Bible Study Bootcamp

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Workshop Overview

Personal Bible study goes deeper when Bible students study the passages in their original languages. Build a solid foundation in Bible study by learning the Greek as well! Learn to discover the meaning of the Greek words in any New Testament verse. Use Bible study tools effectively to unlock the richer meaning of a passage.


May 3, 2021

May 14, 2021


International ALERT Academy Campus

1 Academy Blvd.
Big Sandy TX, 75755

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Course Topics

Hitting the Bull’s-Eye in Bible Study

Learn the basic steps in Bible study, including background, context, grammar and word study.

  • Develop skill in finding cross references.
  • Explore the history, geography and customs that form the background for a passage.
  • Build an overview and outline of a Bible book.
  • Trace a topic through Scripture.

The Panoramic View of Scripture

Trace the master story line of Scripture through the eras of Old and New Testament history.

Learn pivotal people, dates and places in order to see how the 66 books fit together to make one whole.

Getting into Greek

Deepen your understanding of the New Testament by using simple tools to discover the meanings of Greek words.

  • Learn the Greek alphabet and discover how the language works.
  • Grasp the fundamentals of Greek grammar in order to handle the Word with confidence.
  • Learn to translate simple Greek sentences.


Who Can Enroll?

This course is designed for those who are in high school or have graduated. Younger students may attend the course if they are ready for abstract concepts such as word meanings and grammar. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied on campus by a parent. Accompanying parents may attend the course, but are not required to do so.

Required Resources


  • Strong’s Concordance and Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words.
  • It’s OK to use electronic Bible study software that includes these books.
  • We will learn to use the free Blue Letter Bible software. With parental approval, students should bring a laptop or cell phone that they can use to access the Blue Letter Bible website or app.


Dr. John Bechtle

 Dr. John Bechtle first learned Greek as a Bible college student back in 1967, majored in New Testament at Talbot Seminary, and completed a Doctor of Ministry degree from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary. His doctoral program focused on New Testament Greek, with an emphasis on educational psychology and its application to the learning of ancient languages. As part of the program, he wrote a self-teaching textbook for beginning Greek, Greek Behind the Prof’s Back.

John also spent over a year as an instructor of the Old Testament Walk Thru the Bible Seminar, as well as producing a daily Bible study radio program for the college.

Dr. Bechtle has been involved in writing projects, both scholarly and popular. He did the research for the verse-by-verse commentary on Proverbs in the Holman Old Testament Commentary series and participated in the Complete Biblical Library project, contributing Greek and Hebrew word studies and writing cmomentary on several New Testament books.

He spent twenty years as Director of The Telos Institute International, a college-level distance learning program serving home school families. He has also spent many years teaching in local churches and has ministered in Austria and Japan.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the course take place?

The course takes place on the campus of the International ALERT Academy in Big Sandy, Texas, which is about two hours east of Dallas. The spacious campus with dormitories and classrooms provides the perfect setting for this course.

Is Bible Study Bootcamp run by a particular church or denomination?

Family Conferences is a non-denominational evangelical Christian ministry, governed by a board of directors and is not run by any particular church or denomination.

What’s the dress code?

We encourage you to lead the way in the classroom by wearing clothing that is traditional, classic, and professional.

  • Classroom: Business/Professional – classically styled skirts/dresses for girls, slacks/collared shirts for guys
What is the setup for meals during the week?

All meals, including a continental breakfast, and full lunch and dinner are served in the campus dining hall. Our dining hall features a full cafeteria line, so there are always plenty of options. Please let us know about any dietary restrictions on your application, or within one month of the course start date, so we can plan appropriately.

For the cost of meals for visiting family members, please see our Pricing

What about meals on weekends?

The weekend meal schedule is as follows: 

  • Saturday, Brunch @ 10:30am, and Dinner @ 4:30pm
  • Sunday, Bag lunch (Pick up at Sat. Dinner) Dinner @ 4:30pm

Prior to the weekends, snacks and drinks will be available for purchase in the campus bookstore, or you can bring your own.

Can I receive mail during the Bible Study Bootcamp?

Yes! Letters and packages can be sent to (Students’ name), C/O Bible Study Bootcamp, One Academy Blvd, Big Sandy, TX, 75755

Travel Details

Arrival & Departure

For Those Driving

Please arrive at the International ALERT Academy (One Academy Blvd, Big Sandy, TX, 75755) by Sunday, May 2. Dinner is provided in the dining room from 4:30-5:00pm.

Flight Arrivals

For flights into Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) or Dallas Love Field (DAL), plan to arrive before 2:30pm on Saturday, May 1. 

For flights into Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (TYR), or East Texas Regional Airport in Longview (GGG), arrive before 3:00pm on Saturday, May 1.


Flight Departures

For DFW or DAL, plan to depart after 12:30pm on Saturday, May 15.

For TYR or GGG, plan to depart any time after 8:00am on Saturday, May 15.

International ALERT Academy Campus

1 Academy Blvd.
Big Sandy TX, 75755

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Student Registration
(includes two weeks of lodging, meals, and course instruction)
Accompanying Adult
(includes two weeks of lodging and meals)