Standard Bible Courses

Christian Worker's Certificate & Standard Bible Course

The Christian Worker's Certificate program includes all subjects offered in the first two years (Freshman and Sophomore) of the Standard Bible Course.


First Year - Freshman Courses

First Semester
Second Semester
BB111  Pentateuch

The first five books of the Old Testament are studied with emphasis on geography and the distinctive purpose and theme of each book, as well as its contribution to the unity of the whole Bible and the spiritual lessons derived from God’s dealing with man in general and Israel in particular. 

BB112  Historical Books

Israel’s history in Canaan is studied in the twelve books from Joshua to Esther.  The evident working of God in history is emphasized as well as spiritual and practical lesons for living in the twenty-first century. 

TH121  Doctrine of God

The study of the existence, nature, attributes and character and personality of God, including the doctrine of the Trinity and related word studies on the names of God.

BB113  Poetic Books

A brief expository study of the five poetic books of the Old Testament, emphasizing their historical background, prophetic themes, doctrinal truths, and their practical value for today.

TH122  God’s Plan of the Ages

A study of the eight dispensations: Innocence, Conscience, Human Government, Promise, Law, Church, Tribulation and Kingdom.  Empasis is placed on God’s judgment because of sin, and on grace imparted to believers because of Christ.

BB114  Life of Christ

A chronological study of the major eents, spoken messages and parables of the Lord Jesus Christ during his earthly ministry, as well as the devotional aspect of this life on earth, as revealed in the four Gospel accounts.

TH125  Foundation Truths

A doctrinal survey of verbal inspiration, sin, salvation, eternal life, the two natures, Satan, the surrendered life, Christian service and witnessing, the Spirit-filled life, prayer, and the will of God.

TH123  Doctrine of Christ

A study of the deity, humanity, incarnation, death, resurrection, ascension, exaltation, and present intercessory ministry of Jesus Christ.

CE134  Survey of Black Literature

An historical overview of the literary contributions of Black writers leading to an understanding of literature as a means of communicating ideas, and an acquaintance with the personalities who have significantly contributed to the understanding of  the Black individual and of African-American history and heritage.  Offered in lieu of English 1.

CE135  Psychology of Christian Experience

A study of the psychological implications of the total Christian experience and insights into our humanity as God created us, the process of learning, and how God deals with us.  The ways in which, from a biblical perspective, culture, heredity, and environment enter into our humanity area also carefully considered.  Offered in lieu of English 2.  

CE131  English 1

This course is intended to help the student gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of English grammar, correct usage, and punctuation.  Attention is also given to study how words work — what they really do, and what they can be made to do in sentences.

CE132  English 2

This is  the second semester extension of English 1.  It continues the study of English grammar, correct usage, and the ways words work in sentences.  The aim of both English 1 and English 2 is to help the student to gain proficiency in speaking and writing, especially for academic work and Christian ministry.

PP161  Basic Orientation

This course serves to acquaint the student with the purpose and regulations of Manna Bible Institute and to give helpful information regarding methods of study, reading, note taking, and outlining.  Also included are methods of Bible Study, with special attention given to chapter summary.

PP162  Growing Toward Christian Maturity

This course helps the dedicated Christian to live a consistent Christ-honoring life in the sin-saturated culture of today.  Practical biblical guidelines are given to enable the student to recognize worldliness in all its forms to apply these guidelines to present-day manifestations of worldliness.  Empasis is placed on the role of the Holy Spirit.

Second Year - Sophomore Courses

First Semester
Second Semester
BB211  Isaiah & Jeremiah

A study of the historical setting and prophetic scope of these two major prophets, with attention given to their exposition, theology, and lessons for personal application.

BB213  Acts

An historical and expositional study of the book of Acts.  The thrilling development of the early Church in the face of overwhelming obstacles is carefully analyzed.  Considerable emphasis is given to the work of the Holy Spirit and the ministries of Peter and Paul.

BB212  Minor Prophets

Using the date of the Exile as a basic reference point, a survey of the twelve minor prophets who spoke the Word of the Lord beginning with the decline and fall of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel.

BB214  Romans

This epistle sets forth the Gospel of God’s grace.  Such subjects as man’s sin, justification by faith, sanctification, and ultimate glorification are dealt with in detail as the parenthetic section of chapters 9-11 that deal with the past, present and future of Israel.

CE231  Understanding People

This course is a skillful examination of the characteristics, growth and development of people from infancy through adulthood.  Emphasis is placed on ministering to the “whole person” with stress on such areas as salvation, worship, discipline, family life, and scripture memorization, showing forth the importance and need  of a Christian education in accord with God’s Word.

