Who This Is About.
Rooted # 1: God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit
Sunday, April 28, 2019
This is the first message in a 7-sermon series called “Rooted” (foundations of the Christian Faith.)
1.The GOD (of the Bible) is the self-existent, SOVEREIGN, perfect Being who is creator, sustainer, and ruler of ALL that is.
2.The God we worship is One God and distinctly DIFFERENT from the ‘gods’ of all other religions.
(1 Corinthians 10:19-20; Exodus 20:3; Deuteronomy 6:4-5, 29:18
The NATURE of God
1.God is SPIRIT.
(John 4:24; Exodus 20:4)
2.God is TRIUNE = 3 distinct Persons in One Divine Being
(Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; 2Corinthians13:14; Titus3:4-6; John6:27; Hebrews1:7-8; Acts 13:1-4)
3.God is ineffable = He is too GREAT to be expressed or described.
(2 Samuel 7:22; Isaiah 55:8,9)
4.God is INFINITE.
(1 Timothy 1:17; Psalm 90:2)
5.God is immutable = He cannot and will not CHANGE.
(Heb.13:8; Malachi 3:6; Numbers 23:19; 1 Sam.15:29; Isaiah 46:9-11; Ezekiel 24:14)
6.God is omniPOTENT= all-powerful.
(Revelation 19:6; Ephesians 1:19; Matthew 19:26; Job 42:1-2; Daniel 4:35)
7.God is omniscient = all-KNOWING.
(Psalm 147:7; Isaiah 40:28; Deuteronomy 29:29; Acts15:18)
8. God is omniPRESENT.
The CHARACTERISTICS of God
1.God is TRUTH.
(John 14:6; Titus 1:2; 2Corinthians 1:20)
2.God is unconditional LOVE, and in this we also see His grace, kindness, goodness, compassion, forgiveness, and mercy.
(1 John 4:16,19; Ephesians 2:4-5; Romans 5:8,17, 9:15; Titus 3:5; Exodus 34:6,7; 2 Corinthians 1:3; Psalm 51:1-2)
3.God is HOLY – completely set apart from creation and from everything that is in any way defiled.
(1 Peter 1:16)
4.God is JUST, and as such will purify and judge.
(Acts 17:31; Hebrews 12:29; Psalm5:5)
The WORK of God
1.God is the CREATOR and SUSTAINER of everything that exists.
(Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 42:5; Colossians 1:17)
2.God RESCUES man from sin and death.
(Exodus 3:7-8; Acts 7:34; Galatians 3:13-14; Colossians 1:13; 1Peter 3:18; 1Timothy 2:5)
3.God DRAWS people to Himself and DISCIPLINES His children.
(John 6:44, 12:32; Hebrews 12:6)
4.Jesus is God WITH us.
(Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21-23; Colossians 2:9)
5.The Holy Spirit is God IN us.
(John 14:16-18, 23-26; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19-20; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16; Romans 6:11-13)
Taking it further to help you THRIVE…
1.Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
2.Pick one or two of the qualities or attributes of God and explain the impact these have (can have / should have) in your daily journey with Christ.
3.We know that God is infinitely greater and higher than we are, yet the Bible is clear that we are created in His image. What does it mean that we are created in His image?
4.“Justice and mercy meet at the cross.” Talk about how justice and mercy work together in salvation, and discuss the implications of this vast statement!
5.God is infinite, eternal, omnipotent, etc., yet when Jesus prayed to the Father in John 17:3, He prayed that we would know the Father; in fact, to know Him (Jesus said) is eternal life. How can we know God?