PROGRAM OF STUDY
The River Bible Institute was established to equip men and women to be victorious in every area of life. It is our desire to produce men and women of God who are knowledgeable in the Word of God, strong in faith principles, compassionate to the needs of others, and as bold as a lion!
The River Bible Institute is a three-year degree program. Upon successful completion of all requirements for the three-year program, the student will obtain a Bachelors in Ministry.
The program itself may serve as a catalyst for a greater more intimate walk with God and provide the student with tools for more productive Bible study. This program may also serve as the initial step toward further structured theological study.
At the River Bible Institute we strive to follow the Holy Spirit in every aspect of the school. We believe each course taught should be as directed by the Spirit. Therefore, the following courses are scheduled to be taught. However, we will not hesitate to change or adapt any of these subjects if prompted by the Holy Spirit. We are confident that at the conclusion of your time at RBI you will not only be well informed regarding key biblical themes and subjects, but you will have experienced them as well, for it must be the Word of God that defines our experiences
1ST YEAR CURRICULUM
Authority of the Believer
Book of Acts
Christian Foundation I & II
Gifts of the Spirit
The Gospels: Seeing Jesus
Helps & the Local Church
The Holy Spirit
Introduction to Government
Introduction to Revival Studies
Matters of the Heart
Soul Winning I
Submission & Authority
Worship as a Lifestyle
3RD YEAR CURRICULUM
The Call of God / The Fivefold Ministry
Hearing the Voice of God
Homiletics I & II
Pastoral Care and Counseling
Preparation for Ministry
Youth & Children's Ministry
2ND YEAR CURRICULUM
Christ the Healer
Devils & Demons
The Love Walk
Merchandising and Trafficking the Anointing
The Minister’s Family
The Ministry of the Evangelist
New Testament Survey
Old Testament Survey
Revival: Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else
Shaking the Nations
Signs & Wonders
Soul Winning II
This Present Glory
Twelve Pillars of Faith
Women in Ministry
RIVER BIBLE INSTITUTE CLASS SCHEDULE
Monday - Friday
Praise & Worship/Announcements............8:30-8:40 AM
1st Hour.........................................................8:50-9:40 AM
2nd Hour......................................................9:45-10:35 AM
3rd Hour.....................................................10:40-11:30 AM
4th Hour...............................................11:40 AM-12:30 PM
FIRST-YEAR CLASS DESCRIPTIONS (FOUNDATIONAL YEAR)
The Anointing - In this series on the Anointing, Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne reveals some key truths about the anointing learned in over 30 years of ministry. The student will learn that the anointing is present to heal, deliver, set free, and set ablaze anyone who is hungry and desperate enough to be used by God.
Authority of the Believer – As believers, we have authority that some of us may not be aware of. We may even be walking in it and not knowing it. This course is to help us open God's word on the subject of “Authority” so that as believers we may not only live out our God-given authority but also begin to see God’s perfect plan unfold in our lives daily.
Bible Doctrines – In this course we will take time to study the subjects of what we believe and understand why we believe them. We will also begin to build a solid foundation on the biblical truths that our doctrine is built upon, as well as expose false doctrines concerning what we believe.
Book of Acts – This course will give you an understanding of The Book of Acts with the emphasis on The Work of the Holy Spirit throughout.
Christian Foundation I – This course will help new believers and mature Christians alike learn the legal claim for who and what they are in Christ. Students will go over the basics of the Bible and build upon their knowledge of the Word in light of redemption to increase their faith and challenge each student to a deeper walk with Christ our Redeemer.
Christian Foundation II – This course will help the student develop strong spiritual and biblical discernment of what a true Christian lifestyle looks like. The emphasis will be on purity and holiness in life, ministry, and conduct as a believer. We will study how the Gifts of the Spirit and the Fruit of the Spirit cancel the works of the flesh.
Christian Lifestyle – What are the outward and inward evidences of a Christian lifestyle? When we truly practice a Christian lifestyle, the inward evidence becomes obvious. God’s glory and power pours out upon all those around us. Those who live the Christian lifestyle live a pure and confident life on the inside and outside. In the epistles we find what is expected of us inwardly and outwardly.
