Imagine . . . a Bible college committed to the absolute necessity and sufficiency of the Scriptures for all of life and ministry . . . a place where growing in love for Jesus Christ and actively serving in His Church are as important as pursuing an academic degree . . . a home where students are servants and part of a caring family. For over 60 years, Appalachian Bible College has been a leader among Bible colleges in educating and equipping servants for effective ministry in the local church. Come join us . . . Because Life is for Service.
Appalachian Bible College equips servants through a biblical curriculum of quality academics and guided Christian Service that nurtures Christ-like character leading to effectiveness in passionately serving the fundamental church community.
Appalachian Bible College exists to educate and equip servants for the church of tomorrow while edifying the church of today.
"…Because Life is for Service."
We value a biblical curriculum that grounds student in accurate biblical doctrine through academic quality that will give relevance in their world, in Christian service ministry and in daily living.
We value servanthood that learns to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, His church, and the world with excellence and a humble, submissive attitude so that leadership in ministry clearly recognizes the worth of each individual before God.
We value serving through the fundamental church community and thus acknowledge that the church is God’s instrument in reaching the world, both locally and globally, with the Gospel of Christ.
We value serving with a biblical worldview that recognizes the absolute authority of the Bible as the source of truth to govern believers in living as light in a dark world.
We value serving with integrity to foster a climate of righteousness and accountability in all relationships.
Our vision is to be a quality fundamental ministry of biblical higher education by:
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; 2 Cor. 13:14).
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, wholly inerrant in the original writing, infallible and God-breathed, the final authority for faith and life (2 Tim. 3:16, 17; Matt. 5:18; 2 Pet. 1:20; John 16:12, 13).
We believe that the first eleven chapters of Genesis are the literal history of the early Earth (Matthew 19:4, 24:37).
We believe that this material universe is the result of a sequence of unique creative acts of God the Son, accomplished with the aid of God the Holy Spirit and directed by God the Father (Genesis 1:1, 2; Colossians 1:16). We believe these creative acts were ex nihilo, completed by the mere spoken commands of God (2 Peter 3:5). We further believe that these creative acts were accomplished in six literal twenty-four hour days (Exodus 20:11). Therefore we hold to a young earth view supported by the genealogies and other time information provided in the Word of God. We also believe that the material universe was created in total perfection (Genesis 1:31) but subsequently was sentenced to a slow decay and eventual destruction by the Curse (binding), which was part of the penalty for the disobedience of the Parents of all mankind, Adam and Eve, whom we view as real, literal people, created on the sixth day of Creation (Genesis 1:27, 2:7-3:19). We reject all concepts of a pre-Adamic race. We believe that the biblical Noahic Flood (Genesis 6-8) was a real, year-long global event, the result of the judgment of God on the hopelessly rebellious descendants of Adam and Eve (Genesis 6:5, 1 Peter 3:6), and resulted in much of the present geology of the Earth, including most of the fossil graveyards of myriads of plants and animals then living. We believe that only eight human souls, Noah and his family, survived the Flood (Genesis 7:13 and 8:18) and that all mankind now living are descended from this family, dispersed over the face of the Earth by the confusion of tongues described in Genesis 11.
Since God created mankind into genders distinctly male and female (Genesis 2:22-24), we believe that the only legitimate marriage is that between one man and one woman (Ephesians 5:22-33).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John 1:1, 2, 14; Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, substitutionary sacrifice in providing an unlimited atonement for the sins of the whole world; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Rom. 3:24, 25; 1 Pet. 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:3-5). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, he fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 9:24; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1, 2).
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God, and that man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen. 1:26, 27; Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 3:22, 23; 5:12). We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Eph. 2:8-12; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19). The Christian has two natures, one carnal and one spiritual, which become a source of spiritual conflict (Rom. 8:1-13; 1 Cor. 2:15-3:4). While his position is perfect in Christ, the believer’s present condition is no more perfect than his daily experience. He is called upon to live a separated life and can have a spiritually mature experience in which he will evidence the fruits of righteousness through the new nature, the Holy Spirit’s control and the assimilation of God’s Word (2 Cor. 7:1; John 17:14, 16; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-32; 5:17-21). We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38, 39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; I Pet. 1:5). We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word; which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Rom. 13:13, 14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).
