KEYSTONE BIBLE INSTITUTE

"The Heart and Mind of  Hands-On Ministry"


KBI offers you THREE options as you pursue your educational goals:



1. Certificate Option 

Under the certificate option, there are four certificates that you can earn, each certificate has four, one credit hour courses. This option requires attendance, reading of textbook, in-class discussion.  For a one credit hour of class, you would spend 2 hours in class, and one hour of work outside of class each week, total of 16 hours.


1. Foundation Church Ministry Certificate 4 credit hours


Old Testament Survey- Parts 1 and 2

is a sweeping overview of God's working from creation through the early days of His chosen people.  Studying the Old Testament is of immense value in affirming the importance of Christian heritage and the rule of God over His creation.  The Old Testament reveals a self-portrait of God, what He has done and is doing through history with His grand design to restore relationship with His creation. 


Old Testament Part 1

Era of Beginnings

The Patriarchs

God's holy Nation

Looking Forward To Canaan

 Possessing the Promised Land                            
Time of Transition
The Reign of David
The Solomonic Kingdom
The Northern Kingdom
The Kingdom of Judah:  Rehoboam-Jotham
The Kingdom of Judah-Ahaz-Zedekiah
Beyond the Exile

Part 2 Old Testament Survey
  • Psalms of Lament and Praise
  • Special Themes in the Psalms
  • Wisdom: Job and Ecclesiastes
  • Instructional Wisdom: Proverbs and Song of Solomon
  • Understanding and Interpreting the Prophets
  • Early Prophets from Israel: Jonah, Amos, Hosea
  • Early Prophets from Judah: Micah and Isaiah
  • Late Pre-exilic Prophets: Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Joel
  • Late Pre-exilic Prophets: Jeremiah, Lamentations, Obadiah
  • Exilic Prophet: Ezekiel
  • Exilic Prophet: Daniel
  • Post-exilic Prophets: Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
  • Growing Toward Spiritual Maturity
  • A strategy for growing toward Christlikeness must be based on the actual ways that people grow and develop into maturity.  Through identifying and understanding how we grow spiritually, we become more intentional in our use of time and methods.  This course emphasizes our relationship to God's Word for guidance.
  • The Dynamics of Spiritual Growth
  • Becoming a Disciple of Jesus Christ
  • The Church's Role in Making Disciples
  • Feasting on the Word
  • Developing Intimacy with God
  • Establishing a Godly Lifestyle
  • Fruitfulness and Reaching others for Christ
  • Discovering and Using your Spiritual Gifts
  • Teaching Others
  • Leading Others
  • Mentoring Others
  • Being a Lifelong Learner
  • Understanding People

    To truly understand working with people we must combine the rigorous formal study of developmental issues with our own observations and thorough study of Scripture. This book helps the Bible teacher enhance ministry effectiveness. An appreciation for the intricacies of growth and development positively influence every person we contact.

    • Understanding Human Development
    • Prenatal to 24 Months
    • Toddlers: Two and Three Years
    • Preschoolers: Four and Five Years
    • Primary: Six, Seven, and Eight Years
    • Pre-Adolescence: 9, 10, and 11 Years
    • Early Adolescence: 12 and 13 Years
    • Middle Adolescence: 14 -17 Years
    • Late Adolescence: 18-22 Years
    • Early Adult: 23-40 Years
    • Middle Adult: 40-65 Years
    • Senior Adult: 65+ Years
  • 2. Standard Church Ministry Certificate - 4 credit hours
  • New Testament Survey
  • This course  brings unity and chronological sequence to New Testament study by weaving the contents of the books around a central theme--the person of Christ.  Divisions are the synoptic Gospels, Gospel of John, Book of Acts, Pauline Epistles in chronological order General  Epistles and the Book of Revelation
  • Background and Composition of the New Testament
  • The Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke
  • Gospel of John
  • Book of Acts
  • Pauline Epistles: 1 and 2 Thessalonians
  • Pauline Epistles: 1 and 2 Corinthians
  • Pauline Epistles: Galatians and Romans
  • Pauline Epistles: Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians, Philippians
  • Pauline Epistles: 1 Timothy, Titus, 2 Timothy
  • The Church and Suffering
  • The Church and False Teaching: 2 Peter, Jude, 1, 2, and 3 John
  • Book of Revelation

Charts:

  • The Missionary Journeys of Paul
  • The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia
  • The Three Series of Judgments


You and Your Bible

Believers should be well informed about the Word of God. God created mankind in his own image and likeness for the purpose of contact and communion with Him. This course presents the inspiration and authorship of the Bible; how it was preserved, why we believe it, how to deal with its problems and critics, the role of archeology and ways to study it more effectively.

