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 offers both two and three year degree programs.
Upon successful completion of all requirements for the two year program, the student will obtain an Associates Degree. 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.
Upon successful completion of all requirements for the three year program, the student will obtain a Bachelors in Ministry.
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
Christ the Healer
Gifts of the Spirit
Matters of the Heart
New Creation Realities
New Testament Survey
Old Testament Survey
Soul Winning I
Submission and Authority
The Blood Covenant
The Fruit of the Spirit
The Holy Spirit
Worship as a Lifestyle
2ND YEAR CURRICULUM
Healing and Miracle Ministry of Jesus
Old Testament Men of Faith
Preparation for Ministry
Signs and Wonders
Soul Winning II
The Love Walk
The Minister’s Family
The Ministry of the Evangelist
The Name of Jesus
The Tabernacle of Moses
RIVER BIBLE INSTITUTE CLASS SCHEDULE (YEARS 1 & 2)
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
1ST YEAR CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
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 Gods 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 on a daily basis.
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 exposing false doctrines concerning what we believe.
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.
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.
Church History – The purpose of this course is to help the student become familiar with the periods of Church history, important leaders, significant issues, great movements, and the characteristics of the True Church. Emphasis will be given to the Pentecostal/Charismatic movements that have arisen since the book of Acts, and have continued throughout history to the present day.
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 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.
Spiritual Growth – Students learn that maturing spiritually is a process. Just as physical growth occurs through the stages of babyhood, childhood and manhood, God intends that believers grow into Christian maturity.
Helps I – 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 world wide ministry.
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.
Missions I – God has one unified, global purpose for all He does. This course introduces the exciting biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic dimensions of His plan. It addresses key issues: the basis of and necessity for world missions, and the status of and plan for world missions. Students are introduced to basic information needed to pursue missionary training or to help lead their local church in its global ministry.
New Creation Realities – An investigation into the Hidden man of the Heart, the spirit man, according to the great plan of redemption. This course will scripturally unveil who we are in Christ through the new birth.
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 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 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 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.
The Blood Covenant – This course is 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 examine the old and new covenants, their similarities, and their application today.
The Fruit of the Spirit – This is an in-depth course designed to recognize and develop the fruit that the Holy Spirit wants to produce in your life according to Galatians Chapter 5.
The Gospels – This course will give the students a thorough understanding of the four Gospels, show the life and ministry of Jesus and how he ministered and flowed with the Spirit.
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.
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.
2ND YEAR CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Angelology – This class presents a thorough understanding of the different types of angels and their workings and the mode of operation of Satan and his demons.
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.
Helps II – 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 world wide ministry.
Homiletics I – A class designed to help each student to gain confidence in his/her own ability and in the ability of the Holy Spirit to help him/her in pulpit ministry and to be aware of ways of improving his/her presentation.
Homiletics II – A class designed to give the student an opportunity to be exposed to public ministry and to learn the things to do and not to do while in pulpit ministry. This will be accomplished as he/she observes fellow classmates behind the pulpit, ministering.
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.
Ministerial Excellence – The purpose of this course is to set forth Biblical principles which will assist the man and woman of God in achieving their potential in the realm of their calling to the ministry. The student will obtain a greater understanding of the attitudes, ethics, and integrity that must be operative in the lives of God’s servants.
Missions II – A continuation of exciting biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic dimensions of God’s plan to evangelize the world with the Gospel. Students are introduced to more information needed to pursue a calling into missions or to help lead a local church in its global ministry.
Old Testament Men of Faith – In this class you will gain insight into the lives of many of the Old Testament saints and become aware that they utilized faith and its principles in a living and dynamic way.
Pastoral Ministry – This course is designed to give students a practical and spiritual overview on the pastoral ministry. It will help equip students with sound, biblical wisdom on how to handle pastoral matters.
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.
Preparation for Ministry – Through both lecture and hands-on experience, this course was designed to help the student with the practical and business aspects of ministry and to equip them with the tools needed to begin a ministry.
Revival – In this class students will learn principles of revival and glean practical insights from the teaching of Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne. Students will be exposed to keys for successful ministry and learn how to keep focused on the plan and purpose of God for their lives.
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.
The Healing & Miracle Ministry of Jesus – The student will learn how Jesus taught spiritual lessons through His miracles as recorded in the Gospels. The student will understand how the Healing and Miracle Ministry of Jesus affects us today and how that we, as believers, can operate in the healing and miracle ministry.
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.
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.
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 pit falls and how you can overcome them.
The Name of Jesus – This course will give you an understanding of God’s authority made available to you through the name of Jesus, and enable you to live victoriously in Christ.
The Tabernacle of Moses – This is a Biblical study of the frame work and spiritual meaning of the Tabernacle of Moses in regards to its example, typology, and practical implications for the New Covenant.
Vision – Learn what “vision” is and be instructed how to recognize God’s vision for your life and the importance of having patience to wait for the vision to have its perfect work in your life.