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Core Purpose

The mission of Nipawin Bible College is
developing passionate followers of Jesus Christ
with a heart to serve.

[pullquote align=”left”]Shelby LGod grew me in my identity in Christ here at NBC, learning that that identity cannot be shaken by anything of this world.
Shelby Luxmoore,
3rd year student[/pullquote]

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We value the Bible

God’s Word is completely reliable and relevant in a world that is seeking answers. It is the final authority for life and the key to spiritual growth and effectiveness.

We value spiritual growth

We seek to know and love God, and seek to develop integrity of character, a sincere dedication to Christ, and a life of prayer.

We value equipping

Our goal is to equip people for humble and dedicated service for Christ by developing their spiritual gifts, and their minds for Biblical thinking and discernment, through a balance of knowledge and practical experience.

We value the community of believers

Each individual should experience genuine relationship, grace, respect, compassion and development as a part of the Body of Christ.

We value strategic partnership

We seek to cooperate and integrate with the ministry of the local church, and other ministries whose goal is fulfilling the Great Commission.

We value evangelism & missions

We seek to cultivate compassion for the lost in an educational context that actively incorporates sharing the gospel, in both local and global contexts.[/accordion-item]

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The following outcomes are a map to guide what we do as a college and a mirror to assess how we are doing.

1. Self-identity rooted in Christ

  • to clearly understand and constantly embrace that we are in Christ, a new creation in Christ and to live from that reality. (2 Cor 5:17; Gal 2:20)

2. Spirit-empowered walk with God

  • to develop the reality of the Holy Spirit’s presence and strength in our daily life. (Gal 5:16-26; Eph 3:14-21)

3. Scriptural Conviction & Competence

  • to root beliefs and convictions upon the Scriptures, with breadth of understanding and sound interpretation. (2 Tim 2:15; 3:16)

4. Sharing the Gospel

  • to share the Gospel courageously and faithfully, with grace and truth. (Acts 1:8; Acts 4:23-31; Rom 1:16; Eph 6:18-20)

5. Servanthood

  • in following Jesus we will seek to serve like Jesus, resulting in a heart to serve others with compassion and commitment. (Mark 10:42-45; John 13; Phil 2)

6. Strong Church Connection

  • to commit to a local gathering of Christians for mutual love, instruction, encouragement and accountability because followers of Jesus never exist unto or for themselves. (Col 3:15,16; Heb 10:24-26)[/accordion-item]

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Following are the core methods – the means, by which the core outcomes will be achieved.

1. Private Prayer & Disciplines

“Strong in Secret”. The cultivation of strong private disciplines and habits, especially prayer, is the foundation of relationship with God and spiritual growth. (1 Thes 5:16-22; Eph 6:10-18)

2. Practical, Relevant Teaching

“Teach for Change”. Addressing practical and current life issues is key to applying scripture to life and reaching others with the truth of God’s Word. (Mt 7:24-29; James 1:22-27)

3. Permeated with Scripture

“Wrapped in the Word”. The Word of God is living and active — authoritative, trustworthy and relevant, so we will integrate it consistently in discipling and teaching. (Heb 4:12; Joshua 1:8)

4. Personal Ministry

“Get in the Game”. When we serve God in real life contexts we learn through experience and that is when we grow most in faith and skill. (2 Tim 1:6,7; Rom 12:6; Eph 4:16)

5. Positive Relationships

“Never go it Alone”. Relationships with others are integral to the Christian life and how God grows His children, so positive and purposeful relationships will be nurtured. (1 Pet 3:8; Rom 12:9-16)[/accordion-item]

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We believe…

The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, verbally inspired, to be the Word of God to mankind, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of all people, and the supreme and final authority in faith, doctrine and life. (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:20,21; Jn 17:17; Heb 4:12)

We believe…

In one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory, with Jesus Christ being conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, existing as true God and true man. (Gen 1; Dt 6:4; 1 Pet 1:1,2; 2 Cor 13:14; Ac 5:3; Mt 28:18,19; Jn 10:22-39; Mt 1:18-25; Lk 1:35; Isa 7:14; Col 1:15-20)

We believe…

That mankind was created in the image of God, sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but spiritual death; that each person is born with a sinful nature, incapable of pleasing God and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, becomes a culpable sinner, utterly lost. (Gen 1:26,27; Rom 5:12; Eph 2:1-3; Ti 3:3-5)

