Courses

At Ethnos360 Bible Institute (founded in 1955 as New Tribes Bible Institute), you will study the whole Bible during your two-year course of study. The curriculum is designed to present the Scriptures chronologically and in a unified manner. In addition to classes about specific books of the Bible, you’ll also learn from doctrine courses and a variety of electives

Freshman - First Semester

Course Name Course # Credit Hours
Biblical Foundations BI101 1

Biblical Studies

You’ll see where each Old Testament and New Testament book fits in the canon and chronology of Scripture in this introductory survey of the Bible. This basic knowledge of significant themes throughout the Word of God gives you a solid foundation for understanding the Gospel of Grace.

Bibliology TH125 1

Theology

The study of the origins of the Bible, which includes looking at such concepts as inspiration, revelation, canonicity, authority, translation, and the various translations. The goal of the course is to exalt God’s Word (by understanding its origins) and thus to exalt God Himself.

Evangelism in a Post-Modern World EV123 2

Evangelism

Divided into two segments. The first half of the course is designed to teach a presuppositional methodology for presenting the biblical worldview. This will involve defining worldview, epistemology, critical thinking, logic and tools to evaluate a worldview’s adequacy. Several worldviews will be discussed, such as pantheism, naturalism, and an in-depth look into post-modernism. The second half of the course moves from an abstract understanding of this presuppositional methodology to a practical hands-on, application of the material. This will consist of teaching skills in the area of gathering, understanding and evaluating non-biblical worldview information for the purpose of presenting the gospel of Christ into their worldviews.

Hermeneutics I BI122 3

Biblical Studies

This course focuses on equipping students for a life-long process of personal Bible study. The history of interpretation, major people and influences in the area of Biblical interpretation, errors and implications of interpretation, and historically based methods of interpretation are all studied in this course, leading to the presentation of the literal, historical and grammatical method of interpreting Scripture. Using the methods learned in this course, students will interpret Scripture in a systematic study of a specific book of the Bible. Working along with the instructor in guided learning activities, students will see practically, how the literal historical grammatical interpretive method works.

Old Testament History BI112 3

Biblical Studies

A survey of Joshua through 2 Chronicles examines Israel’s history from the crossing of Jordan River to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. The books are studied chronologically according to history and in relationship to each of the poetical books and the books of the Prophets. Attention is paid to the geography of the land and to that of the surrounding nations that interact with Israel during this period of history. Various character traits, whether good or bad, are highlighted in the study of prominent individuals in these books.

Pentateuch BI111 4

Biblical Studies

Pentateuch is a survey of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy with emphasis on the biblical theology of these books, their genre, and application. A foundation is laid for the students understanding of the rest of Scripture.

Proverbs BI114 1

Biblical Studies

Proverbs studies the timeless wisdom within this book along with its appropriate themes and truths for modern living. Based on the foundation of knowledge, the course contrasts wisdom and foolishness. With the proper understanding of wisdom, Christian living issues such as pride, humility, morality, work ethic, finances, speech, and parent child relationships are covered to effect change in the life of the student.

Ezra / Nehemiah / Esther (Spring) (elective) BI147 1

Biblical Studies

This elective is a survey of these books as they relate to the post-captivity period of Israel. The course explores the application of the books’ timeless principles to believers’ lives and ministry today

Foundations for Learning (Fall) (elective) SO101 1

Sociology

Students are equiped to maximize their Bible school experience by investigating practical issues such as note taking, studying, test taking, and time management. The ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of learning are explained.

Hold the Ropes (elective) MI153 1

Ministry

You will get involved in church planting among unreached indigenous people groups through prayer, instruction, and study of the work of NTM missionaries. You will begin to understanding world needs as well as the needs of people who have yet to hear the Gospel in their heart language, and the struggles involved in ministering to tribal people.

Job (Fall) (elective) BI141 1

Biblical Studies

This elective is a consideration of the earliest written book of the Bible, which contains lessons for the believer about the sovereignty of God, the person and limitations of Satan, and facing life’s trials. While Job plays the principle role in the narrative, it is God who is the main character and whose sovereignty is revealed through His interaction with one of His children.

