History of the Bible Institute

Matt Postiff, Ph.D., Th.M.
October 14, 2010

The institute got its start from our former pastor, Dr. Raymond H. Saxe, in what he called the Timothy Training program. It was named for Timothy, the student of the apostle Paul; I believe it was also named in honor of Dr. & Mrs. Saxe eldest son, who died in infancy.

In 1997 and 1998 I was searching for additional Bible instruction at a seminary level in the area where I lived in Michigan. The Lord made available the opportunity to attend the Timothy Training sessions at Fellowship Bible, and it was just what I needed at that time. It fit my schedule, and since it was free, it fit my budget too! I studied in the program for about four years and then began to teach some courses as well. After Pastor Saxe’s retirement in 2006, we took a hiatus from this extra Bible study; as the newly called pastor, I had some ministries now that needed my careful attention.

In 2009-10, I was burdened to restart the program for our church folks and open it to believers outside of our local church. I renamed the program, not to jettison the previous significance of the name, but to make its scope more clear. The institute is not just for church leaders or for men (the former Timothy Training was not either), but it is for all believers, whether they aspire to be Timothies or not.

The following is a brief history of courses taught, with the new course number anachronistically included:

Course

Instructor

Dates

260: Theology Survey

Raymond Saxe

Spring 1998 to Fall 2000

310: Bible Study Methods

Raymond Saxe

Spring 1998 to Fall 2000

221: Dispensationalism

Raymond Saxe

Fall 2000

146: 1 Corinthians

Matt Postiff

Fall 2000 to Summer 2001

240: The Church

Matt Postiff

Fall 2001 to Summer 2002

270: Salvation

Matt Postiff

Fall 2002

127: Daniel

Raymond Saxe, John C. Whitcomb

Fall 2002 to Spring 2003

232: The Holy Spirit

Raymond Saxe

Fall 2002 to Spring 2003

271: Sanctification

Matt Postiff

Winter 2003 to Summer 2003

Bible Survey/Synthesis

Raymond Saxe

Fall 2003 to Spring 2004

232: The Holy Spirit

Matt Postiff

Fall 2003 to Winter 2004

"222": Kingdom of God

Matt Postiff

Fall 2004

Prophecy and Current Events

Raymond Saxe

Fall 2004

172: OT Historical Books

Matt Postiff

Summer 2004

224: Apologetics

Matt Postiff

Fall 2004

175: Minor Prophets

Matt Postiff

Summer 2005

101: Genesis

Matt Postiff

Fall 2005 to Winter 2006

102: Exodus

Matt Postiff

Summer 2006

221: Dispensationalism

"222": Kingdom of God

Matt Postiff

Fall 2006

320: Personal Christian Life (Decision Making and God s Will)

Matt Postiff

Winter 2007

260: Theology Survey

Matt Postiff

Fall 2007 to Winter 2008


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