The Bible Institute is designed to prepare and equip individuals for effective service to the glory of God.
For more information about the Bible Institute, contact Pastor Greg Golden at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Practical Help for Discipleship“
January 5, 12, 19, 26, 2022 (Part 1 of instruction)
February (participants are paired up to practice discipleship)
March 16, 23, 30 and April 6 (Part 2 of instruction)
7-8:30 PM, Stewart Lounge
Pastor Greg Golden and Diane Acosta
What is discipleship and why are we commanded to do this? Who is called to disciple and how do we do it? This 8-week series will answer these questions and offer practical help on how to study the Bible. We will start our training with Men’s and Women’s groups to learn specifics about discipleship before coming together to learn from Pastor Greg on how to rightly handle God’s Word and hear some helpful counseling scenarios from Diane. Following part 1, Class participants will be paired up with another believer for hands-on practicum. Part 2 of instruction will offer additional training on the sufficiency of God’s Word and provide participants with further practical tools for helping other believers grow in their faith.
The cost is $25. Please email Lia Trainor to register. Ltrainor@sangabrielcommunity.org
Women’s Past Class Offerings
“Help! Life is difficult! Help! People are difficult! Help! I am difficult!“
All women are invited to a biblical study, led by Diane Acosta, on walking through life’s difficulties in a God-honoring way. Whether you (or someone you love) are being challenged by life, other people, or persistent nagging personal sins, come and learn about the hope that Jesus offers to those who labor and are heavy laden.
All women were invited to an 8-week Bible study on Biblical friendships. Each week there was a 15-20 minute video to watch and then a 1-hour Zoom discussion group to join.
- Understanding who we are
- A theology of friendship
- The necessity of friendships
- Defining Biblical friendships
- How to develop new friendships
- How to cultivate existing friendships
- Loving our friends well
Please contact Diane Acosta for additional information, email@example.com
Recent Class Offerings
“Study the Bible with Pastor Greg”
Study the Bible with Pastor Greg looked at different passages each evening. The one-hour sessions were an encouraging opportunity to be in God’s Word together, grow in our Bible study skills, and walk away with personal application.
“How We Got The Bible – And Why It Matters”
How did we get the Bible? What makes it so unique? Why were certain books included and not others? How do we know the text hasn’t changed after being copied so many times over the centuries? Can we trust our English translations?
“Discovering and Understanding the AWE of God. Why it Matters for Everything We Think, Say and Do”
To be human is to be hard-wired for awe. God has given us an awe-filled environment and the capacity to enjoy awe. Yet, as sinners, we are in a daily battle for proper awe and we fight the replacements that threaten our relationship with Him. Not being in awe of God leads to spiritual adultery and has both immediate and long-term consequences for us. Thankfully there is a solution, and His name is Jesus! Study passages from Ecclesiastes, Romans, Deuteronomy, Ezekiel and Isaiah as we learn how to fix our awe problems by remembering who God is and relying on His redemption plan.
“Understanding Scripture Through Arcing”
Have you ever “gotten lost” reading a passage of Scripture? Are there so many ideas going by, so many things being said that it is hard to see what the main point of the section really is? This class is designed to help us follow the Biblical author’s train of thought. Each statement in a passage is represented visually by a small semicircle (“arc”), making it possible to literally see the flow of ideas in a passage. And the questions that we ask in deciding how to draw each arc help us discover the main point the author is making.
Other Past Course Offerings
Biblical Foundations and Solutions for a Healthy Marriage
This course examines the following topics: Marriage is Made in Heaven, God’s Directive for Marriage, How to Change your Husband, How to Change your Wife, Conflict Resolution & Communication, Using Financial Wisdom from Proverbs.
Care and Discipleship Training
Care and Discipleship Training is an 8-week course designed for people who have a desire to be equipped to disciple and counsel using the Word of God.
This course examines the major themes, events and persons from the conclusion of the book of Acts to the contemporary Church.
Faith and Tech
This course is designed to equip believers with a deeper understanding of the current technologies available and encourage them to see and apply these technologies as a crucial ministry tool.
This course is a concentrated adaptation of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course, presenting Biblical, Historical, Cultural and Strategic dimensions of missions.
This course gives specific tools for studying the various literary types in Scripture, and shows how to determine the intended meaning of Bible passages.
How To Study The New Testament with a Little Greek
This course will increase your ability to mine the riches of the New Testament by introducing some basic Greek. Enough of the language will be covered to effectively use Bible software, do word studies, use commentaries and other tools that reference the original text, and understand why English Bible versions translate passages differently. Important principles for Bible study will also be presented. The class is for all who desire to have their lives more deeply impacted by the New Testament.
New Testament Greek
This course provides a foundational vocabulary and understanding of Greek grammar such that students should be able to read portions of the Greek New Testament by its conclusion.
Philosophy And The Christian Faith
This course examines the history of western philosophical thought and both its impact on contemporary society and implications for Christian apologetics.
Rightly Handling The Word Of Truth
This course explores how to effectively read and study the Bible–whether for one’s own time in the Word or in preparation to teach others.
This course provides resources and encouragement for such areas as prayer, fasting, Scripture memorization, and personal Bible Study.
Survey Of The New Testament
This course presents an individual overview of all 27 NT books, including background, authorship, and major themes.
Survey Of The Old Testament
This course presents an individual overview of all 39 OT books including background, authorship, and major themes.
Teaching The Bible
This course underscores the importance of presenting the author’s intended meaning, and covers such topics as how to study passages, use the best tools, create effective outlines and lesson plans, prepare oneself personally, and present the Scriptures in a way that brings glory to God and benefit to students.
This course is an introduction to Bible doctrines, systematically presenting ten primary categories of theology with the goal of developing an organized understanding of Biblical teaching.
Understanding Scripture Through Arcing
This course is designed to help students follow the Biblical author’s train of thought. Each statement in a passage is represented visually with a small semicircle (“arc”) together with a simple symbol that reflects how that statement relates to those around it. This makes it possible to literally see the flow of ideas in a passage, and the questions asked in determining the relationships to be arced help the student discover the main point the author is making.
Unity Of The Bible
This course presents an overview of God’s working throughout salvation as traced across the Old and New Testaments, underscoring how the Scriptures speaking in concert as they unfold the whole counsel of God.