About DBS

What is Discipleship Bible School?

One of the first things we learn in the DTS is the YWAM motto upon which the mission is founded is: “To know God and to make Him known.” Yet one cannot possibly claim to know God if he/she does not even know His Word. So in the DBS we make the Bible the student’s companion for life! The student will discover the unified story of the Bible, be discipled by the Bible and will fall in love with the Author of the Bible.

    Discipleship Bible School
In this 12-week introduction to the Bible, the student will be given an overview of “God’s story” and will discover the purposes of God in it. The student will read the entire Bible, observe the chronology of biblical events, better understand each book in its historical context, understand the harmony between the books, be able to recognize the different genres of literature, and for each book, know why it was written and what the main idea is. The student will learn the foundational truths of Christianity by going directly to the source.

You will be able to share your faith more confidently with those who are seeking (evangelism) and explain the Word of God more accurately to those who’ve already come to faith (discipleship). The course is like a sequel to the DTS. Students continue the discipleship process begun in the DTS by addressing a variety of topics illuminated in the Scriptures, by building godly character and developing a lifelong hunger and love for the Word. This will not only be accomplished in the classroom, but also outside the classroom, through one-on-ones, small groups, plus evangelism and mercy ministry in the community.

Topics in DBS generally follow through the books that you are chronologically studying. Although each book is studied to discover its original intent, you will also study topics. For example – you will look at Worldview and Origins as you study through Genesis, Exodus, and Job. Or you might look at Leadership and Worship as you study the life of David in 1 & 2 Samuel, Chronicles, and the Psalms. Or during the study of Acts and Paul’s missionary journeys you might study Cross-cultural Missions and the Cost of the Call. Each book is filled with insights to be discovered!

Schedules vary between the locations but a typical daily schedule could be something like this:
8-9 AM: Worship, intercession, a devotional, etc.
9AM-Noon: Lecture with your special guest speaker for that week, teaching on the books of the Bible that you are currently reading and studying.
1-3 PM: After lunch you meet in your small groups. This is the exciting part where you will take turns and read aloud in your own small groups the books of the bible! These times of reading is followed up with discussions and answering questions. The discovery of new truths leads to transformation in the life of the students.
3-5 PM: Work duty
7-9 PM: After dinner you work on your homework assignment.

Watch this video to see the Source View Bible that DBS reading groups use to read and study together!