History
history

Seventy-four years ago the Bethel Bible Institute opened its’ doors to a systematic study of the Scriptures to those seeking to qualify for Christian Service. Many people who felt they had a call on their lives suddenly realized that because of family responsibilities, job situations, and various other commitments, they were not able to attend a resident Bible School for training. Believing that God deserves and requires trained workers to do His will, the vision of Bethel Bible Institute was born in the hearts of our founders the late Bishop Roderick R. Caesar, Sr. and wife, Rev. Gertrude M. Caesar. Their desire was to provide a place of study where people could receive a standardized code of study of the Word of God.

 

The Bethel Bible Institute first began with only a few students. The first graduating class consisted of approximately ten or twelve students, with Dr. Roderick R. Caesar and his wife Rev. Gertrude Caesar, as instructors. As the student enrollment grew, so did the faculty. Dr. Caesar actively served as the President of the Bethel Bible Institute until he retired in the mid-eighties with Godly pride, when his son Rev. Roderick R. Caesar, Jr. (now Bishop) assumed the role as President. During Rev. Caesar’s tenure as President, the Bible School became incorporated, and opened its doors to begin to outreach overseas. Dr. Caesar was instrumental in establishing schools in Trinidad and India.

Bishop Caesar II

Rev. Gertrude Caesar served as the Institute’s first Dean, Registrar, and Bursar, as well as one of its most beloved teachers. She served the Bible school diligently until the Lord took her Home. Sister Caesar is best remembered for her unique ability to remember each of her students’ names. Following Sister Caesar, Dr. Lillian Campbell-Ferguson served as Dean for approximately five years. Dr. Edna Leader who ministered for thirteen and a half years succeeded her. Dr. Leader was succeeded by Rev. Brenda Collier who proceeded to endeavor new challenges. Presently, Rev. Crystal Baines serves as Academic Dean; Pastor Beverly Caesar Sherrod as Executive Dean.

Bethel Bible Institute can give God praise for its thousands of students who have completed their studies and are now serving around the world as evangelists, missionaries, teachers, pastors, counselors and great helpers in various areas of Christian service.   

Tenents
Of Faith
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1. CONCERNING THE WHOLE BIBLE

We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man. They are the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2 Tim. 3:15; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Pet. 1:21).

2. CONCERNING THE HOLY TRINITY

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost (2 Cor. 13: 14).

3. CONCERNING GOD

There is but one living and true God, the Father of all, who is Spirit (Deut. 6:4; John 4:24); Eternal (Deut. 33:27); Omnipresent (Ps. 139:7-11; Provo 15:3); Omniscient (Ps. 139:1-4); Love (1 John 4); Omnipotent (Ps. 62:11; Job 26:7-14); Goodness (Ps. 145:7-9); Truth (John 17:3); Justice (Deut. 33:4); Mercy (Ps. 103:8-17).

We acknowledge Him as Creator and Ruler of all things, visible and invisible. In Him we live and move and have our being (John 1:1; Acts 17:24-28).

4. CONCERNING THE DEITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ -

1. His virgin birth (Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:31, 35).

2. His sinless life (Heb. 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22).

3. His miracles (Acts 1:22; 10:38).

4. His vicarious and atoning death (1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor 5:21).

5. His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matt. 28:6; Luke 24:39; I Cor. 15:4).

6. His ascension to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9; Heb. 1:3).

7. His personal and future return to the Earth (Acts 1: 11; 1 Thess. 4: 16-18).

5. CONCERNING THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person sent to the world by the other, through the mediation of the Son (John 14:16). He is the inspirer of truth (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Tim. 3:16-17). He is the reprover of sin, the awakener of conscience (John 16:18). He is the comforter of the penitent and obedient believer (Acts 5:32). He is the witness of adoption (Rom.:15). He is the seal and the earnest of the saints' inheritance (Eph. 1:13-14). He dwells in each child of God (1 Cor. 3:16-17). At the glorious appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, He will quicken the mortal bodies of the saints into immortality (Rom. 8: 15). The sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven (Matt. 12:31; Mark 3:28-30.

6. CONCERNING SALVATION

We believe man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus, the Son of God. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith OJ 'lard the Lord Jesus Christ. Being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Luke 24:27; John 3:3; Rom. 10:13-15; Eph. 2:8.

7. CONCERNING BAPTISM IN WATER

We believe that the ordinance of baptism should be administered by immersion in water, as commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized accordingly. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ, and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life.

8. CONCERNING THE LORD'S SUPPER

The Lord's Supper - consisting of the elements bread and fruit of the vine - is the symbol expressing our sharing of the divine nature of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Cor. 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Cor. 11:26). The ordinance is enjoined on all believers until He comes.

9. CONCERNING SANCTIFICATION

We believe sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil and dedication unto God (Rom. 12: 1-2; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 13: 12).

Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection and by offering his faculties continually to the domination of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 6: 1; Gal. 2:20).

10. CONCERNING THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that all believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the Promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their use in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Cor. 1:31). The baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4).

11. CONCERNING A HOLY LIFE

The Scriptures teach a life of holiness without which no man shall see the Lord (Heb. 12:14). By the power of the Holy Ghost we are to obey the command, "Be ye holy, for I am Holy" (1 Pet. 1: 15-16).

12. CONCERNING DIVINE HEALING

We believe that divine healing is an integral part of the Gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in Christ's atonement and is the privilege of all believers (Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:16-17; James 5:14-16).

13. CONCERNING HEAVEN

We, according to His Promise, look for a new earth wherein dwells righteousness (2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:22).

14. CONCERNING THE CHURCH

The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for fulfillment of the Great Commission. Each believer born of the Spirit is an integral part of the general assembly and Church of the Firstborn which are written in heaven (Eph. 1:22; 2:22; Heb. 12:23).

15. CONCERNING JUSTIFICATION

Justification is a judicial act of God whereby He justly declares righteous the individual who believes in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.

16. CONCERNING THE BLESSED HOPE

We believe in the resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord - an event known as The Rapture. This is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church (1 Thess. 4:16, 17; Rom. 8:23; 1 Cor. 15:51, 52).