"Now I know why God wanted me to study at CBC – to know and serve Him better!"
I went to Carmel Bible College simply because God told me to go. Personally, I had no idea why God specifically wanted me there rather than a college of secular education. The first year of the course helped me to reinforce my core Christian beliefs and removed a lot of misunderstanding. During the second year, I gained an understanding and appreciation about why God made me the way He did, particularly regarding the purpose He has for my life. Overall, the subjects and the staff have enabled me to deepen and strengthen my relationship with, and understanding of, God. Now I know why God wanted me to study at CBC – to know and serve Him better!
"The impartation of God’s Word that I received at Carmel Bible College has changed my life forever."
The number one thing that impacted me was a revelation of God’s unconditional and unfailing love, demonstrated through the price He paid for my salvation. I also gained understanding of all the benefits of being God’s son. Now that I know and have experienced God’s love, my love for Him increases daily, as does my love for other people.
"While studying God’s Word, my relationship with Him truly became deeper and more meaningful."
Coming to Carmel Bible College meant that I had to leave everything in Holland behind: my job, car, friends and family. But as I stepped out in faith to enrol and move overseas, God provided all of my physical needs. Within 9 days of arriving in the UK, I had a job, and shortly afterwards, a permanent place to stay. While studying God’s Word, my relationship with Him truly became deeper and more meaningful. God used the course materials to help me deal with things from my past. These issues had taken root in my mind and I hadn’t done anything about it. CBC gave me the tools to deal with them, and now I know how to live free from my past. Additionally, I gained many friends at CBC; friends whom I am sure I will meet again later in life. For this, I am very thankful!
"My relationship with God has changed significantly since studying at CBC."
When I first attended, I thought I knew everything I needed to know. In fact, I thought I was the best Christian ever! However, during my studies, God showed me areas of my life that needed to change. Only in hindsight do I realise that I was a very broken, confused and defeated Christian. Now, I can safely say that I am no longer that person! At CBC, God revealed Himself as my Divine Healer, my Comforter, my Helper and my Provider. These revelations brought healing and restoration in the areas where I was broken and, in turn, caused me to mature into the victorious Christian I am today.
"I’ve been set free from those things and I’m so grateful to God – He is good and He has done a good work in me!"
Sitting under God’s Word daily is the greatest blessing I have ever received, because in that environment, God’s power transformed and changed my life for the better. The person who first came to CBC and the person who graduated are two very different people – that’s how much change has taken place! When I arrived, I was very immature, forgetful and simply ‘all over the place’. But through CBC, God helped me to mature and taught me how to be disciplined. Recently, I was called ‘organised’ and ‘mature’ – two compliments that the ‘old me’ would never have received. God has greatly increased my capacity in terms of service, workload, plus my knowledge of Him and His Word. God also healed me from past wounds, changed my wrong mind-sets and broke strongholds that were hindering me. I’ve been set free from those things and I’m so grateful to God – He is good and He has done a good work in me!
"I now know who I am in Christ, where I am going and what I am to do."
I can speak from experience when I say that no matter how old you are, God has a plan and a purpose for your existence. I spent a good deal of my Christian walk wounded, lethargic and not fully engaged for God: unhappy in my job, unhappy with my life. But I listened to God and I came to CBC and allowed God to do whatever He wanted. I now know who I am in Christ, where I am going and what I am to do. I have seen miracles in my life, my finances, my marriage and my friendships. I speak from experience: God has given you a purpose and Carmel Bible Institute will help you find it and live it.
"I am now fully convinced that God knows what is best for me and He has the final authority in my life."
Before going to Carmel Bible College, I didn’t know much about the importance of obeying or following God. I was a new Christian and was still doing things my own way and, as a result, I was struggling. My life was transformed at CBC, particularly through a course called ‘Obedience’. As the lecturer shared her testimony of walking with God when she first became a Christian and told of her battle with giving up smoking, it helped me to understand the importance of listening to God and obeying Him. Seeing how God had changed the life of that lecturer encouraged me to stop taking charge of my life and allow Jesus to direct it. I am now fully convinced that God knows what is best for me and He has the final authority in my life.
"Carmel Bible College gave me many opportunities to serve in the church and find my place in the Body of Christ."
After completing two years of study, I knew that God had called me to leadership, so I studied a further year at Carmel Leadership Academy. CLA helped me to strengthen my weaknesses, showed me how to build my leadership qualities and equipped me to fulfil my God-given purpose. I came out bold in the things of God, no longer holding back.
"Going to Carmel Bible College was one of the best decisions I have ever made. "
It wasn’t just a place where I learned theology, but it was also a place that grounded me in my faith, taught me how to practically apply godly principles to live successfully and provided an environment where God healed me of lot of pain. At Carmel Leadership Academy, my studies helped me to identify and develop leadership skills that I now use to lead the Children’s Church ministry. I received an extra special blessing, too. I found my wife, Donna, and we now have two wonderful children. Together, we stand for righteousness in a world that desperately needs God. Thank you CBC for imparting life and godliness into me!
"CBC helped me to understand the principles of God’s Word and taught me how to further study the Word."
It has given me a firm foundation for my journey of faith and has encouraged me to get to know God and His word on a deeper level.
"The two years I spent studying at CBC brought clarity and depth to my Christian beliefs."