  • Revelation and Inspiration
  • Why Christians Believe the Bible--New Testament
  • Who wrote the Old Testament
  • Who wrote the New Testament
  • Preservation of the Bible--New Testament
  • Preservation of the Bible--Old Testament
  • Bible Problems
  • Higher Criticism and the Bible
  • Why Christians Believe the Bible--Old Testament
  • Archeology and the Old Testament
  • Helps for Bible Study
  • Bible Study Methods
  • Resources for Enrichment


Understanding Teaching - 

Many engaged in Christian teaching do so for many years without weary spirits. Others who were once earnest, give up in despair. What makes the difference? Biblical teaching brings appreciation for this spiritual gift. To understand the teaching ministry is to realize its significant impact on the spread of the Gospel. Approaching this task biblically involves empowerment from the Holy Spirit, insight into God's Word, sharp communications skills, and accurate interaction with students.

  • Why Teach?
  • Why Students Learn?
  • Preparing Yourself in the Word?
  • Application and Learning
  • Understanding Lesson Aims
  • Planning the Lesson
  • Teaching Students--Not Lessons
  • Selecting Methods
  • Preparing Materials
  • Setting Your Classroom
  • Evaluating Teaching
  • Keeping Fresh


Teaching Techniques

This course continues examination of teaching methods used in church education.  Making appropriate choices need not be daunting task.  This course discusses the teaching methods of Jesus, what constitutes effective teaching, and why educational psychology informs our teaching methods.


Studying Jesus' Example

  • Jesus Christ, the Ultimate Educator
  • He Desired to Serve
  • He was dedicated to the Scriptures
  • He was diverse in His situations

 

What is An Effective Teacher?

  • The seven Laws of Teaching
  • Characteristics of Effective Teachers Personified
  • Two Essentials Ingredients of Effective Teaching

 

Psychology

  • Understanding Psychology
  • What is Educational Psychology
  • Being Different is Good
  • Learning Differences and Learning Needs
  • Learning Plans

Epilogue

Bonus: Three That Mattered



3. ADVANCED CHURCH MINISTRY CERTIFICATE  4 credit hours


The Triune God

This work is a popular presentation addressing the contemporary need for confidence in God; the personality and work of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit as Trinity. The doctrine of the Trinity is clearly expounded in this timeless treasure from ETA's founder, Clarence H. Benson (1879-1954) who was a moving force  and tireless advocate for the effective training for ministry in local churches. 


  • The Nature of God
  • The Infinitude of God
  • The Holiness, Righteousness, and Justice of God
  • The Truthfulness, Faithfulness, and Love of God
  • The Works of God
  • The Preexistence and Incarnation of Christ
  • The Deity of Christ
  • The Sacrificial Death of Christ
  • The Resurrection of Christ
  • The Return and Reign of Christ
  • The Personality and Power of the Holy Spirit
  • The Holy Spirit and the Believer




The Truth About Worldviews

  • in a world where multiple "truths" abound, Christians need to be on their guard to avoid deception by other ways of looking at the world in opposition to Christ and His Word. To be prepared is to be well informed and how other worldviews differ from Christianity. This work analyzes the main world religions, cults, and philosophical systems relating to spirituality, morality, and the meaning of life.

    • Postmodernism and the Need for Worldview Analysis
    • Naturalism (or Secular Humanism)
    • Hinduism
    • Buddhism
    • Confucianism
    • Shintoism
    • Judaism
    • Islam
    • The New Age Movement
    • The Jehovah's Witness, Christian Science, and Morman Worldviews
    • Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and Eastern Orthodoxy: What's the Difference?
    • Christianity as a Worldview

  • Beyond Reasonable Doubt

    Aside from personal faith in God, is there evidence to substantiate the claims of Christianity? You be the judge! An introduction to the study of apologetics, this book will take a step-by-step approach through the well-documented evidence and help you reach a verdict that could change your life.
  • Introduction:
  •  Can Christianity Be Proven
  • The Empty Tomb
  • The Eyewitnesses
  • The Existence of Creation
  • The Complexity of Creation
  • Historical Prophecy
  • Messianic Prophecy
  • The Unequaled Christ
  • The Solidarity of Scripture
  • The Reliability of Biblical Documents
  • The Evidence of Archaeology
  • The Witness of Changed Lives
  • The Absence of Alternatives
  • Conclusion: The Step of Faith



Evangelism for the 21st Century

Contemporary evangelism is not really different--and yet extremely different--than any other time in history. The world of the first disciples was full of idolatry, political corruption, and gross immortality; much like our own culture. We must be bold, offer hope, be genuine, build relationships, and emphasize wholeness.

