Understanding Your Religion

7 Major Doctrines that Define Christianity

This series presents 7 basic doctrinal ideas that help the viewer have a "big picture" view of the Christian religion. Done in an informal style with helpful graphics and summaries, Understanding Your Religion is a useful guide for those seeking to know what Christians believe and how these beliefs affect what they do.

24 episodes

In this lesson, we will discuss why it is important to study the main doctrines contained in the Bible.
This lesson examines the basis for all other doctrines contained in the Bible - the inspiration of this book by God.
This lesson continues the review of the making of the bible with a discussion on how the Old and New Testaments were gathered and the criteria used to select the inspired books into the canon.
This lesson will explain the first of six arguments that support the idea that the bible is an inspired text.
This lesson will examine the remaining 5 arguments that support the claim of Divine Inspiration for the Bible.
The main subject of the Bible record is not only the story of Jesus Christ but also a presentation of the reasons why He is considered the divine Son of God.
This lesson looks at the resurrection of Jesus as both evidence for the claim of the inspiration of the Bible and as the pivotal teaching of the Christian faith.
This lesson begins the study of the three doctrines that describe the history of man's relationship with God from creation to eternal life in heaven.
This lesson explains some of the results in teaching caused by a faulty understanding of two sub-doctrines (election and predestination) that explain the major doctrine of Reconciliation, and provides a more Biblically accurate view of these important teachings.
This lesson will review how Christ's sacrifice (atonement) satisfies the requirements of God's perfect justice and love.
This second part on the subject of atonement examines the Biblical language used to describe Jesus' act of atonement.
Mike will explain the difference between the act of Atonement and its natural result of Redemption.
Once a person is redeemed from sin he can live a new life. This lesson explains the very different lifestyle of the regenerated person.
This lesson begins an explanation of those sub-doctrines that describe God's plan of salvation from different perspectives.
This lesson seeks to understand God's plan of salvation from a legal perspective.
The doctrine of Justification explains how God resolves the legal dilemma in justifying guilty sinners without compromising the Law.
This lesson explains why and how God now sees mankind in a different light.
The doctrine of sanctification provides a view of salvation from an "inward" perspective and explains how God enables mankind to share in His holiness.
This lesson examines common errors made in teaching the doctrine of sanctification, and provides a guide to the stages of this spiritual process in each Christian.
In this lesson, Mike reviews the "summary" doctrine of Salvation and how water baptism fits into the context of all 10 sub-doctrines that explain the reconciliation of God and Man.
In this lesson, Mike answers four of the most asked questions about the role of baptism in the process of salvation.
In this lesson, Mike reviews the development of the idea of 'Kingdom' in the Bible as well as the understanding of this idea in the secular world throughout history.
In this next to last lesson, Mike tackles Christianity's most exciting and complex doctrine - the events and timing of the return of Jesus and the end of the world as we know it.
In this last lesson of the series, Mike reviews key passages about the end-times in the New Testament and provides a summary of the four main "Millennial" teaching positions.