Reformation Bible College brochure
Reformation Bible College was founded to provide educational opportunities for Christians who recognize that the knowledge of God and His holiness is foundational to lives and vocations that lead to the glory and enjoyment of God.
this is reformation bible college. Our core principles: It’s a hand of God, moving across generations, to unchanging. It doesn’t bow to trends. In Scripture, may be discerned, understood, and applied. halfway around the world to share it. We can’t conforming to the world. Reformation Bible College four-year and two-year undergraduate programs. deep, meaningful encounter with the Author of history, record of wisdom and of folly. It testifies to the call a people unto himself. Itâ€™s we have the primary source from which truth It canâ€™t be seen, yet it sends people feel it, yet it gives ordinary people the strength to resist offers demanding, uncompromising, and stimulating Through these programs, we offer young minds a the Source of truth, and the Sustainer of our faith. what is reformation bible college about? By God’s grace, we at Reformation Bible College want to pass on the knowledge of God and the things of God to the generations that follow us. The purpose of RBC is exactly that — to extend an opportunity for you to study the riches of the historic Christian faith in a formal collegiate setting. RBC is the encapsulation of everything Ligonier Ministries and its founder, Dr. R.C. Sproul, have valued and advocated for the past 40 years, and is a natural outgrowth of Ligonier’s decades of teaching Christians to think deeply, critically, and obediently about every aspect of faith. As 2 Cor. 10:5 states: “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…” As a four- or two-year RBC student, your presence places you firmly on the receiving end of everything Ligonier Ministries represents — and has stood for over the years — and with that, the wisdom of Reformed biblical scholars both in the present and throughout church history. Through RBC, the goal of Ligonier Ministries remains unchanged: to equip minds to think Christianly and to mine the riches of Scripture through deep, rigorous study. We know that when the Bible is taught clearly, God is seen in all of his majesty and holiness, and hearts are conquered, minds renewed, and lives transformed. Our hope for you is nothing less than that. r e f o r m at i o n b i b l e c o l l e g e . o rg 8 8 8-RBC-1517 RBC offers four degree programs: four-year Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, and Sacred Music, and a two-year Associate of Arts degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. In the programs at RBC, you can: • Engage in a rigorous theological education focusing on the study of Scripture, in the context of historic Christian orthodoxy • Receive instruction in an intimate setting from a faculty of scholars and theologians, led by Dr. R.C. Sproul • Read and study the literary works from such authors as Aristotle and Augustine to Ernest Hemingway and C.S. Lewis as part of our Great Works curriculum. The Bible is central to everything we offer at RBC. We believe in its inspiration, authority, and sufficiency — holding that the living and active Word of God is still the greatest need in the world today. So our degree programs are specifically designed to give graduates a thorough knowledge of the English Bible, an introduction to basic principles of hermeneutics, a basic grounding in systematic, biblical, and historical theology, and an appreciation and knowledge of the context of Scripture and Scriptural interpretation throughout church history and in the broader history of ideas. r e f o r m at i o n b i b l e c o l l e g e . o rg 8 8 8-RBC-1517 The Associate of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies exegesis of the New Testament in its original language, 12 hours. Who is it for? This degree is Biblical Hebrew Preparation for designed for all those who desire an exegesis of the Old Testament in its designed for people who want a education in biblical studies and original languages, 12 hours. foundation in biblical and theologi- specifically for those who aspire to cal studies before transferring to a be pastors, missionaries, and four-year college or university educators. Who is it for? This degree is program, or for those who simply desire to complete their undergraduate studies after transferring from another institution. What is it? 24 hours Great Works curriculum What is it? This program focuses on the history and background of Scripture, the theology of Paul, and the original biblical languages of This program offers a foundation in Scripture and Hebrew and Greek. The following courses are required: Bachelor degree programs. Biblical Studies The content and background of Scripture with principles for its sound interpretation, 24 hours. Systematic Theology The system of doctrine taught in Scripture, 24 hours. Church History The key people, events, and ideas in the history of the church, 6 hours. 