We believe…

That the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins as the representative and propitiatory sacrifice, subsequently resurrected bodily and personally, ascended into heaven, abiding there as Forerunner, High Priest, and Advocate. (1 Jn 2:1,2; 1 Cor 15:3-6; Eph 1:20-23; Rom 3:19-29; Acts 1:1-11; Heb. 7:11-28)

We believe…

That the shed blood of Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation, and that only those who by faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Saviour are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God. (Jn 14:6; Acts 4:12; Jn 1:12; Jn 3:3-8; 2 Cor 5:17; 1 Pet 1:18-21; Eph 2:8,9; Eph 1:7; Col 1:13,14)

We believe…

In the person of the Holy Spirit whose ministry is to glorify Jesus Christ, to convict people, to regenerate the believing sinner, to indwell, guide, instruct, sanctify, fill and empower the believer for godly living and service, and the true Church being composed of all those who are thus united together in the Body of Christ, of which He is the Head. (Jn 14:16,17; Jn 15:26; Jn 16:8-14; Eph 5:18; 1 Cor 6:11; 1 Cor 12:13; Rom 12:5; Eph 1:22,23; Eph 4:1-16)

We believe…

In the personality of Satan and other evil spirit beings, who are the enemies of God, constantly engaged in spiritual warfare against God, the believer, and the holy angels. (Isa 14:12-14; Eze 28:11-19; Dan 10:12-21; 2 Cor 4:3,4; 11:13-15; Rev 12; Rev 20:7-10; Eph 6:10-20; I Pet 5:8,9)

We believe…

That at death all people continue in conscious existence, awaiting the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the saved to everlasting blessedness, and the lost to everlasting conscious torment. (Lk 16:19-31; 2 Thes 1:5-10; Rev 20 & 21; 2 Pet 2:4–9)

We believe…

The church is commissioned by God to shed the light of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ in all the earth, to reach the lost, disciple believers, and become a mature body of Christ. (Mt 28:18–20; Eph 4:1-16; Rom 10:10-15; 2 Cor 5:11-20; 2 Tim 2:1-10; Heb 10:19-39)

We believe…

In the Lord’s imminent return, which will be personal, bodily, visible and pre-Millennial — the ‘blessed hope’ which motivates the believer’s personal life and service. (John 14:1–3; 1 Cor 15:50-58; 1 Thes 3:13; 1 Thes 4:13-18; Acts 1:11; Ti 2:11–14)[/accordion-item]

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While NBC pursues the outcomes as noted above, we do so within a college framework. Academics and structured programs naturally gravitate toward stability, tradition and knowledge. Therefore the following commitments will serve to guide the academic program of NBC.

1. We will be clear that the permeating priority is an overall and academic curriculum designed for spiritual growth and discipleship, Biblically focused, developing passionate followers of Jesus Christ.

2. We reject the false dichotomy between discipleship and academics. The classroom is a key place to practice discipleship by showing students how course content relates to life as a follower of Christ.

3. We will provide an honourable and respectable academic program acceptable to other colleges of our nature but shall at no time allow ourselves to be drawn into educational directions that are foreign to the above purposes or hinder their accomplishment.

4. We will stress individual gifting, calling and excellence (“doing the best that I can”) rather than comparison or competition and will seek to accommodate students of varying intellectual and vocational goals.

5. We will also seek to produce graduates who are committed to serving God in their lives and who are focused on preparation for vocational Christian ministry.

6. We will select and develop spiritually and professionally qualified faculty and staff to accomplish these objectives.[/accordion-item]

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Denominationally

Nipawin Bible College is an evangelical, interdenominational training school. Our purpose is to instill strong Christian character into students’ lives and prepare them for effective service at home and abroad. Our school is denominationally unaffiliated, but definitely not anti-denominational. We welcome students of all evangelical denominations and offer them an opportunity to study the Word of God from an evangelical perspective, while respecting the rich tradition within the denominational landscape. The NBC faculty and staff represent a number of evangelical denominations, and over twelve denominations are represented in our student body each year.

Associations

Nipawin Bible College is:

  • a charter member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, which certifies that our school satisfies the requirements and standards of financial accountability prescribed by this national council.
  • a member of the Saskatchewan Association of Theological Colleges (SATC), which seeks to provide a united voice in promoting the credibility of theological degrees and to preserve the rich tradition of theological education in Saskatchewan and to work and communicate with the government as they develop policies which relate to post-secondary education.  SATC also promotes quality standards for biblical higher education, diversity in expressions of theological education, and the continued improvement of respective colleges through the sharing of best practices.
  • an active member of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. This is a national association of evangelicals in Canada committed to making known the voice and message of the Gospel in our country.[/accordion-item]

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