Sunday starts the signups for the “Heartland Road Trip!,” a college survey trip to Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. If you’re in high school and you’re starting to consider God’s direction for your life (which you should be!), I’d encourage you to join us for this trip. Pastor has always taught that it’s just a great idea for any young man or woman to graduate high school and then attend at least one year of a good, solid, Baptist Bible college in order to become grounded in God’s Word. After a year, God can provide and lead elsewhere if He chooses, but so often, the most beneficial first step that a graduate can take is to go to a place surrounded by godly influences and intense Bible teaching.
Heartland Baptist Bible College is one of those places. Several reasons determine our Pastor’s emphasis on basically only two Bible colleges: Heartland and West Coast (Lancaster, CA). Mainly, these colleges are pushed because they emphasize rather than undermine the teaching that our teens have received from their church if they’ve attended any length of time. For instance, our church firmly believes and teaches that the King James Bible is God’s Word, and yet very few colleges will support the King James with that kind of strength. Further, our Pastor preaches warnings about the dangers of the teaching known as “Hyper-Calvinism,” and many colleges known for their academic excellence and large programs will lean in favor toward these teachings. Ultimately, other good schools exist, but it is our persuasion that no other colleges will promote the same ideals as strongly as Heartland Baptist or West Coast Baptist. Not to feel slighted, though, the academic integrity and excellence of the colleges we promote will meet or exceed expectations, and it would be difficult to prove that a so called “better” education is only found in a large university.
Much more can be said about the benefits of attending Bible college, but the root issue would certainly be that a young person and his or her parents need to listen to God’s voice and follow his leading. Without the Holy Spirit’s help and guidance, if a graduate were to attend one of these good colleges against God’s will, it would still be wrong. Let us never do anything with a self-serving attitude or without even a thought of God’s will!
This road trip is a chance to get out of the public and charter schools’ teaching that “the only way to succeed is to get a university degree,” and listen to God’s voice through a few days of college experience. The teens and parents who attend will be able to see the college dorms (and, if we can work it out, the teens might even be able to sleep in the dorms!), sit in on the classes, experience the exciting chapel services, attend lots of fun activities, and get an overall feel for what Bible college is about! What a FUN time it will be, but also what a spiritually beneficial trip to take! As soon as you know that you can go, please sign up so we can know how to plan and exactly what to charge.
Parents are certainly welcome on the trip, and we would have to know exactly how many are coming as soon as possible. Gas prices will vary as more people sign up, and we’ll do all we can to make sure the costs are as low as possible. Further information will be added to this post as time goes on, but the details so far are as follows:
LEAVING: Tuesday, March 15 (tentatively at 7am)
RETURNING: Saturday, March 19 (tentatively at 6pm)
COST: About $200 (May vary due to number attending)