The Doctrine of God
1. Existing and Knowing
2. Knowing God
God’s existence is not hidden from us nor is it difficult to see. The Bible assumes from cover to cover that God exists. It’s an obvious truth. The problem is our response to that truth when we suppress it or as Robert Culver says we exercise our “ability to put unwelcome knowledge out of our conscious thought.”
3. Sovereignty, Supremacy & Immutability
God is an infinite, all-powerful and perfect God. The Bible tells us what characteristics He holds and embodies although even Scripture cannot contain the vastness of God’s nature and attributes. Today’s study covers three very important facets of God’s nature. These three attributes go hand in hand and are necessary for the others to exist and function properly...
Love is the most overused, underused, and misunderstood word in existence. Ultimately, we must look to the author and embodiment of love itself to fully understand it and its many facets and practicalities. Looking outside of Christ for our
definition of love will leave us unsatisfied and misinformed. The attribute of God’s love is one that defines the other attributes and is extremely important in our lives.
God's purity, complete “other-ness” and perfection, all form the basis for all of His other attributes. It gives us as believers the ability to rest in His love, to trust in His faithfulness, and believe in the unchanging nature of our loving Father.
6. Authority Properly Applied
7. Grace Part 1
Pastor John Schouten defines grace as goodness towards those who need punishment.The grace of God is a fundamental tenant of the Christian faith. Without grace, communion with God is impossible, the Christian life is one of works, and salvation would be impossible.
8. Grace Part 2
Grace is essential for us to know God and to be known by Him. Our sinfulness and inability to work our way to holiness makes grace the indispensable component in our salvation. God’s initiative of grace through Christ’s death for our sins is the saving force for us. His grace in giving us the Spirit gives us the power to live the Christian life.
Wisdom is the ability to see the end from the beginning, to see everything in proper relation and in full focus. God’s infinite power makes Him infinitely wise. He can accomplish whatever He pleases, and accomplish it perfectly (Ps. 115:3). He is all wise: the very definition of wisdom (Job 12:13, Ephesians 1:8, Romans 16:27).
God is immensely beautiful. “God is God,” wrote Jonathan Edwards, “and distinguished from [that is, set apart from] all other beings, and exalted above ’em, chiefly by his divine beauty.” His beauty is seen throughout Scripture. Psalm 50:2 speaks of the perfection of His radiant beauty. Psalm 96:6 talks of the strength and beauty in His sanctuary. David writes that all he desires is to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and seeking Him where He can be found. This beauty motivates us, drives us, and transforms us (2 Cor 3:18; cf. 1 John 3:2-3).