36 hours specialization curriculum 120 hours total The Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies Who is it for? This degree is theology. The following requirements are also required in the three 60 hours core curriculum designed for all those who desire an Biblical Studies The content and education in theological studies. background of Scripture with Additionally, those who want to principles for its sound interpreta- explore apologetics and philosophy tion, 33 hours. more thoroughly will enjoy the extra Systematic Theology The system courses in these fields. of doctrine taught in Scripture, 24 What is it? This program focuses on hours. the history of theology, philosophy The key people, and apologetics, and on the historic events, and ideas in the history of ecclesiastical language of Latin. The the church, 6 hours. following courses are required. Church History Biblical Theology The progress of revelation from the “shadows” of Biblical Studies the Old Testament to the “better background of Scripture with revelation from the “shadows” of things” of the New, 9 hours. principles for its sound interpreta- the Old Testament to the “better Great Works Biblical Theology The progress of things” of the New, 6 hours. 60 hours core curriculum r e f o r m at i o n b i b l e c o l l e g e . o rg The intellectual The content and tion, 24 hours. world within which the church’s great Systematic Theology The system of theologians have worked, 24 hours. doctrine taught in Scripture, 24 hours. Biblical Greek Preparation for Church History 8 8 8-RBC-1517 The key people, events, and ideas in the history of What is it? This program provides skills, resulting in musical excel- the church, 6 hours. a foundation in biblical studies lence. When applicable, students Biblical Theology The progress of along with technical training, will be actively involved in music rooted in the rich history of sacred ministry in a local church as part of music through the ages and their training, 14 hours focused on the place of music in Ensemble and Individual Concentra- revelation from the “shadows” of the Old Testament to the “better things” of the New, 6 hours. Great Works The intellectual world within which the church’s Christian worship. The following courses are required. 24 hours. Biblical Studies Philosophy & Apologetics The Scripture with principles for its defense of the faith against the sound interpretation, 24 hours philosophies of man, 21 hours. Systematic Theology The system of The history of ensemble each semester to hone skills in group performance and will have great theologians have worked, Historical Theology tion Students will participate in an The content of doctrine taught in Scripture, 24 hours. the opportunity to elect courses that complement the basic curriculum with training in vital skills and experience, 14 hours Music Theory Skill-based study of melody, harmony, rhythm, phrasing Christian doctrine and practice, past Biblical Theology The progress of to present, 9 hours. and form. Entry-level through revelation from the “shadows” of advanced part-writing, sight the Old Testament to the “better singing, and ear training. Compre- study of authors and texts of the things” of the New, 6 hours hensive use of technology to ancient church, 6 hours. Church History Ecclesiastical Latin Preparation for 60 hours core curriculum 24 hours Great Works curriculum 36 hours specialization curriculum 120 hours total The key people, enhance learning, 8 hours events, and ideas in the history of Music Survey the church, 6 hours role throughout the West since Applied Music Private study on a A survey of music’s antiquity, with attention to philo- student’s primary instrument (piano, sophical and theoretical elements in organ, voice, or other instruments). music which reveal God’s sovereign Competency and placement purposes, 4 hours auditions for entrance into the music The Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Music curriculum will determine the level a student should reach over eight 60 hours core curriculum semesters, 20 hours 60 hours music (or specialization) Students will Who is it for? This degree is Music Ministry designed for the church musicians and grow in spiritual formation and pastors of the next generation. philosophical basis, along with curriculum 120 hours total No matter the program, each element of the curriculum has been assembled thoughtfully, prayerfully, and deliberately, refined by 40 years of experience in educating believers to seek God’s truth as contained in Scripture. RBCâ€™s faculty represents some of the worldâ€™s most distinguished biblical teachers and thinkers, armed with a deep knowledge of Scripture, grounded in Reformed theology and informed by the history of the church. In addition, each professor is profoundly concerned about passing along transformational truth to the next generation, caring about the hearts of their students as well as their intellects. R.C. Sproul Steven C. Adamson Terry Yount President, Distin- Adjunct Professor of Adjunct Professor guished Professor of Church History of Music Keith Mathison Barbara Browning W. Duncan Rankin Academic Dean, Adjunct Professor Visiting Professor of Professor of Biblical of Music Systematic Theology Systematic Theology Studies L. Michael Morales Randall Van Professor of Old Meggelen Testament Adjunct Professor of Music R.C. Sproul Jr. Laura