Missional Theology Track

Created by Porterbrook

About this Learning Track

The Missional Theology track contains the six Porterbrook courses that specifically relate to “Bible & Doctrine”—understanding and teaching the entire Bible.

Enroll and complete each of these courses to earn a certificate of completion.


Course 1 :
The Bible in Missional Perspective

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12 Month Access ($50.00 USD)

About this Course

Following the themes of God’s people, in God’s place, under God’s rule, Tim Chester walks us through the bible as the story of God's mission to redeem the world through his Son. Along the way you’ll find out why the church is so central to mission, and how to see everyday life through the gospel lens. This course is not only an introduction and refresher on biblical theology, it will cast a vision for mission in everyday life, through the local church.

Course Overview
  • Unit 1. Our Identity (creation)
Unit 2. Our Problem (fall and flood)
  • Unit 3. Our Solution Promised (Abraham)
Unit 4. Our Solution Pictured (exodus and Sinai)
Unit 5. Our Solution Prefigured (conquest and David)
Unit 6. Our Solution Predicted (exile and prophecy)
Unit 7. Our Solution Personified (the coming of Jesus)
Unit 8. Our Solution Purchased (the cross)
Unit 9. Our Hope Proclaimed (the resurrection and Pentecost)

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Course 2 :
Understanding God's Story

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About this Course

God has spoken to his people through the story of his Son, Jesus. As Christians, we find our identity and purpose as we engage with the stories, letters, poems, prophecies, histories etc., contained within the Bible’s bigger story. This course is deeply practical. You will need your Bible with you to work through multiple exercises on Bible texts. You will learn to understand texts in the context of the bigger story and the immediate context of the book of the Bible they appear in. Then you will learn how to apply the words of the Bible today.

Course Overview
  • Unit 1. Understanding God’s word
  • Unit 2. Approaching God’s word
  • Unit 3. What is the meaning?
  • Unit 4. What is the structure?
  • Unit 5. Why say it this way?
  • Unit 6. Why say it here?
  • Unit 7. How should they have responded then?
  • Unit 8. How should we respond now?
  • Unit 9. Why should we respond?

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Course 3 :
Union with Christ

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About this Course

All that Christ has achieved for his people is ours through our union with him. Heart change and mission flow out of who Jesus is, and how we are bound to him by faith. This course will teach you to understand and enjoy your relationship with Jesus in everyday life on mission.

Course Overview
  • Unit 1. What Is Union With Christ
  • Unit 2. Location And Representation
  • Unit 3. The Work Of The Spirit
  • Unit 4. Sanctification
  • Unit 5. The Benefits Of Our Union
  • Unit 6. Union With Christ And One Another
  • Unit 7. How Union With Christ Impacts Everyday Life
  • Unit 8. Motivation And Mission
  • Unit 9. Keeping Going In Mission

Course 4 :
Bible Truth in Missional Perspective

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12 Month Access ($50.00 USD)

About this Course

All Christians need a solid grounding in the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith. In this course you will walk through key doctrines with the help of the Nicene Creed, working them through to practical application in life and mission. The course encourages students to reconnect theology to practice and to enjoy big truths about God and the gospel in the routines of everyday life.

Course Overview
  • The Nicene Creed
  • Unit 1. The triune God in a fragmented world
  • Unit 2. The sovereign God in an anxious world
  • Unit 3. The creator God in a material world
  • Unit 4. The person of Christ in a hurting world
  • Unit 5. The sacrifice of Christ in a guilty world
  • Unit 6. The reign of Christ in a rebellious world
  • Unit 7. The justice of Christ in a self-justifying world
  • Unit 8. The life of the Spirit in a powerless world
  • Unit 9. The hope of the Spirit in a hopeless world

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Course 5 :
The Holy Spirit

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12 Month Access ($50.00 USD)

About this Course

The Holy Spirit is often the forgotten member of the Trinity or His work is emphasised apart from the gospel. This course helps us see the central role of the Holy Spirit in creation and redemption. Understanding the work of the Holy Spirit empowers and shapes gospel mission and discipleship in the local church.

