Introduction: How would you like to go to Bible College and get a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies, Theology, Church History, Apologetics, Political Philosophy, Christian Education, or Marriage and Family Counseling without going into debt or even leaving your home-church and family? Here is our vision for establishing a Reformed Bible college and curriculum that is thoroughly Biblical and comprehensive in scope that makes college accessible and inexpensive to all those who are interested and called to such a purpose.

1. The Problem: The Need for Biblical Discipleship and Reformation in Christian Families and the implementation of a Godly Plan for Christian Education. The sad fact today is that schools and modern educational methods (including modern colleges and universities) have contributed to the spiritual apostasy of the church, the destruction of the Christian family, and the defilement of Christian youth. This is largely on account of the fact that many teachers are ill-equipped to disciple and educate Christian youth in a comprehensive and Biblical way. Schools, in fact, today are undermining the public worship of God and the ministry of the Word in the lives of Christian families. Schools and school teachers sadly today have a greater influence on Christian’s lives than the Church and the ministry of the Word of God. This is unbiblical and destructive to the Church and to the Christian family. This has led to untold evils in the Christian family, immorality and apostasy in youth, as well as a scandal to Christian Churches throughout the nation. The Gospel and Christ’s name are together blasphemed on account of this. We all know that the Public school system in America that is controlled by the Federal government is in many respects atheistic, anti-Christian, and spiritually bankrupt in its content, goals, and purposes. And so Christians are wise not to be involved. 2 Corinthians 6! Sadly enough, most Evangelical and Reformed Bible colleges are also governed by a secular model that downplays the vital role of Scripture, sound doctrine, and the importance of Biblical discipleship. There is a growing accommodation to the pagan world even in Christain colleges. Because of the widespread influence of false doctrine, pagan literature, secular academic standards, ungodly forms of music and entertainment, as well as feminism and Liberal views of education and discipline, modern forms of Christian education at the High school and College level are also often subversive to godly Christian education, the raising of Christian youth, the reformation of the Church, and the peace and happiness of the Christian family. School curriculums and programs have moreover a sinful tendency to waste valuable time and resources, as well as undermine the proper sanctification of the Lord’s Day for rest and public worship. Modern educational models in fact often work to undermine the godly education of Christian youth and to displace the ministry of the Word of God to the ruin of Christian families. For this reason, there is widespread sin and dysfunction in Christian families and among Christian youth today. Christian colleges today are in some respects nearly as destructive as Universities.

II. The Plan: Biblical Reformation in all areas of Education and Learning to fit more closely with Scripture, Public Worship, and a Discipleship Model that is directed to Building up Families and Christian Youth in Christ. We provide courses of instruction, as well as counsel and supervision, for the training of parents, teachers, and Christian leaders to better disciple and educate their families and Christian youth. We use some of the standard textbooks used in Evangelical and Reformed Bible colleges. But we supplement this with more advanced and more comprehensive course work at all levels in Bible, Theology, History, Literature, and Apologetics. Our goal is to instruct and equip students as well as Christian leaders for personal godliness, family and Church reformation, and effective service for the furtherance of Christ’s glory and kingdom in the World. We also aim to greatly reduce the financial cost and spiritual burden on the family that is typically associated with college, at the same time provides the needed counsel and direction for Home School families who need guidance in forming a pattern of godly education in the home.

  • The Major Fields of Study include:
  • Biblical Studies
  • Systematic Theology
  • World History
  • Church History
  • Historical Theology
  • Apologetics
  • Politics & Government
  • Christian Literature
  • Christian Education
  • Biblical Counseling
  • Business Models and Ethics

III. The Platform: A Comprehensive Course Study of Scripture and History that is Biblical and governed by a Christian World-View that centers on God’s saving purpose in history. Fundamental to our course outline and curriculum is the heavy emphasis on the study and reading of Scripture, Reformed Confessions and Catechisms, the disciplined study of Church History, and the best works of Christian literature.

A. Bible Survey: We require college students to begin their educational curriculum with the study of the Bible on a recurring two-year program; studying Old Testament Survey one year, and New Testament Survey the following year. The Bible should be the foundation of all learning and education as well as discipleship and personal devotion. We provide a large list of books, material, and a calendar (for student and family worship readings) as it relates to this course of study. This is the basis and foundation of the rest of the curriculum. Here is a list of some of the required works that are foundational to the Bible Survey Courses.

