Our Philosophy and Purpose
Cornerstone Bible Institute was prayerfully established to train disciplined believers, whom the Bible describes as servants, laborers, and soldiers of the Cross.
Our Lord taught the disciples of His day to be servants, and He demonstrated the truth He taught. “For even the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Servants are noted for having duties for which they must give account to their master. The need for discipline in fulfilling our duties is obvious in all of us, and being held accountable for our actions does not come naturally to any of us. Productive servants must be trained.
Jesus said, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few.” In his appeal for laborers for the great unreached land of China, the missionary statesman Hudson Taylor said, “Our work is a peculiar one…. If you wish for luxury and freedom from care…, do not join us. China is not to be won for Christ by self-seeking, ease-loving men and women. Those not prepared for labor, self-denial and discouragements will be poor helpers in the work. In short, the men and women we need are those who will put Jesus, China, and souls first and foremost in everything…. Of such men and women, do not fear to send us too many.”
In his training of Timothy, the apostle Paul instructed his young companion to “endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” Explaining further the responsibilities of a soldier, the apostle stated, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please Him who has chosen him to be a soldier.”
It has long been understood by military experts that good soldiers are the product of disciplined training. Cornerstone requires standards of Christian discipline that will be offensive to those who have not dedicated themselves to laying aside the entanglements of the world and of the flesh to become soldiers in spiritual warfare.
Cornerstone Bible Institute is looking for men and women who have commit- ted themselves to train for ministry. We, like Mr. Taylor, believe that our Savior deserves our best and unashamedly challenge our students to this high calling in Christ Jesus.
Cornerstone Bible Institute exists to set forth Jesus Christ as the “Cornerstone” of life. It is the purpose of CBI to declare and to teach that Christ stands ready to be the life of all those who set their affection on things above (Colossians 3:1-4). Diligent study of the Word of God with application of God’s truth to individual life situations will result in a walk of faith. It is, therefore, the aim of Cornerstone to provide the student with the following:
- Accurate instruction in the Word of God
- An academic environment compatible with gaining a thorough knowledge of the Word of God
- Guidelines for a standard of conduct to foster personal discipline
- A social atmosphere that encourages spiritual growth
- The opportunity for Christian service on a practical level
The things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. II Timothy 2:2 (NKJV)