  • Introduction
  • A Biblical Definition of Evangelism
  • Evangelism and the Kingdom of God
  • Evangelism in the Early Church
  • Evangelism and the Local Church
  • Evangelism as a Spiritual Gift
  • Evangelism and Personal Responsibility
  • Evangelism and the Whole Person
  • Evangelism and Social Justice (Part 1)
  • Evangelism and Social Justice (Part 2)
  • Evangelism in the Post-Christian World
  • Evangelism and the Family
  • Evangelism and the Great Commission


4. LEADERSHIP CHURCH MINISTRY CERTIFICATE 4 credit hours


Biblical Leadership

This relevant and important book will help you grasp a New Testament picture of leadership that is person-centered and team-centered. Rather than basing ministry on secular principles, the timeless biblical strategies of placing people to use their gifts in service will help you grow in self-perception, skills, and vision as a leader.

  • Introduction
  • Accepting and Applying Biblical Leadership
  • Paying Attention to Administration
  • Organizing Your Meaningful Ministry
  • Setting and Achieving Goals
  • Perceiving and Planning Ministry
  • Creating a Climate for Developing Leadership Teams
  • Assessing and Recruiting Leadership Teams
  • Preparing and Placing Leadership
  • Teams Challenging and Changing New Leaders
  • Supervising Satisfied Teams
  • True Team Decision-Making
  • Making Leaders Out of Learners


Church History 

Written as a basic introduction to the subject, this course covers four major periods of church history: The Ancient Church, The Medieval Church, The Reformation Church, and The Modern Church. The focus of this study is to gain perspective, both comforting and challenging, to many current issues faced today. Studying history gives understanding of the complexities and richness of Christian faith and doctrine, as well as reinforcement that the Church will triumph.



  • Foundation of the Church: The Apostolic Age
  • The Apostolic Fathers
  • Defending the Faith: Enemies Within and Without
  • The Ancient Church and Theology
  • The Medieval Church
  • The Reformation Church
  • The Catholic Church Responds
  • The Church and the Scientific Revolution
  • The Church, The Enlightenment, and Theological Liberalism
  • The Church and Modern Missions
  • The Church and Revivals in America
  • The Church and Modernity



Christian Ethics 

There is a difference between "ethics" and "morals." Ethics do not change. Morals reflect the changing whims of culture. For the Christian, ethics must be rooted in the absolutes revealed in God's Word to inform and nurture our moral conduct. In the postmodern era, Christians must learn to think biblically and identify how we relate to culture. This book explores a synthesis, viewed through the lens of Scripture, to formulate a strategy for today.


  • Introduction Ethics: An Introduction
  • Ethical Options for the Christian
  • How Should a Christian Relate to Culture?
  • Abortion
  • Euthanasia
  • Bioethics
  • Human Sexuality
  • The Christian and Politics
  • The Ethical Challenge war and Capital Punishment
  • The Ethics of Work and Race
  • The Christian, The Arts, and Entertainment
  • The Christian and The Environment



Biblical Beliefs

What was it that lead to the early church's success? Not success in financial terms or political influence, early Christians overcame persecution to become the most dominant religious force the world has ever known. Their fundamental faith commitments supported a manner of life that linked beliefs and behavior, or doctrine and practice. The Apostle Paul warned that deceptions are a significant danger to Christians. Truth, then, becomes essential for living in perilous times.

