January 2021 IBS Courses

We're looking forward to seeing you in January. (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 the links after the course descriptions below.  

You can complete all the reading for Intro to Christian Theology (around 400pp).  We would strongly encourage you to finish as much of the ICT reading as possible before classes start.  Staff who read ahead always tell us they are glad they did.

For Bible Study Methods, you have a one pre-course assignment. There are some readings that are appropriate to complete before the course, but others that should only be read as the course unfolds. You can find articles (marked as pre-course readomg with an *) here and the syllabus here.

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. 

  • "Getting to Know You" Survey Link  (please complete before the first day of class)
  • Download Course Syllabus (available November 13)
  • Attributes in God Worksheet (you will need to save a copy to your Google drive)

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 as well.

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.

God's Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts  

Ephesians (Story of God Bible Commentary) by Mark Roberts (Out-of-Print. Hold off purchasing until we find a solution.)

Walking the Good Road (First Nations Translation) by Terry Wildman

Other Resources: