The Grace Institute of Biblical Studies is a ministry of the Duluth Bible Church, located in Duluth, MN, U.S.A. It had been the desire and prayer of the spiritual leadership of Duluth Bible Church for a period of time to see a ministry of this nature started at the Duluth Bible Church. As a result of much prayer and planning, GIBS began its inaugural class in January of 1992 and launched the online version, GIBS ConnectED, in 2017 to reach external students. Our intent is to provide solid Biblical and practical teaching and training for those who are desirous and gifted for specialized ministry for the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Timothy 2:1-2 instructs us..."You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."

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    The first course in Phase 1 of GIBS ConnectED is to read the book, "By This Name" and to complete the companion workbook. By This Name was written by John Cross published by GoodSeed. It is an overview of the Bible geared to people who come from a background of pantheism and polytheism. "That's true for you, but not true for me" is a concept found on the streets today - if you think this way, this book was written with you in mind. It will present the Bible as not just another book, but a Unique Book - no other book out there is like it.

    (2 Credits)
    20-40 minute devotionals to be watched (Independent Study). The verse(s) for each lesson will also be required memory work.

    (2 Credits)

    Developing a deeper understanding of how God wants believers to daily walk by faith in Christ and rest in His power and promises to fight their battles, carrying their burdens, direct their paths, enable their service, etc. This is a crucial study as too often well-meaning believers find themselves in Romans 7 failure and frustration because they don’t understand or enjoy the faith-rest life.

    (1 Credit)

    A 19 lesson study on Romans reviewing the importance of grace, the three tenses of salvation, and the purpose of the law. This course will cover what you must do and not do to be saved. We also examine the blessings and security of salvation and take a biblical view of what believers can lose since they cannot lose their salvation.

    (4 Credits)
    A 17 lesson study on Romans 6-8 reviewing how God's Grace is designed for spiritual growth and how every believer has freedom and identification in Jesus Christ. This course will examine the purpose of the Law and the power of the Holy Spirit and show how believers can walk by the Spirit.

    (4 Credits)
    This course will provide the believer with the basic principles of Bible interpretation, and studying such truths as the 3 tenses of salvation, justification vs. sanctification, good works and salvation, salvation vs. rewards, entering the family of God vs. fellowship in the family, the 7 deaths, the 7 dispensations, Israel vs. the Church, and the various ministries of the Holy Spirit, etc... (18 Lessons)

    (4 Credits)

    Continuation of Biblical Distinctions 1: Discerning and distinguishing from the Scriptures the biblical covenants, Gospel of Kingdom vs Gospel of Grace, the 3 different Hells, the different resurrections, 7 baptisms, the 7 major judgments, the punishment vs. discipline of God, etc.(13 Lessons)

    (4 Credits)

    Students will study the biblical basis for evangelism and various means how to powerfully present the Gospel in a clear and effective manner to others; answering basic objections to Christianity; a biblical perspective on missions; how to plant a church;  etc.

    (3 Credits)

    An understanding of God’s plan of the ages from Genesis to Revelation, along with understanding the various divine economies or dispensations that describe and distinguish man’s responsibilities to God in each age, especially during the Church Age today.

    (4 Credits)

    How to teach what you have learned so far, as well as how to teach children; how to start a Sunday School; how to start a youth ministry, etc.

    (2 Credits)

    20-40 minute devotionals to be watched (Independent Study).

    (1 Credit)

    These are devotionals to be watched (Independent Study). 

    (1 Credit)


    An 8 topic study answering many questions regarding the authority of scripture. The course addresses the issues of Biblical; 1) inspiration, 2) inerrancy, 3) cannonicity, and 4) translations. With this study, students will be shown how they can trust their Bible, how to understand their Bible, and how to effectively hear the Word of God. PreReq: 1106 - Exegesis and Eternal Security Passages

    (3 Credits)

    The student will be taught the key theme, verse(s), features, outline, etc. of each book under study  to be able to think through the contents therein.

    (4 Credits)

    The student will be taught the key theme, verse(s), features, outline, etc. of each book under study  to be able to think through the contents therein.

    (4 Credits)

    The student will be taught the key theme, verse(s), features, outline, etc. of each book under study  to be able to think through the contents therein.

    (4 Credits)

    The student will be taught the key theme, verse(s), features, outline, etc. of each book under study  to be able to think through the contents therein.

    (4 Credits)


    Students are required to keep a journal, briefly summarizing each chapter as they read through the Old Testament.

    (3 Credits)

    Students are required to keep a journal, briefly summarizing each chapter as they read through the Old Testament.

    (3 Credits)

    Students are required to keep a journal, briefly summarizing each chapter as they read through the New Testament.

    (1 Credit)


    Students are required to keep a journal, briefly summarizing each chapter as they read through the New Testament.

    (1 Credit)



    Expositional study of John 15 and the importance of the believer to abide in Christ.

    (1 Credit)

    Expositional overview of Colossians. 

    (2 Credits)

          


    The Person, Life, and Work of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, including Old Testament prophecies and predictions of His first coming, His miraculous birth and public ministry up to Passion Week.

    (3 Credits)

    A continuation of the Person, Life, and Work of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ from Gethsemane and Calvary to His resurrection, ascension, present ministry, return, and eternal kingdom.

