Creed: God the Father

Yesterday at CrossWay we continued our Creed series by opening a three-week exploration of God.

The whole premise of the Creed series–in which we’re taking a look at Mennonite beliefs–is that our beliefs determine our behavior.  Look at the way a person acts, and you can see what they believe.  So when we talk about Mennonite beliefs, we’re not just talking about dry and dusty doctrine to which we give intellectual assent.  We’re not just talking about ideas we have that are irrelevant to our daily lives.  Instead, nothing could be more important and relevant than our beliefs.  They direct the whole course of our lives… and our eternity.

In “God: the Father” (not to be confused, of course, with The Godfather), we discussed the reality that everyone believes in and worships some kind of god.  That god might be money, sex, food, self, fame, a spouse, hobby, sports team, or whatever, but everyone passionately invests their resources in something or someone to which their heart is deeply attached and committed.

Of course, for many people, the object of their worship is not a god but God.  However, a problem that frequently arises is that people who claim to believe in God–which includes about 90% of Americans–end up worshiping a god instead of God for one simple reason: they never take the time or make the effort to get to know Him.

God wants us to know who He is.  He has revealed Himself to us in the Bible, in creation, and in Jesus.  He wants us to know who He is and what He’s like!  But if we never bother to find out who He is–according to what He’s revealed about Himself–then we end up worshiping an imaginary god of our own making.  (A god who, “coincidentally,” just happens to look a lot like us, sharing our own values, priorities, preferences, and opinions.)
So who is the one true God?  Wow, it’s a good thing that God offers us eternity to explore that one!  In our worship service yesterday, we broke the answer down into two parts:

First, God is the Holy Trinity.  The Trinity consists of God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Spirit (or as King James folks like to call Him, the “Holy Ghost”–sounds spooky to me!).  These are not three Gods, but are one God in three persons.  Tricky, absolutely.  But when our three-and-a-half-pound brains try to wrap themselves around the One who created the vast universe with its countless billions of galaxies, that’s just what happens.

Second, there are the characteristics that God has revealed to us about Himself.  He is loving, eternal, holy, merciful, just, gracious, compassionate, powerful, infinite.  This list could go on forever and forever.  It could include spotless, measureless, unique, glorious, wise, all-knowing, perfect, majestic, kind, immense, sufficient, sovereign, patient, forgiving, creative, beautiful, invincible, radiant, victorious, good, faithful.

With a God like that–who is so worth getting to know–why settle for less and make up our own imaginary god?

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