Evangelical Theology

Evangelical Theology

Taught by Michael F. Bird

This updated Evangelical Theology course, featuring professor Michael F. Bird, starts with the understanding that the center, unity, and boundary of evangelical faith is the gospel. This course thus presents authentically evangelical theology as the drama of gospelizing—performing and living out the gospel in the theatre of Christian life.

Course Details

  • 48 units; 4 exams

  • Self-paced

  • 12 hours of video

  • Beginner

  • Evangelical Theology

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Course Description

This Evangelical Theology course explores theology as the drama of gospelizing, covering the foundational doctrines of God, the end times, Jesus, salvation, the Holy Spirit, and the church. Units are comprised of short lessons based on video, readings, reflection and discussion questions, review materials, and quizzes to test your knowledge. Professor and scholar Michael F. Bird takes learners on a comprehensive tour of the faith in a unique and sometimes humorous way, making this course accessible to pastors, theology students, and lay learners alike.

By completing these courses, you’ll gain:

  • A clear overview of the importance of and central themes in the gospel, such as Jesus, salvation, the Holy Spirit, the church, and the end times
  • A thorough understanding of the formation of modern evangelicalism and what evangelicals believe, as well as how and why they believe it
  • A better grasp of the variety of evangelical ecclesial traditions
  • Confidence in your growing knowledge through personalized review sessions and unit assessments

Meet Your Instructors

Michael F. Bird

PhD., University of Queensland

Michael F. Bird is a lecturer in theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of many books, including Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission, The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification, and the New Perspective, and Evangelical Theology, and editor of The Apostle Paul: Four Views. He blogs at the New Testament blog Euangelion.

Course Outline

  • 1.1 What Is Theology?

  • 1.2 What Do You Have to Say before You Say Anything?

  • 1.3 What Is the Gospel?

  • 1.4 Is Theology Possible?

  • 1.5 The Necessity and Goal of Theology

  • 1.6 Sources for Theology

  • 1.7 Toward a Gospel-Driven Theological Method

  • 1.8 A Final Word

  • 2.1 God and the Gospel

  • 2.2 Getting an Affinity for the Trinity

  • 2.3 What is God Like?

  • 2.4 The God Who Creates

  • 2.5 The God Who Reveals Himself

  • 2.6 God’s Purpose and Plan


  • 3.1 Gospel and Kingdom

  • 3.2 What Is the Kingdom of God?

  • 3.3 The Return of Jesus Christ

  • 3.4 Millennium and Tribulation

  • 3.5 The Final Judgment

  • 3.6 The Intermediate State: What Happens When You Die?

  • 3.7 The Final State: Heaven, Hell, and New Creation

  • 4.1 The Gospel of God’s Son

  • 4.2 The Christological Method

  • 4.3 The Life of Jesus

  • 4.4 The Death of Jesus

  • 4.5 The Resurrection of Jesus

  • 4.6 The Ascension and Session of Jesus

  • 4.7 The Story of Jesus and the Identity of God


  • 5.1 Saved by the Gospel

  • 5.2 Redemptive History: The Plan for the Gospel

  • 5.3 Order of Salvation: The Logical Working of the Gospel

  • 5.4 Images of Salvation: The Result of the Gospel

  • 5.5 Scope and Security: How Wide and How Certain a Salvation?

  • 6.1 God’s Spirit: The Breath of the Gospel

  • 6.2 Person of the Holy Spirit

  • 6.3 Work of the Holy Spirit


  • 7.1 Sons and Daughters of the King

  • 7.2 Image of God

  • 7.3 What Is Humanity? The Human Constitution

  • 7.4 Human Identity

  • 7.5 What Is the Problem with Humanity?

  • 7.6 The Odyssey of Theodicy

  • 8.1 The Evangelical Church

  • 8.2 Biblical Images of the Church

  • 8.3 The Shape of the Church

  • 8.4 The Marks of the Church

  • 8.5 Governance of the Church

  • 8.6 Emblems of the Gospel: Baptism and Lord’s Supper



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