What is the New England Institute for Biblical Studies?

The New England Institute for Biblical Studies is a church-based Bible institute. The New England Institute for Biblical Studies is a ministry of Bethlehem Bible Church and operates under its authority. The New England Institute for Biblical Studies bridges the gap between Sunday School/small group Bible studies and Seminary training. Courses are taught at the Bible college level and targeted to those involved in ministry at the local church. Our desire is to equip the saints for the work of local church ministry.

Format

New England Institute for Biblical Studies offers God’s people the opportunity for concentrated Bible study at the local church. A complete program of study includes 12 core courses and 2 elective courses. Those completing the program will receive a Certificate of Completion from NE-IBS. Each New England Institute for Biblical Studies course is seven weeks in length and the core courses will be offered once every four years. Two tracks are offered allowing students to choose a preferred intensity level. The higher level track includes supplemental reading and projects. Each class will include a lecture given by the instructor. Questions are encouraged.

Time

Cost

Past Courses

Classes have generally met on Tuesday or Thursday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Bible Church in the upstairs lecture hall.  Most recently the classes have been held on Sunday nights.  There is currently no class scheduled for Winter / Spring 2017, but this site will be updated when more information is added. All NE-IBS courses are $10 / person, capped at $20 / family. In addition to any books and supplemental materials which are to be paid for by the student. A list of all courses taught so far, along with audio and text resources are available HERE (not all courses available yet, more archived courses to be added in early 2017)

 

Who should attend?

Anyone and everyone who wants to learn more about God’s Word and be better equipped for ministry should attend. Attendance is not limited to members of Bethlehem Bible Church.

What do we desire?

Our desire is to help you grow in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ and through that relationship serve Him in the way that He would have you. We invite you to come and sit in on a class if you would like to observe how they work.

What do we believe?

The New England Institute for Biblical Studies is committed to a conservative and fundamental doctrinal position which maintains a high view of Scripture. Bethlehem Bible Church is a non-affiliated Christian church which adheres to the Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. An edited an abridged version of the Confession frames the church’s statement of faith and can be viewed on-line here.

“For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”

1 Cor 9:19-27 (NASB)

Contact Information and Registration

If you have questions about an upcoming NE-IBS course, please contact us here.

It is advised that you register at least two weeks prior to the start of course as it may be necessary for you to acquire books or complete pre-course assignments. There is a $10 registration fee which is capped at $20/family for each course. It will typically cover the class notes and facility usage.

When there is a course available to register for, please go here and click on the course registration link.