Bible Edification by Extention (BEE)
"And the things that thou hast heard of me
among many witnesses,
the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also"
Welcome to a wonderful opportunity to obtain the Biblical education and training
you have always wanted-and you don't have to give up your job or position with
your church and move to a distant city.
The original classes were taught mainly by Richard Jordan in the context of a
local church ministry in a major metropolitan area (Chicago, Illinois). They are
now offered through a "guided individual study program" via video. The
courses are designed especially for those with "the work of the ministry" in
mind. Anyone, however, seeking the godly edification available through the
intensive study of sound doctrine is welcome as a student.
It is "perfected saints" who are called upon to do "the work of the ministry,"
and it is only through the "godly edifying" (I Tim. 1:3,4) set forth in the
rightly divided Word that this is possible. Hence our focus is on the
edification and equipping of our students so they can be "good ministers of
Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine" (I Tim.
It is not our place to tell you how or where you should serve the Lord. That is
a decision you must make, based on the maturity and wisdom God's grace imparts
through faith in a proper understanding of His Word (II Cor. 1:24, I Thess.
Our goal is to perfect/mature you so as to equip you to be able to comprehend,
recognize and perform that task under the genuine motivation and empowerment of
the Holy Spirit.
With this end in view, our school is unique in several important ways:
First is our curriculum: Rather than following the standard systems and
traditions of Systematic Theology (which largely developed out of the attempt of
Scholasticism during the Middle Ages to explain "theology" via human viewpoint
methodologies), we have chosen instead to base our curriculum on the Divinely
Designed Pattern for Edification laid out in the epistles of the Apostle
This curriculum design is completely and totally unique from all other Bible
Institutes, Bible Colleges and seminaries. While many of these schools recognize
the importance of safeguarding their teaching, they have consistently made the
fatal mistake of allowing their curriculum to be structure by the human
viewpoint of Systematic Theology.
By following the "godly edifying" of the Pauline Design for Edification,
we can bring our students to spiritual maturity in both the shortest time frame
and the most thorough manner. Thus they are equipped for a lifetime of continued
growth and service.
A second uniqueness of GSB is its delivery method: We are committed to
local-church-based education. Not only is this the clearly expressed
methodology of the Apostle Paul, it is the only procedure that really works. It
is counter productive for a local ministry to "raise up" men who want to preach
and teach God's Word, only to then send them off to some school in a far away
location to be "trained." Such a training procedure almost certainly assures
that the student, once "trained," will not return to the local church that
originally produced him! His loyalty will now be to his alma mater, not to the
local church from whence he came. Thus is born the machinery of religious
Our desire is to make quality edification available to our students without
requiring them to be uprooted from the ministry and location of which they are a
natural part. Thus all class work is done through a program of Bible
Edification by Extension (BEE). This makes "guided individual study"
available to any student regardless of location or circumstances through the use
of DVDs. There is a weekly schedule to follow that covers a three-year period
and which can be adapted to fit into a students own personal situation and
This also assures that our students obtain their edification while remaining in
the environment and atmosphere of the ministry that originally produced their
spiritual life and interest. Thus they are able to get hands-on mentoring while
also developing maturity in the grace life. Group classes are encouraged,
although individuals can successfully matriculate equally well.
If a student does not presently have a local church, we seek to attach him to an
overseer who will fill this function. But we do not require a student to
relocate in order to attend GSB.
These unique qualities combine with three basic areas of emphasis:
1. An intensive study of the English Bible designed to provide a thorough
knowledge of the Word of God according to the dispensational method set forth in
II Timothy 2:15, thus giving an understanding of what God is doing in this age
and preparing the student for useful and effective service for the Lord.
2. On preaching, rather than on the executive and promotional
branches/issues of the work. On-the-job training in getting message out to
others is combined to balance the student's growth.
3. On the Reformation text of the King James Bible rather than on the
critical theories that have been used to destroy the authority of that text. The
King James Bible is clearly presented as the Word of God for the English
speaking people and our absolute and final authority.
1. Individual Class Procedures:
a. Class DVDs are furnished from Grace
School of the Bible, P.O. Box 97, Bloomingdale, IL 60108 (along with any
additional class material).
b. Lessons are to be viewed weekly in their assigned sequence. Notes should be
taken for later study.
c. Any questions about class materials should be directed in written form or by
telephone to our office or your assigned overseer. Please do not send tapes or
DVDs to be answered.
d. Tests will be taken on the honor system and will be supplied at proper
intervals. They should be immediately returned to your assigned grader for
grading and recording.
e. Upon successfully completing the course work and the comprehensive Final
Exam, the student is eligible to graduate. Recognition is given and Diplomas are
presented at the annual school meeting the last full weekend of April. If the
student is unable to attend or for other reasons desires, the Diploma will be
awarded and presented by mail at anytime the student has successfully
matriculated the curriculum.
