Our Core Values

Teaching and learning are central to our mission. We believe faculty and support staff must evidence and possess a primary commitment to:

  • Value every man, woman, and child as people whom God created and thus give the respect, admiration and kindness that should be given to God’s created people.
  • View every new applicant as significant, and as such, be given every opportunity that can reasonably be offered to enroll him or her in SBI.
  • Make every effort to hire staff, faculty and appoint Board members that give students every opportunity to mature through God’s Word
  • Esteem the authority of God’s Word as central to all teaching and learning situations. That when we consider answers to questions, resolution to conflict, counseling, or any other issues, God’s Word is central in all our dealings.
  • Exercise responsibility for preparing students to learn all that is necessary for becoming strong home, church, and community servant leaders.

Biblical and Theological Distinctives

Far from inviting a passive acceptance we encourage students to question and challenge knowledge that is acquired through careful critical evaluation and appropriate application. The grid through which all of this must be filtered is contained in Southern Bible Institute’s biblical/theological distinctives, which every faculty member subscribes to and believes in order to teach at the school. We believe:

In the Bible as the inerrant, infallible Word of God, and that, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.”

Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalm 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105, 140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

In one God, manifested in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-equal and co-eternal.

Ps. 33: 6, 9; Isaiah 61:1; Matt. 3:16-17, 28:19; Mk. 1:1011;Luke 1:35, 3:22; John 1:32; Acts 7:55; Romans 8:11, 14-17, 26-27; 2 Cor. 12:13-14; Hebrews 9:14.

In the perfect humanity and the perfect Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. His substitutionary death on the cross. His burial, His bodily resurrection, and His intercession and advocacy for His saints.

Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20, 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 2:1-2, 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9.

In the personality of the Holy Spirit, and full recognition of His work, in this age of reproving, convicting, sealing, baptizing, instructing, indwelling, and filling.

Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.

That the Salvation is by grace through faith; it is a gift of God unmerited on our part. That we are redeemed only through the shed blood of Christ on the cross.

Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10, 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.

That all those who have accepted Christ as their personal Savior are born again and are members of the Church, which is the body and Bride of Christ regardless of membership in any local organized church or denominations.

Matt. 16:16-18; Acts 2:47-48; Romans 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 1:20-23, 4:3-10; Col. 3-14-15.

In the eternal security of believers. Eternal security is a work of God for those who are chosen of God and saved by grace, and are of necessity preserved unto the realization of God’s design.

John 5:24, 10:28, 13:1, 14:16-17, 17:11; Romans 8:29; 1 Cor. 6:19; Philippians 1:6; Heb. 7:25; I Peter 1:3-5; 1John 2:12, 5:13; Jude 24.

That marriage is ordained of God and is defined as a solemn covenant and union between one man and one woman. The husband and wife have equal standing in grace before God with the husband being the head of the home and wife submitting herself to him.

Genesis 1:27-28, 2:21-25; Ruth 4:13; Malachi 2:14-15; Luke 2:4-5; Romans 5:1-2; 1 Corinthians 7:2; Ephesians 5:22-33. 32; Hebrews 13:5; 1 Peter 3:1-7.

In the personality of Satan. He was created perfect, but fell through pride and became the originator of sin, the enemy of God, and is the “god of this world.”

Gen. 3:1-15; Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:12-19; Luke 4:1-13; John 8:44; Eph. 2:2, 6:10-12; Jude 6; 1 John 5:19, Rev. 12:9, 20:1-3, 10.

In the fall of man by believing Satan’s deception, and his condemnation as a sinner separated from God, which includes all mankind.

Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.

In the eternal punishment of those who reject so great salvation, and the Lord Jesus Christ, the monogenes Son of God.

John 1:14, 18, 3:16; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15

That though the saved person may have occasion to grow in knowledge of his position and power in Christ; he is as soon as he is saved, absolutely complete in Christ and is in no way required by God to seek a second blessing or second work of grace.

John 5:24, 17:23; Acts 13:39; Romans 5:1; 1 Cor. 3:21-23; Eph. 1:3; Col. 2:10; 1 John 4:17, 5:11-12

That the saved person retains his sin nature which is not removed in this life, but that provision is made by the Spirit for daily victory over sin and may be appropriated and is effective to those who do so.

John 17:17; Romans 6:11-13, 8:2, 4, 12-13; 2 Cor. 3:18, 7:1; Gal. 5:16-23; Eph. 4:22-24, 5:25-27; Col. 2:1-10; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 10:10, 14; 12:10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 1:4-7, 3:5-9.

That some gifts of the Holy Spirit such as speaking in tongues and healing were manifestation gifts, given in order to authenticate the message and the messengers. With the completion of the Bible, these gifts are not a sign of spirituality, but must be used in accordance with biblical scripture.

Mark 16:19-20; Acts 19:10-12; 1 Corinthians 12:30, 13:8; 2 Timothy 4:20

In the value and dignity of all persons created in God’s image based on its biblical and theological distinctives. We distinguish, however, between ministry gifts and church offices, and believe that the office of church pastor/elder as preacher/teacher should be restricted to men who meet the requirements. Therefore, women should not serve in this capacity.

1 Timothy 2:12-14, 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9, 2:3-5; 1 Peter 5:1-4.

In the imminent return of Christ: first, for His Church, followed by a tribulation period, culminating in His visible, personal, glorious second coming to set up a 1,000 year earthly Kingdom in which He reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and the restoring Israel; ending in a final judgment of the living and the dead and of Satan and his hosts and leading to eternal death, destruction and separation in Hell or eternal blessing and life in Heaven with Him forever in the new Jerusalem and new heavens and earth.   

2 Samuel 7:11-13; Psalm 2:9; Isaiah 11:14; Jeremiah 30:7; Ezekiel 34:28; Joel 3; Amos 9:15; Zechariah 12:2-3, 14:1-4,9; Matt. 24:36, 25; Mark 9:47-48; John 6:39; Acts 1:11; Romans 8:19-21; 1 Corinthians 3:9-15, 15:51-54; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 3:13, 4:14-18; Titus 2:13-14; 2 Peter 3:13; 1 John 2:28-3:3; 1 John 2:28, 3:2; Revelation 1:7, 13-16, 5:9-14, 6:17, 7:14, 12:10-11; 13:8, 19:7-9, 14-16, 20, 20:1-15, 21:2-5.

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