BEREANS BIBLE INSTITUTE

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Welcome to BEREANS Bible Institute. We believe the last generation that will see the end-time tribulation and the arrival of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ is alive right now. There is an urgent need for new Christian leaders who are not entangled with the cords of the religious establishment, who will pursue truth regardless of personal cost, who can successfully help lead the remnant of end-time "overcomers" through the "birth-pains" into the coming Kingdom of Jesus Christ.

PURPOSE: BBI was created to help train "new wineskins" for the last days. The "new wine" is the pristine teaching of the original Apostles of Jesus Christ, unpolluted by two millennia of Greek philosophical influence on Christian theology. We seek to provide the tools necessary to properly handle the Scriptures, to expose the false presuppositions that drive false doctrines, and to train students in the consistent application of these tools to the foundational doctrines of Christianity. Rather than defending the theological traditions handed down by Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, or modern Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism, we instead seek to instill on our students the absolute necessity of handling the Scriptures objectively regardless of where that might lead theologically. In doing so, we aim to get back to the pristine Christian Faith as taught by Jesus and His Apostles, handling the Old Testament Scriptures as they did. This approach is quite different from most modern theological approaches which include:

1. Catholicism & Protestantism which interpret the New Testament from a Greek Philosophical paradigm (instead of a Jewish mindset), while ignoring, downplaying, allegorizing, or otherwise disposing of inconvenient Old Testament prophecies;
2. Evangelicalism & Fundamentalism which offer a hybrid of biblical Christianity and Greek philosophy, segregating the people of God into different "programs" and "destinies" for each group, with the "Jewish Dispensation" (God's "earthly people") having their own "Scriptures" (Old Testament, parts of the Gospels, Acts, Revelation), and the "Church Dispensation" (God's "heavenly people") having its own Scriptures (the Epistles);
3. Hebrew Roots which downplays, disparages, or manipulates the teachings of Paul, interpreting the New Testament as reinforcing and renewing the Law of Moses for Christians;
4. Pentecostalism & Charismania which diminishes the written Word of God that provides an objective standard, and instead follow alleged personal, direct revelation which is entirely subjective.
We believe that all of the above theological paradigms are flawed at their very foundations. In keeping with our primary goal, we seek to develop objective exegetical skills in each student through emphasizing the following 8 principles of interpretation, and by constantly demonstrating their use. The first 5 deal with interpreting the text, the last 3 are safeguards for testing our interpretations.

The 8 Principles of Interpretation:

  • The original Scriptures are infallible in the original languages.
  • Hebrew and Greek grammar cannot be violated or ignored, but must guide interpretation.
  • Interpret within the historical situation, culture, and literary context.
  • Interpret the text literally unless compelling evidence demands non-literal interpretation.
  • Interpret progressively, with newer revelation always complimenting older revelation.
  • Reject as "illogical" all doctrines that require holding mutually exclusive ideas.
  • All accepted doctrines must be consistent with God's revealed character and with all other true doctrines.
  • When possible, trace modern doctrines back to the source to see when, where, and why they originated.
  • These principles are consistently applied in all of the courses. Students are expected to become proficient in understanding and applying these principles of interpretation, which should then continue to guide their studies beyond BBI.

    BBI courses consist of twelve modules:

  • 1. Reasons to Believe
  • 2. The Doctrine of God
  • 3. The Doctrine of Man
  • 4. The Destiny of Man
  • 5. The Redemption of Creation
  • 6. The Life of Christ
  • 7. The Apostolic Mission
  • 8. The Christian Assembly
  • 9. The Christian Home
  • 10. The Kingdom of God
  • 11. The Book of Revelation
  • 12. Biblical Chronology
  • Graduation & Diplomas: Students who register, complete, and pass all twelve courses will be given a BEREANS Bible Institute Diploma. BBI is not acredited by any other institution. BBI diplomas are an acknowledgement that the student has completed their biblical education through BBI. A BBI diploma is not an ordination certificate, nor does it qualify the student for any particular role in a church or assembly. Ordination must be conferred by a local assembly which alone is in a position to judge whether or not the candidate meets the biblical requirements.

    Cost: There is no charge for these courses. Jesus said, "Freely you have received, freely give."

    Get Started! To begin, fill out and submit the Registration Form. Simply go to the first module to begin the lessons in order, then take the corresponding tests. The Discussion Forum is available for BBI students to ask questions and interact with the instructor(s). Records will be kept for all registered students who submit completed tests. However, if no completed tests are received for one year, record-keeping and registration for that student will be discontinued.

    TEST INSTRUCTIONS
    You may use your notes and refer to the audios or videos during tests. Please follow the instructions below exactly.

    • Click on the appropriate TEST link.
    • Save the pdf file to your computer.
    • Open the saved pdf file using Adobe Reader. (Get Adobe Reader here)
    • Click on the "Add Text" icon at the top.
    • Select "Add Text" from the menu at the right.
    • Be sure you are viewing the test at 100% size (or you may have alignment problems).
    • Put your cursor where you want to type.
    • Type your answers.
    • When finished, save the file using your first and last names as the filename.
    • Send an email to bbi.admin@4windsfellowships.net with your completed test as a file attachment.