The National Bible College - a hidden gem!


Having been a member of the Federation for quite a number of years I am asking myself why I waited so long before enlisting to undertake the Bible study distance learning course provided by the Federations National Bible College? 


If there is a hidden gem within the BIWF then this is it!  I enlisted for this course towards the end of March 2023 and very quickly received a warm welcome and my first unit of work.  Overall the course is comprised of four modules, each module containing ten units, the reading material for each unit ends with four questions for the student to answer.  Each unit is well structured and takes less than two hours to complete.  Progress through the syllabus is entirely at your own pace, there are no time constraints.


Students will find how the books of the Bible fit together; the historical books, the prophets, the Gospels and the Epistles.   All contain a common thread that runs right through the Bible.  It goes without saying that the material is Bible centered; it gives a broad overview introducing the reader to the structure and nature of the Bible and how it all fits together.


If you enroll for this course you will find that the teaching is rooted in scripture and supported by historical and archaeological data.  I found this very interesting and helpful.  A number of techniques are used which provide a great learning experience.  Firstly comparing scriptures dealing with a particular point and comparing scripture with scripture, also comparing both Old and New Testament scriptures.  Secondly learning to use a concordance properly and a Bible encyclopaedia to help you dig deeper.  All these study techniques help the student to receive what God has to say to us.


Each study unit concludes with four questions to be answered.  Long essay answers are not required, just a paragraph or two to show that you have understood the question and that you apply your answers correctly.  I found the questions sometimes required me to dig a little further, so they do aid the learning process.  Answer feedback is provided very quickly, always within a couple of days, together with the next unit of work to study.


This course is great for providing a structure and discipline for your own private study.  If you are like myself you will require a structure that will provide a friendly discipline to keep you on track.  Anyone with a standard education will find the course aimed at the right level and I would be surprised if you did not thoroughly enjoy the experience.


I wish I had taken this course years ago, as I indicated earlier, this course is a hidden gem that deserves wider exposure.  Throughout the material is well put together and it teaches you to search the scriptures.  At various points books published by the BIWF are recommended.  These are not essential to complete the course, but I found that I already had most of them in my library and they were useful.


Why not take the plunge and enroll for this course, I would encourage anyone to take this course, you don’t have to be a member to enroll.  It represents great value for money, in fact I was surprised how reasonably priced the course was.  It certainly will not break the bank and you will not regret spending time studying the Holy Scriptures.


Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.


You can view the course syllabus from this link: Learning.html




Posted 13th June 2023

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