Learning the Bible in Context:
Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours is a full-fledged highly evangelical ministry that is all about leading highly biblical Christian tours to Israel (Holyland study tours) as well as offering “BRINGING THE BIBLE TO LIFE – Physical Settings of the Bible” (BBL) seminars. This includes speaking and teaching historical geography, archaeology and biblical culture to churches, Christian high schools, colleges, and seminaries.
Most of “biblical education” in today’s churches and Christian schools only include biblical theology, doctrine, and practical application. All of these disciplines are both good and necessary, but it leaves out an important aspect of study – namely – the context of the Bible. Or as we like to call it – “Physical Theology.” This is a term that centers upon the physical backdrop or context of the Bible. Regrettably, it’s often a missing part in biblical education or Bible study.
Understanding the context of any passage is essential in discovering the meaning and application of any particular passage. The biblical authors did not write the Bible with 21st century western believers in mind. Rather, they wrote the text within the context of their world. Thus, any study of the land (e.g. what we like to call the “playing board” of the Bible), the topography, daily life in biblical days, and the culture helps the student of the Bible “read between the lines” of the stories of the Bible. What is discovered is an entirely new and exciting world!
On behalf of Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours, Dr. John DeLancey (while not in Israel leading study/discipleship trips) travels all around the country offering “BRINGING THE BIBLE TO LIFE” seminars. It’s our way of bringing Israel directly to you. It is like experiencing an Israel Tour right there in your sanctuary or classroom of your church!
We would love to come to your church or school and help make the Bible come alive!
The next scheduled BBL seminars are as follows:
* SATURDAY 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., April 14 at the Community Covenant Church in Upsala, MN (Specific Location: 122 South Main Street, Upsala, MN 56384)
“BRINGING THE BIBLE TO LIFE” Seminars:
Here is some useful information about our “BRINGING THE BIBLE TO LIFE – Physical Settings of the Bible” (BBL) seminars:
WHAT IS A “BRINGING THE BIBLE TO LIFE – Physical Settings of the Bible” SEMINAR?
A “BBL” seminar is specifically geared for churches, Christian High Schools, colleges, and seminaries. A seminar provides biblical education focused on teaching the physical settings of the Bible (e.g. “Physical Theology”). This includes the unique teaching of biblical archaeology, historical geography, and the cultural context of the Bible. Seminars for churches include 6 hours of multi-media presentations.
Recent seminar participants said the following about the BBL seminar:
“We could hardly wait to schedule Dr. DeLancey’s ‘Bringing the Bible to Life’ seminar for our church after our incredible trip to Israel with him. We wanted to share what we experienced with our family and friends, especially those who might never have the opportunity to go to Israel in person. The seminar was hands down the most rewarding event we ever participated in! We were blown away by how much information Dr. DeLancey was able to convey in such a short time, in such a concise way, and with such a unique style that enable us to truly feel as if we’d been on a virtual tour with our own personal guide, teacher, and pastor.” (Roger & Kim, tour participants and seminar hosts, TX)
“What an incredible experience it was to sit at the feet of the master last night. He surely does have a zeal that is unexcelled by anyone I have ever had the good fortune to hear.” (Jeanne, a participant in the Madison, WI BBL seminar)
At the academic level “BBL – Physical Settings of the Bible” classes are offered at the Christian high school, college, and seminary level. All teaching uniquely contains both an “informational” and spiritual “formational” discipleship encounter.
WHAT IS COVERED IN A “BRINGING THE BIBLE TO LIFE” SEMINAR?
The multi-media “BBL” seminar includes the following:
Session I: Introduction – “Physical Settings of the Bible” (“Bringing the Bible to Life in Its Context”) Session II: “Connecting the Dots” – Geography of Israel; Session III: Archaeology & the Bible; Session IV: The Hebraic Background of the Life & Ministry of Jesus; Session V: Jerusalem in the Old Testament; Session VI: Jerusalem in the Days of Jesus; Session VII: Manners & Customs of the Bible.
Note: This “Hebraic Background of the Life & Ministry of Jesus” is the newest session incorporated into the overall seminar. It is designed to help you understand and appreciate where Jesus taught, how Jesus taught, and what Jesus taught in the context of the 1st century Jewish culture and customs. It will revolutionize the way you see and understand Jesus and God’s wonderful plan of redemption He came to fulfill! A fuller “stand-alone” version of the session is also available upon request.
*Note: Any seminar can be customized to meet your church’s or school’s schedule.
HOW DO CHURCHES SCHEDULE A “BRINGING THE BIBLE TO LIFE” SEMINAR?
Scheduling a seminar for your church can be done by completing and submitting the registration form found on this page below. Seminars are usually best offered on a weekend (e.g. Friday night – Saturday noon format). A Sunday format (with preaching included) can also be arranged. This would include preaching on Sunday morning and approximately 3-4 hours of teaching. An alternative format could be a two week-day evenings (e.g. Monday-Tuesday evenings).
To schedule your own BBL seminar, please complete the form below.
WHAT IS THE COST TO HOST A “BRINGING THE BIBLE TO LIFE” SEMINAR FOR OUR CHURCH?
The cost for a BBL Seminar is travel expenses for Dr. DeLancey (e.g. airfare and/or mileage) plus a free-will offering in support of the BIMT ministry! To save on the expense of a hotel, Dr. DeLancey is willing to stay in the home of a church member if this can be arranged. Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours desires to come to your church and offer this teaching! We strongly feel called to serve the local church and to bring this unique and life-changing teaching! Checks should be made payable to Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours.
WHAT IS THE TEACHING FORMAT FOR SCHOOLS?
Christian colleges and seminaries can arrange specific classes for academic credit through an adjunct contract. “Physical Theology” classes can vary in length, dependent on the level of course credit. If a study tour of Israel is arranged and scheduled through us, a “pre-trip” preparatory class can be arranged. Scheduling the class as an concentrated module is the most workable format.
WHAT IS THE COST FOR HAVING A “BRINGING THE BIBLE TO LIFE” CLASS FOR OUR SCHOOL?
For Christian high schools, a 3 hour “guest lecture” would cost $300.00, plus travel expenses. (Note: Again, this speaking fee can be negotiated. No high school will be turned down). For colleges and seminaries, cost would be determined by the length of the course and the school’s adjunct professor policies. The material can be prepared for an academic setting in a Christian high school, college, or seminary.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A “BRING THE BIBLE TO LIFE” SEMINAR OR CLASS?
This teaching will allow the student of the Bible to see and understand the biblical text in “3-Dimensions.” It will bring new and unique insights into the study of the Bible. It provides an amazing opportunity for people (especially those who physically or financially cannot) to “visit Israel” even without leaving the church. The Word of God comes alive in life-transforming ways. Studying the Bible “in context” will inspire one’s walk of faith.
Please email (PastorJohn@ittworld.com) or call Dr. DeLancey (412-999-5697) if you have any questions about our BBL seminars!