Psalms (Spring) (elective) BI144 1

Biblical Studies

This elective examines the nature of the Psalms; the divisions of the book; the types of Psalms; and their practical relevance today. An analytical and topical approach teaches students to determine the author, purpose and cultural historical context. Recognition of the various genres of Psalms—such as didactic, imprecatory, praise and thanksgiving—is essential to the correct interpretation of poetical writings.

Sophomore - Second Semester

Course Name Course # Credit Hours
1 Corinthians BI198 2

Biblical Studies

Examine the problems of carnality in the Corinthian church, and then identifies many problems and decisions believers face today. The study looks at the major issues of division, body function, gifts, immorality, taking believers to court, church discipline, the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit, marriage and divorce, liberty, license and legalism, the Lord’s table, tongues, and the resurrection. God’s love is defined and contrasted with the views of society. The course includes a study of the culture and problems of the city of Corinth at the time of Paul.

Acts BI195 2

Biblical Studies

An in depth look at the Lukan narrative of the Acts of the Apostles. Several theological issues that are woven throughout the story will be covered. Viewing Acts as a transitional book, how the Gospel spread from Jerusalem to the Gentile world, how the Holy Spirit’s ministry expanded, and how the church became a distinct entity from the nation of Israel will be seen. The historical settings of the epistles will be examined to provide a backdrop for the Pauline epistles. Theological issues of church polity, the role of tongues and miracles, water baptism and missions will be discussed as well.

Anthropology / Hamartiology TH177 1

Theology

The doctrine of man (Anthropology) and sin (Hamartiology). Anthropology includes the creation and fall of man, his material and immaterial parts, his state of innocence, fall and depravity. Hamartiology looks at the definitions and origins of sin in the universe and the effects of sin on both believer and unbeliever.

Bible Basis of Missions MI173 2

Ministry

A look at God’s perspective on world evangelization from the Bible. Introductory definitions of terminology often used within missiology lays the foundation for learning. The course includes exposure to the purpose for missions from the Word of God, God’s global plan for the redemption of mankind from both the Old & New Testaments, and the means by which that plan is accomplished.

Christology TH176 1

Theology

The doctrine of Jesus Christ (Christology), which includes the study of the humanity and deity of Christ, his attributes, virgin birth, kenosis (self-emptying), temptations, sinlessness, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. Special focus is placed upon the redemptive work of Christ.

Hermeneutics II BI172 1

Biblical Studies

A practical outworking of the previous Hermeneutics course offered (BI122). Time will be spent on one method arrived at from the consistent usage of literal, historical and grammatical interpretive methods: Dispensationalism. This course summarizes the major distinctive between Israel and the Church as it highlights the ways in which God has worked through various periods of history.

Life of Christ BI194 3

Biblical Studies

An investigation of the person and work of Christ, His deity and humanity, as seen in the four Gospel accounts. The Gospels are studied from a chronological perspective of Christ’s life, harmonizing the four accounts together. It includes an examination of the culture, geography, and religious groups of Christ’s time as they relate to the travels and teachings of Christ. The study looks at the birth, temptation, teachings, miracles, parables, and Passion Week of Christ. The course emphasizes the historical context as it relates to Israel and the teachings of Christ are reflected upon in relation to their relevance for the believer today. Particular attention is paid to the problems of Phariseeism, the depravity of man, and Christ’s mission of redemption.

Prophets BI167 3

Biblical Studies

This course is a survey of major themes in the Old Testament prophets. The prophets are considered in light of their context in Israel’s history. This course concentrates on the concepts of God’s punishment and promised restoration.

Theology TH175 1

Theology

The doctrine of God (Theology), which includes the study of the revelation, existence, essence, attributes, sovereignty and names of God, along with an understanding of how a correct view of theology impacts false views of God.

Ezra / Nehemiah / Esther (Spring) (elective) BI147 1

Biblical Studies

This elective is a survey of these books as they relate to the post-captivity period of Israel. The course explores the application of the books’ timeless principles to believers’ lives and ministry today

Foundations for Learning (Fall) (elective) SO101 1

Sociology

Students are equiped to maximize their Bible school experience by investigating practical issues such as note taking, studying, test taking, and time management. The ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of learning are explained.

