June 03, 2011

Doctrinal Statement Part 3

This one is a little more difficult.  I have noticed that most Doctrinal statements do not mention a specific position on God the Father.  It is difficult to do so, but, I believe that Jesus' main mission on Earth was to reveal the true nature, will, and work of God.  As such, there should be some mention of the Father whom Jesus prayed to in John 17 - especially since the prayer begins with the statement, "I have revealed You to those whom You have given me out of the world...".  
IT is difficult, because in a culture that celebrates the Lordship of Jesus, we have almost ignored the fact that Jesus pointed to the Father as the ultimate object of worship and affection.  So this is my best attempt to articulate the big points of Scriptures testimony of the "Father" of the Trinity without creating too much distinction from the Threeness of the One or the Oneness of the Three.  It is brief and simple, but - it is short, to the point, and it makes a distinct difference in the way I teach, worship, pray, and think about my God.
With you for His Glory


2. The Godhead

 I believe in one Triune God, existing 
in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal 
in being, identical in essence, equal in power and glory, 
and having the same attributes of perfection.

(Genesis 1:2, 26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:21;
 Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-3, 8:58, 17:5, 11, 21-22, 24; 
Colossians 1:15-16)
           A.  The Father The Father is the ultimate authority
 and object of glory.  The Father is the supreme object of 
Christ's revelation.  (Matthew 5:16,6:9, 7:21, 10:32-33, 
11:27, 16:27, 20:23, 24:36, 25:34; John 17:1-12; 
Revelations 5)