Liberty Home Bible Institute?

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  1. milby

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    I have a great desire to study the bible so that I can be prepared if God calls me to some sort of formal ministry. I have been looking for a program for some time. I was recently asked if I would consider serving as a deacon of my church. I don't currently feel that I am ready for that yet, but thought it was ironic that this was brought up after months of feeling led to further my education with some sort of Bible study.

    I have been looking at Liberty Home Bible Institute for a while now and have recently discovered the Legonair Academy of RC Sproul.

    Any advice on this issue would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. PilgrimPastor

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    You can't go wrong with LHBI for gaining a deeper insight into the Scripture; however, if you are looking to possibly pursue full time ministry at some point, might I suggest the Associates Degree in Religion as a starting point with Liberty University Online as those credits will all transfer into the Bachelor of Science in Religion (Both of which can done with major emphasis in Ministry / Bible etc.)

    LHBI (to my knowledge) will not transfer credits into a degree program, though the cost is very low for the type of education you'll receive and depending on your circumstances (age, goals, experience) may be adequate formal preparation for many Baptist / Independent / Community Churches.
     
  3. Havensdad

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    Not so, bro! Liberty Home Bible Institute will transfer into 42 credits toward the Bachelor of Religion degree at Liberty University! He will save THOUSANDS if he decides to keep going and pursue a full Bachelor's!

    Since LHBI is 1250 dollars, that means about 30 bucks per credit hour, saving about 8400 dollars: not too shabby.
     
  4. preachinjesus

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    I second the notion about the quality of LHBI. You can't go wrong. I recommend it for anyone who will hear me. :)
     
  5. Mr. E

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    LHBI Transfer credit

    Liberty allows up to 42 credit hours to be transfered into the B.Sc. Religion program. The following link outlines the details of how the credits apply to the bachelor's degree plan. It is worthy to note that the credit transfer is based on the results of a final examination that the student must take prior to entering the university program. The score of the exam will determine the amount of credit transfered (up to 42 CH). That being said, you really cannot go wrong with this option and Liberty is an exceptional school. Havensdad's advice on the savings with this option is definitely worth considering.

    http://www.lhbionline.com/college-credit/

    Blessings!
     
  6. tank1976

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    I went through the Wilmington School of the bible at LU. It does cost more than LHBI, but the classes are direct transfer- for the most part. I would recommend that program to anyone. The classes transform straight into the BS in Religion program. You write papers and it is not just listening to cds. It will take a good amount of work. I would not trade my time at LU for anything. After having my general ed classes finished this was the cheapest and best way for me to enter LU.
     
  7. PilgrimPastor

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    That is excellent! I would DEFINITELY recommend going that route then. When I started with Liberty I transfered in 60+ credits from the military, Global University, and a few other college credits. They are a great school and really do a lot for the student. Ministry happening there, not just business.

    I will soon start on the D.Min. with Temple Baptist Seminary. They also have some very fine distance learning / online programs.
     
  8. Martin

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    Hi Milby!

    I think it depends upon your learning style and future goals. Liberty Home Bible Institute has audio, video, and reading materials. I believe Ligonier Academy is mainly book based (though I could be wrong). LHBI will transfer into Liberty University's undergraduate religion program while Ligonier is not guaranteed to transfer into any school since it was "not designed to be equivalent to an undergraduate or graduate level degree program". So if you wish to pursue further education, LHBI might be a better choice. You certainly can't go wrong with Dr. Willmington and Liberty University.

    Have you thought about doing an associate or bachelor degree through Liberty's online program? You might want to (CLICK HERE).

    So just pray about what you need, not what you want, for your future ministry. Maybe God will send you to Ligonier or LHBI or maybe He wants you to get an official degree. That is between you and the Lord.
     
  9. Martin

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    Last night I forgot to mention that Boyce College (of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) offers an online Associate of Arts degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. The program is unique in its format, but a very good idea. Here is how it works:

    1. Take 12 hours of general study courses at a local community college (English Composition 1 & 2, Computer Science, General Math).

