We Believe in Jesus

We Believe in Jesus cover art
Instructor: Multiple Instructors
Lessons: 5
Forums: 5
Discipline: Theology
Course Group: Basic Christian Doctrine

This series investigates the doctrine of Christology, focusing on the person and work of Jesus Christ. Jesus is God in the flesh, the center of all history, and the only hope for the salvation of humanity and creation.

Course Goals:

  • Describe the doctrines of the Trinity and incarnation in relation to the person of Jesus Christ.
  • Provide a timeline of the past, present and future life and ministry of Jesus.
  • Survey Jesus' work especially in terms of his human offices.

125 min.

Lesson 1: The Redeemer

Explores the role of God the Son throughout redemptive history.
77 min.

Forum 1: The Redeemer

A companion video to lesson 1 of the same series that answers the following questions:
  • How did humanity come to need redemption?
  • Why did Adam's sin have such terrible consequences for humanity and creation?
  • What are some of the effects of humanity's fall into sin?
  • Why do we need a Redeemer?
  • What motivated God to redeem fallen humanity?
  • Were people saved in different ways at different times throughout history?
  • Why is Jesus the only one that can redeem humanity?
  • How do human beings receive redemption from Jesus?
  • What are some of the benefits of our redemption?
  • What is the ultimate goal of redemption?
  • Would we have been better off if humanity had never fallen into sin?
  • How and why will humanity's redemption impact the rest of creation?
  • How does Jesus' role as judge relate to his redemptive work?
  • How should we respond to the redemption we've received in Christ?
77 min.

Forum 1: The Redeemer

A companion video to lesson 1 of the same series that answers the following questions:
  • How did humanity come to need redemption?
  • Why did Adam's sin have such terrible consequences for humanity and creation?
  • What are some of the effects of humanity's fall into sin?
  • Why do we need a Redeemer?
  • What motivated God to redeem fallen humanity?
  • Were people saved in different ways at different times throughout history?
  • Why is Jesus the only one that can redeem humanity?
  • How do human beings receive redemption from Jesus?
  • What are some of the benefits of our redemption?
  • What is the ultimate goal of redemption?
  • Would we have been better off if humanity had never fallen into sin?
  • How and why will humanity's redemption impact the rest of creation?
  • How does Jesus' role as judge relate to his redemptive work?
  • How should we respond to the redemption we've received in Christ?
122 min.

Lesson 2: The Christ

Explores the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
86 min.

Forum 2: The Christ

A companion video to lesson 2 of the same series that answers the following questions:
  • How can we be certain that Jesus was a real, historical person?
  • How do we know the biblical portrait of Jesus is accurate?
  • Why did the Messiah have to be a descendant of King David?
  • In reference to the hypostatic union, what do the terms "person" and "nature" mean?
  • Why was it important for Christ to be sinless?
  • How could Jesus Christ, the Son of God, have been tempted to sin?
  • Why is it helpful for Christians to know that Jesus faced and resisted the temptation to sin?
  • What was the central message of the gospel that Jesus proclaimed?
  • What does repentance from sin look like?
  • What does the Transfiguration teach us about Jesus' role as Christ?
  • What does the Lord's Supper signify?
  • Was it unjust for God to impute our sins to Jesus?
  • What kinds of blessings do believers receive as a result of Christ's resurrection?
  • Why does Jesus still need to intercede for us?
  • How should the fact that Jesus is enthroned in heaven affect the way we live and worship?
86 min.

Forum 2: The Christ

A companion video to lesson 2 of the same series that answers the following questions:
  • How can we be certain that Jesus was a real, historical person?
  • How do we know the biblical portrait of Jesus is accurate?
  • Why did the Messiah have to be a descendant of King David?
  • In reference to the hypostatic union, what do the terms "person" and "nature" mean?
  • Why was it important for Christ to be sinless?
  • How could Jesus Christ, the Son of God, have been tempted to sin?
  • Why is it helpful for Christians to know that Jesus faced and resisted the temptation to sin?
  • What was the central message of the gospel that Jesus proclaimed?
  • What does repentance from sin look like?
  • What does the Transfiguration teach us about Jesus' role as Christ?
  • What does the Lord's Supper signify?
  • Was it unjust for God to impute our sins to Jesus?
  • What kinds of blessings do believers receive as a result of Christ's resurrection?
  • Why does Jesus still need to intercede for us?
  • How should the fact that Jesus is enthroned in heaven affect the way we live and worship?
105 min.

Lesson 3: The Prophet

Explores Jesus' fulfillment of the Old Testament office of prophet.
76 min.

Forum 3: The Prophet

A companion video to lesson 3 of the same series that answers the following questions:
  • What was the primary job of biblical prophets?
  • How did the process of prophetic inspiration work?
  • What was the main purpose of biblical prophecy?
  • Why don't some prophecies in Scripture come to pass as predicted?
  • How can we be sure that Jesus will fulfill the prophecies about his return?
  • Is Jesus the prophet like Moses that was foretold in Deuteronomy chapter 18?
  • In the transfiguration, why did God only command the disciples to listen to Jesus?
  • How is God's revelation through Jesus superior to his revelation through other prophets?
  • Has Jesus made the Old Testament prophets irrelevant for Christians?
  • Can we have a true appreciation for Jesus' teachings without also appreciating the rest of Scripture?
  • What is the relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament?
  • Why did Jesus' gospel message focus on repentance and the kingdom of God?
  • Should Christians regularly confess and repent of our sins?
  • How can believers stay motivated to be faithful to God and avoid sin?
76 min.

