God has placed us all on an incredible journey. Your journey, like mine, may be leading you to attend Bible College. Let me first say what a remarkable journey that is. Bible college is a great way to experience God on an entirely new level.
You’ll come in contact with some of the greatest minds in the Apostolic movement. You’ll make lifelong friends. You’ll make memories that you won’t be able to forget (some good, some bad.) You’ll experience growth in a way you didn’t think possible. I totally understand that bible college isn’t for everyone.
But if you’re considering it, here are five things to think about before attending.
1. Bible College Isn’t Glorified Youth Camp.
This one seems rather obvious. IT’S NOT! Don’t get me wrong, social life is a big part of college. However, bible college isn’t just a feel good, it’s ministry training. It’s a spiritual pressure cooker. Keeping that in mind will make transitioning to bible college much easier.
2. Be Prepared to Serve.
Servanthood. There have been volumes written discussing it. Jesus exemplified it. The disciples lived it. It’s fundamental to being a Christian. Remember, Texas Bible College is a BIBLE college. We live the word of God.
Come prepared to serve. Serve God, His kingdom, and His people. The greatest title we can ever hope to achieve is that of a servant. That’s what ministry is really about, servanthood. What did Christ say, "well done my good and faithful...servant."
3. Get All You Can and Can All You Get.
One of the greatest pieces of advice I have received was within the first week of attending TBC from our former President Rev. Bret Cooley. The advice was, “Get all you can and can all you get.” In other words, you’re going to receive some of the most incredible training so take good notes!
The obvious illustration is that of food being stored into cans to save for a later date. Come prepared to take good notes. If you’re not sure how, do some research, Google and Youtube can be your best friend.
4. The Power of One Hour.
As a “younger” minister, I moved to Texas and was with a man who was a mentor to me. One of the first things he gave me was a book titled, “Ten Things Every Minister Needs to Know.” The opening chapter of that book is “The Power of One Hour.” We can get a lot accomplished with God in the space of ONE hour.
Without a doubt, the most important thing you can have before coming to TBC is a true relationship with God. Spend time with God each and every day. Jesus, coming to His disciples in Gethsemane, probably one of the hardest times of his ministry up to that point, found them sleeping. Then said, "What? Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
Have a strong relationship with God BEFORE you come. Don’t expect that you’ll get one after you arrive.
5. Make It Count.
Determine in your mind that you’re going to make it count. You will receive training for a lifetime of ministry so don’t waste your time at TBC. Time is one of the most valuable things you have. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. With your time, you can either spend it or invest it. Invest your time on things that are eternal. Your time at TBC will come and go before you know it.
Don’t be THAT student that at the end of four years who stops and says, “I wish I would have done more. I wish I would have applied myself more.” Get trained. Get equipped. And make it count.
What else would you add to this list??
- Rev. Jeremy Gilliam
Director of Promotions
Texas Bible College
TBC Alumnus 2013