    2. Then you enroll in Boyce College and the remainder of the program is offered in an online format from Boyce College.

    That seems like a great deal. You get a degree from Boyce College without leaving your home ministry.

    http://www.boycecollege.com/academics/online-education/
     
  10. Canadian Baptist

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    Just Finished LHBI

    I just completed the LHBI programme and would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a good solid foundation in the Word and (SBC) Baptist Doctrine. :thumbs: I began the course 19 mths ago with a view to personal development but as a newly commissioned deacon I know it will be of greater benefit.
    Content wise the lectures are a bit outdated (the truths of His Word never change) but the professors/instructors; Drs. Harold Willmington, Sumner Wemp, Woodrow Kroll, Carl Diemer, and others rank among the top in their fields and will challenge you and your ideas about Christ and His Church. Being somewhat onesided, as most dist. ed. programmes are, I recommend seeking out a mentor, who can act as a both your sounding board and proctor. I was very fortunate to have a great man of God (ret'd CNBC Pastor) agree to tutor me through the course and he's has been a fantastic resource, and friend.
    I'm not sure if LHBI is where you want be headed if puplit ministry is your goal; Liberty will grant you up to 42 credits under certain circumstances, but you certainly will not have wasted your time or money, and most importantly your relationship with Christ will only be that much the stronger for it.

    Best Wishes and Prayers,
    John
     
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    Pilgrim....I'm curious. your Congregational but yet you promote Liberty? What am I missing? & then, when is the Congregationalists coming to New Jersey? :)
     
  12. PilgrimPastor

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    I'm an uncommon breed of Congregationalist! MANY of our historic Congregational Churches are now in the United Church of Christ (U.C.C.), which was created by a mercy of the Congregational Christian Churches and the Evangelical & Reformed Church (E&R), in the late 1950's. A much smaller number of our historically Congregational Churches in the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (N.A.C.C.C.), which claims to be moderate (vague) and continuing Congregational, (I was originally ordained with them then left when I figured out what moderate meant...), and an even lesser amount are in the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (C.C.C.C. or 4C's).

    The 4C's came about through a break off from the soon to become U.C.C. when many pastors and leaders saw where that was headed, into radical liberalism theologically which under girds a social liberalism and a blending of liberal politics with a perverted understanding of the Gospel. (I know... I'm not biased at all...)

    I have had MORE dealings with the U.C.C. and here deceived and deceiving Pastors than I care to recount... :tonofbricks:

    I was saved in the Assemblies of God, did early undergraduate work with Global University when I began working toward the ministry while in the military, then moved away from that over a disagreement with the manner of emphasis on "sign gifts," then began studying with Liberty, mostly because they marketed well to the military... I began a graduate drift toward some Baptist General Conference Churches (this is the condensed version... for both our sake...) and came ultimately to hold basically to Reformed Baptist views.

    Back to your question, I served a Non-Denom as Associate Pastor after leaving the military and through friendships stumbled upon Congregational Churches. I served a very small one in Northern Michigan and from there learned that there are conservative and some very Baptistic Congregational Churches. They come in three very general varieties: (1) broadly Evangelical with either a pilgrim Congregational history or historical bent. (2) Reformed and have retained or regained a conservative view of the Bible and are likely paedobaptist in practice. (3) Likely of Restorationist history (the church I serve now) coming out of one branch of the Christian Church Restoration Movement (Earliest, James O'Kelly movement, Christian Connexion - yes that is how it was spelled...) and these churches (ours) practices believers baptism, has a high view of the spiritual requirements for both Pastors and Deacons, and if we changed our name from Cypress Chapel Christian Church to Cypress Chapel Baptist Church we would have to change nothing with regard to practice.

    We are a varied and diverse lot. Many 4C's (www.ccccusa.com) pastors are graduates of respected Evangelical seminaries like Gordon-Conwell & Trinity (TEDS), and I don't know how many went to Liberty, but I know of me and at least one other for sure and I greatly suspect there are others.

    The history of the Congregational movement in America is meandering and loaded with nuance. It has produced the U.C.C., the N.A.C.C.C., and the C.C.C.C. most notably, but it has also produced many independent unaffiliated local Congregational and Non-Denom churches. We have a bundle of licensed and ordained missionaries, a few theological societies, and there are a number of 4C's Churches of great prominence, Wooddale Church in Minnesota immediately comes to mind, and there are others. :jesus:

    Ok, enough of that. If you want more detail... pm me :type:
     

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