  • OLD TESTAMENT
  • Gareth Crossley – The Old Testament Explained
  • Charles Pfeiffer – Old Testament History
  • Jonathan Edwards – History of the Work of Redemption
  • Brett Woody – Bible Study Lectures on the Old Testament
  • Biblical-Theological Overview of the OT – Ligon Duncan
  • The Essence of the Old Testament – Ed Hinson
  • Biblical Theology – Geerhardus Vos
  • The Economy of the Covenants – Herman Witsius
  • Christ of the Covenants – O. Palmer Robertson
  • Matthew Henry – 6 Volume Commentary
  • John Calvin – OT Commentaries
  • John Currid – Against the Gods: A Polemical Theology of the OT
  • Introduction to the Pentateuch – Herbert Wolf
  • Introduction to the Historical Books – David Howard
  • Introduction to the Poetic Books – Hassell Bullock
  • Introduction to the Prophetic Books – Hassell Bullock
  • Various OT Commentaries on the Bible
  • Various Essays and Treatises on the OT
  • NEW TESTAMENT
  • Biblical- Theological Overview of the NT – Ligon Duncan
  • New Testament History – Niswonger
  • Brett Woody – Bible Study Lectures on the NT
  • Introduction to the New Testatment – D. Edmond Hiebert
  • Jonathan Edwards – History of the Work of Redemption
  • The Essence of the OT – Elmer Towns
  • Biblical Theology – Vos
  • The Coming of the Kingdom – Ridderbos
  • The Economy of the Covenants – Herman Witsius
  • New Testament Theology – Leon Morris
  • The Theology of Paul – Guy Waters
  • Matthew Henry – 6 Volume Commentary
  • Various NT Commentaries on the Bible
  • Various Essays and Treatises on the NT

B. History and Literature: Foundational to the curriculum is also a recurring four year program for the study of World and Church History that incorporates the use of standard Textbooks, along with Wikipedia articles, and numerous other resources and essential readings including: sermons, theological treatises, devotional writings, confessions and catechisms, poetry, inspirational biographies, historical documents, and others forms of literature. Instead of focusing on pagan literature, students will be reading mostly godly Christian literature. And when it comes to the many novels that are often read in modern colleges, students will primarily read excerpts and overviews of the subject matierial without wasting valuable time  We provide a comprehensive reading list of books for the curriculum, depending on a student’s major degree of study. The four year college curriculum includes four years of a combined history and literature course.

  1. Ancient History: (From Creation to Christ) This course includes OT history, (beginning with Genesis 1-11) and covers the rise and fall of the pagan kingdoms of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome). The OT Scriptures are the foundation for the study of this course in Ancient History along with Jonathan Edward’s book The History of the Work of Redemption and Charles Pfeiffer’s Old Testament History. This course always coincides with the OT Survey course.
  2. Medieval History: (From Christ to 1500AD) This course begins with NT history and the Roman Empire and continues through the Medieval period to the High Middle Ages and the Renaissance. This course is always in conjunction with NT Survey. The course and reading materials include: The Apostolic fathers, the Early Church fathers, Eusebius, Tertullian, Augustine, Ambrose, John Chrysostom, St. Patrick, and Gregory the Great as well as Bede, Alcuin, Anselm, Bernard of Clairvaux, Thomas Aquinas, Dante, Chaucer, Gerard Groote, Thomas Kempis, John Wycliffe, John Hus, and many others.
  3. Reformation History: (From 1500-1750). This course covers in detail the Reformation period, the Puritan age, Reformed Scholasticism, the Dutch Second Reformation, as well as the Colonial Puritans and the Great Awakening. The course includes a systematic over of the Protestant Reformation in cluding the lives and theology of Martin Luther, John Calvin, Huldreich Zwingli, Henry Bullinger, William Tyndale, John Knox, Zacharias Ursinus, a surevey of the Reformed Confessions, a comprehensive overview of the Puritan movement in England and the American colonies, the Westminster Assembly and Standards, as well as the lives and works of many of the great Puritan writers: William Ames, William Perkins,  Oliver Cromwell, John Owen, John Bunyan, Thomas Watson, Jonathan Edwards, and much more.
  4. Modern History: (From 1750 – Present). This course covers American history from the Colonial age and the Great Awakening to the present day along with the events of World and European History from the rise of the British Empire to the present day Global War on Islamic Terror and the spread of heresy, false doctrine and demonic political and religious ideologies in the modern world. This pattern (studying US History and modern European history at the same time) provides for a better understanding of the events and timeline of history. The reading list is voluminous, but the focus is on Christian literature, not pagan literature! There is a great deal of Apologetics and Polemics involved in this class.

