Accreditation, Courses & Degrees
Bethesda College is a member of the Accrediting Commission International, the world’s largest non-government school accrediting association. A.C.I. accredits 200 schools in the United States and in 9 other continents, with 21,000 students.
The A.C.I. is an independent accrediting agency that exists to help the religious world to obtain accreditation that is not government affiliated. They specialize in seminary and bible colleges. All A.C.I. member schools accept credits from other member schools if the credits apply to their programs. This form of ministry accreditation is not recognized by the United States Department of Education, but is recognized by most churches, ministry institutions, and ministry organizations.
Associate in Biblical Studies 60 hours
Bachelor in Biblical Studies120 hours
This introduction of the study of the Scriptures and the Old Testament explores the origins of our faith. Special emphasis is placed on the patriarchs as men of faith and on covenant as the basis for our relationship with God.
Church History 1
This course will survey the development of the Christian Church from the Early Church to the later Middle Ages. Emphasis will be placed upon significant ideas, individuals, movements, and theological issues of the period. Attention will be given to important primary documents and authoritative interpretive studies. Lectures, reading, and discussion will constitute the main substance of the course.
Church History 2
This course will continue to survey the development of the Christian Church from the Early Church to the later Middle Ages. Emphasis will be placed upon significant ideas, individuals, movements, and theological issues of the period. Attention will be given to important primary documents and authoritative interpretive studies. Lectures, reading, and discussion will constitute the main substance of the course.
Holy Spirit 1
Holy Spirit is a course that explores the person of the Holy Spirit. This course covers the ministry of the Holy Spirit and His relationship to the Christian believer.
This class is an in depth study of the book of Isaiah. Sometimes called a mini-Bible, it is packed with eternal themes of God’s sovereignty, holiness, judgment, and grace. In this study we will see God’s constant desire to draw man back to Himself. In the midst of a rebellious people, Isaiah lays a foundation of hope and promise for the faithful remnant of God’s people. Christ’s virgin birth, His character, His life, His death, His resurrection and His second coming are all presented clearly and definitively. No Old Testament book speaks more powerfully and appropriately to the modern church and society than does the book of Isaiah.
This course is a practical application course. The student will assist with a minister at their home church, if possible, or another minister assigned by the College, in doing visitation to nursing homes, hospitals, homes and other areas of day-to-day ministry.
Historical Books of the Bible
After 40 years in the wilderness, the children of Israel are ready to follow Joshua across the Jordan and conquer the Promised Land. Joshua is an exciting study in how we, as God’s people, work together in faith and unity to achieve our destiny. Judges teaches us how to live in the Promised Land when everywhere around us people are doing what is right in their own eyes. Ruth tells us of redemption that prepares us for the coming King.
New Testament Survey
This course provides an overview of each of the books comprising the New Testament. The basis of Christian living, each book provides the building blocks for successful life in Christ.
This course will feature the rapture, the second coming of Christ, the tribulation period, the anti-Christ, Israel and many other exciting end time teachings. The Book of Revelation and Daniel reveal many last day doctrines. This course will give us a practical understanding of how these events will take place, and affect our lives and the world in which we live.
Life of Christ 1
This course will study the Jesus of the Gospels in chronological sequence with the emphasis on the teachings of Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote that we may “know Him in the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering” in order to be “made comfortable to His death,” and to “attain to the resurrection of the dead.”
Life of Christ 2
This course will continue the study of Jesus that is revealed in the Gospels. The focus will be on Jesus’ closing ministry in Judea and Perea with special emphasis on the last week of His life and His redemptive work on the cross.
This course is a systematic survey of the writings of the Apostle Paul. You will become familiar with each letter and gain a basic understanding of the doctrines established in Paul’s writings.
This course will cover the basics of Christian counseling, utilizing scriptural direction in areas such as crisis counseling, marriage counseling and family counseling.
Faith, Healing and Miracles
This course is will answer such questions as “Is healing for all?” and “Why do some believers fail to receive their healing?” We will also cover such topics as the origin of sickness, the gifts of faith, healing, miracles and much more.
Prayer, Praise and Worship
This course covers our God-given responsibility and privilege as Christians to maintain a life of prayer. The connection between our prayer life and praise and worship will be studied throughout the books of the Bible. We will study the scriptures that deal with aspects and truths pertaining to a Spirit-filled life of prayer, praise and worship.