    (3 Credits)

     An expositional study of Acts 1–12 on the birth and growth of the early Church, covering the transition from the dispensation of Law to Grace, the place of apostleship, prophecy, and sign gifts for the establishment of the Church, persecution, and the role and power of the Holy Spirit and the Gospel.

    (4 credits)

    An expositional study of Acts 13–28 on the growth of the early Church, the missionary journeys of Paul, the planting and establishing of local churches, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and the advancement of the Gospel despite opposition to it.

    (4 Credits)

    Since everything in GIBS is designed to be used in and through the local church, this class is a must. Students will study the Bible regarding the meaning, nature, plan, growth, doctrine, service, gifts, etc. of the Church.

    (3 Credits)

    A continuation of part 1, students will further examine from the Scriptures about the qualifications and ministry of a pastor and deacon, how a church is to respond to its spiritual leaders, along with learning about the ordinances, music, missions, separation, and future of the Church. GIBS students have remarked that these are some of the most helpful and practical classes they enjoy in GIBS.

    (3 Credits)

    This is a very important class that covers each of the parts of speech, rules of grammar, word for word diagramming, along with block diagramming, etc. This is all very helpful for need verbal or written communication, personal Bible study, foundational for basic Greek, etc., especially for those in other countries who may only have access to an English Bible.

    (4 Credits)

    Based on the textbook by Roy Zuck Basic Bible Interpretation, this course covers the history of biblical interpretation and the role of culture, grammar, figures of speech, types, symbols, parables, allegories, prophecy, use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, and faithful application of God’s Word following accurate interpretation. 

    (3 credits) 

    Verse-by-verse exposition of 2 Corinthians 4–5.

    (1 Credit)

    20-40 minute devotionals

    (2 Credits)

    This valuable class moves students from basic grammar to effectively communicating God’s truths in written form, which will be needed for writing tracts, letters, books, etc.

    (4 Credits)

    A crucial course on God’s blueprint for marriage and the God-ordained roles of a husband and wife, along with instruction for effective parenting and the relationship and role of children in the family.

    (2 Credits)

    Important theological issues of our day are examined under the searchlight of Scripture.

    (3 Credits)

    An exciting, verse-by-verse expositional study of Revelation to know God’s plan for the future.

    (4 Credits)

    A continued exciting, verse-by-verse expositional study of Revelation to know God’s plan for the future.

    (4 Credits)

    This introductory course on the original language of the New Testament is designed to get students familiar with the basics of Koine Greek vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure, focusing on nouns, pronouns, adjectives, conjunctions, and the present and imperfect-tense, indicative-mood forms of verbs. 

    (4 Credits)

    A continuation of the basics of Koine Greek vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, learning the remaining verb tenses and moods, participles, infinitives, and the article, leading to the translation of 1 John, with the goal of becoming an accurate exegete.

    (4 Credits)

    This course exposes students to the first 8 steps of a 20-step process from exegesis to expository preaching. In doing so, the student will learn how to examine the general and specific context, recreate the passage accurately, discover the central ideas and purpose of the passage, address any interpretative problems that surface, and “principle-ize” the text for contemporary relevance.

    (3 Credits)

    20-40 minute devotionals

    (1 Credit)

    Verse-by-verse expositional survey of Paul’s last epistle of 2 Timothy.

    (2 Credits)

    This course contrasts psychological counseling, which has become popular in our day, with counseling from the Bible. Students are equipped to more effectively counsel others from the all-sufficient Word of God.

    (1 Credit)

    This is a verse-by-verse exposition of 1 Corinthians 12–14, which is the most definitive and expansive passage in the New Testament on the topic of spiritual gifts. Special attention is given to the baptism by the Holy Spirit and the gifts of apostleship, prophecy, tongues, and interpretation of tongues. This exposition shows how these gifts were foundational for the early church but have ceased since then, in contrast to the teachings of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.

    (4 Credits)

    A verse-by-verse exposition of the second half of the book of Romans covering God’s national election of Israel, His present and future plan for that nation, and practical instruction in righteousness for the Church.

    (3 Credits)

    Several important theological issues that affect the Church in our day are examined under the searchlight of Scripture.

    (3 Credits)

    A survey of the major spiritual lessons, people, and events of the last 20 centuries of Christendom.

    (3 Credits)

    This course surveys sects and denominations within professing Christendom; as well as atheism & agnosticism and non-Christian world religions and the cults, all designed to make the student a more discerning and effective witness for Christ.

    (2 Credits)

    This course highlights the mandate, definition, and advantages of verse-by-verse exposition of the biblical text. Students are taught how to do outlining, introductions, conclusions, titles, and transitions when preparing and preaching a message. This class is valuable and needed if the student wants to do original exegesis and then teach it effectively, in contrast to being limited to a curriculum teacher or regurgitating another’s study or sermon.

    (3 Credits)

    This course continues where the Biblical Exegesis I left off with the 20-step process from exegesis to exposition in order to better equip the student to rightly divide the word of truth.

    (3 Credits)
    Prereq: 3701 - Biblical Exegesis 1


    Further practice in exegeting extended passages from the Greek New Testament, as well as basic biblical Hebrew needed to do Old Testament exegesis.

    (3 Credits)


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