Forum 3: The Prophet

A companion video to lesson 3 of the same series that answers the following questions:
  • What was the primary job of biblical prophets?
  • How did the process of prophetic inspiration work?
  • What was the main purpose of biblical prophecy?
  • Why don't some prophecies in Scripture come to pass as predicted?
  • How can we be sure that Jesus will fulfill the prophecies about his return?
  • Is Jesus the prophet like Moses that was foretold in Deuteronomy chapter 18?
  • In the transfiguration, why did God only command the disciples to listen to Jesus?
  • How is God's revelation through Jesus superior to his revelation through other prophets?
  • Has Jesus made the Old Testament prophets irrelevant for Christians?
  • Can we have a true appreciation for Jesus' teachings without also appreciating the rest of Scripture?
  • What is the relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament?
  • Why did Jesus' gospel message focus on repentance and the kingdom of God?
  • Should Christians regularly confess and repent of our sins?
  • How can believers stay motivated to be faithful to God and avoid sin?
126 min.

Lesson 4: The Priest

Explores Jesus' fulfillment of the Old Testament office of priest.
78 min.

Forum 4: The Priest

A companion video to lesson 4 of the same series that answers the following questions:
  • How did Jesus fulfill the office of priest?
  • How did the incarnation make God the Son a more effective high priest?
  • How did Jesus fulfill the function and significance of the temple?
  • Why were the Old Testament priestly ceremonies so important?
  • How did the Old Testament sacrificial system demonstrate God's mercy?
  • How was Jesus' death on the cross related to the Old Testament sacrifices?
  • If we have peace with God, why does he still discipline us?
  • Can true believers lack confidence and doubt their salvation?
  • What was the main point of Jesus' High Priestly Prayer?
  • How do modern Christians serve as a kingdom of priests?
  • If Jesus is our high priest, and the church is a kingdom of priests, what is the role of pastors?
  • How do Christians minister to God in his heavenly temple?
78 min.

Forum 4: The Priest

A companion video to lesson 4 of the same series that answers the following questions:
  • How did Jesus fulfill the office of priest?
  • How did the incarnation make God the Son a more effective high priest?
  • How did Jesus fulfill the function and significance of the temple?
  • Why were the Old Testament priestly ceremonies so important?
  • How did the Old Testament sacrificial system demonstrate God's mercy?
  • How was Jesus' death on the cross related to the Old Testament sacrifices?
  • If we have peace with God, why does he still discipline us?
  • Can true believers lack confidence and doubt their salvation?
  • What was the main point of Jesus' High Priestly Prayer?
  • How do modern Christians serve as a kingdom of priests?
  • If Jesus is our high priest, and the church is a kingdom of priests, what is the role of pastors?
  • How do Christians minister to God in his heavenly temple?
126 min.

Lesson 5: The King

Explores Jesus' fulfillment of the Old Testament office of king.
92 min.

Forum 5: The King

A companion video to lesson 5 of the same series that answers the following questions:
  • What is the kingdom of God?
  • What gives God the right to rule as king over all creation?
  • Why does the Old Testament sometimes present God as a warrior king?
  • Why were ancient kings, and even God in his divine kingship, sometimes referred to as fathers?
  • Why is divine justice important?
  • How is the kingdom of God similar to ancient suzerain-vassal relationships?
  • In what sense is Jesus God's vassal king?
  • What makes Jesus the ideal ruler over the kingdom of God?
  • What do Christians mean when we say that Jesus is our king?
  • What did the Jews in Jesus' day expect the Messiah to do, and did their expectations reflect Old Testament teachings?
  • Why do Christians believe that the kingdom of God has already come, but that it hasn't come in all its fullness?
  • What is the relationship between the kingdom of God and the church?
  • How should Jesus' office of king influence the way we live and work?
92 min.

Forum 5: The King

A companion video to lesson 5 of the same series that answers the following questions:
  • What is the kingdom of God?
  • What gives God the right to rule as king over all creation?
  • Why does the Old Testament sometimes present God as a warrior king?
  • Why were ancient kings, and even God in his divine kingship, sometimes referred to as fathers?
  • Why is divine justice important?
  • How is the kingdom of God similar to ancient suzerain-vassal relationships?
  • In what sense is Jesus God's vassal king?
  • What makes Jesus the ideal ruler over the kingdom of God?
  • What do Christians mean when we say that Jesus is our king?
  • What did the Jews in Jesus' day expect the Messiah to do, and did their expectations reflect Old Testament teachings?
  • Why do Christians believe that the kingdom of God has already come, but that it hasn't come in all its fullness?
  • What is the relationship between the kingdom of God and the church?
  • How should Jesus' office of king influence the way we live and work?