Immanuel Bible Institute

2019 IBI Fall FEATURE Slide

Immanuel Bible Institute (IBI)

In the IBI, we lay a foundation for ministry through adult elective courses in systematic theology, church history, Bible survey, and practical theology. The subjects are often provocative and contemporary, addressing the needs of our day with biblical truth. Check out what we have to offer this fall. Most courses begin Sunday, September 8, 2019.

Registration Information

Operating under the Immanuel Bible Institute, many of our adult education classes carry a cost to cover curriculum and other materials, which are distributed at the first class. To register, click here and follow the instructions. You can also call the Adult Education & Groups Office and register over the phone. Registration at the first class is also available, but may result in a delay in receiving materials.

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Childcare is available for evening courses and must be paid for when you register, even if the course is free. There is no childcare for Saturday courses. Childcare can only be paid online. See the for our policy and rates for childcare.

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Fall 2019 Course Schedule

Sundays 8:00 a.m., Room B207, begins 09/08;
Tom Joyce & Bob Hartman
($25/ person)

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Sundays, 9:30 a.m., Room B207; begins 09/08;
Rob Williams and Bob Hartman
($25/ person)

What’s happening in your life? Maybe it’s self-indulgent temptation. Or tried by everything from irritation to intense loss. The world deceives us with “you don’t have what it takes” or “you’d better look out for yourself.” What if you are sinned against? Suffer abuse? Watch a loved one suffer? The situations of your life can get pretty hot. How are you responding?

Everyone knows we should change, but how? Is it a matter of knowing more? Trying harder? Pretending? How People Change utilizes DVD instruction by Paul Tripp and Timothy Lane, combined with live classroom instruction and discussion. We will explore how gospel change works in the midst of the “heat” of life to change our heart in relationship with Jesus Christ, bearing the fruit of the Spirit. How People Change shows how the gospel relates to you as a Christian.

Is the gospel adequate for the sinful habits that control you? The self-control you lack? The risks you are unwilling to take? The love you do not feel? For the Christian, the answer must be yes! Let it be your answer every single day. (13 weeks)

Sundays, 9:30 a.m., Room B209; begins 09/08;
Bobby and Sheila Little
($25/ couple)

Whether you have been married one year or fifty years, every marriage can use a tune-up. We forget why God brought us together in the first place. We lapse into selfish patterns that need a fresh reminder of the power of the gospel. We need reminders to keep our roles sharply in focus. We need help when communication fails. The Art of Marriage, an outstanding DVD series by FamilyLife, is taught by the best Weekend to Remember speakers. It uses both gripping and humorous testimonies and vignettes to teach you the art of investing in love for a lifetime. This course is for married and engaged couples of any age. (8 weeks)

Saturdays, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Room A206, begins 09/14
(Preview on Sunday, September 8, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m., Room B213);
Chris and Anne Hayes;
($95/person or couple)
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Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., ICS Library; Begins 09/12 and meets 7 non-consecutive Thursdays, September through November;
Bob Hartman
($25/ person)

We hear it all the time: “Read your Bible!” But many Christians struggle to understand either what they are reading, or how it impacts their life. This course will explain and apply 30x5 Bible Study, an inductive study method based on the late Dr. Howard’s Hendricks’ classic Living by the Book. It will utilize both live and DVD instruction (Living by the Book featuring Dr. Hendricks) to train you in observation, interpretation, and application. Most importantly, we will study passages of Scripture both in class and on our own as homework, immediately applying the methodologies we learn. This course is guaranteed to stimulate your devotional life and improve your lessons (if you teach). It will challenge you to love the Lord more and bless those you disciple as you harvest - for yourself - the fruit of God’s Word. 
Meets September 12, 19; October 3, 17, 19; November 7, 14.

Saturday Morning Seminar, 9:00 a.m. – noon; 09/28/19;
Room A207-209;
Bob Hartman
(no charge)

It’s Saturday and you’ve done it right. You began this lesson several weeks ago, studying ahead so you would have something to say tomorrow. (Or Tuesday, or whenever you teach.) You studied the Scripture inductively, read commentaries and have pages and pages of facts. But what you really want is a message. You want to stand in front of your class or group and really have something to say.
Lesson preparation is the last hurdle before you teach. It filters out what can be said from what must be said. And when you have that, where do you start? How do you encourage class participation and engage them in the learning process? Perhaps your class likes to have “table time.” How do you use that effectively? What about applications? Homework?

