Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Keeping the Speed Limit

As part of our our church's celebration of their Year of Jubilee, leading up to our 50th anniversary of ministry in the San Lorenzo Valley, I have chosen to spend a few weeks preaching on those truths that have kept us safe along the way.  To facilitate these messages we are using the Statement of Faith of the Evangelical Free Church of America (the denomination of which we are a part).

Our journey as a church family has been a great one.  Sure there have been some bumps and detours along the way, but as we have endeavored to obey the rules of the road, we can truly say we have been blessed.  That is the reason we have chosen "Blessed to be a Blessing" as our year-long theme.

Last Sunday, March 3rd, I began the series by looking at Deuteronomy 6:1-12 in a sermon entitled, "My God's Bigger than Your God."  It was all about the importance of the primacy of God in every area of our lives.  This coming week, as the Lord grants me breath and a clear mind, I hope to spend time discussing the first article in our Statement of Faith, the article that deals with who God is.

In our American culture (not to mention the multitude of cultures around the world) we have quite a range of definitions regarding who God is. There is of course a LOT that can be said about God, and one must be very careful to not put God in a box, so with that in mind I am including below the first article in our Statement of Faith, followed by Scripture references which speak to its various statements.  My prayer is that as we look intently at what the Bible says about our God our hearts will be over-flowing with praise and our lives motivated to obedience.

As a quick side note, we will also begin a new class after church using the DVD curriculum entitled "Basic: Who is God?"  This study material featrues the teaching of Francis Chan and some very thought-provoking video stories.  If you're in the area come and join us for our worship gathering and stay for the deeper discussion. You can check out the church website for more information.

So, here's the material:

1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

1.            One God – Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29
2.            Creator of all things – Genesis. 1:1; Psalm 33:6; John.1:3; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 11:3)
3.            Holy -- Exodus 15:11; Isaiah. 6:3; 57:15
4.            Infinitely perfect – Deuteronomy 32:4; Job 1:7-10; Psalms 18:30; 50:2; 90:2; 145:3; Matthew 5:48
5.            Eternally existing – Psalms 33:11; 102:25-27; 115:3; Daniel 4:34-35; John 5:26; Acts 17:24-25
6.            A loving unity – John 3:35; 17:24; 1 John. 4:8,16)
7.            Three equally divine Persons – John 17:11; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2:
8.            The Father – Deuteronomy 32:6; Matthew. 6:6; Roman 8:15; 1 Corinthians 8:6
9.            The Son – Matthew 3:17; John 1:14; 3:16; Galatians 4:4; Hebrews 1:5
10.         The Holy Spirit – John 14:16, 17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-15; Romans 8:9, 26; Galatians 4:6
11.         Limitless knowledge – Psalms 139:1-16; 147:5; Isaiah 46:10; John 21:17
12.        Sovereign power – Jeremiah 32:17; Ephesians 1:11; Romans. 8:28; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Ephesians 3:20; Revelation 1:8
13.        God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself – 1 Corinthians 2:7; Ephesians 1:11; 3:10,11; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 1:2; 1 Peter 1:20; Revelation 13:8
14.        To make all things new – Matthew 19:28; Acts 3:21; Romans 8:19-21; Revelation 21,22
15.        For His own glory – Psalm 19:1-2; Isaiah 43:7; Jeremiah 13:11; Colossians 1:15-23; Revelation 4:11; 5:9-14

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