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What We Believe - God

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Secular:

Knowing someone…

In my house…

  • Joshua… morning person… fairly happy to get up and enjoy the day
  • Luke… definitely not a morning person… a little bear
  • Bethany… our most morning“est” person in the house… like a little bird…
  • Rebekah… not great with mornings… but able to muster the energy for hockey or other exciting activities…
  • Those dynamics affect the way in which you attempt to wake people up in my house….
  • Josh a call down the stairs… up within 2 minutes
  • Luke a snuggle… three or four reminders spaced a couple of minutes apart
  • Bethany… she’s probably already up and asking if she can make a coffee for you…
  • And Rebekah… our top-bunker… I just rest my chin on the edge of her bed and talk softly to her until she creeps over to the edge and snuggles my face…
  • It is so much easier when understand who we are dealing with…

Biblical:

Section B - God
We believe in one God, creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Personal:

Our resume should be so impressive…

Just as we attempt to disclose who we are in our resume…

So does God through his Word and his creation introduce us to himself…

Creation and Scripture testify to this God we serve…

  • Creator of all
  • Holy
  • Sovereign
  • Eternal
  • Triune… existing in three equal persons…

Bridge:

The Believe in God… Fuels our Passion for God… which demands our obedience…

Body:

Belief

God the Creator

Genesis 1-2

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

  • Before God there was nothing
  • The heavens and the earth… all things above and below…
  • Comprehensive statement…

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

  • Nothing snuck past God…
  • All things came into being…
  • No eveidence in all of creation or the stars… etc that things do not have a life cycle…
  • Stars are born… stars die…
  • Plants and animals… are born and die…
  • Everything has a beginning and an ending… even the universe…
  • God has created…
  • God has sustained…
  • God will bring it to conclusion…

God is Creator of all!!

God is Holy!!

Isaiah 6:1 In the year of King Uzziah's death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said, "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory."

  • Without blemish
  • Without stain or spot
  • Complete…
  • Worthy of praise
  • Perfect…

God is Holy…

God is Sovereign

Psalm 139: 4 Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all

Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

  • There is a bigger plan
  • And it functions according to God’s will
  • Just as in his power he “spoke” the world into being… it is by his might that “all things” are subject to his sovereignty…
  • He knows all… and sits over all…

God is Sovereign

God is Eternal

Revelation 1:8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."

AND John 1:1…

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3a All things came into being through Him,

  • God was before creation… the Alpha
  • Before anything existed
  • Before any man, woman or child… understood who God was…
  • God was first…
  • And God will be last… the Omega…

2 Peter 3: 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

  • What we know and have experienced…It will all come to and end…
  • But God will endure… as will we… either in eternal torment… or eternally worshipping and glorify God.
  • NAU John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

God is Eternal

God is One…

NAU Deuteronomy 6:4 "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! 5 "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

  • God is one…
  • Not three headed… or three gods…
  • God is one…
  • Jews and Muslims… wrestle with who God is…

NAU Matthew 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

  • The charge… the great commission instructs us on the relationship… within the Godhead…
    • baptismal format…
  • Father love the Son… the Son is obedient to the Father…Son does the father’s will and the Spirit points to the Son
  • Perfect community… Not three beings but one… manifest in three persons…

NAU 2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

  • No one greater…
  • * Equality within the God head…
  • The Perfect Relationship
  • Community…

God is Triune…

 

Passion

Creation and Scripture testify to this God we serve…

  • Creator of all
    • Defend God as Creator
    • Recognize the intrinsic value of that which he has deemed good…
    • Fuel our passion for God in the world he created…
  • Holy
    • God’s holiness you drive us in our personal Quest…
      • Clean-up before you meet the PM or the Queen…
      • Clean-up
  • Sovereign
    • Recognize our place before God
    • Recognize his control over the situation
    • Recognize where the glory goes…
    • Hockey team does well… we are on it…
    • God is awesome… God is Sovereign… we are on it
  • Eternal
    • Hope in a God the was before all… is… and will be after all…
    • Our promise are anchored in the Eternal God!!
  • Triune… existing in three equal persons…
    • The nature of community
    • The nature of working together
    • The fact of Jesus as Saviour… Son of God
    • The Fact of the will of the father
    • The fact of the power of the Spirit…

Obedience

Creation and Scripture testify to this God we serve…

  • Creator of all
  • Holy
  • Sovereign
  • Eternal

Triune… existing in three equal persons…

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