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  1. 1. WHO LOVES US? Basic Doctrine Week 2Thursday, February 28, 13
  2. 2. BASIC DOCTRINE Week 1: What is doctrine and why does it matter? Week 2: Who loves us? Week 3: How are we loved? Week 4: Why are we loved?Thursday, February 28, 13
  3. 3. WHO LOVES US? God’s Character God’s Actions God’s CommunityThursday, February 28, 13
  4. 4. GOD’S CHARACTER Simple - God cannot be divided.Thursday, February 28, 13
  5. 5. GOD’S CHARACTER Holy God’s holiness means that He is separated from sin and devoted to seeking His honor. Systematic Theology Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy. Leviticus 19:2Thursday, February 28, 13
  6. 6. GOD’S CHARACTER Self-Existent - God has always been Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Psalm 90:2Thursday, February 28, 13
  7. 7. GOD’S CHARACTER Transcendent This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. Isaiah 66:1-2Thursday, February 28, 13
  8. 8. GOD’S CHARACTER Infinite He is infinite in that He is not subject to any of the limitations of humanity, or of creation in general...God has no beginning, end, or succession of moments in His own being, and he sees all time equally vividly, yet God sees events in time and acts in time. Systematic Theology by Wayne GrudemThursday, February 28, 13
  9. 9. GOD’S CHARACTER Infinite Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Psalm 90:2 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” Exodus 3:14Thursday, February 28, 13
  10. 10. GOD’S CHARACTER Love Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8Thursday, February 28, 13
  11. 11. GOD’S CHARACTER Simple Holy Self-Existent Transcendent Infinite LoveThursday, February 28, 13
  12. 12. GOD’S ACTION Omniscient - God fully knows himself and all things actual and possible in one simple and eternal act. Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge? Job 37:16 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ Isaiah 46:9-10Thursday, February 28, 13
  13. 13. GOD’S ACTION Omnipresent - God is present in all places. Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 23:24Thursday, February 28, 13
  14. 14. GOD’S ACTION Omnipresent Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:7-10Thursday, February 28, 13
  15. 15. GOD’S ACTION Just - God is equitable The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. Psalm 19:9 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:21-24Thursday, February 28, 13
  16. 16. GOD’S ACTION Wise - God always chooses the best goals and the best means to those goals. Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Romans 11:33 To the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen. Romans 16:27Thursday, February 28, 13
  17. 17. GOD’S ACTION Mercy - Goodness toward those in misery and distress. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” Exodus 34:6-7 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Psalm 103:8Thursday, February 28, 13
  18. 18. GOD’S ACTION Omniscient Omnipresent Just Wise MercyThursday, February 28, 13
  19. 19. GOD’S COMMUNITYThursday, February 28, 13
  20. 20. GOD’S COMMUNITYThursday, February 28, 13
  21. 21. GOD’S COMMUNITYThursday, February 28, 13
  22. 22. GOD’S COMMUNITYThursday, February 28, 13
  23. 23. GOD’S COMMUNITYThursday, February 28, 13
  24. 24. GOD’S COMMUNITY But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7Thursday, February 28, 13
  25. 25. SUMMARY God’s character is demonstrated in His actions which give testimony to His community. We have a relationship with a triune God who loves us and has asked us to mirror His character.Thursday, February 28, 13