TH233  Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

The study of the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit.  His ministries in creation, regeneration, salvation, inspiration, indwelling of believers, filling, anointing, fruit-bearing, and baptism are carefully studied from Scripture.

CE232  Understanding Teaching

A study of the principles and methods of teaching.  The course explores principles of effective teaching and the ways in which people learn.  Students also develop strategies for planning lessons, selecting methods, preparing material, and setting the atmosphere of a classroom.

TH221  Apologetics

A study of the defense of the Christian faith in three major areas of belief: the doctrine of God, the doctrine of Christ, and the doctrine of the Bible. External evidence and human reasoning offer convincing proof that the biblical witness is correct concerning the existence of God, his work of creation, the deity of Christ, and the inspiration and authority of the Bible are valid and true beliefs. 

HI241  Biblical Introduction

This survey course acquaints the student with the historical development of the Bible from its original writing to present day versions.  The necessity of accurate transmission of the original documents in Hebrew and Greek to the languages of the world is emphasized.

ME252  Inner City Evangelism

This course examines the physical, social, and economic conditions  of inner city residents which challenge the successful propagation of the Gospel.  The course studies the principles of methods of evangelizing inner-city residents.  Representatives of various types of urban ministries provide guest lectures.

ME251  Personal Evangelism

The techniques of approach, presentation and invitation are examined, as well as types of evangelistic effort, such as group street meetings and private visitation, and counseling opportunities.  Scriptures that can be utilized in soul winning are memorized, and dependence on the Holy Spirit is stressed.  Students are required to engage in actual evangelism during the semester.

CE235  Biblical Leadership

This relevant course helps the student to grasp a New Testament pattern of leadership that is person-centered and team-centered.  Rather than basing ministry on secular principles, the timeless biblical strategies of people utilizing their gifts in service will help the student to grow inself-perception, skills, and vision as a leader.

Third Year - Junior Courses

First Semester
Second Semester
BB311  1 & 2 Corinthians

A study of the solutions to the major problems of the church at Corinth, God’s message of comfort, and Paul’s personal defense of his ministry.  Emphasis is put on the relevance of the issues confronting the Corinthian church to local congregations of Chrisians today.

BB312  Early Epistles

An expository study of the earlier New Testament letters of James, Peter, and Paul’s two letter to the church at Thessalonica. Difficult passages are interpreted using clearer Scriptural references, and practical application is made to the church of today.

TH323  Typology

A careful study of Old Testament types and their New Testament counterparts are examined, some in greater detail, such as the Tabernacle as a type of Christ.  The importance of typology as evidence of the Scriptural unity is emphasized, as well as the purpose of typology to illustrate and clarify biblical truth.  In addition to the Tabernacle, the five offerings of Leviticus 1-7 and the seven feasts of Leviticus 23 are examined in detail.

BB313  Galatians & Ephesians

An historical and expository study of these vital letters that deal with Christian liberty, justification by faith alone, and the Spirit-filled life.  Emphasis is laid on the Church as the body of Christ in its unique position in God’s plan throughout the Age of Grace, as well as on the privileges and responsibilities of living for Christ in a fallen world.

TH324  Unacceptable Doctrines

A survey study of the cults and heresies that are active in today’s world.  Special attention is given to thoe false doctrines which affect the Christian community, especially those that are prominent influencers of people who reside in the inner-city.

BB314  Prison Epistles

A survey of three of Paul’s letters written while he was a prisoner in Rome for his proclamation of the Gospel: Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon.  Emphasis is placed on the duality of Christ’s deity and humanity in one Person, on the unity of the Body of Christ, on living for Christ in a fallen world, and on Paul’s appeal to Philemon to receive Onesimus as a brother in Christ. 

TH325  Man & Salvation 1

A careful study of man — his originas God’s creation, his nature, responsibility , and destiny, as well as the beginning of a two-part study of salvation, with emphasis on repentance, faith, regeneration, justification, adoption, sanctification, and prayer.  TWO SEMESTERS.

TH326  Man & Salvation 2

The contunuation of the two-semester course.  The significant New Testament words tht denote aspects of salvation through Christ are examined thoroughly and  brought together as underserved grace that accrues to the believer through the redemption of Christ on the cross.  TWO SEMESTERS.  Prerequisite:  Man & Salvation 1.

