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The God Who Is There
The Gospel Coalition

The God Who Is There

A Basic Introduction to the Christian Faith and the Big Story of Scripture

At a Glance

  • Access to video teachings for each unit by D. A. Carson
  • Study modules powered by the Cerego personalized learning tool
  • Discussion questions and scripture passages embedded within the lessons
  • Learning is assessed by unit quizzes and exams
  • Read the ESV Bible (Crossway) via the BibleMesh eReader
  • 24/7 access for 12 months to complete the course at your own pace

NOTE: There is a required text book for this course that you will need to purchase separately – The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story by D. A. Carson

If you are planning on leading a small group or class through this course, you can also purchase the The God Who Is There: Leader's Guide by D. A. Carson


20 hours

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More Details

It can no longer be assumed that most people-or even most Christians-have a basic understanding of the Bible. Many don’t know the difference between the Old and New Testament, and even the more well-known biblical figures are often misunderstood. It is getting harder to talk about Jesus accurately and compellingly because listeners have no proper context with which to understand God’s story of redemption. In this basic introduction to faith, D. A. Carson takes seekers, new Christians, and small groups through the big story of Scripture. He helps readers to know what they believe and why they believe it.

Course Outline

  • Course Introduction
  • Unit 1: The God Who Made Everything
  • Unit 2: The God Who Does Not Wipe Out Rebels
  • Unit 3: The God Who Writes His Own Agreements
  • Unit 4: The God Who Legislates 
  • Unit 5: The God Who Reigns 
  • Unit 6: The God Who Is Unfathomably Wise
  • Unit 7: The God Who Becomes a Human Being
  • Unit 8: The God Who Grants New Birth
  • Unit 9: The God Who Loves
  • Unit 10: The God Who Dies—and Lives Again
  • Unit 11: The God Who Declares the Guilty Just
  • Unit 12: The God Who Gathers and Transforms His People
  • Unit 13: The God Who Is Very Angry
  • Unit 14: The God Who Triumphs
  • Final Exam


What do I need to take this course?
You will need to purchase the book The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story by D. A. Carson, an internet connection and a Bible.

Who is this course for?
This course is for those who would like to better understand the big story of Scripture and how God has revealed Himself.


D.A. Carson
Dr. D.A. Carson

Don is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, where he has been since 1978. Having years of pastoral experience in both Canada and the United Kingdom, he earned a BS in chemistry from McGill University, MDiv from Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto and DPhil in New Testament from Cambridge University. He is a member of the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical Research, the SBL, the Evangelical Theological Society and co-founded the Gospel Coalition. He has written or edited more than 45 books including An Introduction to the New Testament and Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church.