Emmaus Ministries exist to disciple and equip the Body of Christ with the Word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ through Inductive Bible study, authentic relationships, and community life.
The Emmaus School of Biblical Studies (ESBS) is a residential discipleship school taking students through the content of the entire Bible in ten months. Students learn to observe, interpret, and apply the Bible using the Inductive Bible study method, studying the text in its historical and literary context.
The school has its roots within the international missions organization, Youth With A Mission and it’s School of Biblical Studies (SBS). The ESBS follows the curriculum & standards of the YWAM SBS program.
During the school year, students will study the entire Bible one book at a time, essentially developing a big picture commentary for each book as they employ the various steps of the Inductive Bible study method. Students attend approximately 12 hours of lecture a week, using the rest of the time to complete their assignments individually. Lectures are designed to adequately prepare the students for their own individual study of the book in focus. Lecture topics often include the following: an overview of the book’s major themes and main ideas, pertinent historical background, relevant application topics, the book’s major theological contributions, and discussions about difficult passages.
Outside of the lecture environment students also participate in weekly one-on-one discipleship with staff members, weekly small groups with other staff and students, as well as regular worship and prayer times.
Students leave the school with a big-picture understanding of the entire Bible, a solid Biblical worldview and a clear perspective of God’s plan of redemption through the finished work of Jesus Christ – the focal point of all Scripture.