English Composition – This course will refresh and develop your English grammar skills and review the eight parts of speech, punctuation, mechanics, and foundational sentence construction. It will also develop your writing and speaking skills as it presents writing and speaking structure, style, tone, clarity, and flow as well as source citations, evidence attributions, quotations, and academic integrity.
Faith I – An understanding of the different types of Faith that are required to enable the student to minister in a way that will not only impact their lives but most importantly, the lives of others.
Gifts of the Spirit – This is a study course of the Gifts of the Spirit according to 1 Corinthians 12. The student will learn who the gifts are from, who the gifts are for, and what their purpose is, according to the Bible.
Godly Character – This is a course on godly character. Each student will be stirred and challenged to examine the fruit in their lives. The dynamic truths shared in this class will touch lives. When an individual knows that Christ is Lord and Savior of their life, they will know that His character and ability will work in and through them. Godly character will be established, evident, and set as the standard in their lives.
The Gospels: Seeing Jesus – This course offers an intimate and inspirational look at the life of Jesus. Using the text Jesus, this course will explore the Gospels as they reveal Jesus.
Heavenly Vision - In this video series, Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne reveals the foundation of heavenly vision. The students will learn that the vision that God place on the inside of us does not come from men, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. It’s the heavenly vision that will carry you through the days that are to come on the earth. It’s an anchor to the unseen.
Helps & The Local Church – This course will give the student a biblical understanding of the helps ministry in relation to the local church which works in conjunction with a worldwide ministry.
The Holy Spirit – A course on the Person and the work of the Holy Spirit. Emphasis is made on foundational truths that will radically change the students way of thinking. Students will discover what it’s like to know the person of the Holy Spirit in a great way – to really know Him as best friend.
Introduction to Government – This course will introduce the student to the proper role of government so they may successfully navigate governments' laws and policies to obtain favor no matter where in the world they are called to serve. To fulfill the call of God on your life you must understand God's commands upon Christians to be involved in and to interact with the governments of this world.
Introduction to Revival Studies - In the Revival at ORU video series, Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne explains that real revival is not just a touch but a change. Every student needs a touch from the Master’s hand, a touch that will impact and mark their entire life. When the student is touched, revived and changed by the Holy Spirit, not only will they know it but the world will hear it in their words and see it in their action and attitude. You will be impacted by the fire and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Students will be filled with the joy of the Lord and set on fire.
Matters of the Heart – A study on the heart of the believer and its importance in the Christian walk. The course will show how to develop one’s heart and what it means to keep one’s heart with all diligence.
Personal Development – This course prepares students to navigate the complexities of daily life as it pertains to the natural so that it does not hinder the supernatural as each student pursues the call of God on their life by teaching practical knowledge and strategies including life skills, time management, financial literacy, study skills, and more.
Prayer I – This course will study what prayer is and how to get prayers answered; the purpose, the necessity, the possibilities, the power, the weapons, and the essentials of prayer.
Soul Winning I – This is a course on introducing Christ to others in the workplace, on foreign fields, and local neighborhoods. Each student will experience the joy of leading others to Christ and then follow up with them to make them disciples.
Stewardship I – This course will familiarize the student with many scriptures that pertain to finances and stewardship. A foundation is given for personal life as well as equipping with truths needed for preaching on stewardship and giving in ministry.
Submission & Authority – The student will realize the importance of submission and authority in their daily walk of faith and learn how to be prepared to submit to authority while learning how to walk in God-given authority.
Worship as a Lifestyle - This course will give the student a thorough understanding of the foundation, purpose, and practice of worship in the believer’s life. Emphasis will be placed on worship as a lifestyle for the believer, discovering how man’s entire existence is tied to living in and depending upon God’s presence.
SECOND-YEAR CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Apologetics – This course will teach the biblical, theological, and historical foundations of Christian apologetics with an emphasis on defending the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. It will demonstrate reasons to be confident in the truth of Scripture as well as identify and critique frequently encountered objections and challenges, both historical and contemporary, which have been brought against the Holy Spirit. Students will also recognize and evaluate various apologetic methodologies, and integrate biblical, theological, philosophical, historical, and scientific arguments for the truth of the Christian faith.
Blood Covenant - This course will involve biblical study into the covenants, their creation, and duration, with particular emphasis on the Blood Covenant and its implications for the believer. This course will also examine both the old and new covenant, their similarities and their application for today.