Whether the audience is teenagers, senior citizens, or any group of adults in-between, skill in lesson preparation is an essential skill. Have Something To Say is a 3-hour Saturday morning seminar to help you get that skill. It is hands-on, meaning that we will take a passage of Scripture and work through it together to create a lesson plan. Along the way we will emphasize teaching principles, explaining why the things we do are important, and how they affect the learner. There is no charge for this course, however registration is required.

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – noon; 01/12/19; Bob Hartman
(no charge)

In our groups we have the opportunity to love, serve, encourage, admonish, pray for and care for one another as we build upon the foundation of the Word of God. Change happens in the context of community. If you lead a group, you take seriously the responsibility to create and maintain a community where people can be honest about life’s difficulties. What does it look like to live in the light of Christ’s redemption?
This three hour Saturday morning seminar will help you create that kind of group. It will equip you to move toward people in the midst of real life. We will talk about a model for change and discuss in table groups how to apply it in various situations. This seminar will give you resources in which you can grow as a disciple maker, shepherding the people in your group through the seasons of life.
This seminar is for ABF Presidents, elders, deacons, small group leaders, teachers, mentors – and their spouses. Whether you minister to students, young adults, men, women, in ABF’s, or coed/ couples small groups – you will find something practical from this seminar to enrich your ministry.


Sundays, 8:00 a.m., Room A207; begins 02/03;
(no charge)

The Word of God is living and powerful because it is God-breathed. When we memorize Scripture, we use a powerful spiritual tool, renewing our minds and filling our hearts with the words of the Spirit. The benefits of systematic Scripture memorization are many: It will help you triumph over sin, deepen your meditation, strengthen your prayer life, sharpen your witnessing, and empower your spiritual walk with Christ!

Have you tried Scripture memorization and found it a challenge to carry on by yourself? Join us in a mutually supportive group with lots of fun and inspiration. We will use The MacArthur Scripture Memory System, learning one passage a week, focusing not only on memorization, but application. In this semester, we’ll cover these 13 passages - Joshua 1:8; Rom. 6:12-13; Luke 9:23-24; Rom. 5:6-8; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 1:3-4; Gal. 5:22-23; 1 Pet. 2:1-2; Prov. 3:5-6; 1 John 3:2-3; Jude 24-25; 1 John 4:9-10. Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you! (13 weeks)

Sundays, 9:30 a.m., Room B207; begins 02/03; Bob Hartman
($25/ person)

How do we come alongside people who are hurting or struggling?  What is your inclination?  To back away or move toward them?  You know that Jesus is the answer, but how to you relate that to marital and relational struggles?  Sinful habits?  Loss of a loved one?  Death of a dream?  Persistent pain?  The burden being sinned against?  You are their friend, and God has placed you in their life.  You can grow in skill to love people well in the midst of real life, both yours and theirs.

Utilizing DVD instruction by Paul Trip and Tim Lane, combined with live classroom discussion led by Bob Hartman, this course builds on the IBI course How People Change, and equips you to help others grow in holiness and healthy relationships.  Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands will help you learn how to really love people:  knowing them, speaking truthfully to them, and helping them grow in biblical change – gospel change.   This course is for everyone, but if you lead a group, or are engaged in any kind of personal ministry, this course is particularly for you!   (13 weeks)

Sundays, 9:30 a.m., Room B209; begins 2/03; Bobby and Sheila Little
($25/ couple)

Whether you have been married one year or fifty years, every marriage can use a tune-up.   We forget why God brought us together in the first place.  We lapse into selfish patterns that need a fresh reminder of the power of the gospel.  We need reminders to keep our roles sharply in focus.  We need help when communication fails.  The Art of Marriage, an outstanding DVD series by FamilyLife, is taught by the best Weekend to Remember speakers.  It uses both gripping and humorous testimonies and vignettes to teach you the art of investing in love for a lifetime.  This course is for married and engaged couples of any age.  (8 weeks)

Sundays, 11:00 a.m., Terrace Room, begins 02/03;
Jim Smithers, Trevor Specht, Erick Smith
(no charge)

Utilizing an Answers in Genesis DVD series by Ken Ham as well as other complementary material, this course will provide a powerful foundational defense of the authority of Scripture through the creationist viewpoint.  It will address:  The relevance of Genesis, historical interpretation of Scripture, evolution, fossils, the Flood, and the theological consequences of an evolutionary interpretation/worldview.  Throughout the course, there will be several discussions of scientific material relative to creation science and will cover additional topics such as carbon & radiometric dating, starlight and time, the human genome project/DNA, UFOs, and biblical geology.  For adults and students accompanied by a parent, ages 6th grade and up. (13 weeks)




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