As I sat in my first college class, I remember thinking I did not belong in a large room of great minds. The same thought crossed my mind when I sat in my first graduate class. Uncertainty engulfed my every thought. The professor led the class in prayer asking the Lord to use him as a vessel to educate, encourage, and equip each student. His soft prayer of encouragement rang in my ears as he ultimately challenged us in every lecture and assignment. Our Bible education was only the beginning.
Education Is from God
Now that I am in the role of educator, it is my charge to all my students that they understand all education (instruction) comes from God. The one delivering is simply the vessel of whom God has chosen to pass the information through. When students select Crossroads Bible College (CBC) there is a certain anxious expectation of the student as to the high level of education they will receive. While biblical knowledge is available to everyone daily through the reading of the Word of God, some feel led to attend a Bible College to be educated with deeper concentrations of biblical testaments and theology. Students attending CBC routinely praise the high level of education they receive from our faculty.
God has given us sixty-six love letters collectively from various authors for the instruction of His children. Paul reminds us in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Enrolling at CBC engages and allows a seeking student to be empowered by the truth of the Scriptures which then enables them to stand firm against the conformity of this world.
Recently while speaking with a dad about his son’s enrollment to CBC, the question was asked what led him to desire his son to attend CBC. The dad responded, “The biblical education at CBC is the level of education I want for all my children.” At age 17, this young man will begin receiving such an education by God through top rated CBC faculty He has chosen to deliver His instruction.
Encouragement Is from God
CBC has various means used to encourage students. Chapel is the main resource used among Bible Colleges to encourage students. CBC is no different. 19 chapels are scheduled in one semester allowing students to come together, pausing from their studies, and together worship our ultimate Encourager.
Again we turn to Romans where Paul writes, “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had” (Romans 15:5). This example of encouragement that has been set by our Creator and Savior is emulated amongst CBC faculty and staff. A Christ-like relationship is routinely on display as students can be seen in hallways, offices, and between classes speaking to faculty and staff receiving encouragement and prayer.
Students not only remain encouraged by their high level of education at CBC but also by the high level of professional mentoring and personal relationship received from faculty and staff. Our students appreciate the genuineness and concern shown to them on a regular basis. As President A. Charles Ware said recently in Chapel, “Jesus did not die for buildings but for people.” All of the CBC faculty and staff are grateful for the opportunity to glorify God by training Christian leaders to reach a multiethnic world for Christ.
Equipping Is from God
All truth is God’s truth. Those who put their faith in Christ are equipped in ways others cannot understand. When God’s children walk with the shield of truth, nothing can pierce it. CBC walks with each student throughout their educational journey so they can be confident they are being equipped and prepared for any ministry role the Lord has planned.
We read in Ephesians 4:11-13,
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”
And all God’s people said “Amen.”
At CBC, not only are students equipped in the truth of Scripture but also in application of their education by receiving volunteer opportunities and internships. The strong bond CBC shares with the local community further benefits the students. They reap the fruits of such relationships since it is those very pastors of churches and directors of Christian organizations that reach out seeking our students to serve in various ministries. Our students are further equipped not only to be bold in their faith but faithful in their service.
May God receive the glory!