Welcome To TBDI
The Bible Doctrine Institute is a theological seminary designed to teach men and women the word of God, to train those who have been called to the ministry, and to assist those who are already in the ministry. We realize that not everyone is called to the ministry or called to preach, but would just like to learn more about the word of God, and how to apply it to their daily lives. We offer that opportunity for those who just want to learn more about the Bible.
TBDI operates as a correspondence school, making it possible for students to earn a non-accredited, college level Theological Degree, while remaining active in their local church. It is not our desire to keep students from attending traditional schools. TBDI exists to train those for whom traditional school is not an option.
The Bible Doctrine Institute upholds the Bible as the inspired, infallible, inerrant word of God (Pro. 30:5). It is the position of this institute that the "holy scriptures" (II Tim. 3:15) have been preserved in the English Authorized King James Version, and are thereby "given by inspiration of God" (II Tim. 3:16).
The Bible Doctrine Institute is overseen by the ministry of Bible Believer's Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, where the President Dr. David L. Peacock is the Pastor.
History of TBDI
TBDI began as "The Blue Ridge Bible Institute," founded in 1986 by the late Dr. James A. Lince. He established it for the purpose of training men how to preach and teach the word of God. Dr. Lince and President Dr. Peacock have helped establish similar institutes in the Philippines and Romania.
After Dr. Lince's passing, the institute was relocated to Jacksonville, Florida under the ministry of Bible Believers Baptist Church. The President of the institute is Dr. David L. Peacock, the Pastor of Bible Believers Baptist Church. Since the relocation, the material has undergone thorough review for both substance and sound quality. Some new material has been added and the quality of the recordings has been enhanced. The name was changed to "The Bible Doctrine Institute" in order to underscore the school's emphasis on sound Bible doctrine.
The Bible says that a Christian, and specifically a preacher, is to "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness" (II Timothy 2:15-16). These verses point out that there is only one way to understand the Bible: you must rightly divide it. All heresies and unscriptural movements fail to rightly divide the scriptures, and are simply vain babbling. If you complete the course of study with TBDI, you will learn Bible doctrine, and the correct way to divide the word of God. Remember that the first application of scripture is doctrine (II Tim. 3:16).
The Bible Doctrine Institute is unique in that:
What is Offered at TBDI:
We offer a Diploma of Christian Studies: This is a one-year program for men and women who are not called into the ministry, but desire a better knowledge of God's word.
We offer a Bachelor of Divinity: This is a three-year ministerial program designed for men who are called by God to be preachers of the gospel.
We offer a Master of Theology: This involves post-graduate studies requiring extension work and thorough research on a theological topic assigned by the Institute.
We offer a Doctor of Theology: This is a two-year program involving extension work, exhaustive research, and Bible teaching.
For more information see our Courses of Study.