About the Detroit Bible Institute
The DBI Partnership
Detroit Bible Institute is built upon the shared support and partnership of local churches committed to sound Biblical teaching and discipleship.
Classes are held at Rockpointe Community Church — 38100 Utica Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48312.
Randy Tomko is the Teacher of Record at Detroit Bible Institute.
Detroit Bible Institute is licensed with The State of Michigan — Lic. # 8604001349
Current Classes – ONLINE OPTIONS ALSO AVAILABLE!
Dr. Analee Dunn
Bethesda Christian Church
Dr. Sabrina Black
Founder & Director
Abundant Life Ministries
Pastor Flynn A. Smith
This class really expanded my horizons. It made me think of things I’d never thought of before. It’s so easy to get caught up in my own busy, little world and forget what’s happening around me…the deeper stuff. I took this class because I wanted to be able to answer why I believe what I believe and not just give some blanket statement. I REALLY wanted to know this myself. I guess I verified my worldview. Thanks again for a great experience!DBI Student
Statement of Faith
We believe that within the One Supreme Being that is God, there eternally exist three co-equal and co-eternal persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, otherwise known as the Trinity. We believe that God is spirit, and is uncreated and infinite; perfect in his holiness, justice and righteousness; all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present, all-loving and unchangeable. (Gen. 1:1; Matt. 28:19; Jn. 10:30; John 4:24; Ps. 90:2; Mal. 3:6; Ps. 11:7; Gen 18:25)
That God the Son came to earth in the person of the sinless savior, Jesus Christ, God incarnate (fully God and fully Man); that He was born of a virgin and died as a substitutionary sacrifice, atoning for the sin of all humanity; that on the third day He rose bodily from the grave; and that He sits at the right hand of the Father in authority. (Is. 7:14, Matt. 1:23; Lk. 1:35; Jn. 10:33, Heb. 4:15, 7:26; 1 Cor. 15:3; Eph. 1:7; Heb. 2:9; Mark 16:19)
We believe that the Bible – The 66 divinely inspired books which have been historically accepted by the Protestant Church as Canon – is the inspired and inerrant Word of God and totally accurate in all matters it addresses. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the author of all Scripture and that He superintended the authors as they penned the Word of God. We attest to the sufficiency of the Bible, it being the believer’s final authority, and that within it is found all that is needed for Christian faith and practice. (2 Tim. 3:15-16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Mat. 5:18; Ps. 119:11)
We believe that humanity by nature is fallen and has inherited the condition of sin from Adam and Eve, the original human beings created by God. We believe in the Gospel, which is that the only way for a person to be saved and redeemed is through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ on their behalf, and acceptance of His Lordship over all. Finally, we believe that salvation is completely a free gift of God’s grace for those He alone has chosen to redeem. (Jn. 3:16-19, 5:24; Rom 3:23-24, 5:8-9; Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-7)
We believe that the Church is comprised of the community of believers in Jesus Christ throughout all times, and that for all eternity God’s divine plan was to establish the church as His bride and His body, for His glory. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ commanded, and confirmed through His apostles, that His Church maintain two specific ordinances: Water Baptism and Holy Communion. We are committed to the Church universal and through local assembly, and believe that the Church was intended to operate as a diverse and multi-faceted people, effectively ministering the saving Gospel to the local communities of people they live among. (Lk. 22:19-20; 1 Cor 11:23-26; 1 Cor. 12:12-13; Gal. 3:26-28; Eph. 2:19-22, 4:11-12; Matt. 28:19-20)
We believe that Jesus Christ will return bodily to judge the living and the dead in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost — they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. (Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; 2 Cor. 5:10; Jn. 5:28-29)
Additional Theological Positions
Detroit Bible Institute strives to maintain a balance other important doctrinal issues that have a diversity of understanding within the Church, which are specified below. These positions are binding on DBI board members and instructors.
Prosperity, poverty & stewardship: That God guarantees health & wealth in this life through faith (prosperity gospel), or that godliness can only be found in willing poverty (poverty gospel), are considered aberrations of Scripture. The proper interpretation of Scripture is stewardship, which is a recognition that God is the owner of everything and in His sovereignty materially provides as He wills to each person, and that person is accountable for how he honors God with all that God has given to him. While we may teach about the above aberrations, we do not endorse them as a scriptural position. (1 Tim. 6:3-10; Prov. 30:7-9; Gen. 13:2; Matt. 8:20)
Human life & sexuality: Scripture teaches that man is made in the image of God, and that God designed Him expressly for uniting in marriage to a woman and reproducing other image-bearers. The direction of scripture never changes on the issues that innocent human life is sacred and therefore should not be terminated by humankind, and that sexuality is designed to be expressed between one man and one woman in the bonds of marriage. Any other teaching on these issues is an aberration of Scripture. While we may teach about these aberrations, we do not endorse them as a scriptural position. (Gen. 1:26-28; Ex. 20:13; Ps. 139:13-16; Lev. 18:22; Matt. 19:4-6; Rom. 1:24-27; 1 Cor 5:9-11, 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:10; Heb. 12:16, 13:4; Rev. 21:8, 22:15)
Calvinism & Arminianism: Whether or not salvation is irresistible & irreversible (the Calvinist position) or can be resisted & repudiated through apostasy (as in the Arminian position), along with various other characteristics of these positions, are respected as various views held within the historic Christian Church, provided that the heresy of Pelagianism (that man is able to receive salvation because of his own moral strength) is not embraced, which is expressly denied by Scripture (Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-7). We seek to inform students that the Calvinist/Arminian positions are in-house questions that the Church can debate, but need not divide over.
The perpetuity of spiritual gifts: Whether the gifts & manifestations stated in Scripture and given by the Holy Spirit to believers are continuing (continuationism) or have ceased (cessationism), are respected as various views held within the historic Christian Church. We seek to inform students that this is an in-house question that the Church can debate, but need not divide over.
Role of Men and Women in the Church: The positions of complementarianism and egalitarianism, particularly in regards to roles within the Church (Pastor, Teacher, etc.), are respected as various views held within the historic Christian Church. We seek to inform students that this is an in-house question that the Church can debate, but need not divide over.
Eschatology: The Church is historically united on the essential elements that Jesus Christ will return, call His Church, and judge the living and the dead (Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; 2 Cor. 5:10). Beyond these, the Church has held various views on the nature of the rapture, the millennium, and other aspects of the end-times. We seek to inform students that these various views represent an in-house issue that the Church can debate, but need not divide over.