PBS: What do Baptists believe about God?

February 8, 2008

Here is this week’s study notes from the Parent Bible Study:

#3 – What do Baptists believe about God?

“There is one and only one living and true God.”

Trying to sum up God in one lesson is like trying to drink from a fire hydrant that is the size of the universe.

I. There is one living and true God

a. Knowing God is the foundation of the Christian worldview – our concept of God and our belief that He exists make all the difference in the way we look at our world and live our lives (voting, lifestyle decisions, etc.)

b. Knowing God comes from Scripture and not from flawed wisdom (Jeremiah 9:23-24)

c. There is one God (Isaiah 45:5) – this idea is not popular in our society and is labeled ‘intolerant.’

“He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being…”

II. God has certain attributes

a. God is intelligent – God is a knowing Being, not a blind force. He has “perfect knowledge” (Job 37:16)
b. God is spiritual – He is a transcendent Being who is in no way limited by a physical body (John 4:24)
c. God is personal – God has a personality and relates to his people in a personal way. The fact that he is personal makes it possible for us to relate to Him
d. God is also self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, glorious, an unchanging.

“…the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe.”

III. God has certain activities

a. God is Creator – He created the world ex nihilo – out of nothing. Until God created the world and everything in it, nothing existed at all.
b. God is Redeemer – God rescues His people from peril. Jesus is the story of God’s redeeming love as revealed and fulfilled.
c. God is Preserver – God protects and guards His action and His creatures. No creature, no matter how small, escapes His concern and care. (Matt. 10:29)
d. God is Ruler – God exercises His kingly lordship over the entire cosmos. God remains intimately involved with His creation.

God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including future decisions of His free creatures.

IV. God has certainties

a. God is all-knowing – He has perfect knowledge
b. God is all-powerful – He is completely in control
c. God is sovereign – He is love and he is just.
d. God is holy – He is pure and perfect with no imperfections. (Isaiah 6:3) The acknowledgment of God’s holiness causes Isaiah to recognize his sinfulness. God does not and cannot sin. He is the standard for righteousness and holiness.

“To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.”

V. God is three persons in one essence

The trinity cannot be completely explained or drawn. We will learn more about the Trinity next week as we focus on God the Father.


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