2. Group Class Procedures:
a. Our commitment to church-based-education is
at the heart of GSB. By this we do simply mean church-housed-education. Thus
when a local ministry sets up its on site training institute, we take the
position of a resource center to aid the local ministry in its efforts. This
means that we provide the curriculum and administrative material (e.g., grading
keys); the local ministry decides the functional on site operations. Our
guidance and involvement is available up to and including all levels the local
b. It is recommended that when the class is made up of more than one student, a
class president should be elected. The class president shall be responsible for
overseeing the proper execution of class responsibilities, to receive & play
DVDs, open class with prayer and maintain relations with the school office.
Enrollment and Student Body
1. Applications must be submitted to the
office along with an enrollment fee of $15.
2. It is preferred that those enrolling have a high school diploma or its
3. It is expected that applicants have not only trusted Christ as their Savior
but also have yielded their lives to God, desiring to know and stand for truths
revealed in His Word.
3. Passing grades must be achieved for the student to proceed to the next level
Tuition and Fees:
GSB is a 3 year curriculum. There is no tuition charge for individual students
in GSB. The class DVDs are purchased for $240 per year and belong to the
student or group class. No further fees are involved. Typically the DVDs will be
shipped one trimester at a time.
Obviously with no tuition charge the cost of carrying on this ministry is borne
by Christian friends who give sacrificially to underwrite this ministry. Thus
each student and local ministry is encouraged to also remember GSB in
their giving to the Lord's work and/or in their missionary giving.
Schedule of Classes
Manuscript Evidence (101, 102, 103): An in-depth study of the
doctrines of inspiration and preservation of Scripture (101), followed by a
survey of the history of the transmission of the Bible text (102) and its
translation into English (103). This course gives the student confidence in the
Authorized Version as the English fruit of the process of preservation.
Basic Grace Orientation (101, 102, 103): Basic edification in
"present truth" is provided in a foundational study of grace truth found in the
Book of Romans. Following Paul's Design for Edification, this course covers the
first foundation principle for edification and establishment of believers in the
dispensation of grace.
Basic Prophecy-program Orientation (101, 102, 103): An overview of
the prophetic program of the nation Israel is provided, along with a detailed
study of the Book of Daniel.
Fundamentals of Bible Study (101, 102): A practical study of the
fundamentals of hermeneutics with special emphasis on mid-Acts dispensationalism.
Foundations of Culture and Life (102, 103): A detailed study of
the four divine institutions for the establishment and orderly maintenance of
the human race (Gen. 1-11), along with an introduction to the place of the
nation Israel in God's plan for man (Gen. 12-ff).
Preparation and Delivery of Sermons (201, 202, 203): A practical
study of the art of research and development of sermons with emphasis on
expositional messages. Special attention is paid to "delivering the goods" in a
clear and plain manner.
Basic Grace Orientation (201, 202, 203): Completion of the final
three foundation principles of grace edification. These classes complete
coverage of Romans. The Corinthian epistles and Galatians are studied in
conjunction with this course.
Advanced Prophecy-program Orientation (201, 202, 203): A
continuation of the prophetic program studies carrying the student through the
earthly ministry and message of Christ.
O. T. Survey (201, 202): A survey of the message and flow of each
O.T. book designed especially to focus on the history and spiritual development
of the nation Israel.
Ambassadorship (301, 302, 303): A survey of the issues of the work
of the ministry. The books of I & II Timothy, Titus and Philemon are also
surveyed in this course.
Advanced Grace Orientation (301, 302, 303): Continuing to follow
Paul's design for the believer's edification, advanced grace truth is covered in
this detailed study of Ephesians. Philippians and Colossians are studied in
conjunction with this course.
Church History (301, 302): A detailed study of the history of the
true church with special focus on the identifying characteristics of an
application of a truly grace-based witness to the contemporaneous scene.
Advanced Prophecy-program Orientation (301, 302, 303): A
continuation of the prophetic program studies carrying the student through the
Book of Acts, with special attention to its transitional nature.
There is an ever expanding variety of
continuing education courses available to our graduates designed to offer
further indepth Bible studies as well as keep them abreast of current ministry
or further information, contact:
Grace School of the Bible
Bloomingdale, IL 60108