Christ the Healer – This course will help to establish, from the scriptures, that it is God’s will to heal all today and to correct wrong thinking about certain passages of scripture misunderstood by those who oppose divine healing.
Devils & Demons - This course will ground you, the student, in the Word of God concerning the activity of angels and demons. It will also build faith for dealing scripturally with both Godly angels and fallen angels/demons.
Eschatology – Eschatology is the branch of theology that deals with the final consummation of all things. We will covering such subject matter as the rapture, the tribulation, judgment, and the life to come.
Faith II – An understanding of the different types of Faith that are required to enable the student to minister in a way that will not only impact their lives but most importantly, the lives of others.
Leadership – This course will develop a biblical foundation for leadership. Students will discover principles that will help them to develop leadership qualities in their lives.
The Love Walk – In this course the student will be encouraged, exhorted and provoked to press into God, make a decision and a commitment to really get to the know the Father. The student will learn that by walking in the love of God, one can walk in victory in every area of life.
Merchandising and Trafficking the Anointing - This course will give you an understanding of the world we are living in. Every one of us must make the decision whom we will serve. Will we submit every aspect of our lives to the word of God and keep our heart and life pure? Or will we give in to our fleshly desire and sell out to the devil and the world? Many Christians – even many preachers – have already compromised and given place to the devil even though they claim to be serving God. If the devil even tried to tempt Jesus with this, how can we expect to walk in freedom and righteousness except by the power of the word and the Holy Spirit?
The Minister’s Family – This course’s purpose is to give the student called into ministry a thorough understanding of the practicalities and demands of ministry placed on the family and how to deal with them successfully; in other words, how to balance family and ministry correctly.
Ministry Gifts - This course will cover Ministry Gifts and the Divine Call. Students will develop an understanding that, as ministers of the Gospel, we are entrusted with God’s strength and might.
The Ministry of the Evangelist – This course will give the students a thorough understanding of how the evangelist dovetails with the church as we know it. It will bring practical insight into the traveling evangelist and how things work on the road, as well as show some of the pitfalls and how you can overcome them.
New Testament Survey – The student will obtain a general knowledge of the theme and contents of each New Testament book and gain an understanding of the meaning and significance of the historical events and messages of the New Testament.
Old Testament Survey – The student will obtain a general knowledge of the theme and contents of each Old Testament book and gain an understanding of the meaning and significance of the historical events and messages of the Old Testament.
Prayer II – This course will study what prayer is and how to get prayers answered; the purpose, the necessity, the possibilities, the power, the weapons, and the essentials of prayer.
Revival: Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else – In this class, Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne explains that real revival is not just a touch but a change – it is coming back to your first love, Jesus. Every student needs a touch from the Master’s hand, a touch that will impact and mark their entire life. When the student is touched, revived, and changed by the Holy Spirit, not only will they know it but the world will hear it in their words and see it in their actions and attitude. You are guaranteed that when you are done with this course you will never be the same.
Shaking the Nations - The spirit of God is always moving across the nations of the earth. God is waiting for the church to rise up and be bold for this hour. He is looking for people that He can show Himself strong on their behalf. It’s time to shake the nations by the power of the gospel through signs and wonders. God is waiting on you.
Signs & Wonders – The student will learn that signs and wonders should be an everyday occurrence in the believer’s life. The student will also come to an understanding that signs, wonders and miracles are not just for the church, but they are for the demonstration of the power of God outside the four walls of the church.
Soul Winning II – This is a course on introducing Christ to others in the work place, on foreign fields, and local neighborhoods. Each student will experience the joy of leading others to Christ and then follow up with them to make them disciples.
Stewardship II – This course will familiarize the student with many scriptures that pertain to finances and stewardship. A foundation is given for personal life as well as equipping with truths needed for preaching on stewardship and giving in ministry.
This Present Glory - This course will address the current situation within the body of Christ on the subject of spiritual warfare with a central focus on the "light" which is the Lord, rather than the "darkness" that is in the world. The spiritual weapons available to us as Christians will be discussed in detail. Using the word of God, a comparison will be made between current beliefs about spiritual warfare to reveal what is a fact and what is fiction. You will learn what spiritual warfare is and how the battle is fought.
