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God the Father

First Baptist Church of Oxford, MI              Article III: Articles of Faith

Section 3.  God the Father

God is the infinite and perfect Spirit in whom all things have their source, support, and end.  God has made general information about Himself known to all men through creation and conscience.  This general revelation tells men that they are dependent on God; they are responsible to Him; and that they need acceptance by God.  Since the existence of God is a matter of general revelation, God’s special revelation in the Bible makes no attempt at proof.

References: Rom. 1:20; 2:14-15; Acts 17:25-28; Rom. 1:32.

God is a person.   His personality is seen in His possession of intelligence, will, emotion, self-consciousness, etc.  The attributes of God may be divided into two categories: Greatness, qualities which finite human beings may not possess; and Goodness, qualities that believers may in increasing measure possess and practice in a finite capacity.  The attributes of God’s greatness include: self-existence, infinity, perfection, omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, immutability, and incomprehensibility.   The attributes of God’s goodness include: holiness, truth, love, righteousness, faithfulness, mercy, and grace.

References: Acts 15:18; John 6:38-39; 3:16; Ex. 3:14; Gen. 21:33; 1 Kings 8:27; Matt. 5:48; 19:26; Psa. 139:1-4, 7-12; Mal. 3:6; Rom. 11:33; Lev. 11:44-45; Psa. 99:4-9; 31:5; 1 Thess. 1:9; 1 John 4:8; Deut. 32:4; Psa. 145:17; 36:5; 2 Cor. 1:3, Eph. 2:4; Eph. 1:7, 1 Peter 5:10.

God is the Sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things.   God has planned all things according to His own will and for His good pleasure and glory.  God created the universe in six normal twenty-four hour days.  Although God has ceased from creation, His work of preservation continues.

References: Eph. 1:11; Psa. 115:3; Psa. 135:6; Isa. 48:11; Gen. 1; Ex. 20:11; Gen. 2:2; Col. 1:17.

 

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