This post will be a shameless plug for Prairie Bible Institute. I believe it is important for all Christians (yes, ALL Christians!) to experience at least one year of Bible College, and I believe Prairie offers an excellent option for those considering a one year program.
Here are some reasons:
1. Understand what you believe.
One of the most embarrassing things about the North American church is the lack of understanding among believers of what exactly it is we claim to believe. Taking 8 months out of your life to get a foundation for your faith and to immerse yourself in Christian teaching is a small sacrifice compared to the damage ignorance causes to our witness in the world (1 Timothy 4:11-16).
2. Get to Know God.
Our Heavenly Father is a real person. The only way to get to know God is to spend time with him. Of course, this can be done outside of a formal academic setting, but spending 8 months dedicated to getting to know God will accelerate the relationship you have with him.
3. Improve your ability to discern and teach.
Scripture instructs believers to be able to discern what is good and what is evil (Ephesians 5:15-17). The Holy Spirit is the ultimate source of spiritual discernment (Mark 13:9-12; John 16:7-15), but we are expected to learn true doctrine (1 Timothy 4:6-8) and be ready to instruct others – especially the next generation (2 Timothy 3:14-17).
Prairie Bible Institute has an excellent one-year Encounter Program that immerses students in solid Christian teaching and discipleship. Some of the most valuable parts of this program are the chapel, small group and service times. We get together for one hour each day to worship and serve together – including all staff and faculty – even the President of the Institute.
Below is a list of courses included in the Encounter Program. I’ve also included a short video that tells a bit about Prairie. If you are interested in learning more, let me know and I’ll get you in touch with someone from the admissions department.
Bible & Theology Major (18 credits)
Reading the Bible in the 21st Century
Genesis through Deuteronomy
Introduction to Christian Theology
Luke & Acts
The Christian Life
Arts & Sciences Core (6 credits)
Thinking and Writing
Christianity in the 21st Century
Electives (6 credits)
2 elective courses