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The apostles' creed ii

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    • The Apostles’ Creed III Believe InGod the Father Almighty, Maker ofheaven and earth Abbey of St. Boniface, Munich, Germany. Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • Jesus did many other miraculous signs, in thepresence of his disciples, which are not recordedin this book. But these are written *that you maybelieve that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,and **that by believing ***you may have life in hisname. John 20:30, 31. Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • I. I BELIEVE …HEAD: To believe is to inform the mind that Jesus isthe Christ, the Son of God.HEART: To believe is to be drawn into a living andvital relationship with Jesus as Lord and Saviour.HANDS & FEET: To believe is to be transformed aspersons - from darkness to light, death to life,emptiness to fullness – to reflect and live out in evergreater measure the glory and image of God.True-blooded Christian belief is FULL-BODIED - onethat engages the head, heart, hands and feet or it isnothing. Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • II. I Believe in GODWhen the Creed speaks of God, it means “theGod and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”. 1 Pet.1:3.God simply is. “In the beginning God”. Gen. 1:1. “I AM WHO I AM (I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE)”, Ex. 3:14. “God requires nothing to supplement his being. He is his own cause, He is his own reason. He is his own wisdom. He is his own activity. He is maximally perfect, so there can be no possible way for God to improve himself.” Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12 (Coleman, 2011).
    • III. I Believe in GOD – the FATHER AlmightyThere is only one God. „Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one”, Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29. “There is one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Eph. 4:6.God is One, yet a complex unity. Then God said, “Let US make human beings in OUR image, in OUR likeness” … So God created human beings in HIS own image, in the God he created them …, Gen. 1:26, 27Apostles’ Creed: I Believe in … God the Father Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. The Holy Spirit Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • The Trinity – An Inexplicable Reality God in his universal relations as the Father, unveiling himself as the Son, and in operation as the Spirit. God beyond us as the Father, among us as the Son, and within us as the Spirit. Electricity: Father (dynamo), Son (wire), Spirit (power) Isosceles triangle Sun (Father), light (Son), warmth (Spirit) Water – ice, liquid, vapor. Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • I Believe in GOD – the FATHER AlmightyHe is creator and provider “Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live.” 1 Cor. 8:6.He shows his love and compassion “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.” Hosea 11:1.He exercises his providence and care “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” Psalm 68:5.He disciplines and corrects “Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.” Deut. 8:5He adopts believers into his family “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12. Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • GOD as MotherProblems with the image of God as father Our human fathers - absent, abusive, uncaring …“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast andhave no compassion on the child she has borne?Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”Isaiah 49:15“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfortyou; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”Isaiah 66:13. Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • Implications of the Fatherhood of God Character: Children are to produce the Father’s likeness. “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matt. 5:28. Unity: One Father means one family. “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to one hope when you were called – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Eph. 4:3-6. Status: Believers are related to Jesus Christ. “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Matt. 12:50. Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • Implications of the Fatherhood of God Inheritance: Believers are heirs of the Father’s kingdom. “Now if we are children, then we are heir – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Rom. 8:17. Submission: Believers are to revere the Father. “Since you call on a Father who judges each man‟s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.” 1 Pet. 1:17. Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • I Believe in GOD – the Father ALMIGHTYGod is all-powerful and his able to do whateverhe wills. “Nothing is impossible with God”. Luke 1:37.God’s power is limited only by his character. God cannot deny himself. 2 Tim. 2:13 God cannot tolerate evil. Hab. 1:13 God cannot be tempted. James 1:13 God cannot lie. Numbers 23:19 Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • IV. I Believe in GOD –MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTHGod simply is. “In the beginning God”. Gen. 1:1. “I AM WHO I AM (I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE)”, Ex. 3:14.God made everything that is non-God. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Gen. 1:1. He is Creator, all the rest is creation (created, creatures). Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • I Believe in GOD –MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTHGod spoke, and it came to being. “And God said”, Gen. 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29. A God who speaks to reveal himself, and communicate.Everything that God makes is good - very good. “It was good”, Gen. 1:4, 9, 12, 18, 21, 24. “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening and morning - the sixth day.” Gen. 1:31. Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • Then God said, “Let us make human beings in ourimage, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fishof the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock,over all the earth, and over all the creatures thatmove along the ground. So God created humanbeings in his own image, in the God he created them;male and female he created them. Gen. 1:26, 27The LORD God took the man and put him in theGarden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Gen.2:15. Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • I Believe in GOD –MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTHGod made human beings, in His image.God made human beings, male and female.God made human beings, to care for the rest ofGod’s creation Rule, Gen. 1:26; work and take care, Gen. 2:15God made human beings, innocent. The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. Gen. 2:25. Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • I Believe in GOD –MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTHGod comes to an end of his creative work, andhe rests. Thus the heavens and the earth (1:1) were completed in their vast array (1:3-31). By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, be cause on the seventh day he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Gen. 2:1-2. Holy = separate. Work-Rest cycle; the rhythms of life. Not Deism. Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • I Believe in GOD –MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTHThe creation proclaims his greatness and glory. The heavens declares the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:1-4. Witness and Worship Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • Challenges to the idea of GodAtheism and secularism – No god! Richard Dawkins – The God Delusion (2006), Atheist Bus Campaign (2008) Singapore Humanist Society, Malaysian Atheists, Freethinkers and Agnostics (MAFA) and Unscientific Malaysia.New Age – I am god!Polytheism – many gods! Different gods for different places, situations, peoplesPantheism – everything is a god!Deism – the absent god!Monotheism – one God, but whose God? Christianity (Jesus the God-Messiah), Judaism (No Jesus), Islam (Jesus the prophet) Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • Paul in Athens, Acts 17:16-33The Situation The city was full of idols, 17:16 They were religious people, 17:22 (Athenians, foreigners, Epicureans, Stoics – 17:18, 21) Even an altar to “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD”, 17:23 Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
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    • Paul in Athens, Acts 17:16-33Paul’s Methods Reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the market place day by day with those who happened to be there. 17:17 Preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection, 17:19. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. 17:24 ( to a meeting in the Areopagus, 17:19). Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • Paul in Athens, Acts 17:16-33Paul’s Message (Content) God who made heaven and earth, including all human beings and every nation of men, 17:24, 26 Lord of heaven and earth, 17:24 Does not live in temples built by hands and not served by human hands as if he needed anything, 17:24-25 He did this so that men would seek him, reach out for him, and find him, 17:27, “for in him we live and move and have our being”, 17:28 Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • Paul in Athens, Acts 17:16-33Paul’s Message (Content) God is not like gold or silver or stone – an image made by man‟s design and skill, 17:29. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands people all everywhere to repent. 17:30 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. 17:31a. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead. 17:31b. Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12
    • Paul in Athens, Acts 17:16-33Response When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, 17:32 But others said, We want to hear you again on this subject. 17:33 A few men became followers of Paul and believed – Dionysius, Damaris and a number of others. 17:34 Samuel Ong/W-Hope/23.9.12