Certificate in Biblical Studies

What is Biblical Studies?

Connecting with God's vision and purpose through the study of His Word is a rewarding endeavor. Delving deeper into the Bible raises an awareness of the passion Jesus had for all of us; a passion that will often leave the reader asking more questions.

In the end, a deeper knowledge of His mission throughout the scriptures generates an intense passion to learn more.

Biblical studies is the in-depth look at the message of the whole Bible, including its original language, context, and overall mission and purpose. At Biblical we teach that the entire Bible points to Jesus Christ and His mission. From the Old Testament to the New Testament we see the writers pointing to Christ and instructing us in the mission of God.

Through our Certificate in Biblical Studies program we teach students to keep Christ at the center of ministry. We seek to inspire them to do ministry in creative and unique ways that will engage their community. We hope to sharpen and focus the vision of churches to be about and for the work of Christ.

Who is this Certificate for?

Anyone who wants to study the Word of God is welcome. Students will grow in their knowledge of the Bible and its missional perspective and their ability to humbly interpret and apply it in light of history, culture, and genre.

The Certificate in Biblical Studies program was designed for students who desire seminary-level education but who are not pursuing a degree. This program is an excellent way to strengthen your biblical foundation for Christian life and ministry.

What is the Biblical Seminary advantage?

This certificate program meets the requirements of many mission boards for candidates who have not had formal biblical education, and Christian school teachers needing continuing education. The program also provides an opportunity for spouses of students in degree programs to pursue biblical studies without pursuing a full degree.

Are there any specific requirements?

The certificate program requires a completed undergraduate degree, and completion of a degree application. Upon completion students may transfer appropriate completed certificate courses into a degree program.

Certificate in Biblical Studies Curriculum

Required Courses - 9 Credits

  • Reading the Old Testament Missionally
  • Reading the New Testament Missionally
  • Pursuing Authentic Biblical Interpretation

General Electives - 9 Credits

Please be aware that these elective courses vary from year to year. Please see our current term schedules for the classes being offered this year.

Total Required Credits - 18

To earn the certificate, students must complete twelve credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0


Biblical's Certificate Program Goals
  • Live grace-based missional lives increasingly characterized by the fruit of the Spirit, and love for God and others.
  • Demonstrate effective missional leadership based on biblical values and individual gifting, personality, call, context, and relational skills.
  • Critically, constructively, and creatively engage our postmodern culture with the hope of the gospel.

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