Hold the Ropes (elective) MI153 1

Ministry

You will get involved in church planting among unreached indigenous people groups through prayer, instruction, and study of the work of NTM missionaries. You will begin to understanding world needs as well as the needs of people who have yet to hear the Gospel in their heart language, and the struggles involved in ministering to tribal people.

Job (Fall) (elective) BI141 1

Biblical Studies

This elective is a consideration of the earliest written book of the Bible, which contains lessons for the believer about the sovereignty of God, the person and limitations of Satan, and facing life’s trials. While Job plays the principle role in the narrative, it is God who is the main character and whose sovereignty is revealed through His interaction with one of His children.

Psalms (Spring) (elective) BI144 1

Biblical Studies

This elective examines the nature of the Psalms; the divisions of the book; the types of Psalms; and their practical relevance today. An analytical and topical approach teaches students to determine the author, purpose and cultural historical context. Recognition of the various genres of Psalms—such as didactic, imprecatory, praise and thanksgiving—is essential to the correct interpretation of poetical writings.

Junior - Third Semester

Course Name Course # Credit Hours
1 and 2 Peter BI237 1

Biblical Studies

The epistles of I and II Peter verse by verse highlights various themes including the inheritance of the believer, the glory of Christ, the redemption of Christ, the example of Christ, handling adversity in the world; whether it be through individuals, governments, or spouses, leading God’s people, using our gifts, humility, spiritual conflict, walking in the promises of God, dealing with false prophets, and the future triumph of eternity.

2 Corinthians BI238 3

Biblical Studies

Look at Paul’s ministry to the Corinthian church. Paul explains his conduct and ministry among them, the reasons for suffering, church discipline, the contrast of the New Covenant 30 with the Old Covenant and the judgment seat of Christ. The book examines the N.T. teaching on giving and the defense of Paul’s apostleship.

Angelology TH227 2

Theology

Angelology teaches an overview of the creation, activity, and purpose of good and fallen angels and how the study of angels enhances the glory of God, clarifies the origins and existence of evil, defines the victory we possess in spiritual warfare, and points to the ultimate triumph and sovereignty of God over all His enemies.

Ephesians BI234 1

Biblical Studies

Ephesians is a study of an individual Christian’s position in Christ, and challenges to walk worthy of that position. The course touches on other important aspects of doctrine such as Christology, the divine work of the Holy Spirit, Soteriology, spiritual warfare, and the Church as the body of Christ.

Family Relationships SO228 1

Sociology

A study of biblical standards for the Christian family, including roles and responsibilities toward God and one another. It focuses on husband-wife and parent-child relationships: God’s original intention for marriage, the roles of men and women in marriage are addressed, while the inherent differences between men and women are woven throughout the course. The concepts of leaving and cleaving, finance, communication, sexuality, and to some extent, dating are explored to the end that the students’ relationship to God and his family will be deepened.

Galatians BI232 1

Biblical Studies

Galatians calls attention to the differences between OT life under the Law and the new life under grace lived out by means of the Spirit. This will be accomplished by laying a foundation of relevant background material and following the structure of Paul’s argument. Paul first addresses justification in the gospel proper, and applies the same principles to sanctification.

Hebrews BI235 2

Biblical Studies

This course examines the better ministry, priesthood, sanctuary, covenant, and sacrifice of Christ. The superiority of Christ, both in His deity and humanity, to the prophets, angels, Moses, and the Aaronic priesthood is highlighted. Each of five warning passages is examined in the light of the security of the believer. For each believer, the book presses home the issues of faith rest and walking by faith. The course looks into the doctrines of Christology, Soteriology and Angelology, while principles of Christian living are integrated into the curriculum. The book looks at the foundations of the New Testament that are found in the Old Testament. Additional themes include the chastening of the believer, bitterness, prayer, hospitality, thankfulness and suffering.

Introduction to Ethnos360 MI223 1

Ministry

An introduction to the history and work of Ethnos360, along with relevant information about the different phases of the training programs, the organizational structure of the mission, including field leadership structure, and daily operations. Time is also given to looking at the Ethnos360 Doctrinal Statement and the overall philosophies and practices as they pertain to leadership styles and teamwork.

