From September to May, the Bible School program exists to provide you with biblical training to equip you for ministry and for life. The weekly schedule consists of in-class Bible training, worship, small groups, outdoor activities, community fellowship and outreach opportunities.
Students have the opportunity to learn and grow in a community is centered around Christ. In community is where valuable lessons learned in the classroom are experienced as students live together and serve one another. Students also grow by going through challenges and working together on a team while on outreach and serving in the community. Relationships formed at Bible school often end up being life-long friendships.
Living in the Rocky Mountains for one year, you will have many opportunities for adventures. Ravencrest organizes activities such as hiking, climbing and snow-shoeing throughout the year but we encourage you to initiate outings into the park or overnight camping trips on the weekends together. The outdoors is a different kind of classroom where you can learn a lot about God our Creator, yourself, and how you relate to Him and with others.
The Bible school program includes twenty-two classes each week. That’s over 600 hours of Bible teaching in one year! Classes are taught by Ravencrest staff and guest teachers. Not only will you survey the entire Bible, but you will go deeper into various books of the Bible as well as cover different theological topics and contemporary issues of Christian living.
Accompanying class, you will have a range of homework assignments, written papers, and regular exams. Through these studies and assignments, you will have the opportunity to grow in your relationship with Jesus and develop a firm foundation for your Christian life.
"Learning about the Lord in the setting of the rocky mountains of Colorado has been one of the best experiences of my life. For my first branch of post-secondary education to be Ravencrest, it was the perfect place for me to be grounded in the truth of Jesus Christ and will help me build my relationship with Him for a lifetime. The simple and yet most outstanding truth Christ has taught me this year is that "Christ lives in me." Now I want to share His love that He shared with me."
"I came out of Ravencrest with an abundance of knowledge of the Bible, and practical application to apply to my life back home. I've met other brothers and sisters in Christ that I'll have for a lifetime and always share this unique experience with. The staff reach out to you and show you they care about the most important thing in your life, which is your relationship with Christ."
This course is a brief overview and introduction to the principles of general hermeneutics with a particular emphasis on the required spiritual qualifications of the interpreter of Scripture. By understanding and applying the laws or principles of hermeneutics, the student learns a systematic way to approach the literal portions of Scripture and to learn what the author meant and further to discern what the divine Author means for him today.
This course is designed to establish and evaluate Biblical absolutes and principles of moral and ethical truth and their application to the culture of the day.
Old Testament Survey
This course is an introduction to Biblical writings, including a panorama of Biblical history (Genesis through Revelation), orientation on issues of Biblical authority and reliability, including issues of manuscript evidence, archeology, inspiration, canon and apocrypha writings. Included will be a chronological overview of the Pentateuch and historical books (Genesis through Esther), including orientation as to the historical and geographical settings of these writings, study of all major themes, events and primary characters in each book and its relation to the broader understanding of redemptive history.
The Seven Holy Seasons of Israel
This course is a study of the Seven Holy Convocations of Israel as seen in Leviticus, Chapter 23. The study of these convocations will reveal the Messianic Plan from the redemptive death of the Messiah through the Messianic Kingdom. The course demonstrates God’s prophetic plan revealed through the nation of Israel. Focus will be given to the Lord’s Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Celebration of the First Fruits, the Feast of Weeks, the Church Age, Remembrance by Blowing of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles.
The Tabernacle in the Wilderness
The course consists of a detailed study of the articles and structure of the Tabernacle given in Exodus 25-30. The main point of focus will be to observe how God dwelt with His people and maintained a relationship with them. The character of God and His relationship with mankind will be seen through His dealings with Israel while the Tabernacle served as His dwelling place. Each of the elements of the Tabernacle will reveal a distinct truth about God Himself.
Old Testament Survey
This course is an introduction to poetical books with orientation in the literary forms of Hebrew poetry. Included will be an introduction to the prophetic books, the thrust of Biblical prophecy and related problems in the interpretation of the same. This is a
chronological overview of the Poetic Books (Job through Song of Songs) and the Prophets (Isaiah through Malachi) with emphasis on the historical and geographical settings, the major events, characters and themes of each book and its relationship to the broader understanding of redemptive history.
Students will look at the “first things” of God’s activity in human history, including creation (and theories of origin), the unique calling of man, the problem of sin and the setting apart of a people through whom the Savior would ultimately come. The student will also come to discover God’s ways of dealing with His people, which serves to provide interpretation for the activity of God in our lives today.
This is an in-depth study of the Book of Joshua within the context of the Old Testament historical books. The student will study the significant people, places and events of Joshua. Emphasis will be placed on the sovereignty and sufficiency of God as seen in the life and leadership of Joshua with application for today.
