is not a school of simply head knowledge, but also of practical application. As a community, we have the joy of gathering for times of worship, intercession, celebration and evangelism. We will also have weekend trips to visit selected sites that were significant to the Reformation in Europe led by Luther and Calvin.

SBS staff members will meet weekly with the students to aid in their personal growth, understanding of Scripture, and application of the inductive method.

Study Inductively

The Inductive Bible Study Method is seen as a prime method for Bible interpretation. The Inductive method is composed of five steps:

  1. Prayer
  2. Bible reading
  3. Observation
  4. Interpretation
  5. Application

This method allows the students to interpret the Bible with the perspective of the original reader. By studying the history, culture, and language of the Scriptures, students have objectivity in their interpretation of the Bible.

Teach The Word

Over the course of the School of Biblical Studies, you and your classmates will learn how to memorize and meditate on the Bible so you can effectively incorporate God’s Word into areas of evangelism, worship, and intercession. As you develop a deep appreciation for the Word of God in your heart and mind, you will have the opportunity to share your understanding with others. You can exercise your teaching and preaching skills as you lead Bible study groups.

Course Content

Phase 1:

  • Inductive Bible Study Method
  • The Synoptic Gospels
  • Acts
  • Paul’s Epistles
  • Field trip to Israel between phase 1 and 2

Phase 2:

  • The General Epistles
  • John
  • Revelation
  • Pentateuch to 1 & 2 Samuel
  • “Experience in the Wilderness”

Phase 3:

  • 1 & 2 Kings to Malachi
  • Overview of New and Old Testament

Training Overview

The twelve-month course is made up of four phases, and each phase is three (3) months. The twelve-month course also includes a two month outreach and a one month break.

  • Phase 1 – SBS I Lecture Phase (3 Months):
    • Inductive Method Seminar
    • The Synoptic Gospels
    • Acts
    • Paul’s Epistles
  • Phase 2 – SBS II Lecture Phase (3 Months):
    • The General Epistles
    • John’s Gospel & Epistles
    • Wisdom Books
    • Pentateuch to 2 Samuel
  • Phase 3 – Outreach + Break (3 Months):
    • Outreach: Egypt / Turkey / Israel (3 Locations in 2 Months)
    • Break (1 Month)
  • Phase 4 – SBS III Lecture Phase (3 Months)
    • Old Testament Prophet Books
    • Revelation
    • Overview of Old & New Testament

Outreach Phase

Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes! 1 Peter 4:7-11


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