Project: Your Statement of Faith - Lesson 3

Article Two: God

From this lesson, you will gain an understanding of the nature of God, his character, and his activity. You will learn about the fundamental belief that God is one and triune, and learn about his attributes, holiness, love, and sovereignty. You will also learn about God's activity in creation, providence, and redemption.

Bill Mounce
Project: Your Statement of Faith
Lesson 3
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Article Two: God

TH099-03: Article Two: God

I. Nature and Characteristics of God

A. Attributes and Perfections of God

B. Distinctions Within the Godhead

C. The Trinity

II. God's Relationship with the World

A. Creation and Providence

B. Covenants and Promises

C. Redemption and Salvation

III. God's Self-Revelation

A. Scripture

B. Nature and Reason

C. Jesus Christ

  • You will learn the definition, purpose, and components of a statement of faith, as well as how to create one by considering a set of questions and following a process.
  • You will gain an understanding of the Bible, its authority, interpretation, and its relationship with science, as well as an exploration of contradictions in the Bible and how to resolve them.
  • This lesson teaches you about God's nature, character, and activity, including his oneness, triune nature, attributes, holiness, love, sovereignty, and his activity in creation, providence, and redemption.
  • This lesson explores the person and work of Jesus Christ, providing a comprehensive understanding of His divine and human natures, humiliation, exaltation, redemption, and resurrection.
  • You will gain knowledge about the nature, work, and experience of the Holy Spirit from this lesson, including its definition and names, its relationship to the Father and the Son, and its baptism, filling, and gifts.
  • Gain insight into the doctrine of man and its implications, including the Biblical anthropology, the image of God, and the consequences of sin, and how it affects our daily lives and understanding of the human condition.
  • You will gain an understanding of the doctrine of salvation and its implications in this life and afterlife.
  • You will gain a better understanding of the doctrine of sanctification and its importance in the life of a believer. You will learn the definition of sanctification, the distinctions and degrees of sanctification, and the progressive nature of sanctification. You will also learn the means of sanctification and the goal of sanctification, which is transformation, holiness, and glorification. Finally, you will understand the significance of sanctification, which is to live a life of obedience, experience joy and abundance, and represent Christ in the world.
  • This lesson examines the doctrine of the church, exploring its definition, purpose, and mission. It also examines the relationship between the church, the Kingdom of God, and the Bible.
  • This lesson explores the Doctrine of Last Things, helping you to understand the theological implications, events, and applications of Eschatology.

Now that you have listened to the lectures it is time for you decide on the three things enumerated above: What you believe; What your church needs to believe; What is primary and secondary.

The best way to for this is to write out and then explain your own statement of faith. In this class you will see how Bill Mounce, the President of BiblicalTraining, does this for himself and his church. After listening to what he has to say, then your project is to do the same for yourself.

Dr. Bill Mounce
Project: Your Statement of Faith
Article Two God
Lesson Transcript

[00:00:01] The next article in our Statement of Faith has to do with the person of God, the Father. We talked about the Trinity. Now we're going to talk about God, the Father and then the Son and then the Holy Spirit. So our statement on God, the Father is this God. The Father is an infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. He concerns himself, mercifully in the affairs of his creation, sending his son and his spirit to save from sin all who would come to him through Jesus Christ, hearing and answering our prayers. All life is to be lived ultimately for His glory. It was a little hard to come up with the wording for this because we wanted phrases that referred to God the Father specifically and not God in general. And so He is infinite as God is infinite. He is His spirit is perfect. But the phrase is he concerns himself mercifully in the affairs of his creation. This gets back to what I said earlier, that as we look in a very general sense of the functioning of the Trinity, it is God the Father who plans is God, the father who makes the major decisions. There is a hierarchy in the Trinity, a hierarchy of authority and loving submission, and it goes all the way through the Trinity. And so it appears that it is God, the father who makes the primary decisions, for example. It is he who made the decision to create us. But it was God, the son who actually did the work of creating. And it is now God, the spirit who superintend that creation. So we have God, the father, doing the initial planning and the initial decision making. But it is amazing, is it not, that a God who is omniscient and omnipresent, who is immutable and all these wonderful attributes is concerned about you and is concerned about me, His Majesty and His glory and his wonder does not blank out his love for individual creation.

[00:02:03] The very important truth to understand. And it was God the Father who did send his only son, and it ultimately was God, the Father who sent his spirit after Jesus had gone back to heaven to be with us on Earth. And this whole thing about life being lived to the glory of God. This primarily comes out of a verse in first Corinthians, whether we eat or drink, whatever we do, we do to the glory of God. What we mean by that. And it's important to understand that this is and these aren't just words. These. These things really mean something. If we live to the glory of ourselves or if we live to the praise and the honor of someone else. Then what we're doing is we're saying, well, we're here and we're going to glorify. We're going to praise someone here. But there is someone infinitely even greater, isn't it? There is God. And so everything that we do ultimately is designed to glorify God too, to praise Him for who He is, to praise Him for what he has done, to say and to not say and to do and to not do those things that will not hurt God's reputation, but will rather lift people up and help them understand the majesty and the glory of God. So ultimately, everything that we do is to be done to praise and glory of God through Jesus Christ, empowered by His Spirit. So that's the statement of faith on God, the Father.


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