James/Jude BI236 1

Biblical Studies

This course studies the books of James and Jude verse by verse, especially highlighting these themes: financial and racial prejudice, handling trials and temptations, being a doer of the Word, faith and works in relation to salvation and Christian living, use of the tongue, handling riches, prayer in relation to healing, and contending for the faith.

Missions in Church History MI252 1

Ministry

A study of Church history with a missions emphasis. The evangelistic spread of Christianity is seen from the early Church in Acts and its spread throughout the first century. The formalizing of the Church and the impact of the Roman Catholic Church on missions is also addressed. The Protestant Reformation and doctrinal issues that later affected missions are studied. As an outgrowth of that movement, missions-minded individuals and agencies were brought to the forefront, culminating in the modern-day church age.

Pneumatology TH226 2

Theology

The doctrine of Pneumatology (the Holy Spirit), which will address the attributes of the Holy Spirit, as well as His deity, personality, titles, types and symbols, indwelling, baptism, sealing, earnest, filling, signs and miracles, healing, conviction, fruit, gifts, guidance, and teaching, to the end that the students’ character will exhibit growth in their relationship with God, faith in Him, and dependence on His Word.”

Romans BI231 3

Biblical Studies

A verse by verse investigation of the universal depravity and condemnation of humanity and his desperate need of salvation. The course then explores God’s provision for mankind’s salvation as seen in justification, sanctification and ultimate glorification. Great attention is given to God’s provision to live the Christian life (identification, the indwelling Spirit, security, and hope), laying a foundation for continual growth in grace and healthy interaction within the body of Christ. The course will also give a vindication of God’s dealings with Israel in the scope of redemptive history and challenge the student for practical application of doctrine.

Soteriology TH225 1

Theology

Soteriology extensively covers the doctrine of Soteriology, which is the doctrine of salvation and will equip the student in his understanding of substitution, redemption, ransom, reconciliation, imputed righteousness, propitiation, forgiveness and atonement. Further study in man’s guilt, justification, sanctification, and glorification will lead the student to understanding the scope of Christ’s death. The student will progress through grace, faith, repentance, confession, security, predestination, foreknowledge and election as believers. The course will also challenge the believer to live in light of their position.

Christian Apologetics (Spring) (elective) EV155 1

Evangelism

An overview of the field of Christian apologetics with an emphasis on various evidences and arguments that are helpful in an evangelistic context as well as for strengthening one’s own faith. Prevalent apologetic systems will be explored with strengths and weaknesses presented.

Ruth / Song of Solomon / Ecclesiastes (Fall) (elective) BI244 1

Biblical Studies

The place and purpose of these books in wisdom literature. The book of Ruth presents God’s way of provision for two ordinary people during a difficult time in Israel’s history. Song of Solomon teaches biblical principles concerning love, sex, and marriage. The book of Ecclesiastes gives better understanding of the bankruptcy of humanism, materialism, human wisdom, and achievement apart from God and His purpose for our lives.

World Religions (Fall) (elective) EV258 1

Evangelism

Overviews of the history, roots, goals and teachings of various religions, such as Catholicism, Islam, Mormonism, The New Age Movement and Pantheism, while comparing them to the teachings of biblical Christianity.

Senior - Fourth Semester

Course Name Course # Credit Hours
1 and 2 Thessalonians BI292 1

Biblical Studies

An examination of the future hope of the Church in the Rapture, as well as many important principles for Christian living and church planting ministry. An overview of eschatological issues such as the apostasy, the removal of the restrainer, the rapture, and the testimony of the Church before others are all covered in this book.

1, 2 and 3 John BI296 1

Biblical Studies

Students are guided to discover in John’s epistles the definition and importance of fellowship with God, the way to maintain fellowship, and the exciting result of walking with God in a right relationship.

Christian Life BI272 2

Biblical Studies

God gave us His word in order that we might know Him and how to walk in a way that pleases Him. This course is designed to summarize the Biblical teaching and principles that relate to the believer’s walk, emphasizing those things that are unique to this dispensation.