After finishing five years of secular study, obtaining a degree and masters, the last thing I wanted to do was begin another full-time course. However, I felt the Lord pressing upon me to study His Word to a greater degree. Attending Carmel Bible College meant that I had to give up paid employment, but God supernaturally provided the finances for me to go. The two years I spent studying at CBC brought clarity and depth to my Christian beliefs. Additionally, I learned to completely trust God, as I saw His faithfulness and ability operate in mine and my family’s life through His provision. I now work full-time for the ministry, heading up the Worship department. Because I had taken the step of faith to study full-time at CBC and witnessed God’s blessings on my obedience, I had the confidence to give up secular work and step into my calling and destiny.
"CBC is truly life changing; it changed my life and will change yours too."
When I first started at Carmel Bible College, I was very quiet, shy and fearful of the people around me, thinking they were judging me. During my time at CBC, I learned to trust God fully and face my fears, so much so that people can't believe I am the same person – now it’s hard for someone to stop me talking! I am no longer in bondage to fear, but now I sincerely believe that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. CBC is truly life changing; it changed my life and will change yours too.
"I had been in need of direction and God gave it to me."
Studying at Carmel Bible College revolutionised my spiritual life and clarified the plans that God had for my future. I had been in need of direction and God gave it to me – I now work full-time in the ministry and am using my pastoral gift at one of Carmel’s campuses. CBC gave me such a firm foundation in God’s Word that I have been able to stay strong in times of extreme difficulties.
"CBC gave me a firm biblical foundation on which to build my life and a true revelation of God’s character."
Before I studied at Carmel Bible School, I was young, both in age and in the Christian faith. CBC gave me a firm biblical foundation on which to build my life and a true revelation of God’s character. This helped me to mature in my faith and follow God’s plan for my life.
"I had learned so much in those two months, seemingly more than in a lifetime of Sunday sermons."
I had attended a very good Bible-based church all my life, so I thought that I already had a thorough understanding of the Bible and that I knew God’s character and nature. But just two months into my first year of study at ABTC, my opinion had changed. I had learned so much in those two months, seemingly more than in a lifetime of Sunday sermons. Since graduating, I have taken every opportunity to teach others what I learned and the revelations I received. One way I do this is through teaching the Carmel Leadership Academy students.
"Carmel Bible College caused me to grow stronger as a Christian and go deeper in the things of God."
It laid a foundation of faith in Jesus and reliance upon Him and His Word. Without that, I am certain that I would still be struggling with some of the basic aspects of Christianity.
"Attending Anchor Bible Training Centre caused God’s Word to penetrate deeper into my heart and mind."
The Word of God is more meaningful to me now, giving me strength and power to accomplish what God has called me to do.
"Throughout my two years of study, I learned how to apply what I knew in my head to my everyday life."
When I first heard about Carmel Bible College I didn’t think I needed to attend as I had already received a good amount of teaching in matters of theology and doctrine. God had other ideas though and, rather unexpectedly and suddenly, placed the desire in my heart to study at CBC. Throughout my two years of study, I learned how to apply what I knew in my head to my everyday life. I discovered that information alone is not enough – I also needed revelation from God. Studying at CBC ignited a love for the Word of God in my heart and now my passion is studying and teaching the Bible at every given opportunity. It is my privilege to now work and lecture at Carmel Bible Institute.
"Thanks to CBC, I now know my purpose and destiny, walk with God daily and am secure in my identity."
Although I had attended church most of my life, I knew very little of the Bible and even less about God. I was confused about what direction my life was to take and, on top of that, I was very depressed. Carmel Bible College offered an environment where I was able to discover the person God had created me to be and, more importantly, I discovered who God was and how to relate to Him. Thanks to CBC, I now know my purpose and destiny, walk with God daily and am secure in my identity.
"The things I learned at CBC are deeply entrenched in my spirit, enabling me to continue growing into Christlikeness every day."
I thought I knew all there was to know about being a Christian, but when I attended Carmel Bible College, I realised that I knew nothing! In fact, I soon found out that I had deep-rooted issues that needed to be overcome, including hurt, pride, self-sufficiency and offence. God did a marvellous transforming work in my life at CBC; He healed me and enabled me to overcome in the areas I had been struggling. The change was so great that my husband noticed and was amazed – he then enrolled for CBC the following year! I have been changed to the core; I don’t even recognise myself from the way I used to be. The things I learned at CBC are deeply entrenched in my spirit, enabling me to continue growing into Christlikeness every day.
"Our time studying God’s Word was beneficial in so many ways, including helping us to re-align ourselves to God’s intended plan for our marriage and, ultimately, our ministry."
As my wife and I moved on in our walk with God, we felt that God wanted us to study His Word further. I had changed my job and gone freelance, which turned out to be part of God’s plan to help us get to ABTC. We took advantage of the flexibility, choosing to study at the evening classes and pay our fees monthly. Our time studying God’s Word was beneficial in so many ways, including helping us to re-align ourselves to God’s intended plan for our marriage and, ultimately, our ministry. My wife and I are now campus pastors, and my career skills have been utilised to start a Christian marketing agency with the aim of influencing the media for Christ.
"I graduated from CBC as a completely new person, transformed to serve Christ with a pure heart and strong faith."
When I attended Carmel Bible College I was a new Christian with little understanding of the Bible or Christianity. My experience of God was in danger of going round in circles of self-effort and regret. But at CBC, I gained the foundation of good doctrine that I needed and I learned how to practically live out my faith. The cleansing and sanctifying process God took me through was painful at times, but I graduated from CBC as a completely new person, transformed to serve Christ with a pure heart and strong faith.