HI341  Bible Geography

The history of the Old Testament and the intertestamental period is seen against the background of Bible geography and in the light of confirming and illuminating archaeological discoveries.  The land of Israel in the plan and purpose of God for His chosen people is examined.  Map work is required. 

HI344  Church History

A survey of the history of the Christian church based on six general periods of church history: the Apostolic Church, the Persecuted Church, the Imperial Church, the Medieval Church, the Reformed Church, and the Modern Church.  The influence of the Church throughout world history is examined and discussed. 

HI343  The Black Church in America

Beginning with its origin in slavery and moving through present day influences, such as conventions, missions, denominations, cults, the social gospelm civil rights, and the need for training evangelical leadership, the student will receive a contemporary understanding of the African American Church.  Included will be a study of the place and influence of the Church in African American society and the role of the Black minister.

PP361  Christian Stewardship

This course is designed to help the Christian manage the resources that God has entrusted to him — his time, his talents and his finances.  The biblical principles of stewardship are examined and practical help is given in making wise use of the Christian’s possessions within the home and church.

Fourth Year - Senior Courses

First Semester
Second Semester
BB411  Pastoral Epistles

A study of the last three of Paul’s letters, all written to two faithful Christian workers, Timothy and Titus.  The letters focus on the need for faithful proclamation of God’s truth, especially important to Paul because his time of ministry was drawing to a close.  Attention is focused on faith and order in the churches under Timothy’s and Titus’ care, which would serve as future guidance for all local churches.  Historical backgrounds and doctrinal teachings are examined. 

BB413  Late Epistles

An expository study of John’s first, second and third letters to the churches, the second letter of Peter, and the letter of Jude.  The background, content, and practical teaching of these five short letters, none of which were written by the apostle Paul, are examined in detail.  Emphasis is placed on the power of the prophetic word, on the Day of the Lord, on the past and present ministries of Christ, on walking in Christian love and truth, and on perseverance in faith. 

BB412  Hebrews

A careful exposition of this book is made, emphasizing the superiority of the Lord Jesus Christ as to His Person, His priesthood, and the offering of Himself as an offering for sin.  Spiritual truths are applied to the believer’s daily living from this New Testament book of redemption through Christ’s sacrificial death.

BB415  Daniel & Revelation 2

The second semester of a two-semester course examining the two prophetic books that help to explain each other and contribute to a fuller understanding of God’s timetable of history.  The literal, futuristic, premillennial viewpoint is taught in the course.  In the second semester, the book of Revelation is analyzed to show how it completes and climaxes the prophetic Scriptures.

BB414  Daniel & Revelation 1

First part of a two-semester course that examines these two important books of Bible prophecy.  In this semester, the book of Daniel gives the framework of prophecy.  The literal, futuristics, premillennial viewpoint is explained in accordance with the doctrinal position of MBI.

TH422  Angels & Satan

A study of the doctrine of angels, demons, and the person and work of Satan.  The recent trend toward Satanism is examined, and an appeal is made for Christians to examine and strengthen their personal lives to thwart the persistent attacks of Satan on the hearts and minds of believers..

TH421  Church & Scriptures

The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the historical background and development of the doctrine of the Church and to examine its nature, constitution, origin, relation to Israel, present task, and destiny.  In the second part of the course, an in-depth study is made of the inspiration of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.  

TH423    Bible Hermeneutics

The principles and methods of correct Bible interpretation are examined, as well as the preparation and tools of the Bible interpreter.  Attention is given to the varied types of literary expression within the Bible, including narrative, parables, proverbs, and prophecy.  The importance of literal, historic and contextual methodology in interpreting Scripture is stressed.

ME451  History of Missions

A survey of the history of Christian missionary activity from the Great Commission to the present day.  Special emphasis is laid on the role of the local church in supporting missions, as well as on the persecuted chuch around the world.

PP464  Practical Work

This course seeks to help the student put into practice much that he or she has learned in other courses.  Service opportunities and methods of providing ministry are presented.  Ministries examined include Christian education opportunities, house-to-house and street evangelism, prison ministries, and youth work.

PP461  Christian Public Speaking

As students prepare for Gospel ministry, this course focuses on preparation and delivery of sermons, Bible studies, Sunday School lessons evangelistic messages, and other forums for communicating God’s Word to others.  Each student is required to write and deliver a message in class.

PP463  Marriage and the Family

An in-depth study of the Scripture pattern of marriage and family life.  Included is a full examination of God’s order for singles, wives, husbands, children, and parents.  Marital and family reconciliation and the healing of broken homes is emphasized in the course. 

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