Angus Yount Associate Professor of Adjunct Professor Philosophy and of Music Apologetics r e f o r m at i o n b i b l e c o l l e g e . o rg 8 8 8-RBC-1517 “The way the whole Bible is put together is what opened my eyes to God’s wisdom. It is amazing, all the parallels in the Old Testament and the New Testament and the fulfillment of God’s promises in Jesus Christ.” “College is much more than grades. It is about learning more and more about the person and work of Christ and my role as a believer.” “I am serious about becoming a good pastor, so I chose to attend RBC because it is the most solid Bible college out there. I also wanted to invest my time at a college that is small enough to care for my personal needs, while still giving me an education that will prepare me best for Christ’s ministry.” Stephanie van Eyk, Vero Isaac George, Beach, FL, AA (degree Greenville, SC, BABS completion BABTS) Joshua Rewis, Adel, GA, BABS What is the great works curriculum? The Great Works curriculum offers students reading and interaction with the works that have most profoundly shaped Western culture. While many colleges offer literature, philosophy, and music overviews, utilizing a textbook to summarize the major ideas that have influenced Western civilization, the Great Works curriculum guides students through the original manuscripts, in translation. So we will read works by authors such as Plato, Augustine, Shakespeare, and Nietzsche. Additionally, we will study Great Works of music by composers such as Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. Our goal is not simply to join in the great conversation, but to better understand the root ideas of the culture of this world in which we are called to minister. By reading the great works of western culture in the light of the Great Book, we are better able to compare and distinguish between the city of man and the city of God. How did Augustine respond to Plato? How does Shakespeare respond to Machiavelli? Â More importantly, the Great Works classes will weigh these influential ideas against the wisdom of Scripture. WHY IS IT NEEDED? The Great Works program is needed because ideas have consequences â€” ideas march out armies. Scripture, however, is indeed able to thoroughly equip one to discerningly engage the ideas of the world, exposing both their merit and their error. r e f o r m at i o n b i b l e c o l l e g e . o rg 8 8 8-RBC-1517 Great Works Courses GW101 Ancient Classics Authors such as Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Virgil, and Augustine. GW102 Medieval Classics Authors such as Boethius, Anselm, Aquinas, Dante, and Chaucer. GW203 15th & 16th Century Classics Authors such as Shakespeare, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Luther, and Descartes. GW204 17th & 18th Century Classics Authors such as Milton, Pascal, Bunyan, Locke, Hume, and Kant. Music by composers such as Bach and Haydn. GW305 Late 18th Century Classics Authors such as Goethe, Hegel, Coleridge, and Austen. Music by composers such as Mozart and Beethoven. GW306 19th Century Classics Authors such as Kierkegaard, Melville, and Dickens. GW407 19th & early 20th Century Classics Authors such as Dostoevsky, Twain, Nietzsche, Conrad, Eliot, Sartre, and Hemingway. GW408 Post-war 20th Century Classics Authors such as Orwell, Lewis, Solzhenitsyn, and O’Connor. Put most simply, if you wish to understand and apply Scripture more deeply, and are willing and able to meet the academic challenge our programs represent, RBC is for you. Furthermore, if you desire to participate in a community of learning populated by serious, like-minded students, bound together by a deep respect for Godâ€™s Word and Reformed theology while benefiting from a low student-to-faculty ratio, you may find yourself in the best possible environment for a post-secondary education. While anyone may benefit from what we offer, our degree programs may be best suited for those preparing for graduate education (in seminary or otherwise), those desiring a solid foundation in biblical and theological studies before further undergraduate education, those completing an undergraduate education begun elsewhere, and individuals seeking personal enrichment and development. Our prayer is that when you graduate, you will be more able to apply the timeless truths of Scripture to your life and to the world you encounter. As Dr. Sproul has said: â€œMy dream is that Reformation Bible College will supply this nation with an entire generation of articulate Christians who understand the Bible and their faith deeply, and that those individuals will then live out their faith in every nook and cranny of the world in which we live.â€? r e f o r m at i o n b i b l e c o l l e g e . o rg 8 8 8-RBC-1517 excited about the possibilities? We certainly are. To learn more or to apply, visit ReformationBible College.org, or contact us at 888-RBC-1517. In addition, RBC regularly hosts preview days and always welcomes visitors to our beautiful, 42-acre lakefront campus in central Florida. Please contact us to schedule a personal introduction. Take the next step, apply now! 465 Ligonier Court Sanford, Florida 32771 888-RBC-1517 firstname.lastname@example.org N R B C 01