IV. The Purpose: We aim to educate Christian students in the knowledge of the truth, to strengthen and sanctify Christian families and Christian leaders in the knowledge of Scripture, sound doctrine, and a thoroughly Biblical and Puritan world view. There are several important goals that we aim to accomplish by this college academy and educational institute:

  1. To educate and strengthen students as well as Christian leaders in the knowledge of Scripture and sound doctrine, and a godly Reformed view of all knowledge and learning.
  2. To provide a comprehensive plan for Christian parents in the discipleship and education of their children, including the essentials of a sound and godly curriculum that adapts to the particular needs and schedule of Christian families with flexibility.
  3. To educate Christians in the knowledge and events of world and church history, God’s providence and purpose in them; and to make believers familiar with all the great leaders of the past (pastors, evangelists, missionaries, theologians, statesmen, soldiers, scientists, and others); and to give them knowledge of all the great Christian classics of the past.
  4. To help direct students and Christian families in the building of a valuable and resourceful Christian library in their home for their instruction and discipleship, as well as for a lasting heritage to their children.
  5. To redeem and deliver Christian families from the bondage of ungodly, secular, and destructive models of education common today (in Home school, Christian school, and Public school venues) all of which are undermining Christian families and youth.
  6. To give students and Christian families a Biblical and reformation pattern of Christian education that is singularly devoted to Jesus Christ, to Biblical discipleship, the ministry of the Word, public and family worship, and the formation of godly character.
  7. To help Christian families and youth in the cultivation of godly Christian character and the proper role relations and virtues of young men and young women; such as faith, godliness, chivalry, chastity, holiness, and sanctification of life, and in overcoming the many sins, idolatries, and temptations of this present evil world.
  8. To help Christian youth in finding the will of God for their life with respect to a proper and useful calling and vocation in the world, useful work and employment; and how to use it in service to Christ for the glory of God and the advance the Gospel.
  9. To rid young men and women of the foolish and often destructive decision of unnecessarily going off to college and wasting thousands of dollars on Liberal professors and classes that are governed by a secular anti-Christian agenda.
  10. To give Christians the intellectual tools and knowledge to live for the glory of God and be a good witness for Christ in all their respective callings and vocations.

Our educational model is adaptable to all different levels of intellectual ability as well as to the individual capabilities of every believer. Our focus is on discipleship and cultivating godly Christian character as well as godly learning. And this reason we require very few tests, papers, and other stress-related aspects of our college curriculum and instead focus on reading and comprehension and forming in students a pattern of truth and godliness in the knowledge of Scripture, history, sound doctrine, politics, apologetics, literature, and Christ’s Lordship over all things. Here is a suggested outline of our four year course of study.

  • Freshman: Year 1 – Semester 1
  • Old Testament Survey (3)
  • History 1 – Ancient History Seminar (3)
  • Ancient Literature and Apologetics Seminar (3)
  • Theology 1: Scripture and Revelation (3)
  • Major Course Elective (3)
  • Freshman: Year 1 – Semester 2
  • Old Testament Survey (3)
  • History 1 – Ancient History Seminar (3)
  • Ancient Literature and Apologetics Seminar (3)
  • Theology 2: The Doctrine of God (3)
  • Major Course Elective (3)
  • Sophomore: Year 2 – Semester 1
  • New Testament Survey (3)
  • History 2 – Medieval History (3)
  • Medieval History and Apologetics Seminar (3)
  • Theology 3: Man and Sin (3)
  • Major Course Elective (3)
  • Sophomore: Year 2 – Semester 2
  • New Testament Survey (3)
  • History 2 – Medieval History (3)
  • Medieval History and Apologetics Seminar (3)
  • Theology 4: The Doctrine of Christ (3)
  • Major Course Elective (3)
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  • Junior: Year 3 – Semester 1
  • Old Testament Theology (3)
  • History 3 – Reformation History (3)
  • Reformation History and Apologetics Seminar (3)
  • Theology 5: The Work of the Holy Spirit in Salvation (3)
  • Major Course Elective (3)
  • Junior: Year 3 – Semester 2
  • Old Testament Theology (3)
  • History 3 – Reformation History (3)
  • Reformation History and Apologetics Seminar (3)
  • Theology 6: The Christian Life (3)
  • Major Course Elective (3)
  • Senior: Year 4 – Semester 1
  • New Testament Theology (3)
  • History 4 – Modern History (3)
  • Modern History and Apologetics Seminar (3)
  • Theology 7: The Church and the State (3)
  • Major Course Elective (3)
  • Senior: Year 4 – Semester 2
  • New Testament Theology (3)
  • History 4 – Modern History (3)
  • Modern History and Apologetics Seminar (3)
  • Theology 8: Eschatology (3)
  • Major Course Elective (3)

Brett Woody, Pastor-Teacher