Statement of Faith
James Paul O'Brien 10/18/2011

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.

it seems logical to believe that He could and did create everything at a functioning state of being. Grudem. and each person is fully God. there are hints of the Trinity in the Old Testament in places such as Genesis where God says “Let us make man in our image. . 11:7 and Isaiah 6:8 and 1 Wayne A. Here is what I believe about God: There is one independent triune God that always was. psychology. As Grudem also points out. I believe in a literal account of the Genesis account of creation and its timeline. Wayne Grudem states: “All persons everywhere have a deep. and Holy Spirit. Then he sees an angel who tells him that this boy will have emptied out the entire ocean long before Augustine has exhausted what can be said about God. God created each part of creation for a specific purpose and because of that. Son. and that he is their Creator. Some other key passages are Genesis 1. after our likeness. politics. is and will be eternally all-powerful.1” He goes on to discuss Paul’s stating how all people “knew God” but did not honor Him as such (Rom 1: 19-25). merciful and gracious.” (Peter Kreeft) What we believe about God is the foundation for everything else because everything else stems from that belief. Personally. I believe that God exists outside of Creation and created all things out of nothing. but the planets and universe itself. biology. John 1 and Rev 4. He is perfectly holy. Father. In order to do this would mean that He exists outside of Creation and therefore even outside of time. Mich. This would include not only the plant. What does it mean that God is Creator and why is it important? Include your view of Creation. 2 ibid 226. law. Zondervan Pub. is that there has always been a belief in God. Grand Rapids. England. inner sense that God exists.”3 (Gen. economics or history. One of the telling signs in the history of humanity as to the existence of God. which by necessity would include both the natural and supernatural worlds. Psalm 33. Explain your understanding of the being of God and the Doctrine of the Trinity. 141.: Inter-Varsity Press. animal and human life. loving. that they are his creatures. Systematic Theology : An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine (Leicester. ethics. Whether it is philosophy. Grudem defines the Trinity this way: “God eternally exists as three persons. Colossians 1:16 is probably the best summary verse of this when it says that God created all things. all-knowing and all-present and unchangeable. including your understanding of the attributes of God.“Augustine tells of a vision of seeing a little boy at a beach scooping up the ocean thimbleful by thimbleful and emptying it out on the sand. 1994). 1:26) There are several other passages showing spate persons of the Godhead: Gen 3:22.”2 This is one of those beliefs that will always be beyond our full understanding yet it is an essential Biblical belief. and there is one God. What’s more is that He created everything for His own glory to be known. sociology. it all starts with our theology and the central part of which revolves around who God is and what He is like. just. House.

2011).static. 6 we also read “The Lord our God.: Inter-Varsity Press. I believe that God is perfectly holy (Ex.” which would be quite an odd statement if there was only one person of the Godhead. http://207250-32-155." June 26. Zondervan Pub. 33:11. Rom. 102:25-27. 6:3. 16). Yet in Deut. Grand Rapids. 21:17) and all-powerful (Jer. 6:18.twtelecom. that you may obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with his blood”4. 4 Wayne A. What does it mean that God has “limitless knowledge and sovereign power” and what is its significance? It means that there is nothing God does not know or is ever able to not loving (Jn. 13:14. 4:8. 3:20. Eph 4:4-6. 147:5. Mich. 139:116. I believe that by dying on the cross. Eph. 115:3. England. . 5:26. 231. the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 32:17. 2008. the Lord is One. 1 Cor 12:4-6. 3:35. yet he also knew precisely what would happen if He were to choose not to intervene and confuse their languages. In the NT there are also passages that speak to the reality of the Trinity such as: MT 3:16-17. God knew what was going to happen because He was fully in control (sovereign power). Acts 17:24-25). 1:11.many more. 2 Cor. 1 Jn. which makes for a pretty clear statement of the Triune God. the more we can live in the reality of a relationship with Him and be effective in sharing the through both word and deed. and 1 Pet 1:2. He shows that he is also merciful and gracious. 15:11. Jn. 57:15). all-knowing (Ps. 3 ibid 227.pdf (accessed October 18. He knows everything that will be and everything that could have been. Furthermore. 17:24. Isa. eternal & all-present (Ps. Jn. Eph. 28:19. by the sanctifying work of the Spirit. 2 Cor. Peter states it this way: “According to the foreknowledge of God the Father. 8:28. Dan. Isa. 5 Evangelical Free Church of America. An example would be the Tower of Babel. Grudem. 1994). Jer. "EFCA Statement of Faith. Rev. or important.5 Why is it necessary. House. 23:23-24. 4:34-35. 1:8). 46:10. Systematic Theology : An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine (Leicester. to have a working understanding of the nature and attributes of God? It is necessary because the better we know God.

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