Module Five

Saturday 25 February Morning: Studying the Truth with Sandra Loewen

The primary goal of this unit is to teach students the basic principles of how to study God’s Word for themselves. Students will gain an understanding of Observation, Interpretation and Application, and the various study techniques through which these keys can be applied to Scripture. 

This course will also highlight a brief history of our Bible, a variety of study tools and resources for personal and group use, and some basic guidelines for effective Bible Study leadership.

This module will equip students with the basic tools and skills of Inductive Bible Study: Observation, Interpretation and Application. These skills will help the student strengthen their study of scripture and their love for God as they understand the meaning and significance of His Word by discovering truth for themselves. 

Emphasis will be on the principles and practices of proper observation skills, context, cross-references, and performing word studies. There will be an emphasis on establishing strategies in asking proper questions to develop skills in leading effective discussions.

The heart of the course seeks to motivate the student to progress and persevere, not only to become a skilled workman, but also to mature as a humble servant, whom God can use.

Sandra’s love for God’s Word really began to flourish over 25 years ago, when she was first introduced to Precept Bible studies. Since then, the Lord has given her a passion to establish women in the Word. It is her desire to equip leaders to have confidence and clarity in handling the Word of God. 

Born an east-coaster, Sandra has made her home in Ottawa, ON with her husband, Richard. Together they have two grown daughters, one son-in-law, and a beloved granddaughter!

In addition to leading weekly in-depth Inductive Bible study classes, Sandra is a Trainer with Precept Ministries Canada and skillfully trains people to study inductively across Canada, through churches, retreats, colleges, special events, and online. She is honoured to be joining the team of instructors at WMI. 



Saturday 25 February Afternoon: Apologetics with Janice Stone

Have you ever walked away from a conversation feeling defensive, but lacking the response you desire?  Maybe you had a loss of words, or confidence to defend what you believe, or even know exactly what you believe? 

Using the book Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace, this course will give you a tool kit to understand and apply a case for an evidential Christian faith.  Using a required assignment and interactive teaching time, you will develop a plan and confidence to express your Christian beliefs to others.

Colossians 4:5-6 tells us to "Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.  Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person."  Begin to put together the knowledge, confidence, and wisdom to know how to, and who to respond to, as you express your faith with grace and conviction.

As a wife, mother, stepmother, and grandma, Janice brings passion and energy to helping women live their faith with love, boldness, and confidence.  Although having a strong family history of Christian faith, and experience working as Director of Adult Ministries at Emmanuel Barrie Church is a treasured legacy, she knows how it can still feel difficult to "always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you", as 1 Peter 3:15 asks us to.  

Sharing the truth with confidence and grace takes intention, purpose, and requires a game plan.  Using her love for others and for God's Word, she will help and equip you to make the most of every opportunity, and develop a game plan that will equip you to put together the knowledge, confidence, and wisdom to express your faith with grace and conviction.