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."


    Available courses

    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)
    PreReq: None
    20-40 minute devotionals to be watched (Independent Study). The verse(s) for each lesson will also be required memory work.

    (1 Credit)
    PreReq: None

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

    (1 Credit)
    PreReq: None

    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)
    PreReg: None.
    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)
    PreReq: 1101 - Romans 1-5
    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)
    Pre-requisite 1102 - Romans 6-8.

    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)
    Pre-requisite 1103 - Biblical Distinctions 1.

    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)
    Prereq: Romans 6-8

    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.

    (5 Credits)
    Prereq: 1104 - Biblical Distinctions 2

    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)
    Prereq: 1104 - Biblical Distinctions 2

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

    (1 Credit)
    Prereq: Complete Phase 1

    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)
    Prerq: Complete Phase 1

    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)
    Prereq: Complete Year 1

    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)
    Prereq: 2501 - OT Survey 1

    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)
    Prereq: 2502 - OT Survey #2

    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)
    Prereq: 2503 - NT Survey 1


    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)
    Prereq: 2501 - OT Survey 1

    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)



    20-30 minute devotionals (Independent Study)

    (2 Credits)
    Prereq: 3000 - Pondering The Page 5: Psalms

    20-30 minute devotionals (Independent Study)

    (2 Credits)

    Prereq: Complete Phase 2

    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.

    (2 Credits)
    Prereq: Complete Phase 2

    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.

    (5 Credits)
    Prereq: Complete Phase 2

    This introductory class regarding the original language of the NT is designed to get the student familiar with the basics of Koine Greek so as to utilize their computer software Greek programs with accuracy and understanding.

    (4 Credits)
    Prereq: Complete Phase 2

    This introductory class regarding the original language of the NT is designed to get the student familiar with the basics of Koine Greek so as to utilize their computer software Greek programs with accuracy and understanding.

    (4 Credits)
    Prereq: 3601 - Greek 1

    This class 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, “principle-ize” the text for contemporary relevance, etc.

    (3 Credits)
    Prereq: Complete Phase 2

    This class 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, “principle-ize” the text for contemporary relevance, etc.

    (3 Credits)
    Prereq: 3701 - Biblical Exegesis 1


    Since by this point in their studies, students should be getting more skilled in doing biblical exegesis, the question then is “How can they turn their exegesis into effective, expository, verse-by-verse teaching?” This class is designed to highlight the mandate, definition, and advantages of verse-by-verse exposition of the biblical text. Then students are taught how to do outlining, introductions, conclusions, titles, transitions, etc. 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 limited to being a curriculum teacher or regurgitating another’s study or sermon.

    (5 Credits)
    Prereq: 3702 - Biblical Exegesis 2

    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.

    (4 Credits)
    Prereq: 2801 - The Church: God's Masterpiece 1

    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.

    (4 Credits)

    Prereq: 2503 - OT Survey 3

    Important theological issues of our day will be examined under the searchlight of the Scriptures, such as:

    • Arminianism
    • Calvinism
    • Free Grace
    • Lordship Salvation
    • The Crossless Gospel
    • Spiritual Warfare
    • Outer Darkness
    • One-Naturism
    • Progressive Dispensationalism
    • Pre-Wrath Rapture
    • Christian Psychology
    • And other topics

    (5 Credits)
    Prereq: 4101 - Expository Preaching

    This class will give the student a basic understanding of what has transpired in the Church historically over the last almost 2000 years, especially designed to learn valuable lessons from the past.  (Independent Study)

    (3 Credits)
    Prereq: 4101 - Expository Preaching

    An exciting study of God’s plan of the future from Revelation.

    (4 Credits)
    Prereq: 4101 - Expository Preaching

    An exciting study of God’s plan of the future from Revelation.

    (4 Credits)
    Prereq: 4601 - Book Of Revelation 2

    An overview of the Middle East in order to familiarize students with important geographical information that make texts of Scripture come alive. (Independent Study)

    (3 Credits)
    Prereq: 4101 - Expository Preaching

    The student ends GIBS where they began – in the book of Romans. Students will learn about God’s past election of Israel (9), their present rejection of the Messiah (10), and their future national deliverance (11). In addition, believers will be exhorted in their daily walk, use of spiritual gifts, relationships with the saved and unsaved, their responsibilities toward civil government, the use and misuse of Christian liberty, etc.

    (3 Credits)
    Prereq: 4101 - Expository Preaching

    This is a 10 lesson, verse-by-verse study of the book of 2 Timothy. It was taught at our 2018 Fall Bible Conference by 10 different teachers. 

