Stillwater Bible Institute
Stillwater Bible Institute (SBI) is a program that teaches participants biblical theology, basic truths of the Christian faith, and practical skills for living the Christian Life. Classes are held during the Fall and Spring semesters and each class is 14 weeks in length (unless otherwise stated). Classes are held on Wednesday nights at Stillwater Bible Church from 6:30p-7:45p.
SBI Graduate Program
In order to help encourage students to continue learning and growing in God’s Word SBI has a built-in recognition and rewards program. As a student successfully completes each level in the program they receive a certificate of achievement, as well as a free book from the DTS Leadership Library. Below is a complete explanation of SBI program levels, and a description of the core and elective classes.
Level 1 Graduate Requirements: 4 Core Classes + 3 Electives
Student Receives: Certificate of Achievement, Plaque of Achievement
Level 2 Graduate Requirements: 4 Core Classes + 5 Electives
Student Receives: Updated Certificate of Achievement, a book of their choice from the “Dallas Theological Seminary Leadership Library”
Level 3 Graduate Requirements: Level 2 Graduate + every 2 additional electives
Student Receives: Updated Certificate of Achievement, Plaque of Achievement, book from the “Dallas Theological Seminary Leadership Library”
Core classes enable the participant to handle, accurately, the word of God. For this reason, successful completion of the 4:12 and 2:2 core classes is a prerequisite for anyone who desires to teach at Stillwater Bible Church. At SBC we feel that an individual needs to understand the Bible as an entire book. For this reason, our Old and New Testament survey courses offer vital information, handouts, and a big picture perspective of the Bible. It is strongly encouraged that anyone wishing to teach at Stillwater Bible take these courses as well.
4:12 Foundations – Based on Ephesians 4:12, this study discusses foundational Biblical truths for the purpose of training believers in how to have a personal devotional time in God’s Word, how to share their testimony and the gospel of Jesus Christ with non-believers, and how to study a passage of scripture in order to explain it to someone else.
2:2 Discipleship Study – Based on 2 Timothy 2:2, this study discusses theological truths from God’s Word. Some of the topics being dealt within this study include: the character of God, creation and fall of man, God’s Plan of Salvation, Basic Principles of the Christian life, the Formation of the Church, and End Time events.
Old Testament Survey – This class will take the participant through the entire Old Testament, providing a general overview of all 39 books, tying them together thematically and historically. The participant will be able to name all the books, and know what each book is about and be aware of where each book fits chronologically in the writing of the Old Testament.
New Testament Survey – This class will take the participant through the entire New Testament, providing a general overview of all 27 books, tying them together thematically and historically. The participant will be able to name all the books that make up the New Testament, have a general understanding of what each book is about, and be aware of where each book fits chronologically in the writing of the New Testament.
The SBI Elective Classes build upon the foundation of our core courses through:
Bible Book Studies – surveying an entire book of the Bible helps the participant to clearly interpret and apply what is written in it. The participant will be able to understand the author’s overall purpose, see general themes within the book, and grasp the logical order of thought as the book progresses. From this basic interpretive foundation the participant will have a clear view of the application of the book and its passages to their personal lives.
Topical Studies – looking at a particular spiritual truth or a practical aspect of the Christian Life across multiple passages can bring tremendous clarity to the scripture and yield a deeper sense of the personal relevance the Bible has in the daily life of the believer. Some of our theme studies include: Becoming a Disciple Maker (a study on Evangelism & Training in Bible Study), 4:12 Christian Life, 4:12 Discipline for Godliness (a study on the pursuit of godliness), Biblical Finances, The One Anothers (a study on Christian relationships in the Church), Recognizing the Roles (a study on Christian Marriage & The Family), and more.
Character studies – sometimes godly living is best learned through the study of a particular person in the scripture. The participant can see the choices these individuals make, the victories where these individuals chose to honor God through faithful living, and the mistakes and consequences they experienced when they did not. Nothing makes the scriptures more vibrant than to study the life of one of the individuals found in it and to make personal application from the study.
Cost of Courses
In order to offset the cost of course materials, a $10 donation for each course is encouraged. Anyone who is unable or wishes not to make this donation may do so without any consequences. Those who wish to order materials for online courses can do so at the regular workbook prices. Please contact Bryan James (405) 564-5794 to order materials.