Theology Basics

In this course you will study the central doctrines of the Bible and how they fit into God’s plan for your redemption and for His glory.

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Does the word doctrine intimidate you? How would you define doctrine? Doctrine is defined as biblical truths that are taught, believed, and practiced. When you understand the term, it can both encourage and empower you. In Theology Basics you will study the central doctrines of the Bible and how they fit into God’s plan for your redemption and for His glory. Don’t let doctrine intimidate you—dig into this study today. And don’t miss the “Listening Guide” available with each lecture for practical help in applying what you learn!

  1. Define the term “doctrine.”
  2. Identify key aspects of the nature and purposes of God and of the person and work of Jesus Christ.
  3. Explain who the Holy Spirit is and what ministries He performs.
  4. Articulate key ideas concerning the divine origin and composition of the Bible.
  5. Identify key concepts of the doctrine of salvation.
  6. Understand the doctrine of the church.
  7. Explain the doctrines of the spirit world and of the future.
  • I have a better understanding of Church doctrine.

    — Terri
  • I love that there is a Theology Basics lesson that I could take to solidify the foundations of my faith in learning and understanding. I can't wait to dive deeper into the teachings of theology!

    — Erica
  • The course was simple and pretty much straightforward for a theological starter like me.

    — Wesley
  • This course gave me a great intro into Theology.

    — John
  • I would recommend this course to someone I know. It's a good source of knowledge, understanding, and guidance.

    — Paul
  • This course will benefit Christians at all levels.

    — Everett
  • I have been a Christian for many years, but this course challenged me to continue to wrestle with important questions, as well as ponder the deep love that Jesus has for every person in the world. Thank you for making it easy to follow. There were a few quiz questions that were a bit confusing, but mostly the quizzes were well done. Thank you!

    — Sarah
  • I enjoyed taking this course. It is a short detailed course introducing the principles of Theology.

    — Michael
  • Theology has often sounded formidable to many Christians. Indeed it does cover many topics, and its points must be backed by many verses. Here the lecturer has succeeded in giving a quick overview (and yet not a shallow one) on the scope of Theology. I really appreciate the way he has been able to select the important points and present them very clearly, logically and systematically. I recommend this systematic theology course.

    — Weng Yuen
  • I learned more about the different millennial reigns and additional actions of Satan that I was unaware of.  

    — Terry
  • An amazing overview of doctrine.

    — Melissa
  • I felt the information on the Triune God was presented very well. Also, I like the easy flow of language and thoughts throughout the course. The fourth session gave an interesting view of The Doctrine of the Future. This is the first time I was presented with all these future possibilities when our Lord returns for the Rapture. I still need to read more on this topic because , personally, I know where I stand, but all these variables have left me a bit confused and startled! This was a powerful lesson for me.

    — Katherine
  • Interesting & factual course content supported by scriptural references. Was really worthwhile working through the activities. Pleased I took the time to 'get back to basics.' All believers need to regularly 'take stock' of what they believe & why.

    — Colin
  • This was a a good review for me. I hope there is a theology intermediate because I am blessed to say I knew all of that, so I’m ready for the next level.

    — Joann
  • An excellent course!

    — Russell
  • The course was interesting and gave me new insight on the rapture and the different interpretations, whilst emphasising that the most important aspect which is that Christ will return.

    — Brenda
  • Helped answer questions in a formal way that otherwise would be hard for me. Useful information to pass in to others

    — Tyler
  • Very good overview of key theological elements

    — Gary
  • I am so glad I discovered ODB University through one of my devotion readings. Thank you for these courses. I am looking forward to continuing my learning and sharing it with others, believers and unbelievers alike.

    — Anita
  • I was raised in the church with my family. As a child and young adult the basics were taught to me and for the most part I have not reviewed the basics as I had already developed my beliefs. This course has really enlightened my senses and reaffirmed my beliefs. Outstanding! Whether you are a new believer or an old one like me I recommend taking the course. Thank you. You should make this into a booklet form like the ones you put out in churches. Great for new believers that have so many questions but may feel uncomfortable asking or don't know what to ask.

    — Virginia
  • I have recommited my life to Jesus from taking this course.

    — Monica
  • I enjoyed this course very much because it provided enlightenment on the Doctrine of the spirit world and provided three different Christian views on the resurrection that I did not know existed.

    — Lula
  • Absolutely love how you have everything set up! I was reminded of important issues and learned new ones.

    — Christopher
  • This course is outstanding and greatly needed.

    — Gary
  • Great and wonderful refresher.

    — Cynthia
  • It answers my question. What's theology is about?

    — Solus
  • Enjoyed putting things in order. Looking forward to more learning in doable chunks

    — Beth
  • I liked this course and its content. I felt that it was very useful in providing both Biblical and spiritual insights and enhancements.

    — Dale
  • This was a great review of things that I’ve learned through previous studies. I highly recommend this course for those who are getting their feet wet.

    — Doug
  • Great course for new believers and also as a review for seasoned saints.

    — Kathryn
  • Although I had a general knowledge included in this course, I deepened my understanding. It was so well designed, clear, and summarized the indispensable base that we need to approach the study of the Bible. This is the foundation of our faith, and I think that how this course was presented, it will help me to share my faith with others.

    — Ghislaine

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Course Details

  • 4 Lessons
  • 13 Activities
  • 5 Assessments
  • 9 Min Average
  • 2 Hrs Minimum
  • Course Award

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