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Frequently Asked Questions of the Biblical Studies Department


What are some top career opportunities for Biblical Studies Majors?

Our graduates are prepared to be Youth Pastors, assistant Pastors and Missionaries. Some also do well as Bible Teachers for Private Christian Elementary, Junior High and High Schools.

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What are your Departmental Distinctives?

We believe in the inerrancy (errorless nature) of the original writings of God’s Word (The Bible) and therefore the infallibility (trustworthy nature) of the Bible and therefore its absolute authority in all matters of life; there is such a thing as absolute truth, and we believe its source is God and His Word. We provide a Bible-based education drawn from a literal, grammatical and rhetorical interpretation of God’s Word which leads to a dispensational understanding of God’s plan for time and eternity. Each student is required to take 6 units of Systematic Theology, 3 units of Biblical Hermeneutics, 3 units of Old Testament Survey and 3 units of New Testament Survey. Beyond this, 45 additional units in Biblical Studies are required for Bible majors. This course of study provides a solid theological foundation as well as critical thinking skills with which the student can formulate his own beliefs, based upon Scripture, and a philosophy of life and local church ministry that reflects the glory of Jesus Christ. Our ultimate goal is that each student will cultivate a Biblical world-view which will compel them to discover, delight in and declare the glory of Jesus Christ to the nations.

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What careers are available for women in this major?

General spiritual leadership and Bible-teaching roles in the local church such as Women’s, Children’s, Junior High and High School ministry. Careers in youth work in parachurch organizations (e.g., Hume Lake Christian Camps) are also excellent possibilities. The only restrictions on women’s ministries would be the office of elder and deacon and the role of Bible teacher for the entire congregation (1 Timothy 2:11-16).

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What is your Departmental Mission Statement?

To send dedicated men and women to the major fields of Christian service with a zeal and ability to present effectively the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. Since the local church is without question God’s agency for accomplishing the task of world evangelization, it is the aim of the department to develop pastoral leadership with a well-rounded experience in every essential phase of the Lord’s work in a local church setting.

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Can you give examples of how Biblical Studies graduates are serving God?

Senior Pastors, Associate pastors, Children Pastors, Junior High Pastors, High School Pastors, Bible teachers in private Christian schools, church planters, evangelists, pilots, Bible translators, writers, etc. Numerous are involved in cross-cultural missions around the globe.

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Do Biblical Studies Majors usually go on to Graduate School?

Many realize that to maximize their effectiveness for the Lord they need further equipping in general Bible knowledge, proficiency in the original languages of Scripture (Hebrew and Greek) and more practical ministry experience. Consequently, they pursue a Master’s Degree in Theology.

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What seminaries do you recommend for your graduates?

Most routinely, Southern California Seminary, Talbot School of Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary, Western Seminary, Grace Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

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Do grades matter for getting into seminary?

To obtain financial scholarships, grade point average is a big factor. As well, some courses, in graduate studies, may be waived if a student has demonstrated outstanding academic proficiency during his undergraduate studies.

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How important is it to be married to be effective in ministry?

It enables one to more effectively identify with and minister to other couples, especially regarding marriage and child-raising issues. Potentially, it also makes one less vulnerable to moral failure (1 Corinthians 7:1-5). However, the Apostle Paul celebrates celibacy and encourages all believers to seriously consider such a calling of undistracted devotion to the Lord (1 Corinthians 7:35).

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Why does every student have to take Old and New Testament Survey, Principles of Bible Study and six units of Theology?

These courses are designed to help the student (1) develop a Biblical world-view, (2) know and defend the major doctrinal truths of Scripture, (3) know how to study the Bible for himself, (4) recognize false teaching, (5) teach basic Biblical truths to others and (6) understand God’s plan and provisions for making him more and more like Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28-29).

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How can a person be sure of going to heaven?

According to Jesus, one must believe that He is God in the flesh (John 8:24) and then trust in Him alone for forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life (John 3:16; 6:47; Acts 4:12; 10:43; Romans 6:23). Such belief (trust) inherently involves a change of mind (repentance) that his sins must be forgiven and that Jesus is God and the only way to heaven—the Gospel of John never uses the word “repentance” but instead mentions the term “believe” (trust) almost 90 times. To add any other condition for eternal salvation is a false gospel (Galatians 1:6-9). Unqualified assurance of salvation is the precious possession of every true believer from the moment he trusts in Jesus as Savior. And this salvation—eternal life—cannot be lost, though future rewards can be forfeited due to sinful living versus Spirit-controlled living (1 Corinthians 3:10-15; Galatians 5:16-17; 2 John 8).

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What kind of preparation do students receive from your department in the area of apologetics?

Whether it be a course in Exposition of a particular Bible book, Bible Survey, Biblical Hermeneutics, Theology, or Comparative Religions, the major doctrines of the Christian faith are studied with enough depth to prepare a student to provide clear answers for those who question the validity and authenticity of Christianity. Jesus left us with many infallible proofs (Luke 24:25-27, 44-48; John 20:31; Acts 1:3; 18:27, 28; 1 Peter 3:15; Titus 1:9) so that our faith is founded on facts, not fiction (2 Peter 1:16-21).

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