God In Three Persons
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent spiritual and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver and Ruler of the universe. To Him, we owe the highest love, reverence and obedience. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit with distinct personal attributes but without division of nature, essence or being. Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 6:9; 28:19; 2Corinthians 13:13,14
God: The Father
God as Father is the Giver and Sustainer of life, the seen and unseen. He is all-loving, all-just, all-wise and all-powerful. He is the true God and the One who judges righteously and tests the heart and mind. God is Father to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ; however, He is fatherly toward all men.
Genesis 18:25; Matthew 6:9, 28:19; Galatians 4:6,7
God: The Son
God as Son is the perfect representation for the Father in human form. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was born of a virgin. He is fully human and fully divine. He is equal with God the Father but humbled himself by taking on the form of a servant and became obedient to a death on a cross. He knew that only through the shedding of His blood would the sinless Lamb of God be able to secure forgiveness and remission of sins. He arose on the third day following his death as He declared and now lives and reigns with the Father in glory awaiting His final triumphant return. He lives in all believers as the living, ever-present Lord. Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:18-23; John 1:1-18; 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; 1Corinthians 15:3,4; Philippians 2:5-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13, Hebrews 4:14-15
God: The Holy Spirit
God as Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and unrighteousness, empowers the life of each believer to produce godly character qualities and demonstrates Himself, in the life of the church, through special abilities given to each believer to carry out the work of the church. He is Comforter, Teacher, Wisdom and Counselor. John 16:7-13; 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 1:13; 5:1; Revelation 22:17
The Bible is the historical record of God's activity written by men but inspired by God's Spirit and contains no error. It is truth provided for the believer as a tool to know the heart of God. It reveals the plan, purposes and will of God for all time. Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalm 19:7-10; 119:11, 89, 105, 140, 169; 2Timothy 1:13,3:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21
Man was created by a special work of God, in His image and is the finest of all creation - God said, "It is very good!" Man was created innocent but with a free choice he sinned against God and fell from his original state. This attitude of disobedience (called sin in the Bible) – unless rectified through Christ – forever keeps man from forming a relationship with his Creator. This attitude also keeps us from being the kind of person God created us to be.
Genesis 1:26-30; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; Isaiah 6:5; ; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18; 3:23; 5:6, 12, 19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18, 29; I Corinthians 1:2131; Ephesians 2:1-22