W. Austin Gardner
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Bible College can so quickly become book and course-oriented. Doing homework, academic studies, and taking tests can be what college is all about. The goal becomes being educated. The desire is to know more than others. Colleges quickly become task-oriented.
Jesus' ministry was people-oriented. His highest priority was His relationship with the twelve.
Take a moment to think about who were Jesus' friends. Outside the twelve, Lazurus, Martha, and a couple of Marys, you will be hard-pressed to name one. He did spend time with many, but hardly any names are mentioned. Also, the record only reveals a few short hours with the majority of them.
Jesus told the disciples things that He didn't tell anyone else.
Mark 9:30 And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it. 31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.
Jesus told many people things, but He explained things in depth to His disciples.
Mark 4:34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
Matthew 16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
Jesus was super patient with the disciples, who were so slow to learn.
Mark 8:17 And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? 18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? 19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. 20 And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. 21 And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?
It was all about Jesus and His relationship to the twelve.
In Bible College, few genuine relationships are built. Most students are just that, students. Jesus had something different with the apostles.
Consider this when you decide you want to start a Bible College. Would this be a better method? With-ness, togetherness, life on life, or academic achievement, will be your method, your goal.