Alex spent 18 focused months aiming his skilled energies and attention at getting into the U.S. Air Force Academy. He received the nomination of both of his state representatives. Still he was turned down. A committed Christian, Alex was undeterred. He determined to continue seeking the Lord’s will by pursuing a Biblical education. A big step backward? Not to Alex.
How valuable is a Bible college education?
First Timothy 4:8 says that “godliness is profitable [beneficial, helpful] for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come” (emphasis added). While attending a Bible college will not necessarily make someone godly, the student has ample opportunity to develop Godlikeness by studying God—something that cannot happen in educational institutions that intentionally exclude Him. Second Timothy 3:16 and 17 say that “all Scripture . . . is profitable . . . for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (emphasis added). Employers commonly seek students and graduates of Bible colleges, sometimes not as much for their particular skill set as for their “training in righteousness,” looking more for character qualities of honesty, diligence, teachability, reliability, friendliness, perseverance, faithfulness, and so on. Students who apply themselves with a heart to know God and His Word can be “thoroughly equipped for every good work,” with character shaped by the “profitable” education available at a Bible college. How much is that worth to you?