Studying the book of Acts is vital for every Bible student and gospel worker. It gives us a look in to the normal life of the Christian church. We will study its supernatural birth, its signs and wonders, its struggles as well as its phenomenal growth. As revival spreads and deepens, the book of Acts will continue to give us clear guidance.
James, Peter, John and Jude
James is a powerful “how to” book. James writes of five strong areas of spiritual maturity: 1) Trials, 2) Seeing others through the eyes of faith, 3) The tongue, 4) Humility, and 5) Finances. 1 Peter offers genuine hope in the midst of suffering and persecution, while 2 Peter warns against false teachers. In the letters of John we see the apostle’s intense desire to strengthen believers in their faith so they would find assurance of their salvation, be equipped to refute false teachers, and yet show hospitality to Christian ministers.
This course will study salvation, justification, righteousness, the law, sin, faith, and more. As we study this letter to the Roman Christians, we will explore and find the richness contained within.
Pastoral Letters to 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon
This course is a systematic survey of the writings of the Apostle Paul to Timothy, Titus and Philemon. You will become familiar with each letter and gain a basic understanding of the instructions given by the Apostle Paul to these young disciples.
The course examines the types and shadows of the feasts in relation to the New Covenant. Each feast contains signs of Jesus’ life on earth and His eternal reign.
Tabernacle of Moses
This course examines the detailed instructions God gave to Moses to build the first Tabernacle. Each item in the tabernacle holds importance for the children of Israel then and believers today.
Tabernacle of David
This course looks at the Tabernacle of David in its relationship to the New Covenant and to each believer. The study will include an indepth look at praise and worship.
In this study we will discover the magnificent supremacy of Christ, His high priestly ministry and the entrance into the rest of His finished work. Hebrews provides a wealth of truth that is applicable to every area of our lives today and the invitation of our Savior calling us to “draw near.”
New Testament Theology
This course studies the basic doctrines laid out in the New Testament. From Matthew to Revelation, foundational teachings of Christ and the apostles will be examined.
This course will instruct the student on steps to preparing sermons and outlines. Practical objectives will help present the gospel clearly, while leaving room for the direction of the Holy Spirit in a sermon presentation.
Revival and Revivalists
This course will survey the Holy Spirit’s movement upon the church in the 19th and 20th centuries. It will examine American revivals from the beginning to the present time and investigate the strange and unique phenomena that accompanied each revival. Learn how people such as Charles Finney, William Seymour, Oral Roberts, Katherine Kuhlman, Rodney Howard-Browne and others have shaped the church in America.
Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
This course covers a period of exile for the Jews to the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. Special emphasis will be given to the background, chronology, interpretation and theology of these Old Testament books.
Jeremiah and Lamentations
This course will survey the life ministry and message of the prophet Jeremiah, against the background of the decline and fall of the southern kingdom.
Proverbs and Ecclesiastes
This course will examine the nature and content of the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes in relationship to the church. Emphasis will be given to the practical application found in these books to everyday living.
Job and Psalms
This course will study the lives of Job and David from the depths of despair to the height of restoration. Particular interest will be in the principles of praise and worship found in the writings of King David.
This course will analyze each of the twelve minor prophets, including the times and significance of their messages and how their messages apply to the church today.
Finance, Church Business and Ministry of Helps
This course gives an overview of the practical aspects of ministry. General guidelines, suggested structures and various aspects of helps will be outlined. Information will be given to properly comply with laws and regulations regarding church business and finance.
1 & 2 Corinthians
The Apostle Paul’s letters to the church in Corinth. In these letters Paul addresses problems that erupt in the life of the church. We will cover topics such as the use of the gifts of the Spirit in the church. We will study each of the gifts and their function. Paul also addresses the purpose of the prayer language in 1 Corinthians. We will look at Paul’s thorn, marriage and divorce, the place of suffering in the Christian life, and the mystery of the body of Christ. We will address supernatural transformation by the Spirit as well as many other topics.
History of the Bible
This course will cover the writing of, acceptance of, and transmission of the scriptures in history. Special attention will be paid to questions of canon and authority, the apocrypha, publishing methods, translation, the manuscript tradition, and prominent editions.
The Power of Discipleship
This class will address the priority, path, and prize of being and making a disciple. Jesus has called us to follow him and anointed us to fulfill the Great Commission. Students will be inspired and equipped by exploring the biblical means and methods of fulfilling God’s divine destiny of discipleship for their lives. Discover your destiny today.