This course is a study of Solomon’s life and writing in which he examined life with its mysteries and perplexities. Crucial areas studied include the monotony of life, vanity of wisdom, futility of wealth and certainty of death. This wisdom Book raises hard questions and gives answers leading to a life of satisfaction.
This course is a survey of the promises of the vision of Isaiah and how they are fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ who is the desire of the nations.
This course involves a study of the 12 Minor Prophets as to their contents, historical background and messages, together with their theological and practical significance. These books will be studied in relation to the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities.
New Testament Survey
This course is an introduction to the New Testament, including an overview of the inter-testamental period, orientation to the dating of the New Testament writings and comparative study of the Gospel writings. Included will be an overview of the major writings of the New Testament (Synoptic Gospels, Pauline and Johannine Writings) with emphasis on the historical and geographical setting of each book, its major events, characters and themes and its relationship to redemptive history.
An historical study of the continued ministry of the risen Christ by the Holy Spirit through the early church. Acts is studied as the historical background for the beginnings of Christianity and writing of the New Testament Epistles. Emphasis is placed on New Testament principles of evangelism and edification for the church today.
In this course the student will understand Paul’s systematic and logical apologetic of salvation and the outworking of that faith in daily living. Attention will be given to the relationship between Israel and the Church.
An in-depth verse by verse examination of this foundational Pauline Epistle which some call “The Magna Carta of Christian Liberty.” Emphasis is given to under- standing our freedom in Christ, justification in Christ alone by faith alone and the importance of a grace-based relationship with God and others.
Study includes a summary of all we have in Christ, “every spiritual blessing” and includes defining and applying these truths. Beyond simply teaching the content of Ephesians, we learn to apply the principles of general hermeneutics. The course includes both practice in how to study a book of Scripture and also a soul-searching dealing with its contents.
An expository study of Paul’s letter to the Colossians. This Epistle illustrates how false teaching is discredited by the supremacy of Christ and the teaching of sound doctrine. Special emphasis is given to implications for the church today and application of the person and work of Jesus Christ in the Christian life.
An in-depth verse by verse examination of the Epistle which stresses the superiority of Christ. Emphasis is given to understanding Christ as Prophet, Priest and King, to reinforcing the doctrine of eternal security while understanding the need for perseverance and the danger of apostasy, to understanding the Old Testament sacrificial system and to stressing the importance of faith-based living.
The Epistle of James is examined in its historical setting demonstrating that faith is to be active rather than a theology to be observed. Teaching embraces the conquering of outward trials, inward temptations, the tongue and worldliness. The study defines true religion, the significance of healing and the advantages of faith expressed in service.
This course walks through the Pauline epistles to Timothy and Titus and builds a solid foundation of doctrine regarding the church in its structure and function. Issues as varied as church origin, the qualifications and role of church leadership, inter- church functioning and the role of women in the church are dealt with in this course.
The Person and Ministry of the Holy Spirit
This course is a study designed to clarify who the Holy Spirit is and His relationship to the believer, the Church and the world. There is an evaluation of the gifts of the Spirit and the dynamic relationship the Christian enjoys with Him.
Highlights of the Life of Christ from a Jewish Perspective
This course is a study of the Life of Christ through a harmony of all four gospels and the purpose of this course is to deal with His life from the context of the first-century Jewish culture in the land of Israel.
This course offers a systematic approach to the classic orthodoxy that makes up fundamental Christianity. Combined with a basic introduction to theology, the course also establishes the historical apologetic approach to our faith, through logic and empirical evidences. The goal of the course is to combine these most basic and important aspects of Christianity into a practical and understandable study.
This course challenges the student to embrace the word “disciple” as the norm of our identity in Christ. It is not about how to disciple but rather what does it mean “to be a disciple of Jesus” today. We consider the clear challenges of discipleship in the Gospels and find these principles further developed in Romans 6-8.
A Sociological View of God through His Dealings with Humanity
These lectures are designed to view the dynamic of love versus power through the lives of Old Testament characters, Daniel and Joseph.
The Journey to Jesus
These lectures are designed to give Christians an opportunity to see the depth of God’s love and to realize that God has invested His authority in believers’ lives and equipped them to make an impact on their world.
Straight Thinkers Accept Responsibility
A study of I John as it relates to a Biblical answer regarding the “twisted thinking” directing the believer away from walking in the light of God’s love. The course provides a format for responsible decision making within the context of an relationship in or outside the church or other ministries.
Fall Term September 6 – December 8
Winter Term January 3 – March 6
Spring Term March 20 – May 12