We believe in the one holy and loving God, filled with glory, power and wisdom, who lives in eternal Trinity as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God, who created and sustains the physical and spiritual universe, desires a relationship with us.
Characteristics of God. Our God is an awesome God who alone is worthy of our praise, our worship, and our faithfulness. God is supreme and does not tolerate any rivals. God is holy and calls all people to be imitators of his holiness. God is love and those who love reflect the character of their Creator. God’s surpassing greatness means that God’s life is uncreated, unending, life-giving, all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful, and free to accomplish his divine purposes. We have the privilege of knowing God even though we can not fully understand Him. God remains the sovereign King of the universe, who reigns in shining glory, majestic power, and vast wisdom.
Ex 20:1-6; Ps 90:2; 113:2-6; Isa 40:28-31; Mt 19:26; Eph 2:4-5; 1 Co 8:6; 1 Ti 6:15-16; 1 Pe 1:15; 1 Jn 3:20
Trinity and Godhead. God is the one true God who requires our complete loyalty and devotion. Within the unity of God’s being there is a three-fold harmony of relationship. The Father rules, plans, initiates, creates, cares for, and judges creation. The Son entered the world to teach, heal, suffer, die, rise, and redeem. The Holy Spirit indwells, empowers, resurrects, transforms, blesses, and guides the new creation. The persons of the Trinity unite the creating, redeeming, and life-giving activities of God from creation to the new creation. The Father sent the Son, who gave the Spirit to the church.
Dt 6:4-6; Mt 28:18-20; Jn 1:14, 18; 5:21-23; 14:15-17; 20:31-32; 1 Co 2:10; 2 Co 13:14; 1 Pe 1:2; 3:18; Rev 22:17
Creator and Sustainer. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. God spoke, and out of nothing the universe was formed. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit participate in creating and sustaining the world. Creation expresses God’s mind like a painting expresses the mind of the artist. We depend on God for land, air, water, food, shelter, friends, and life itself. We depend on God’s providence to preserve life, to enable our actions, and to guide us toward his redemptive purposes. All our blessings are provided through God’s goodness and grace
Ge 1:1-2:4; Ne 9:6; Ps 104; Isa 44:1-6; Jn 1:1-3; Ac 14:15-17; Col 1:15-20; Heb 11:3
God’s Relationships. God intensely pursues a personal relationship with all people. We can discover the fullness of life by entering into a lifelong covenant relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Knowing God with this kind of intimacy involves heart, soul, mind, and strength. Our love for God will be reflected in faith and obedience to the One who loved us first.
Ge 12:1-3; Dt 7:9; Ps 23; Mk 12:29-30; Jn 3:16; 1 Jn 3:1; 2 Pe 3:9