What Christians Ought to Believe: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine through the Apostles’ Creed

What Christians Ought to Believe: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine through the Apostles’ Creed

Taught by Michael F. Bird

The What Christians Ought to Believe course, featuring author and professor Michael Bird, introduces you to Christian doctrine via the Apostle’s Creed, delineating what Christians should believe about God, Jesus, the church, and the life to come.

Course Details

  • 16 Units 

  • Self-paced

  • 4.5 hours of video

  • Beginner

  • What Christians Ought to Believe

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Course Description

Modern Christians have often hesitated to embrace the ancient creeds because of our “nothing but the Bible” tradition. In the What Christians Ought to Believe course, Michael Bird opens our eyes to the Apostle’s Creed as a resource to explore and understand the basic teachings of the Christian faith.

Bringing together theological commentary, tips for application, and memorable illustrations, the What Christians Ought to Believe course teaches you the basic tenets of the Christian faith using the Apostle’s Creed as the entryway.

After first emphasizing the importance of creeds for the formation of the Christian faith, lessons introduce core beliefs about the Father, the Son, the Spirit, the Church, and the end times.

This course is ideal for both formal students and lay students wanting to better understand what Christians ought to affirm if they are to be called Christians.

By completing this course, you’ll gain:

  • a deeper understanding of the Apostles’ Creed as Christian doctrine
  • a firm grasp on how the creeds came into being, how they relate to Scripture, and why they remain important today
  • greater familiarity with and appreciation for the core beliefs of the Christian faith
  • 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

  • Christian Creeds for Beginners

  • Why You Need the Creed

  • I Believe

  • Believing in the Father

  • Believing in the Son—Divine and Human

  • Believing in the Son—Messiah and Lord

  • Believing in the Virgin Birth


  • Believing in the Cross—The Offense of the Cross

  • Believing in the Cross—The Victory of the Cross

  • Believing That Jesus Lives

  • Believing That Jesus Reigns

  • Believing in the Spirit

  • Belonging to the Church

  • Believing in Salvation, Waiting for God’s New World



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