Colossians / Philemon BI291 2

Biblical Studies

Colossains/Philemon focuses on the superiority of Christ over creation and the Church, the individual’s completion in Christ, and how to walk in light of our position, avoiding the pitfalls of humanism, Gnosticism and legalism. The course also touches on other important aspects of doctrine and Christian living, such as parent-child relationships, employer employee relationships, prayer in ministry and faithfulness to our calling.

Daniel / Revelation BI297 2

Biblical Studies

A focused study of Eschatology. From the book of Daniel various issues will be covered such as Daniel’s seventy weeks of years, and the times of the Gentiles. From the book of Revelation several issues will be explored such as the rapture of the Church, the tribulation, and the return of Christ. The judgments, Heaven and Hell, the New Heaven and New Earth, and Armageddon are also addressed. The course also examines the commencement and consummation of God’s prophetic plan for the nation of Israel, along with character studies from Daniel and an understanding of the relevance of the seven types of churches seen in Revelation chapters 2 and 3.

Ecclesiology TH276 1

Theology

A systematic examination of the Scriptures’ teaching about the nature, purpose, and function of the Church. Under the nature of the Church this course discusses the place of the Church in God’s overall plan as a single entity with many local expressions. The purpose of the Church provides a framework for how the church is to relate to God, those outside the Church, and those within the body of Christ. The functions include ordinances, leadership and discipline.

Eschatology TH275 1

Theology

As a conclusion to the meta-narrative of Scripture, Eschatology is a systematic summary of the Biblical theology of lastthings that are covered in our Bible courses. Through this approach the student is able to see God’s character in His sovereignty over history thus providing motivation for perseverance and worship through calling attention to the character of God. Students will be introduced to major views related to the millennium, tribulation, and rapture.

Intro To Cross Cultural Church Planting MI273 1

Ministry

Insight into the complexity of fulfilling the Great Commission in the context of an unreached people group. Cultural anthropology is discussed, making reference to the cultural universals utilized in evangelism. Animism, cross-cultural communication and culture shock are explored as they relate to overseas missions. The importance of chronological Bible teaching is also presented.

Pastoral Epistles: 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus BI294 2

Biblical Studies

An exposition of 1,2 Timothy and Titus. It will insist on the connection between the faith and its practical expression in good works. The course will emphasize Paul’s passion and urgency for the man of God to unashamedly endure, while addressing the structure of the church in the face of growing last days compromise.

Philippians BI293 1

Biblical Studies

Paul focuses on the person of Christ as our life example, hope, righteousness, and suffering. It outlines how we are to walk worthy of Christ in our position. The course touches on other important aspects of doctrine and Christian living, such as kenosis, transformation, humility, unity, prayer, suffering and righteousness through faith.

Public Speaking MN278 1

Missions

Public Speaking equips students to more effectively communicate the Word of God to others. This goal is accomplished by effective coaching from the instructor, examples set by other students as they teach or share, and by the students themselves actually teaching or sharing with an audience of peers. This is made less intimidating by functioning in small groups and a gradual exposure to public speaking. The purpose of this course is to complement the overall preparation of future tribal missionaries, which can involve public speaking in local churches or perhaps someday teaching in a tribal setting.

Christian Apologetics (Spring) (elective) EV155 1

Evangelism

An overview of the field of Christian apologetics with an emphasis on various evidences and arguments that are helpful in an evangelistic context as well as for strengthening one’s own faith. Prevalent apologetic systems will be explored with strengths and weaknesses presented.

Ruth / Song of Solomon / Ecclesiastes (Fall) (elective) BI244 1

Biblical Studies

The place and purpose of these books in wisdom literature. The book of Ruth presents God’s way of provision for two ordinary people during a difficult time in Israel’s history. Song of Solomon teaches biblical principles concerning love, sex, and marriage. The book of Ecclesiastes gives better understanding of the bankruptcy of humanism, materialism, human wisdom, and achievement apart from God and His purpose for our lives.

World Religions (Fall) (elective) EV258 1

Evangelism

Overviews of the history, roots, goals and teachings of various religions, such as Catholicism, Islam, Mormonism, The New Age Movement and Pantheism, while comparing them to the teachings of biblical Christianity.

All students must take 5 credit hours of electives during their four semesters at NTBI.