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What We Believe: Theology Proper

January 11, 2015 Series: What We Believe

Scripture: Ephesians 1:3–1:14

Ephesians 1:3-14
"We believe the is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." Bethel Bible Church Constitution - Article III - Statement of Faith - Section 2

Various World Systems beliefs about God:
     Polytheism - many gods
     Pantheism - everything is god
     Deism - impersonal god
     Agnosticism - unknowable god
     Atheism - no god

I. The Unity of God
     Deuteronomy 6:4 - Monotheism
II. The Plurality of God
     Genesis 1:26; 11:7 - Elohim
III. The Triunity of God
     OT: Isaiah 42:1
     NT: Matthew 28:19; Matthew 3:16-17; Ephesians 1:3-14
IV. The Personhood of God
     Dr. Wayne Grudem: "In one sense the doctrine of the Trinity is a mystery that we will never be able to understand fully. However, if we can understand something of its truth by summarizing the teaching of Scripture in three statements:
     1. God is three persons.
     2. There is one God.
     3. Each person is fully God
IV. The Personhood of God
     Co-divine =
     One Essence
The first person of the Triunity = The Father

Next Steps:
     > Maintain the tension of your faith!
     > Maintain the heart of Job! (Job 38-42)