"I would have given anything to have been able to go to a college like this after I graduated from high school."
That's what I thought after we finalized the curriculum for Reformation Bible College (RBC). After many years of praying and planning, we developed a program that emphasizes the triumvirate of virtues revealed in Scripture and embodied in God Himself: the good, the true, and the beautiful. These are things of eternal consequence.
We don't know what the world will look like in ten, twenty, or thirty years. But we do know that our future leaders are the young people of today. Grounding college students in what is good, true, and beautiful is one of the most effective ways we can seize tomorrow's ground for Christ today.
Ligonier Ministries has long endeavored to help remind the church of what is good, true, and beautiful, and Reformation Bible College is key to this ongoing mission.
Reformation Bible College is a natural extension of Ligonier's mission to equip people to know what they believe, why they believe it, how to defend it, and how to share it. We all need a well-formed Christian worldview to bring Christ's lordship to bear on all of life. RBC trains students in the classical Christian worldview that they will be able to serve Christ everywhere and teach others to do the same.
I firmly believe that Reformation Bible College will help the church for generations to come. Our goal is education, a term derived from the Latin prefix e- ("out") and root ducere ("to lead"). By providing a biblical education, we are helping to lead our young people out of the darkness of this culture into the light. Our curriculum focuses on biblical and theological studies, apologetics, church history, philosophy, and the great works of art, music, and literature so as to equip students to discern good from evil, truth from falsehood, and beauty from ugliness.
Hosea 4:6 warns us that ignorance of the things of God leads inevitably to destruction, not only in our generation but in the generations that follow. With Reformation Bible College, we have an outstanding opportunity to train future leaders who will stand for truth in an age of ignorance. Momentum is building. More than thirty students are already working toward a degree in our first year of classes, and we are expecting many more students next fall.
Think of the reach that is possible as each student impacts friends and family members, who then impact their friends and family members, and so on. This is how reformation happens: a group of dedicated laypeople and future church leaders is trained in the things of God, and their impact is felt for generations.
We are thankful for the donors who have come alongside of this endeavor to help us furnish additional classrooms for current and incoming students, provide computers to new first-year students, improve facilities, and alleviate the financial burden that outfitting our new campus has placed on ministry operations. These men and women have caught the vision to support a secure future for Ligonier Ministries and Reformation Bible College.
In closing out this brief update, I have two requests:
- Would you help us to spread the word about Reformation Bible College? We are convinced that our focused curriculum and the commitment to godly instruction is unparalleled in undergraduate education anywhere.
- Pray that this ambitious effort would bear fruit in the lives of young adults for the good of the church and the glory of God. Our desire is to be faithful workers in the Lord's vineyard, but He must cause the increase (1 Cor. 3:7).