Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
“I Believe in God, the Father Almighty”
Today we are starting our new sermon series about the Apostles’ Creed and what
Christians believe and why. The Apostles’ Creed was primarily used historically, as a confession of faith for those about to be baptized.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
Throughout church history and even today we have different writers, preachers, and heroes of the faith that emphasize one aspect of God while leaving out another. So what often happens is our perception of God becomes too narrow or too small.
Scripture allows us to see the fullness of God.
Deuteronomy 4:24 (NRSV) …For the Lord your God is a devouring fire, a jealous God.
Deuteronomy 4:31 (NRSV) …Because the Lord your God is a merciful God, He will neither abandon you nor destroy you; He will not forget the covenant with your ancestors that He swore to them.
Matthew 22:32 (NRSV) …”’I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is God not of the dead, but of the living.”
Revelation 22:13 (NRSV) …”I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Theme: God is Creator, powerful yet personal.
God is Creator (Transcendent) –
God is Personal (Immanent) –
Questions for Reflection:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
What does that mean for you? Who is your God?
What is your God in your life?
Do you focus more on the Transcendence or Immanence of God?