  • The Authority of Scripture
  • The Godhead
  • Creation and the Fall
  • The Person and Work of Christ
  • The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
  • The Doctrine of
  • Introduction
  • Salvation
  • Spirituality
  • The Church: Origin and Identity
  • The Church: Mission and Ministry
  • Angels and Demons
  • Heaven and Hell
  • The Coming Kingdom
  • Conclusion
  • 2.  Diploma Option   45 credit hours
  • Biblical Literature 
  • THROUGH THE BIBLE SERIES: Old Testament Studies=12 credit hours
  • Torah/Pentateuch 3 credit hours
  • Historical Books Joshua-II Chronicles - 3 credit hours
  • Old Testament Literature, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Lamentations
  • 3 credit hours
  • The Prophets (Major and Minor, 3 credit hours

  • THROUGH THE BIBLE SERIES: New Testament Studies=12 credit hours
  •  Four Gospels, 3 credit hours
  • The Historical Book of Acts, 3 credit hours

  • The Pauline Epistles, 3 credit hours

  • The General Epistles, 3 credit hours

  • Theological Studies-12 credit hours
  •   Systematic Theology, 6 credit hours
  •  Practical Theology, 6 credit hours
  • Historical Studies=9 credit hours
  • Understanding the Jewish DNA, 3 credit hours
  • Christian Church History, 3 credit hours
  •  America's Providential History, 3 credit hours.


3.  Degree Option 60/120 credit hours


KBI can assist your pursuit in  either an Associate Degree 60 credit hours, or a Bachelor Degree, 120 credit hours in thirteen ministry areas of study through Christian Leadership University.   KBI will offer some of these courses, they will be twelve-week in length, requiring 2 hours of classroom attendance, and additional 5 hours per week of homework assignments.  You can find more about CLU at cluonline.org 



Other COURSE Offerings

From time to time other courses will be offered by KBI, the following is a list of those courses:


Christianity, Cults, and Other Religions-- as Christians we need to know what we believe.  This study will teach you what the Bible says about God, Jesus, Salvation and more.  Comparison to the teachings of other religions and cults.  Covers Mormonism, Jehovah Witness, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and more.

 

Four Views of the End Times explores the differing ideas that divide believers into four major points of view concerning the end times.  This study tackles Dispensational  Pre-Millennialism, Post-Millennialism, Historic Pre-Millennialism and A-Millennialism.  For each view the objective study includes simple definitions, explanation and discuss supporting Scriptures.

 

The Old Testament Tabernacle  is a wonderful study of how a holy and loving God reaches out to sinful imperfect people.  The study will help you understand worship and so much more, especially how the tabernacle reveals the Messiah.

 

The Old Testament Temple study Solomon temple, the .Post-Exilic temple, and Herod’s temple-the temple of Jesus day.

 

Spiritual Warfare and the Armor of God  will equip you to understand the whole area of Spiritual Warfare and how as a Christian you can be effective through prayer and protection in breaking through the enemy’s strongholds and territory.

 

Islam and Christianity  covers the founder, dates, and important Islamic events, salvation, and paradise, who God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are to Muslims, key writings and scriptures, the role of women, the prophets, practices and rituals.

 

Evangelizing the Cults is a study on understanding the most popular cults and their beliefs and how to open the door to witness to them in love.

 

Feasts of the Bible , God commanded Israel to observe these feasts and holy days as memorials to the great things he had done.  These are holidays that Jesus observed all through his life, learn  how important they are to the Messiah’s return to earth.

 

Great Doctrines of the Christian Faith covers the trinity, virgin birth, resurrection, ascension, atonement, redemption, forgiveness, repentance, faith, assurance, justification, sanctification, regeneration, second coming of Christ. 


Discipleship of  New Believers will help the congregation to develop an effective discipleship ministry for new believers.

 

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Lost Gospels discover how the scrolls help prove the accuracy of bible translation, and how the Gospel is reliable.

 

Spiritual Gifting and Spiritual Fruit a sane and biblical balance approach to this often confusing subject.  Both must be studied together to appreciate their importance.

 

Celebration of Spiritual Disciplines , a path to deep spiritual growth, a study of the inward, outward and corporate disciples of the life of Jesus and the early church.

 

The Cry for Spiritual Fathers and Mothers, a study designed to challenge believers to both have and become spiritual parents.

 

Training for Church Leadership describe a model of church leadership that communicates the family character of the church as teams of servant leaders give healthy oversight to the church and members are empowered in ministry. (12 sessions)

 


 

Dr. Gibson offers these seminars studies for congregations of all sizes and denominations.  Seminars are available for Sunday evenings or Saturday morning sessions.  Offerings for Keystone Bible Institute are requested for each class session to cover time and expense.