IBS Core Courses Required For Cru Staff

Foundational for your biblical and theological development are the eleven core courses offered through the Institute of Biblical Studies (IBS). These eleven courses are designed to equip you for a lifetime of ministry. The “first year” courses are completed during New Staff Training. (NST) The remaining eight courses can be completed in two summers (taking four classes each summer). To find specific offerings of IBS courses, see IBS  Venues

Core Course Descriptions

First Year (NST)

Intro to Christian Theology
An overview of the major doctrinal areas: God, Bible, Holy Spirit, anthropology, sin, Christ, salvation, Christian growth, the Church and eschatology. This course is designed to overview topics included in Cru’s doctrinal statement.

Bible Study Methods
Using the book of Ephesians as a guide, you will learn the skills necessary to open the Scriptures for yourself. You will do this working in small groups along with a coach, so you can get the practical help you need to handle the word accurately.

Intro to Mission
Our God is a missionary God.  From Genesis to Revelation, God is working to create a community of redeemed people from every tribe, tongue and nation for his glory.  This class will help you better understand God’s mission (missio Dei) and the vital role his church is called to play in advancing his kingdom.  We will explore cross-cultural mission from four perspectives:  Biblical, Historical, Cultural, and Strategic.

Second Year

Bible/God/Holy Spirit
This class introduces the doctrine of the Bible (Can we trust it? How do we view it? How does it function in our lives?), the doctrine of God (Who is God? How do we relate to him? How does he relate to us?), and the doctrine of the Holy Spirit (Who is the Spirit? What does he do? How does he relate to us?). Students will learn more about God but also find their hearts moved to worship this God.

Biblical Interpretation
Poetry. Letters. Stories. Laws. Prophecy. Faithfully interpreting God’s Word requires understanding the various literary forms through which God has revealed himself, applying sound hermeneutical principles, and connecting every passage to God’s redemptive message throughout the Scriptures. Building on the foundation of Bible Study Methods, this course will introduce you to an interpretive process that will enable you to understand God’s Word and encounter the living God more profoundly. You will have the opportunity to learn this process working in small groups with the aid of a mentor who will guide you to handle the treasures of God’s Word faithfully and meaningfully.

Biblical Communication
Communicating biblical truth requires a profound understanding of God’s Word and an ability to relate God’s Word to your audience so they may be transformed by the Author. Building upon the Biblical Interpretation class, experienced communicators will help you become a worshipping communicator and develop audience-sensitive skills that guarantee your message finds relevant, true-to-life application. Through lecture and workshops this course will equip you lead the emerging generations to conviction and repentance of their sin and to growing belief and adoration of Christ.

Old Testament Survey
This course will explore the message of Old Testament books and how their messages work together to form a revelation that points to Christ. At the end of this course, you will have a number of tools to help you apply the Old Testament to Christian living today.

Third Year

This course will equip you to respond to the basic objections to Christianity that are encountered in evangelism. Topics include postmodernism, the existence of God, religious pluralism, the fate of the unevangelized, the problem of evil, historical reliability of the Bible, the New Age movement, and the resurrection.

Humanity / Christ / Salvation
This class covers the crucial topics of what it means to be human (What does it mean to be created in the image of God? Why is this important? What are the personal and ethical ramifications?), the person of Christ (Who is this beautiful Christ?) and what Christ has done (How does Christ save us? What does he save us from?).

Christian World View
This class introduces the construction and importance of a Christian world view, critiques major philosophical
constructions of alternative world views; e.g., postmodernism, pantheism, naturalism, existentialism, secular humanism, Islam, and helps students refine their own world views.

Church History
This class traces the history of the Church from Pentecost to the present, emphasizes what God has done throughout the history of the Church, and explains the emergence of major theological positions and branches of Christianity.