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Issue 11: July 20120

The Importance of Bible College

In many ways, 2020 has been a hard year. Extreme weather, the worldwide pandemic, an economic shutdown, and societal unrest have made this year difficult for a lot of people. The call for men and women of faith to boldly uphold the Word of Truth is needed more than ever. It is eternally important to put our hope in God’s Word, which helps us maintain our hope.

This was recently highlighted when a well-known Christian musician publicly abandoned his faith. In the midst of his lengthy explanation came this telling statement: “Once I found that I didn’t believe the Bible was the perfect Word of God — it didn’t take long to realize that I was no longer sure he was there at all.” It made me wonder if his spiritual leaders had emphasized this essential truth: “God’s word is living, active, and sharper than any sword” (Hebrews 4:12). In context, that verse is a response to the danger that believers will fall away from their faith if they are not diligent to maintain it.

For Christian leaders, the diligent study of God’s word has never been more important. However, the future of biblical higher education seems to be in jeopardy. Two Christian church colleges closed in the past year, with 170 years of cumulative history educating over 30,000 students. This is a tragedy for many reasons. But one in particular stands out to me.

For many people, Bible college becomes the place where men and women learn to take their faith seriously and study the Bible in detail. The photo on the cover shows the Bible I used as a CCCB student from 1989-1993. You can see it is falling apart, with notes written throughout. Looking at certain pages of that Bible still reminds me of specific teachers and classroom experiences.

While 70% of Christians who enter a university abandon their faith by graduation, only 1 of 20 Christian teenagers will attend a Christian college. This can be changed if parents, grandparents, and ministers will realize the importance of attending a Christian college to invest in personal faith, biblical knowledge, and godly relationships.

Students who spend time studying God’s word and serving His people will grow in their own faith and awareness of God’s plan for their lives. Knowing that God’s Word is true can shape a person’s entire life. Central is a place where all students are taught to build their lives upon the truth of Scripture. As you read the following pages, I hope you will thank God for His Word and places like this where it can be learned.

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