Twelve Pillars of Faith - There are foundational truths in God’s Word that, as Holy Ghost-filled believers, we must truly comprehend and grasp to be foundational truths, thereby making them pillars of our faith. This course will expound on these twelve pillars: 1) My Heart, 2) My Mission, 3) My Worship, 4) My Family, 5) My Treasure, 6) My Father, 7) My Comforter, 8) My Road Map, 9) My Absolutes, 10) My Prayer Life, 11) My Crowns, 12) My Jesus
Women in Ministry – In this course, students will learn the leadership roles women had in the New Testament and demonstrate historical examples in regard to the Fivefold Ministry. The weight of New Testament theology and the basic principles of the Gospel will lay the case for women functioning with men working together as partners in the body of Christ.
Vision – In this course, students will learn clear teaching from the Word defining what vision is, how vision is unique to each individual, obstacles that hinder the vision, patience to see the fulfillment of the vision and keeping focused on the vision.
THIRD-YEAR CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Acceleration - In this course, students will learn the keys to acceleration and how to be increased, multiplied, and enlarged by the Spirit of God. They will learn about the call of God on their life, how to get rid of distractions, how to focus, and how to access supernatural help to do what God has called them to. Students will understand how to move obstacles and mountains by the quickening of heaven to accelerate the very plans of the Kingdom.
The Call of God / The Five-Fold Ministry - The emphasis of this course will be in three different areas: 1) To give the students a thorough understanding of the Five-Fold Ministry and its relevance to the present church. 2) To emphasize the divine call, God’s equipping, and faithfulness that God is looking for. 3) To examine the gifting present within the Five-Fold Offices and their functions in the local church. After this course, students should be able to see how important the call of God is, the importance of the office of the Five-Fold Ministry, and the importance of the Five-Fold Ministry being active in the local church.
Church History – This course will survey the history of Christianity since the beginning of the church. Emphasis will be given to the charismatic/Pentecostal movements that have arisen since the Book of Acts, and that have continued throughout history to the present day. This course will also provide an understanding of the continuous move of the Spirit in the life of the church, culminating in the present move of revival in the world today.
Hearing the Voice of God - The cry in the heart of every believer is to know how to hear the voice of God. It is the purpose of this course to bring you a greater understanding of how you can hear God’s voice. We will look into the various ways God speaks to us and realize that as His sheep, we know His voice and the voice of a stranger we will not follow.
Hermeneutics – This course will prepare students to interpret the Bible from the experience of the Holy Spirit that empowered the church on the day of Pentecost and dynamically shaped their reading of Scripture using a fundamental epistemological approach.
Homiletics I & II – The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the art and science of preaching known as homiletics. This course is designed to assist the student in organizing themselves, materials, and their God-given abilities to effectively minister the Gospel.
Ministry Operations – In this course students will gain practical experience in every department of Revival Ministries International and explore day-to-day operations using department manuals and hands-on training by each department pastor or manager. Students will be trained and leave this course with all the resources needed to build and manage each department in their own ministry when the launch.
Missions – This course introduces the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic dimensions of God’s global plans and purposes. It addresses the basis of and necessity for true and biblical world missions as well as the importance of every believer finding and fulfilling God’s specific mission for their lives. We will explore the call and cost of missions by following the missionary journeys of the apostle Paul and one of the greatest missionaries of the 19th century, Dr. David Livingstone. This course will teach the student practical knowledge on how to launch into full-time or part-time mission work. We will also explore the call and the cost of missions, by following the life story of David Livingstone, one of the greatest missionaries of our time.
Pastoral Care and Counseling – This course is designed to give students a practical and spiritual overview of pastoral ministry. This class will equip the students with sound, biblical wisdom on how to be led by the Spirit in handling pastoral matters as well as to help the student consider the special issues associated with the theory, practice, and administration of counseling in pastoral contexts.
Preparation for Ministry – Through both lecture and hands-on experience, this course is designed to help the students with the practical and business aspects of ministry and equip them with the tools needed to begin a ministry.
Youth and Children’s Ministry – Each student will learn how to build and operate a successful children’s and youth ministry in the structure of the local church. Whether operating as a senior pastor, children’s pastor, youth pastor, or a leader in a church plant or an established church, in a full-time or part-time volunteer capacity, the student will learn the principles of building a strong children’s and
youth ministry that supports and strengthens the vision of the house.