“Get Equipped” is a set of 4 courses, offered consecutively through the year, and running for 6 Monday evenings each. Broadly speaking, most evenings are divided into two sections: the first section deals with how we understand the Bible and the second section is how we apply the Bible to all of life. You can register for as few or as many courses as you like.
These courses offer the opportunity for the further equipping and training of ministry leaders from within Rosebank Union Church (RUC). However, the courses are open to anyone, whether in leadership or not, and whether a member at RUC or not. The courses are primarily aimed to serve Christians who want to deepen their ability to understand, teach and live out the message of the Bible.
Course 1 : God’s Story, Our Story
What is the essence of my faith and how do I connect it with my world?
This course looks at how the whole Bible proclaims one large story. We also explore what this story means for how we navigate and act in our world. This will include a Bible overview, a Biblical worldview foundation, a look at various Christian approaches to the Bible and to the world, and a comprehensive understanding of what it means to be spiritual.
Course 2: God’s Big Idea of Relationships
How can I be more thoughtful and intentional about all my relationships?
This course unpacks in more detail what “love God and love neighbour” can practically look like at home, in church, at the workplace and in wider society. We trace how this deeply relational theme runs through the whole Bible and God’s entire kingdom, and we explore and apply a particular model designed to help us understand and improve relationships.
Course 3: Tools to Understand and Apply the Bible
How can I better understand the Bible and how it applies to our world?
This course offers a toolset for understanding and applying the Bible. We examine various exegetical and hermeneutical skills, e.g. framework and text; literary genre; historical and cultural context; the line of truth. On the application side, tools for engagement include good questions, “what/why/how”, “root&fruit”, “function/danger/opportunity” and the like.
Course 4: A Book of the Bible brought to Life
How do I teach an entire book of the Bible – faithful to the text, and relevant to life?
This course looks at how we come to understand and apply a book of the Bible – faithful to the text, and relevant to life. Our selected book will be the Gospel of Mark. With ample opportunity to practice, the course offers a method for translating a selected passage of scripture into life application, and into a sermon or Bible Study. There is a particular emphasis on making the message “real” and practical in today’s context.
Homework and Assignments
- Small homework tasks or assignments may occasionally be given. Further reading is sometimes recommended but is not compulsory.
- There are no tests or exams on this course.
The course venue is Rosebank Union Church, corner William Nicol & St Andrews Rd, Hurlingham, Sandton.
Transport is provided from and back to the JBC Auckland Park Campus (corner Hampton & Golf Streets). Besides this, students need to arrange their own transport.
R600 per term (R300 if unwaged). Some bursaries are available. Please contact RUC if you would like to apply. Payment can be made directly to JBC:
FNB (First National Bank)
Acc Name: Johannesburg Bible College
Acc No: 62078805888
Branch Code : 256505 (Melville)
Reference: “Sandton ” followed by your name
Email proof of payment to email@example.com
Please complete the application form by following the link below. An EFT payment can be made to the JBC bank account using the reference “SANDTON – yoursurname” (using the bank details above). A cash payment at the first session of the course is also possible though EFT is preferred.