Study and Explore the Bible by Taking Free Virtual Classes at Home
Elder Robert L. Matthews Bible Institute
EQUIPPING people for destiny.
Bible Institute Class Dates:
Registration for the Spring 2024 Session is OPEN
April 15 – May 27, 2024
Students may only register for one class per day for a total of three classes. All classes for the Bible Institute will be held via ZOOM online. Upon registration of classes, all registrants will receive an email with all pertinent call information including telephone numbers, links, and passwords.
How To Study The Bible For Yourself – Part 2
Instructor: R. Kevin Matthews
You will learn to study the Bible for yourself; book-by-book, and chapter-by-chapter. In addition to performing word studies in Hebrew and Greek, you will discover methods for reading, interpreting and memorizing the scriptures. You will become proficient in using biblical tools such as Strong’s Concordance, Vine’s Dictionary, Bible commentaries, and much more.
The Five-Fold Ministry, Gods Hand of Ministry
Instructor: Brenda Jordan
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God“ (1 Pet. 5:6). When Christ ascended, He took His whole ministry mantle, divided it, and gave it in five parts to men and women. All five are needed to perfect, mature and equip the saints for the work of the ministry, “till we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God” (Eph. 4:13). During this comprehensive study of the five-fold ministry, we will learn about the role and purpose of each gift, their functions and how God uses them to equip His people for works of service.
God’s Plan For Your Life: Vision & Destiny
Instructor: Max Manning
This life-changing class will help you to discover who you are as God’s creation and His vision for your life. In this course, you will discover your spiritual gift assignment, understand your temperament and develop your personal vision statement, mission, goals and your life plan. You will also learn how to use your spiritual gifts and temperament for effective service in life and in ministry.
The Book Of Ephesians (Class not offered this semester)
Instructor: Sylvia McMorris
Ephesians is the “Magna Carta” of the New Testament that addresses the Glory of the Grace of God in Christ. It invites us to consider who God has made us to be, what God made us to do and what we have in Christ so that we are a display of the gospel to the world. In this course we explore how God glorifies Himself through the church; guaranteeing our inheritance through Christ. We will learn how God’s grace provides the spiritual gifts we use to build each local body of believers into maturing members. This in-depth study will foster a heightened appreciation of the privilege of being added to the Lord’s church and be exhorted to live lives which befit the name “Christian.”
New Testament Overview (Class not offered this semester)
Instructor: Shuwanda Williams
The purpose of the New Testament Survey is to introduce you to a basic understanding and lead you to an inquiring study of the New Testament. You will be learning information about the social, historical, cultural, and religious backgrounds of the early church. Since this course is an introductory course, our survey review of each area will be limited; however, you will be acquiring confidence in your ability to understand and think theologically about the New Testament and its continuing importance for the modern Christian Church. You will understand how the scriptural foundations found in the New Testament can serve as a resource for you to live out the abundant life God has so ordained. If you are new Christian, it will give you an appetite to study the Word with more diligence. For those experienced in the faith, it will open up new truths to keep you growing in your Christian faith. Wherever you are in your Christian development, the class will meet you at your point of need.
Believing God When Tempted to Doubt
Instructor: David Perry
Jesus said, “As far as possibilities go, everything is possible for the person who believes” (Mark 9:23). He makes it clear that faith is a power that exceeds anything known to us in the natural realm. Faith sees God suspend His laws of physics and reshape reality to His will. Faith saves, it heals, it delivers, and it provides. In Hebrews 12:2, we read that Jesus plants that kind of faith in us, and He promises to perfect it. In this class we will learn how to develop an active faith – a faith that gets results. We will discover methods for overcoming the visible world that presses in from all sides, demanding our attention. We will become proficient in how to receive and release our faith based on biblical principles.
