Why Choose the College of Biblical Studies (CBS)


Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.” – 1 Cor 9:24

At CBS, we are committed to running our race with diligence and excellence by providing top-rated biblically-based education that transforms and equips our students for greater service to the Houston area, the Church and the world.

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Our Core: Biblically-based Education

Education should make us live life with zest, with gusto, with exuberance … and the right kind of education - education that holds to the spiritual conception and that has room for God in it, calls us from apathies that benumb and deaden the soul.”  - Lois Lebar

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore, I hate every wrong path. Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” – Ps 119:103-105

The  CBS community wants its students to have hearts that are as soft as clay and minds that are sharp as razors. For the Christian, everything that is done is done for the glory of God. He gives everything, including education, meaning and purpose.

Our professors do not work simply to transfer knowledge to our students. Instead, CBS professors encourage the students to “press on” toward excellence because God Himself is excellent, and believers are to imitate Him, both in and out of the classroom (Ps 8:9; Matt 5:48; Eph 6:7).

Our Aim: Preparing Minds for Action

"Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Pet 1:13

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Rom 12:2

CBS remains a place where students can be equipped with God’s truth and then be transformed. A relationship with the Triune God, a commitment to Christ and a sound knowledge of the Scripture lies at the heart of a CBS Christian education. However, we cannot just know the basics of Christianity intellectually, we must also live the Christian life and then live out what we learn. At CBS, our students not only learn the content of Scripture, but they learn what it means to depend upon the Lord, to walk with Him, to hear the still, quiet voice of the Holy Spirit and to be prepared for action.

Our Audience: Those Seeking a Deeper Knowledge of Christ

And they sang a new song, saying: “You were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” – Rev 5:9-10

As the fourth-largest city in the country, Houston serves as a home to people of various races, traditions, ethnicities and languages. The message of the Gospel is a global message, and with our intentional focus on educating minorities, CBS is uniquely positioned as a premier, Christian educational institution to the greater Houston area. With our biblically-based bachelor's and associate's programs, CBS is making a significant impact on the educational attainment of Houston area students.  And with an associate's degree offered completely in the Spanish language, CBS remains committed to having our student body reflect the diversity that is present within the body of Christ.

Our Mission: Christian Service to the Church and the World

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” – Phil 2:1-5

Believers learn, grow and serve within the context of Christian fellowship. Unity is built as a community of people serves together. At CBS, everyone has a part to play and a contribution to make to the greater community: faculty members give instruction in the Word; staff members provide administrative and spiritual support to the students; alumni return to campus and contribute their time and resources to the school; and finally, the students learn what it means to be salt and light by lovingly spreading the Gospel, not just by what we say but also how we live and serve. The CBS community recognizes that all its members are called to be ambassadors for Christ and serve the greater Houston area, the Church and the world.