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"Bible Training and Preparation for Christian Service"

The Monavale Bible School programme is designed to guide students towards knowing the indwelling person of the risen Lord Jesus Christ through the careful teaching, study, and application of God's Word, in order to prepare them for joyful Christian living and effective service.

They will not only know what it means to become a Christian, but to BE one!

Resident teachers and guest speakers from around the world come to teach a curriculum devoted to surveying the Scriptures in order that students may know Christ in His fullness.

The guest speakers are either members of the International Torchbearers staff or are other experienced Christian leaders who draw from a rich personal relationship with Jesus Christ as they share God's Word from a fresh and dynamic perspective.

The curriculum covers individual books of the Bible and some related topical series such as: apologetics, evangelism, missions, world religions, Church history, Bible study methods. Personal study, assignments, parallel reading, and presenting Bible studies are also a significant part of the programme and complement the material presented in the lectures.

A Bible School Certificate is awarded to students fulfilling course requirements. A transcript is also issued upon the completion of the course.

By the end of the course, students should have gained:

A good knowledge of the Bible.
This will include general overviews as well as more detailed knowledge of specific books, themes, doctrines and characters. Students should be able to study the Bible effectively for themselves after the course and be able to teach others in small study group situations. They should also be able to demonstrate the relevance of the Bible for today's world cultures and defend its importance in an apologetic sense.

Personal, spiritual formation.
This forming of Christian character will be shown in students' response to community living in an international setting. They should be able to offer a stable life-style and a mature understanding of human nature and God's purpose for humanity. They should display respect and a servant attitude to others.

An ability in a range of ministry skills.
Students should be able to present a clear personal testimony of their commitment to Christ. They should be able to lead another person to understand how to become a Christian. They should be able to encourage another Christian in their spiritual formation (discipleship). They should be able to participate effectively in a range of ministry programmes (eg. youth work, Sunday school teaching etc.), and be able to understand the purpose of the church and contribute to the life of their church on completion of the course.

An understanding of the world of missions.
All students should have a basic knowledge of the Biblical basis of missions and an understanding of some of the issues involved in cross-cultural missions. Students should also have a knowledge of a range of mission organisations.

PURPOSE & PRINCIPLES

We're here to encourage and assist you...

To come to know the risen, indwelling Lord Jesus Christ more personally.

To understand the written Word and it's revelation of Christ through careful study of the Scriptures.

To come to understand God's will for your life.

To develop your God given abilities so that you may become a more effective member of the body of Christ, His Church.

To discover and prove in everyday experience the reality and relevance of the Christian life as Christ Himself is allowed to work in and through your life.

To gain a working knowledge of the Word of God so that you are better equipped for daily living and Christian service.

Other areas of training that are taught and evaluated include:

Learning how to write a Bible Study
Learning how to lead others in a Bible study
Learning how to lead another person to receive Christ
Learning how to encourage another believer
Learning how to give a clear personal testimony in various situations

Assessment and grades are given through a variety of assignments including study papers, Bible assignments, practical ministries and attitude / behaviour. Final assessment will be based on all of the above and a final mark given as follows: Distinction, Merit, Achieved, Fail


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