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, and 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;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.
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.
The 8 Principles of Interpretation: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:
Graduation & Diplomas: Students who complete and pass all twelve courses will be given a BEREANS Bible Institute Diploma. BBI is not accredited 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."
NOTICE: We have had quite a few students begin, send in tests for a while (which we have graded and recorded), but have not sent in any more in over a year from their start date. Grading tests and keeping records for such students consumes valuable time and resources. Therefore the policy has been updated as of August 1st, 2018. We will only accept printed copies by mail. Students should print out the appropriate tests after watching the relevant videos, and save them in a folder. When ALL of the tests for ALL modules are complete, the tests must be mailed in to BBI. (If you sent in some tests already by email but did not keep the pdf file, don't worry. We have them on file and can print them out for your folder. If you did save them, please print them and include them with the rest of the tests. Just be sure to print, complete, and retain all future tests until you have completed them all. Also, as you may have noticed, not all modules have tests yet. Our apologies for the delay in getting them up. Please be patient as we hope to have tests written and uploaded for all modules by the time the 12th module is complete. Also, I will be completely re-recording Module 2 (Doctrine of God) and putting up new tests after I complete Module 11. Once I have completed teaching all 12 modules (including the redo of Module 2), and after you have completed ALL of the tests, you may send your complete folder of tests to:
P.O. Box 1823
Laurens, SC 29360 USA
Once you have mailed your complete packet of tests, please send an email notifying us that the package is on the way. After we have received and graded all of the tests with a passing grade, we will return mail the signed diploma, and make an announcement on the 4Winds website, and your name will go on a list of graduates.
Get Started! Simply go to the first module to begin the lessons in order, then take the corresponding tests. (We reccommend that you skip the modules for now that have no tests, until those tests have been uploaded). The Discussion Forum is available for BBI students to ask questions and interact with the instructor(s).