About BISA

The Bible Institute of South Africa was founded in 1923 and was established as an evangelical and interdenominational training centre. From the very beginning it has been our aim to train and equip men and women to know Christ and to make Him known.

BISA has a long record of consistently and faithfully training ministers, missionaries, lecturers, teachers and church workers in Bible and theology. Moreover, many Christians have been better prepared for effective witness in the professional world. Students are drawn from, and go out to minister in, many different countries in Africa and the wider world.

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     Item                                          Meaning 
The sign in the centre of the Cross  An interpositipn of two ancient Greek letter-symbols, (X  and  R  i.e.  Xi and Rho)  meaning or signifying Christ 

The Red Cross 

Refers to the blood shed on the cross of Christ and the atoning significance of it. Colossians 1:20: “to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” (ESV) 

The Shield 

Refers to the shield of faith in Ephesians 6:10-18, in particular vs 16: “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.” (ESV) 

The open book

Symbolic of the Holy Scriptures upheld at BISA: Signifies God’s Word is open and available.

Blue colour surrounding the Shield and Holy Scriptures 

Represents the College’s location, by the sea, in Kalk Bay, Cape Town. Figuratively, this also represents the access that BISA has to other parts of the world, not just Africa.

Narrated by Dr. Brian Williams and Compiled by Joseph Beattie, May 2014


What do students pray about?

The Bible Institute has two ‘Quiet Days’ every year.

A “Quiet Day” at college is a day of no lectures;   it’s a day set apart for the staff and students to reflect, to pray and to be encouraged in the Word of God.  On the first Quiet Day for 2014 Mr. Emil Katz, from the UEF Fellowship in Fish Hoek challenged us to examine ourselves in the Faith.  In the prayer session the students gave some requests drawn from their own experiences.  These points included prayer for sickness, injury and death of friends and family. We prayed about the SA elections and the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.  We prayed for a student who has a family member who is reported missing. We prayed about incidences in some  student’s families involving witchcraft and emotional trauma.  This sounds like a bottomless pit of sorrow…  until you take it to the Lord in prayer. Then, suddenly there is hope and comfort and we can confidently echo Paul’s words about the living God  “who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.” (2Co 1:4-5 ESV)

Surely we have the greatest King of Kings!

  • BI has been a great blessing to me in a way that words cannot explain. I do not regret coming to BI at all. I have experiences growth in my life, especially in handling the Word of God with diligence. Now I can preach and do Bible Studies with confidence knowing that I have been equipped with the right tools that will help me in my ministry for the rest of my life.
    -Sizwe Maseti (2nd-yr BTh)
  • Viv met Margie Campbell whilst studying at the Bible Institute. They married some time later and this is what he says... "Everything Margie and I do now, every decision we make, is rooted in our worldview that we received at BI"
    -Vivian Potgieter (Campus Minister with the YMCA at Bellville CPUT)
  • "My experience at BI is without doubt one of the greatest blessings the Lord has enriched my life with. I never would have anticipated such equipping for ministry by way of Christ-centred lectures from godly people, stimulating conversations, interactions with friends of diverse cultural and theological backgrounds, and simply just doing life on campus."
    -Victor Emma-Ad amah (Current BTh (Hons) student)
  • Before coming to BI I was battling with assurance of salvation, a struggle that had been consuming my life for years. During the year I spent there among godly lecturers and fellow students, God just opened my eyes to what he had already been doing in my life through this struggle. I saw Him at work, and experienced Him in ways I never could have imagined.
    -Janie Slabbert (graduated 2011, studying BA Language and Culture...)