Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Bethesda Bible Institute?
We are a distance training center for Christians who desire a biblical education but do not have the time or resources to attend a college program (we are not a college and do not claim to be). We are a Bible Institute!

2. What is the Goal of Bethesda Bible Institute?
We are dedicated to the purpose of training and educating persons for Christian service. Jesus Christ is the center of all our objectives. Our Mission Statement says it all:

We exist to educate, equip, and validate those pursuing a deeper knowledge of God and their relationship to Him. We accomplish these goals by providing relevant biblical studies to those engaged in a journey toward Christian maturity. 

3. What kind of studies does Bethesda Bible Institute offer?
We offer correspondence studies at the certificate level. Click here for a sample study. Most of our courses involve you, the provided study guide, and a Bible with some other basic resources -- such as a Bible Dictionary and Bible Handbook. You can also take advantage of our online study resources. We include the Theophilus Bible software program link with each certificate course that will give you everything that you need.

4. How difficult are the courses and how much time is involved?

None of our courses include tests or research papers. The basic procedure involves opening your Bible and finding the answers to the written study questions. The questions are designed to force you to understand the intent of the biblical author. Some study guides have True/False or Multiple Choice quizzes at the end of the lesson, but most simply ask you to search the text to find the answer. The Bible is our textbook. The studies are time-intensive and cannot be completed quickly. The idea is not to just "get it over with" but to allow the text to speak to you and equip you for ministry.

 

5. What is included in the course materials?

When you enroll you will be mailed CD(s) that contain all of the study guides necessary to complete your program. You need to complete 30 credits, but can take more for your own benefit if you desire. The courses are all written in Adobe Acrobat format so we have included the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program in case you don't have it. We have also included the Theophilus Bible software program link that will have all the tools you need for research. In other words, we supply everything you could possibly need (you will need to supply your own computer!).

6. How does the process work?

We will e-mail you acknowledgement of your enrollment usually within 24 hours from the time you order and you will receive your CD(s) in the mail within 5 business days (if in the U.S.A.). Once you receive your materials you can start working on the class of your choice. We advise you to only work on one course at a time and to send it in as soon as it is completed. It is best if you write your answers in a word processing document and send it to us as an e-mail attachment for faster processing. That way you can keep your originals and save the cost of postage. Once you have earned 30 credits we will send you a quality certificate suitable for framing acknowledging the completion of your work. We will keep track of all your progress in our office and have a transcript of all your work. All of our courses are graded on a pass/fail basis.

 

7. Is Bethesda Bible Institute a college?
 We are not a college, we are a Bible Institute.

8. What is the doctrinal position of Bethesda Bible Institute?
We are a conservative, Bible Believing Bible Institute. Our student body is mainly Baptist, but, we will teach anyone that wants to learn what the Holy Bible says is the truth. Click Here for a complete doctrinal statement.

9. Can I transfer in credits for advanced standing?
No. We do not offer any advanced standing.

10. Do you offer traditional residence classes?
Our courses are only offered as distance education. 

11. How long does it take to complete a course?
That is entirely up to the student. Most students complete a course every month or less. It can be done even faster if you are motivated and have the time. We do expect the entire program to be completed in a maximum of two years (most complete it in less time).

12. How do I enroll in a Certificate Program?

Go to our program page by clicking the programs button and sign up through Pay pal.

13. When are the Certificates issued?
We will send you your certificate within a week of the completion of your studies.

14. What is the cost of tuition and fees?
The cost of the entire program (including all fees, course materials, and certificate at the time of completion) is $125.00. If you enroll in both certificate programs at the same time you receive a 20% reduction, or $200.00 total for both Old Testament and New Testament programs. Your study guides are provided free of charge. The amount that you invest is for the administrative costs involved. This is the best Christian educational value you will find anywhere!

15. What if I have other questions not addressed here?

bethesdabibleinstitute@yahoo.com    to e-mail us. We'll get back to you as soon as possible!