Taking an Online Bible Course Might Be What You’re Looking For
Fortunately, you may not have to major in religion at an accredited college or university to take an online Bible course. Religious institutions of higher learning like the Moody Bible Institute, Baptist Bible College or Philadelphia Biblical University teach online bible college courses. You can also take courses that reference the Bible from mainstream (non-religious) schools. Furthermore, you can get undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in subjects like theology, religion and philosophy or religious studies.
In addition to taking tuition based and/or free online bible courses, you can also take bible courses to earn degrees like an Associate of Biblical Studies, Bachelor of Science in Bible or a Master of Arts in Christian Ministries or a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership. You can also combine online bible course studies with other subjects and get degrees like Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Christian Counseling; Bachelor of Science in Bible and Bachelor of Science in Social Work; Bachelor of Science in Bible and Bachelor of Science in Music.
Depending on the school you attend, the courses might be offered through the college’s School of Bible and Ministry, while other colleges offer Bible courses through their Distance Learning departments. Bible courses you can take online may help you to understand the Bible, the time periods that events from the Bible occurred in, meanings in religious Bible translations and/or original Hebrew biblical texts. Keep in mind that you can also take an online Bible course as an elective, helping you to complete other degree credit requirements.
Test Driving Online Bible Courses
Some schools like Moody Bible Institute allow you to test-drive their distance learning programs by taking a free trial course. You can complete sample courses and access the schools’ blackboard learning systems. Again, the specific tools available for you to test-drive are established by the particular school you attend. Courses may run for 8 or 16 weeks. You can also take self-paced online Bible courses. As long as you have basic experience working with computers and accessing the Internet, you should be fine taking an online Bible course.
Types of courses you can take include:
- The Church and Its Doctrines
- Spiritual Life and Community
- Studying and Teaching the Bible
- Analyzing and Engaging Worldviews
- The Church and Its Ministers
- Communication of Biblical Truth
- Marriage and Family Systems
- Structure and Style in Biblical Exposition
- Evangelistic Messages
As with other postsecondary schools, make sure that religious schools you’re thinking about taking an online bible study course from are accredited by national or regional agencies. If administrators at a school tell you the school’s in the process of getting accredited, think long and hard before enrolling in that school as you’re encouraged to enroll in schools that have already received accreditation. The United States Department of Education lists accrediting organizations it recognizes; this is important because not every accrediting agency is recognized by the Department. Some recognized religious accredited agencies are the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation, Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Incorporated, Accreditation Commission and the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools. Postsecondary schools accredited by these and other Department recognized organizations are generally reputable and can receive student financial aid from government programs.