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What We Believe About the Godhead! (2 of 9)
Series: Baptist Beliefs
Steve N. Wagers
June 22, 2005
1. The Authority of God We must Revere!
A. The All-Powerful One!
B. The All-Present One!
C. The All-Perceptive One!
2. The Appearance of God We must Regard!
A. He is Essentially God!
B. He is Equally God!
C. He is Eternally God!
3. The Activity of God We must Recognize!
A. The Personality of the Spirit!
B. The Purpose of the Spirit!
1. His Conversion
2. His Conviction
3. His Correction
4. His Consumption
5. His Clarification
o The Baptist Faith & Message states, in reference to the doctrine of the Godhead:
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. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. 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.
o That is the God of the Bible. That is the God of the universe. That is the God of creation. That is the God of everything that exists. That is the God from which we learn, to which we look, and for which we live.
o George Barna found that 9 out of 10 adults (93 percent) believe that God exists. He also found that 9 out of 10 believe that God is a real person, and 85 percent believe that He was born of a virgin.
o In his book, Knowing God, J. I. Packer comments:
"Disregard the study of God and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfolded, as it were, with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you. This way you can waste your life and lose your soul ...
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