Purposes of the Institute of Biblical Studies (IBS):

The Institute of Biblical Studies (IBS) is sponsored by Search The Scriptures, Inc. as a continuing education opportunity for those individuals who desire a Certificate of Biblical Studies. The Certificate of Biblical Studies combines core and elective areas of study to provide a breadth of exposure to the areas of study prescribed. The course of study will include eleven (11) required and two (2) elective area of study. These thirteen (13) areas of study will compose the IBS Certificate of Biblical Studies and will total thirty-five (35) credit hours. The Certificate may be ideal for laypersons desiring some seminary study, missionaries required to complete a course of Bible/theological education prior to their service, or persons who desire to experience seminary to clarify their ministry calling.

Requirements and Prerequisites:

IBS applicants who desire a Certificate of Biblical Studies must:

  • Must complete all of the lectures (on campus or by CD or DVD) and note taking outlines
  • Complete required assignments (external reading or written summaries) from each area of study
  • Complete and pass each area of study's Final Examination
  • Complete the two (2) elective requirements

Completion Requirements:

The following requirements must be met to complete the Certificate of Biblical Studies:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the content of the English Bible
  • Complete all eleven (11) required areas of study and two (2) electives with a passing grade of 70% or better
  • Read all assigned external material

Certificate of Biblical Studies Required Coursework:

Angelology - A theological study of Angels, both good and evil

  • Consists of lessons ANG001 - ANG011
  • Credit Hours: 3

Anthropology - A theological study in origins and nature of man

  • Consists of lessons ANT001 - ANT007
  • Credit Hours: 3

Back To The Basics - A theological study in in the basics of the Christian life

  • Consists of lessons BTB701 - BTB732
  • Credit Hours: 3

Bibliology - A theological study of the Bible

  • Consists of lessons BIB001 - BIB048
  • Credit Hours: 3

Christology - A theological study in the life and work of Christ

  • Consists of lessons CHR001 - CHR009
  • Credit Hours: 3

Ecclesiology - A theological study in the doctrine of the Church

  • Consists of lessons ECL001 - ECL010
  • Credit Hours: 3

Eschatology - A theological study of the end times

  • Lessons are currently being re-recorded
  • Credit Hours: 3

New Testament Survey - A theological study and analysis of the 27 books of the New Testament

  • Consists of lessons NTS001 - NTS026
  • Credit Hours: 3

Old Testament Survey - A theological study and analysis of the 39 books of the Old Testament

  • Lessons will be recorded in the future
  • Credit Hours: 3

Pneumatology - A theological study of the Holy Spirit

  • Lessons will be recorded in the future
  • Credit Hours: 3

Soteriology - A theological study in the theory of salvation

  • Consists of lessons SOT001 - SOT016
  • Credit Hours: 3



Certificate of Biblical Studies Elective Coursework:

Theology of Money - A theological study of stewardship to include giving, budgeting, and debt in today's world.

  • Consists of course Financial Fitness God's Way - FGW001 - FGW008
  • Consists of course Biblical Analysis of Prosperity Theology - APT001 - APT003
  • Credit Hours: 1

How To Give Away Your Faith - A theological study on how to witness effectively to a non-Christian and defend your stand on numerous worldly issues brought forth during witnessing opportunities.

  • Consists of lessons IPC001 - IPC008
  • Credit Hours: 1

Unwrapping your Spiritual Gifts - A theological study of the 20 spiritual gifts identified in Scripture. Covers the 16 working gifts and the four sign gifts.

  • Consists of lessons USG001 - USG013
  • Credit Hours: 1


Total Hours (with electives): 35

IBS General Information:

  • Student note-taking guides are available for most courses for a $10 donation.  
  • Specified areas of study will require reading outside of Holy Scripture.
  • The attendance requirement is strictly on the honor system.
  • Some Institute of Biblical Studies' lectures are available under "Series" here on the website. For other courses CDs and DVDs are available for purchase by calling the STS toll-free number at 1-877-STS-7478 or by ordering from the website store.
  • All written submitted assignments will be typed and double spaced.
  • All assignments requiring submission will be sent to the IBS Administrator (Attn: Geoff Lawson - [email protected]).