God

 

We believe there is only One true God who exists in a tri-uniy of three persons, Father, Son and the Spirit.

 

Detailed Beliefs

 

We believe God is the infinite and perfect Spirit in whom all things have their source, support and end. God has revealed Himself in a general sense in creation (Psalm 19:1-4; Rom 1:20) and man’s conscience (Gen 1:26,27; Rom 2:14,15). These channels of self-revelation declare something of the greatness and justice of God but are suppressed in the heart of unregenerate man (Rom 1:18,19; Psalm 14, 53). God has also revealed Himself through direct communication (Gen 6:13), miracles (Exod 5:1,2), the lives of believers (Matt 5:13-15), Jesus Christ (Heb 1:2,3; John 14:8,9) and the Bible (Heb 1:1; Rom 1:2). The existence of God is assumed by Scripture as self-evident (Rom 1:20).

God is a person possessing spirituality (John 4:24), life (Deut 5:26; 1 Thess 1:9), intelligence (1 Sam 2:3), purpose (Isa 14:26,27), action (John 5:17), freedom (Eph 1:11), self-consciousness (Eph 3:14), and emotion (Jer 31:3).

The attributes of God can be categorized into attributes of greatness and attributes of goodness.

  

Attributes of greatness include self-existence (Exod 3:14), infinity (Rom 11:33), perfection (Job 37:16), omnipotence (Gen 17:1), omniscience (1 John 3:20), omnipresence (Psalm 139:7-10), all-wise (Rom 11:33), eternality (Gen 21:33), immutability (Jam 1:17), incomprehensibility (Psalm 145:3).

 

         Self existence - existence wholly in Himself, uncaused, not from His will.

Infinity - no limitation, not bound by space and time.

Perfect - complete in Himself, lacks nothing.

Omnipotent - exhaustless  power, consistent with His nature.

Omniscient - knows all past present and future, immediately (does not learn), simultaneously (at once) and eternally (timeless); actual/possible

Omnipresent - God is everywhere present in the universe at the same time filling every part with His whole being. (not pantheism - God is everything)

Immutable - changeless in being, attitudes and purposes.

Incomprehensible - cannot be known by the finite mind.

 

The attributes of goodness include holiness (Psalm 99:4-9; Isa 57:15; Isa 6:1-5), truth (John 17:3), love (1 John 4:8), righteousness (Psalm 11:7), faithfulness (Psalm 36:5), mercy (Matt 9:27), and grace (Eph 1:7).

 

God exists wholly, indivisibly, eternally and as a tri-unity of Father, Son and Spirit (Matt 3:16-17), three persons in one essence.  Each person is recognized as God (John 6:27; John 1:1; Acts 5:3-4) and all three are one God (John 10:30; 1 Cor 3:16 John 14:23). Within the tri-unity there exists equality of essence (Matt 28:19) and order of function. The Son is subordinate to the Father (John 14:28; 1 Cor 11:3) and the Spirit is subordinate to the Son and the Father (John 14:26; 15:16).

 

Wholly - essence is not divided.

Tri-unity - there are three persons,

Unity - there is but one essence.

 

God predestined (Rom 8:28; Eph 3:11) and created (Gen 1:3,6) the universe which He presently preserves (John 5:17) and providentially controls (Matt 10:29; Psalm 22:28; Job 37:1-3; Phil 4:19) for His own glory (Eph 1:5,6). His decree concerning the universe is comprehensive (Eph 1:11), eternal (Eph 3:11), immutable (Isa 46:9-10), absolute (Eph 1:11), efficacious (Isa 14:27) and freely made (Rom 11:34; Psalm 115:3). God’s decrees do not absolve human responsibility (Luke 22:22; Matt 18:7)