I Believe in God the Father Almighty

Sermon Notes
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole

Genesis 21:15–19

“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?


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Does Jesus Procrastinate?

Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
John 11:17-27

“Does Jesus Procrastinate?”

Today we are finishing up our sermon series on miracles. We have been looking at the seven miracles of Jesus from the Gospel of John. Today we will be looking at Jesus resurrecting Lazarus from the dead.

As we end our series, I want to make three observations about miracles and the power of God.

First, God’s timing is not always our timing.

Second observation about miracles is that we need to open our eyes and hearts to the power of God in our lives.

The third observation about miracles is that God can do the possible out of the impossible.

The reason I wanted to do a sermon series on miracles is I believe many of us can grow stagnant in our faith. Our faith becomes dormant. We assume that all we know about God is all we will ever know. We assume all we have ever experienced about God we have already experienced. But when you add the power of God to our faith lives, all bets are off. Jesus continues to make things new every morning. Jesus is about resurrecting our lives. Rebirth is not just about salvation, rebirth is about a life with Christ where we let our everyday lives intersect with the power of God.


Where have you seen miracles in your life?

Where in your life now do you need to experience the power of God?

Light of the World

Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
John 9:1-11

“Light of the World”

Jesus in this miracle of healing a blind man from birth is a sign that Jesus and the Kingdom of God is breaking into the darkness. Jesus is saying there will be light. I am making all things new. Maybe what Jesus is doing in our lives does not seem as spectacular as making a blind person see but what Jesus is doing in all of our lives if we are willing to open our eyes and heart is making all things new.

Theme: Jesus was claiming to be the light of the world.

The themes throughout the Gospels of Redemption and Resurrection is about Jesus bringing back to life the things that seem dead. Our circumstances can seem so overwhelming but even in the midst of the darkness God can do miracles by shining forth in spite of it all.

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