We believe that the Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age (Eph. 1:22, 23; 5:25-27; 1 Cor. 12:12,13; 2 Cor. 11:2). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has left two ordinances to be observed by the local church in commemoration of His person and work. The one is that of baptism (immersion) in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The other is the partaking of the Lord’s Supper (Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 46, 47; Acts 16:33; 1 Cor. 11:23-32). No person is qualified to have part in either of these two ordinances unless he has been born from above.
We believe that God gives spiritual enabling gifts for service to all believers (Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Eph. 4:11-16). We believe that the apostolic age of signs and the gifts of healing and tongues ceased with the ministry of the apostles chosen personally by Christ and with the completion of the written Word of God. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism nor of the filling of the Spirit. The gifts which remain are sufficient for the ministry and the perfecting of the Church today. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, according to His will, for the sick and afflicted (James 5:14, 15).
We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:19, 20).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (1 Matt. 25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25, 26; Rev. 20:5, 6, 13).
We believe, according to Scripture, in the pre-millennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ; that this second coming will be a literal, bodily, personal appearance to the earth; that His coming for His Bride, the Church, precedes the Tribulation and constitutes the "Blessed Hope" set before us, for which we should be constantly looking (1 Matt. 24:27, 30, 44; John 14:1-3; 1 Thess. 1:10; 4:13-17; Rev. 19:11-19).
Appalachian Bible College operates under the auspices of Appalachian Bible Fellowship, an independent faith mission. Therefore, the College and its missionary staff functions in submission to, and support of, like-minded local churches in their fulfillment of Christ’s mission for His Church (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 13:1-3; Eph. 4:12-16).
Appalachian Bible College affirms a literal, grammatical, historical interpretation of both the Old and New Testaments. We follow a theological method that honors the progress of revelation, not allowing the NT to reinterpret OT promises to Israel. We further affirm a dispensational theology, which recognizes the distinction between Israel and the Church and the doxological purpose of biblical history (Gen 12:1-3; Rom. 11:26; Eph. 1:11; 3:1-11).
Appalachian Bible College stands uncompromisingly for the historic Christian faith, as expressed in its Doctrinal Statement, and avoids official cooperation with churches and religious organizations which are members of apostate bodies (e.g. National Council of Churches).
Appalachian Bible College rejects expressions of evangelicalism which show a lack of clarity regarding the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture, a compromise with modern secular scientific thought, and a theologically accepting attitude toward Pentecostalism, the Charismatic movement, and theological liberalism. Such evangelicalism demonstrates a disregard for both personal and ecclesiastical separation. Eschatologically, it is indecisive, permitting a wide range of positions while disparaging dispensational pretribulationism (Rom. 16:17; 1 Tim. 6:3-5; 2 John 9-11, 2 Cor. 6:14-18).
At ABC you will benefit from receiving two majors over four years. The first, Bible and Theology, shapes in you a biblical worldview through 49 credit hours of intensive Bible study. The second major, which you choose, practically equips you for a lifetime of effective ministry.
We here at Appalachian Bible College are grateful partners with Answers in Genesis as we mutually express our commitment to the Word of God. Our joint passion for biblical creationism identified by six literal days, along with our shared belief in the universal literal Noahic flood provides a deep-seated love for God’s infallible and unchanging truth.
Appalachian Bible College has been pledged to the literal, grammatical, historical hermeneutic identified with classic dispensationalism. From this position of scriptural interpretation, we are committed to educating and equipping servants for the church of tomorrow while edifying the church of today. Utilizing an intentional sequence of education, we begin with academic excellence which challenges our students to think biblically. With that foundation in place, we strive to guide our students to live godly. The natural outcome of these two steps results in the intent to serve practically. We’re all about serving!
One particular way that Appalachian and AiG partner is through our annual two-day event at the Creation Museum with our new students. Because we are located conveniently within about 4 hours of the Museum, we are able to transport our entire incoming class for a detailed study at the Museum including special lectures for our students by the AiG staff. It’s a great start for our students as they then move into their classes on our campus.
I invite you to explore us further as you visit our website—www.abc.edu. Better yet, let me encourage you to visit our campus as you might be visiting the Creation Museum.
We want to serve you, because life is for service.
Daniel L. Anderson, Th.D.
Psalm 84:11, 12