God exists as the Supreme Ruler of the universe. He is eternal and infinite. He is all powerful, knowing, able and loving.
God existed before the creation of the universe. He is eternal and is without limit (1 Timothy 1:17, Isaiah 26:4). His dominion endures from generation to generation (Daniel 4:3, Psalm 100:5). Everything comes from Him and belongs to Him. He knows all things – past, present and future (Psalm 147:5). All power belongs to Him (Psalm 62:11) and nothing is impossible with Him (Luke 1:37, Jeremiah 32:17). He is love (1 John 4:8) and His actions towards us are loving. He is able to do “immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).
We acknowledge His lordship over all things and seek to walk in obedience to all His commands. We trust in and rely on Him, knowing that He knows what is best for us, wants what is best for us and is able to bring that about.
He is holy, just, righteous, merciful and good.
God is altogether perfect. He is holy, without spot or blemish. His ways are always just (Deuteronomy 32:4), righteous (Psalm 145:17) and merciful (Daniel 9:9). God Himself defines all that is good. He is good to all those who fear Him (Psalm 31:19, Psalm 145:7). He is long suffering and merciful, longing that no one should perish but extending grace to all who believe.
God requires the same from us. We are to be holy (Leviticus 19:2, 1 Peter 1:16) just and merciful (Micah 6:8) and, through salvation, righteous (1 John 2:29).
God has a plan.
History has a beginning, middle and end – a meaningful sequence of events that is leading to the fulfilment of God’s purposes for humanity and creation. God is behind all the events of history, not only “upholding the universe by the power of his Word” (Hebrews 1:3) but also, by “working for the good of all those who love Him and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). God is active and involved in life.
While God is the sovereign author of history and unfolds it according to His eternal plan and purpose, He also makes it clear that our choices are significant in shaping history (Jeremiah 5:1, Luke 11:9, Exodus 32:9-14) and that we will be judged based on the choices we make.
His redemptive plan covers all areas of life.
God’s concern is for both our spiritual salvation and that all parts of our lives be brought into alignment with His desires (Ephesians 3:17-19; 4:11-13; 22-24, I John 2:16-17). Jesus died to reconcile all things that were broken through the fall (Colossians 1:15-20). This includes our relationship with Him (Deuteronomy 6:5, John 17:3, 2 Co 5:19, Revelation 21:3), and also our relationships with one another (Leviticus 19:18), with creation (Roman 8:19-21) and with ourselves (Roman 6:4, Ephesians 4:22-24). The Bible reveals God’s intentions for how each of these relationships should look (Exodus 20:1-17, Matthew 5-7; 22:36-40).
God has designed the church to have a part in His redemptive plan.
The Church, as the body of Christ, is called to be an agent of reconciliation (2 Co 5:20). God’s plan is to make His wisdom known through the Church (Ephesians 3:10-11). The Church is called to make disciples of all nations, baptizing believers and teaching them to obey all that Jesus commanded them (Matthew 28:18-20). God has given us gifts and talents which are to be used in both the service of the church and the reconciliation of all things (1 Corinthians 12:4-7).
God’s plan for redemption of all things requires the proclamation of the gospel. Our saving faith should lead to good works (Ephesians 2:10), which brings glory to God (Matthew 5:13-16) and healing to all that is broken (Isaiah 61:1-7).
Humans are created in the image of God.
Humans are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and, as such, they have inherent worth. They are the the ‘crown jewels’ of God’s creation. Every person is knitted together by God in their mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-16). Therefore, even the most frail and broken person’s life is sacred and significant.
As image-bearers, we have the capacity not merely to react to our environment, but to create and invent new things. Resources can be discovered, abundance created and problems solved.
All are created equal and unique.
Because all human beings are made in the image of God, they are all equally important in God’s eyes. Every human being has dignity, and males and females are equal in worth and value to God (Genesis 1:27, 5:1-2). There is no greater value given to one person or group over another on the basis of gender, race, caste, position, wealth or any other distinction (Acts 10:34-35, Colossians 3:11).
We are also created uniquely. Each of us has unique gifts and talents to be used for the building of God’s kingdom for which we all play a vital role. We are to use those unique giftings to work together in the same way as parts of a body complement one another (1 Corinthians 12).
Humanity is fallen, Christ came to restore us through a relationship with Himself.
We were created to be in intimate relationship with God. That relationship was broken through the fall (Genesis 3:8-10), but Christ came to make a way back to the intimacy we were designed to know (John 1:10-13). That relationship is restored through repentance and by making Christ Lord of all areas of our life (Romans 6:11-14, Luke 3:1-14). Until we know intimacy with Christ again we will always lack fulfillment, and our eternal destiny will be separation from God (John 15:1-17, Luke 13:24-30). The restoration of people’s relationship with Christ is essential and an important focus of our work (2 Corinthians 5:18-21).
We are blessed to be a blessing.
As we walk in obedience to God we will experience His blessing (Deuteronomy 28:1-14). These blessings are intended to allow us to be a blessing to others (Genesis 12:3) and to bring glory to Him (2 Corinthians 9:11). Blessings are not only material in nature. Indeed many of the most valuable blessings include joy, love, peace, and the opportunity to do good works. (Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 2:10).
All things are created by, belonging to and sustained by God.
God made all things (John 1:3). God created the universe (Genesis 1:1) and everything belongs to Him (Psalm 24:1). He loves His creation (Psalm 33:5-6) and sustains it (Colossians 1:17). Creation gives us a glimpse into the awe and wonder of God and His creative powers (Psalm 19:1-4), and the beauty of His creation should lead us to worship (Psalm 148).
Mankind is given dominion and called on to care for, rule and protect creation.
Creation does not belong to us. It is God’s (Psalm 24:1). However, we have been given dominion over it and called to care for, rule and protect creation (Genesis 2:15). We are to steward the earth (Psalms 8:6-8) utilizing the physical world and its many elements for the service and good of mankind (Ezekiel 34, Psalms 104). We are to do this with understanding and obedience to God (Deuteronomy 11:1-15).
Bounty is to be created and stewarded.
Work, using the gifts and talents that God has given us to produce a benefit, is both good and required (Matthew 25:14-30). God works and we, being made in his image, should also work (Genesis 2:2). The result of our efforts should be stewarded carefully and used to care for our families (1 Timothy 5:8), to give to the church (Malachi 3:10) and to care for the poor (Deuteronomy 14:18-29). Our generosity allows us to store up treasures in heaven (Philippians 4:17, Matthew 19:21).