Chronological

Bible Core Course

"Do you understand what you are reading, asked Philip? How can I, unless someone explains it to me…"

How often do we find ourselves in situations where we are staring into the scriptures wondering what they mean?  We know that the words of Jesus are words of life… words of guidance, words of comfort, words of hope.  We also know that the words of Jesus are supposed to be the foundation for our lives and our ministries.  And yet, so often we struggle to understand, and like the person in the story above, we need someone to come alongside and teach us.  But what if we did understand… not only for our own benefit but also so that we could teach others!

The Bible Core Course (BCC) was created for that purpose. 

Through the Bible Core Course at YWAM Chico you will gain an overview of the whole Bible while taking a deep dive into several books from both the Old and New Testaments. By the time you finish you will understand the great story of the Bible and how the individual pieces fit into the big picture. Your in-depth study will take you into all the major types of writing in the Bible and give you the tools for a lifetime of further learning. No matter where you go, or what you choose to do with your life, you will be grateful for the solid biblical foundation you received from this intensive three months in the word of God. Join us for this YWAM BCC and watch the Word of God come to life. 

YWAM BCC Content:

During the Bible Core Course, you will…

Ultimately, time spent in the Bible should lead to greater intimacy with the Lord and a transformed life.

Bible reading as a group through the Old and New testaments is a regular part of the weekly rhythm.
This will give you a great overview of the whole biblical story and show you how the pieces fit together and form a grand narrative.
You will study Genesis, 1 & 2 Kings, Isaiah, Jonah, Gospel of John, Acts, Romans, James, 1 Peter, Hebrews & Revelation 
The Bible is made up of several types of literature (letters, parables, poetry, etc.) and each type of literature is approached differently.  You will do in depth study of some of each type so that you will be able to do further studies on your own later .
The New Testament really comes alive when you understand the Old Testament first and see how Jesus fulfills and builds on the revelation that came before. 
Lead small group Bible studies 
Learn to preach and teach the Word 
Present a topical study of your choice 

YWAM BCC Goals:

  • Equip Students with tools and skills to know God and to study His word more deeply.

  • Give students a thorough understanding of the inductive approach to Bible study by learning how to employ many creative and diverse methods for reading, interpreting, and applying the Scriptures.

  • Inspire students to study the Word with eagerness and joy and apply it into their daily life.

  • Create an environment where students find keys for personal and societal transformation. 

  • Facilitate involvement in topical seminars, dramatic re-creations, and historical, archaeological, literary, and geographical research.

  • The YWAM BCC meets the University of the Nations Bible Core Course requirements for all Associates and Bachelor’s degrees.

Requirements: Applicants must be 17 years old and have completed a Discipleship Training School with YWAM.

September 11 – Dec. 4, 2022

January – April, 2023

$ 3,000 for the 12 week course.

Includes housing and meals.

University of the Nations Course Code:

CHR 211

Where is Chico and what is the campus like?

Chico is a university city in Northern California.  It is about 2 hours north of Sacramento and less than 90 minutes South of Redding.  

The YWAM campus is one of the largest properties in YWAM (500 acres) and lies in a small canyon in the hills outside Chico.  Once upon a time it was a mineral springs resort built around a historic 7 story brick hotel, which transitioned in the 1960s into a revival center for the Body of Christ. In addition to the many buildings, there are mineral springs, an Olympic-size swimming pool, hiking trails, waterfalls and many great opportunities for community life as well as solitude.

If you enjoy wildlife and the great outdoors, you will love it here.  Check out this overview of the landscape.

Want more information?