Course Overview
  • Unit 1. Creator Spirit
  • Unit 2. The prophetic Spirit
  • Unit 3. The redeemer Spirit
  • Unit 4. The sending Spirit: part one
  • Unit 5. The sending Spirit: part two
  • Unit 6. The sanctifying Spirit
  • Unit 7. Communion with the Spirit
  • Unit 8. The consummator Spirit: part one
  • Unit 9. The consummator Spirit: part two

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Course 6 :
Bible Teaching in Missional Perspective

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About this Course

Learn how to open the bible with friends, both Christians and non-Christians, and get the most out of your time together in interactive bible study. Learn from some of the best bible teachers how to get the point of a passage across and address people’s hearts with the gospel. You will also be introduced to storying as a method for opening the bible with people.

Course Overview
  • Unit 1. Make It Clear - Learning from John Stott
  • Unit 2. Making It Real- Learning From Tim Keller
  • Unit 3. Making It Felt - Learning From C. J. Mahaney
  • Unit 4. Preparing Interactive Bible Studies
  • Unit 5. Leading Interactive Bible Studies
  • Unit 6. Introducing Storytelling
  • Unit 7. Preparing Stories
  • Unit 8. Teaching The Bible Through Storytelling
  • Unit 9. Learning In Community

Certificate : Obtain My Certificate of Completion

About the Certificate of Completion

When you have completed this learning track on BibleMesh.com, you will need to enroll here to apply for your certificate of completion. This enrollment will be activated when you have successfully finished all the courses in this track.


  • Dr. Tim Chester
    Dr. Tim Chester

    Tim Chester is a pastor of Grace Church in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, a faculty member of Crosslands. He is the author of over 30 books and commentaries including You Can Change and A Meal with Jesus, as well as being co-author of Total Church.

  •  Jonathan K.  Dodson
    Jonathan K. Dodson

    Jonathan Dodson (M.Div, Th.M) is the founding pastor of City Life Church in Austin, TX which he started with his wife, Robie, and a small group of people. They have three children. He is the author The Unbelievable Gospel: Say Something Worth Believing, Raised? Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection, and Gospel-Centered Discipleship. He enjoys listening to M. Ward, watching sci-fi, and going for walks.

  •  Steve  Timmis
    Steve Timmis

    Steve Timmis lives in Sheffield, England, where he is a pastor in The Crowded House. He is also the Executive Director of Acts 29. He has co-authored a number of books with Tim Chester, including Total Church,  as well as authoring a couple all on his own – Gospel Centred Leadership and I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said That!

How It Works / FAQs

What is a learning track?

A track is a group of courses that provide a guided program of study in a specific subject area.

Why should I work to complete a track?

You should work to complete a track if you desire to build greater proficiency and a more comprehensive understanding within a particular area of study. Completing a track successfully will give you a sense of satisfaction in a job well done and BibleMesh or one of our partners will acknowledge your work through a track.

Can I go at my own pace?

Although a course subscription only provides access to a given course for a set time period, you may take as long as you wish to complete a learning track.

Can I skip certain courses?

In order to complete a learning track, you must complete every course within that track. Some tracks, like the Biblical Languages tracks, also require courses to be completed in a specific sequence, though this is not true of all tracks.

Can anyone receive a certificate of completion?

Yes. Anyone who enrolls in a course on BibleMesh can work toward earning a certificate of completion.

How do I receive a certificate of completion?

Upon finishing all the courses in a track, you may apply for and receive a certificate of completion.

Is this certificate of completion recognized for credit by colleges and seminaries?

Several colleges and seminaries do accept BibleMesh Biblical Language courses as a pre-requisite or advance placement option. But, if you are interested in earning a credit-bearing certificate that provides degree pathway opportunities to partner academic institutions, you will need to enroll in the BibleMesh Institute. For more information go here.