    A 33 topic study on the Book of Colossians from 2:14 thru 4:18. This course reviews how believers can reject the spiritual counterfeits of legalism, mysticism, and asceticism while embracing the essence of true spirituality and be heavenly minded while on earth. This study also addresses fundamentals for the family and provides a biblical perspective on singleness and marriage. The study concludes with an examination of The Church, a grace operation. PreReq: 2203 - Colossians 1
    An 17 topic study covering the Biblical perspective on Christian living. The course starts with the message of salvation, but the focus shifts to answering the “NOW WHAT” questions that many believer ask. In this study, students will see that the Bible is very clear that believers can be assured of their eternal security and will examine what that means to their daily walk as a Christian. This study also includes an in depth review of the believer’s position in Christ, as well as the transformed life as a result of the filling of the Holy Spirit. PreReq: 2201 - A, B, C’s for Christian Growth Pt. 1
    An 18 topic study covering the Biblical perspective on Christian living. The course starts with the message of salvation, but the focus shifts to answering the “NOW WHAT” questions that many believer ask. In this study, students will see that the Bible is very clear that believers can be assured of their eternal security and will examine what that means to their daily walk as a Christian. This study also includes an in depth review of the believer’s position in Christ, as well as the transformed life as a result of the filling of the Holy Spirit. PreReq: 2101 - The Bible, God's Amazing Book
    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)
    PreReg: None.
    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)
    PreReq: 1101 - Romans 1-5

    A 17 lesson study on Romans 9-16.

    (4 Credits)
    PreReq: 1101 - Romans 1-5 & 1102 - Romans 6-8

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    A 5 course study for GTIBI - The Gambia.

    An introduction to personal Bible study involving the steps of observation, interpretation, and application, along with learning special rules of interpretation for parables, proverbs, figures of speech, symbols, typology, prophecy, etc.

    (4 Credits)
    Prereq: 2101 - Bibliology: The Bible, God's Amazing Book

    An introduction to the availability and use of various computer software available free of charge online (such as e-sword), or that can be purchased (such as Logos, Bible Works, etc.)

    (1 Credit)
    Prereq: 2101 - Bibliology: The Bible, God's Amazing Book

    This takes Bible study methods to the next level with some explanation of exegesis applied to passages that are confusing to some or are used as proof texts to deny the eternal security of the believer such as Hebrews 3, 6, 10; 2 Peter 2:18-22; John 15:6; Revelation 3:5, 22:18-19, etc. 40 different passages are examined.

    (4 Credits)
    Prereq: 2101 - Bibliology: The Bible, God's Amazing Book


    While Paul explains the Gospel and its ramifications in Romans, he defends the Gospel in Galatians by showing that the Law cannot justify the sinner, nor sanctify the saint—only God’s grace can! (Independent Study)

    (4 Credits)
    Prereq: 2101 - Bibliology: The Bible, God's Amazing Book

    5 lessons from the 2017 Fall Bible Conference

    A 2 lesson study on the transitional nature of Acts

    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.

    (5 Credits)
    Prereq: Complete Phase 1

    This course is an in depth study on the topic of License.  License is a wrong perspective and practice which perverts the grace of God in falsely assuming that God’s grace and freedom from the Law is a license to sin.  Often times it's the result of getting away from legalism.

    (1 Credit)

    Prereq: Complete Year 1

    Genesis is an xx course study...... for GTIBI - The Gambia

    This study address such subjects as the 7 deaths, Heaven, Hell, the resurrections, the New Heaven and New Earth, the death of a child, of a believer, of an unbeliever, how to minister to others at a time of death, etc. (Independent Study)

    (2 Credits)
    Prereq: 2101 Bibliology: The Bible, God's Amazing Book

    1 Peter: Suffering For The Savior (10 Sessions) was the topic for The All Believers portion of our 2017 Fall Bible Conference, These studies have been taught by several guest-Bible teachers, as well as by the pastors from Duluth Bible Church. (Independent Study)

    (3 Credits)
    Prereq: 1101 - Romans 1-5

    This is a verse-by-verse exposition of the most definitive and expansive passage in the NT on the issues of spiritual gifts. Special attention will be given over to the true baptism by the Holy Spirit vs. the false, as well as the scriptural gifts of apostles, prophets, tongues, etc.

    (3 Credits)
    Prereq: Complete Phase 3

    While the Corinthian church had all the gifts of the Spirit, they lacked the fruit of the Spirit (which is love) due to their divisive and selfish carnality. This verse-by-verse exposition is clarifying and very practical in really grasping the necessity, characteristics, and permanence of true agape love in all of life, especially in the exercise of spiritual gifts.

    (3 Credits)
    Prereq: 4301 - Spiritual Gifts And The Local Church 1


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