I. We believe there is evidence for the existence of God.

We believe that everyone is aware of God’s existence. This evidence can be found in two places. The first place is the human heart. According to Romans chapter 1 there is an instinct in every person’s heart and mind to believe in the existence of God. We also believe that the corruption in human nature makes people “suppress the truth” (see Romans 1:18 ESV).

The second place can be in Nature. An honest look at the world around us makes it obvious there is some kind of intelligent design responsible for the earth’s environment. The beauty and structure of nature is obvious when the influence of the corruption in human nature is removed from our hearts and minds.

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II. We believe God uses word pictures to explain Himself (in the Bible).

We believe God has explained in words the different aspects of His character. In the Bible, God uses things we can understand to explain Himself to us. There are times when God claims he can see and hear so that we can understand His level of awareness of what is happening in our world.

God also uses word pictures to help us understand things about Himself. In the Bible, God is described as a lion (see Isaiah 31:4). There are hundreds of places in the Bible that contain examples like this one.

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III. We believe God explains His character traits to us (in the Bible).

I have prepared a list of God’s character traits (his attributes) for you. I left love off of the following list because love is not an attribute of God (see 1 John 4:8). LOVE IS ALL OF THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

The follow list of the 24 attributes that dictate how God shares His love with us.

Here is the list::

#1. We believe that God is Independent.

This means God answers to no one, and we have nothing that He needs:

““If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine.” Psalm 50:12 ESV)

“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.” (Acts 17:24-25 ESV)

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#2. We believe that God is Unchanging.

When we say God is unchanging, we mean that His Character, His goals and His methods for reaching those goals never change:

““For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6 ESV)

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17 ESV)

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#3. We believe that God is Eternal.

We believe that God was already old when time began:

“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90:2 ESV)

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8 ESV)

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#4. We believe that God is Omnipresent.

We believe that no one can hide from God’s presence, and that His presence can be revealed by blessing, cursing, or sustaining different parts of the universe:

“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:7-10 ESV)

“And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17 ESV)

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#5. We believe in the Unity of God.

The Unity of God refers to the way His character traits overlap: God is Independent AND Unchanging AND Eternal, instead of saying God is Independent until He wants to be Unchanging or Eternal:

“The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:6-7 ESV)

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#6. We believe God is a spirit.

This means there is nothing we can look at in this world to gain a complete understanding of who God is:

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.” (Exodus 20:4-6 ESV)

“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24 ESV)

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#7. We believe God is invisible.

This stands in contrast with the other “gods” of the ancient world, who could be seen by simply looking at the statues their priests set up in their temples:

“No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” (John 1:18 ESV)

“To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:17 ESV)

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#8. We believe that God is all knowing (omniscient).

This means God knows everything that happened in the past, as well as all of the possibilities for the future of human history:

“Do you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge.” (Job 37:16 ESV)

“for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.” (1 John 3:20 ESV)

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#9. We believe in the wisdom of God.

This refers to the methods and goals God chooses for our lives. He always picks the best way to guide us to the best possible ending of our lives (and human history as a whole).

“He is wise in heart and mighty in strength – who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded?” (Job 9:4 ESV)

“to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.” (Romans 16:27 ESV)

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#10. We believe that God is Faithful and True.

We believe God uses Himself as the standard for what a “god” should be, and He always lives up to that standard He set:

“But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King. At his wrath the earth quakes, and the nations cannot endure his indignation. Thus shall you say to them: “The gods who did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens.” (Jeremiah 10:10-11 ESV)

“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20 ESV)

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#11. We believe in the goodness of God.

God has set the standard for what is good, and He always lives up to that standard:

“Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 106:1 ESV)

“And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.” (Luke 18:19 ESV)

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#12a. We believe in the mercy of God.

The mercy of God is the application of God’s goodness to the suffering.

“The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” (Exodus 34:6)

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” (2 Corinthians 1:3 ESV)

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#12b. We believe that God is Gracious.

The grace of God is the application of God’s goodness to those who deserve to be punished:

“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” (Psalm 103:8 ESV)

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24 ESV)

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#12c. We believe in the Patience of God.

The patience of God is the application of God’s willingness to not give us what we deserve the moment we do something wrong. He hesitates to punish us quickly, hoping we will acknowledge what we have done wrong and choose to change:

“The LORD is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.” (Numbers 14:18 ESV)

“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4 ESV)

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#13. We believe in the Holiness of God.

The holiness of God is His intolerance for the corruption that can be found in human nature:

“Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2 ESV)

“Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1 ESV)

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#14. We believe that God is Peaceful.

This means God never loses control of His will. He never acts in an emotional way that he would have to apologize for later:

“May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!” (Psalm 29:11 ESV)

“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints.” (1 Corinthians 14:33 ESV)

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#15. We believe In the Righteousness (or Justice) of God.

This means that God always rewards what He considers to be good, and always punishes what He considers to be evil:

“The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
just and upright is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4 ESV)

“whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:25-26 ESV)

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#16. We believe that God is Jealous.

God desires to uphold His own reputation, and will not tolerate being slandered in public:

“You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,” (Exodus 20:5 ESV)

“for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God,” (Exodus 34:14 ESV)

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#17. We believe in the wrath of God.

There are things that God hates, and His hatred has destroyed people who cling to what He hates in the past, and will do so again in the future:

“And the LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people. Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, in order that I may make a great nation of you.” (Exodus 32:9-10 ESV)

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.” (Romans 1:18 ESV)

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#18. We believe in the will of God. (see Daniel 4:32, Revelation 4:11)

God has the ability to make choices:

“…the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.” (Daniel 4:32 ESV)

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:11 ESV)

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#19. We believe God is all powerful (omnipotent).

No one is stronger than God, no one can stop Him when he decides to do something:

“Is anything to hard for the LORD?” (Genesis 18:14 ESV)

“But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26 ESV)

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#20. We believe in God’s freedom.

God will always act in a way that is consistent with His character, no one can force Him to violate any aspect of His own character at any time:

“Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.” Psalm 115:3 ESV)

“…all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” (Daniel 4:35 ESV)

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#21. We believe in God’s perfection.

All of the good things that people desire from the “gods” can be found in our God:

“This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” Psalm 18:30 ESV)

“You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48 ESV)

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#22. We believe that God is blessed.

God rejoices in the contents of His own character, and gets really excited when He sees a pure reflection of Himself in our lives:

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17 ESV)

“which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.” (1 Timothy 6:15 ESV)

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#23. We believe that God is beautiful.

Everything good thing you ever hoped to find in a “higher power” can be found in God:

“One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4 ESV)

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.” (Psalm 73:25 ESV)

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#24. We believe in the glory of God (his excellent reputation).

The glory of God is like light that we can see by to help us understand the best way to live our lives:

“Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah.” (Psalm 24:10 ESV)

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23 ESV)

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The Trinity

We also believe in the existence of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three individuals share the title of “God” in the Bible. If you want more information about the Trinity or the attributes of God I have listed above, here are some recommended resources for you.

I. Books To Read

#1. Read Chapters 9 through 14 of Systematic Theology:

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#2. Unveiling Grace by Lynn K. Wilder

Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way Out of the Mormon Church  -     By: Lynn K. Wilder