January 2017 IBS Courses


We're looking forward to seeing you at IBS in Daytona Beach.  (See the welcome letter here.)

Below you will find course information for two courses: Intro to Christian Theology and Bible Study Methods.  Course syllabi can be obtained by clicking on link after course description below.  

There's not much you can do to prepare for Bible Study Methods because the class involves working in the biblical text and the assignments build on one another.  However, you can complete all the reading for Intro to Christian Theology (around 400pp) before you arrive.  We would strongly encourage you to finish as much of the ICT reading as possible before you come.  Staff who read ahead always tell us they are glad they did.

Information on receiving Graduate Credit

Through one of our partner seminaries you can receive graduate credit for most of the eleven core courses, including Intro to Chrsitian Theology and Inductive Bible Study Methods. This graduate credit can later be applied toward a graduate degree program at one of these seminaries or at another seminary. (Note: Intro to Mission is not a graduate level course and cannot be taken for graduate credit.) More information can be found on our Graduate Credit page.

Intro to Christian Theology – Dr. Keith Johnson

Good theology is vital to the life and health of the church.  Theology helps us answer questions like, ‘What is God like?’ ‘How does God speak to us?’ ‘Why did God create the world?’  ‘What does it mean to be human?’ ‘What’s wrong in the world?’ ‘Who is Jesus Christ and what did he do for us?’ ‘What is the good news of the gospel?’  ‘Who is the Holy Spirit?’ ‘What is a church?’ ‘How will God’s story end?’  This course will introduce you to the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith (God, Bible, creation, fall, Christ, Holy Spirit, salvation, Christian growth, Church and future things) affirmed in the Cru Statement of Faith.  Not only will you gain a deeper understanding of these doctrines but you will also discover how these doctrines should practically shape our lives and ministries. 

Amazon Links for Course Texts
Note: You are only reading select portions from these books.  Be sure to consult the course syllabus for specific readings.  The links below are for the "print" versions of these books.  Kindle versions are available for all three.

Required Reading (Articles)

Recommended Resources

Bible Study Methods – Teaching Team

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.

Amazon Links for Course Texts
Note: You are only reading select portions from these books.  Be sure to consult the course syllabus for specific readings.  The links below are for the "print" versions of these books.

Ultimate Road Trip  
Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper  
God's Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts  
The NIV Application Commentary:  Ephesians by Klyne Snodgrass