Catechism – The Journey of God’s Purpose and Plan
Instructor: Kaletus McCain
In this interactive two-part class, we will discuss the fundamentals of Christian truths, formulated in a way that will increase your understanding of the Bible. We will explore the principles of the Christian religion in the form of questions and answers that are designed to provide insight into the scriptures and its doctrines and to understand what we believe. Together we will examine why we believe and where it is taught in the Word of God. Overall, the goal of this class is to discuss our faith so that we may be firmly grounded in God our Father, Jesus Christ our Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Book of James (Class not offered this semester)
Instructor: Lynne Marie Williams
Have you ever wondered about how far you have developed in your relationship with God and His word? For example, have you ever taken the time to consider what God defines as “dead works?” Or, have you ever wondered about temptations – where they come from, what is the description of a temptation, or even whether you can control them? Maybe you have wondered about your faith walk with God and how far your faith walk has taken you. The Book of James covers these topics and more. Another good question to ask yourself is what your maturity level is when exercising wisdom in your everyday life? And the last question for you is: do you know where wisdom comes from? If these questions stimulate your curiosity and interest, take a leap of faith by registering for The Book of James!
Growing Spiritual Fruit to Avoid Entanglements (Class not offered this semester)
Instructor: Percy Wiggins
The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a person or community that is living in accord with the Holy Spirit, as identified in Galatians 5:22-23. In this course, we seek to partner with the word of God to gain practical ways to achieve a fruit bearing life that overcomes worldly encounters. Together, we will walk away with an understanding of how to spot the evidence of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The result of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit will be good things like love, joy, kindness, and self-control. Understanding of how God works in us to grow an abundance of fruitfulness, will be insight for living.
Old Testament Overview (Class not offered this semester)
Instructor: Leo Jacobs
Discussions will provide a bird’s eye view of the Old Testament from Genesis to Malachi. They will address the law, historical, poetical, prophetical and theological issues behind the Old Testament books. We will unlock a richer understanding of God and his redemptive work for man throughout history. As a class, we will gain a cohesive understanding of the major figures, events, and themes of the Old Testament and its foundational relationship to the New Testament. Together we will explore basic geography and general time-lines of Old Testament Biblical events.
Understanding Visions and Dreams (Class not offered this semester)
Instructor: Shirley Hammond
This two part course is designed to equip students to interpret their dreams and visions. Students will gain an understanding of God’s biblical insight into how to interpret their own dreams and visions. Students will have the opportunity to observe how to approach their individual dreams and visions through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, through biblical illustrations. The ultimate goal is to teach students to master the meaning of the symbols in their individual dreams and visions given by the Holy Spirit. Another goal is to teach the students how to gain an understanding of the prophetic symbolism in their dreams. Finally, students will have the opportunity to explore the art of dream interpretation according to ancient methods in the Bible (from Genesis to Revelation).
Instructor: Marv Ellis
You will receive a greater appreciation of the enduring nature of the Covenant and the unique characteristics of the Blood of Jesus Christ. In this course, you will explore the Biblical descriptions of the Blood’s many functions, including its covenant ratifying authority, its cleansing ability, its life-giving properties, what it is to “plead the Blood”, and so much more. This is a Hebraic Roots class that reconnects the modern-day believer to the truths, themes, and understanding of the biblical culture; highlighting its original meaning and its significance to the believer today.
The Secret Strategies of Powerful Prayer
Instructor: Alan Reed
The purpose of this class is to answer most, if not all, of your questions or concerns regarding Prayer. When is the right time and place for Prayer? How can I effectively intercede for other people? How can I have a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God? This course is designed to answer those questions, teach you how to enjoy being in Prayer, and even learn the voice of God. What does His voice sound like? Do you know? You’ll learn how to engage in spiritual warfare, love your enemies, and be at peace/free from any past hurt, pain or disappointments. You’ll also learn how to get results for your personal needs and requests, as well as to be a blessing for your family, friends, and associates. Finally, you will discover a guide for prayer that will give you confidence in praying powerful prayers.
The Book of Romans
Instructor: Jessie Curry
The Book of Romans is pivotal to understanding the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It does not matter where you are in your walk with the Lord, this class can be beneficial to you. We will discuss, in detail, how salvation is the inclusive word of the gospel. Along with the connection between grace and faith, the Covenants (Law/Grace) and so much more. At the conclusion of this class, it is the instructor’s desire that each student will continue studying The Book of Romans for Spiritual growth and witnessing Effectively. Romans 1:16.
CARING. EQUIPPING. PREPARING.