“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
This course looks at how the whole Bible proclaims one large story. We also explore what this story means for how we understand and navigate the world in which we live. This will include a Bible overview, a Biblical worldview foundation, a look at various Christian approaches to the Bible and to culture, and what it means to be spiritual in the “real world”.
Course 2: Love God, Love thy Neigbour
Jesus summarises the scriptures in relational terms: love God, love neighbour (Mt.22:37-40). What can this practically look like at home, in church, at the workplace and in wider society? This course traces how this relational theme runs through the whole Bible and God’s entire kingdom, and offers a Bible-based model to help us understand and improve all our relationships.
Course 3: Apologetics 2.0
Apologetics is about so much more than presenting proofs for the existence of God. It is about offering meaningful answers to the deep head & heart questions our friends or colleagues have, in a way that makes sense to them, and in a way that builds relationship. This course aims to help us build our skills and confidence for such conversations.
Course 4: A Book of the Bible brought to Life
How do we come to understand and apply a book of the Bible – faithful to the text, and relevant to life? Particularly when it comes to the Old Testament, misapplications abound, ranging from legalism (“follow the law to find God’s favour”) to allegorising (“have you had your burning bush experience?”) to non-engagement (“the Old Testament is no longer applicable”).
Using the Book of Exodus as our example, this course offers a methodology for interpreting a passage of scripture and connecting it to the context in which we live. We will deal with some of the key topics raised by Exodus, such as: God’s identity, our identity, rescue, law, land, and idolatry.
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.