May 16, 2011

What's in a Name?: Introducing Reformation Bible College

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Reformation Bible College

When Dr. R.C. Sproul founded Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies, his desire was to establish an institution for higher education that unapologetically adheres to the historic Christian faith and the centuries-old tradition of the reformers. Our first charge was to begin to address the needs of pastors in the ministry. The Doctor of Ministry program began at Ligonier Academy in 2009 and in its first two years we have been blessed to minister to many pastors. We look forward to seeing the long-lasting impact for years to come.

Dr. Sproul’s next initiative was to provide young men and women the opportunity to receive a unique foundation in Biblical and theological studies at the undergraduate level. Reformation Bible College at Ligonier Academy was born with a desire to educate a new generation on the things of God. Our first class begins August 2011.

So, why the name “Reformation Bible College”? First, we are a Bible college. We hold that the Bible is the supreme text for all matters of life.

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Second, this college offers undergraduate courses as opposed to graduate level programs like one would find at a seminary. These courses are chiefly for young people who want a biblical worldview to inform all aspects of their lives, whether they become teachers, scientists, business professionals, home educators, or ministers.

Finally, Reformation Bible College holds fast to the centuries-old tradition of the reformers. While our theological roots reach further back than the Protestant Reformation, it is in their same vein that we say, “here we stand.” We are Reformed in doctrine, confessional in what we believe, and reverent in our worship. We are committed to the historic Reformed faith as expressed in the five solas of the Reformation and in the consensus of the confessional standards: the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms, the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Cannons of the Synod of Dordt and the London Baptist Confession.

Sola Scriptura – The Bible is the sole written divine revelation and alone can bind the conscience of believers.

Sola Fide – Justification is by faith alone. The merit of Christ imputed to us by faith is the sole ground of our acceptance by God, by which our sins are remitted.

Solus Christus – Christ is the only mediator through whose work we are redeemed.

Sola Gratia – Our salvation rests solely on the work of God’s grace for us and in us.

Soli Deo Gloria – To God alone belongs the glory.

Lord willing, we will see the fruit from Reformation Bible College in the lives of our students for generations to come. Pray with us to that end.

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