Systematic Theology Series: The Greatness of God
First Sunday Night of the Month
Recap from December 1, 2013
“What do you think about God?” That is probably the most important question we could ever answer, and yet it’s probably the world’s most controversial question as well. Regardless of whether or not you’ve been asked this question recently, each of us has our own answer that stems from our own ideas. In fact, you could say that we all—whether Christian or atheist, Muslim or Hindu—have our own kind of Theology. But we must affirm that one’s beliefs about God are only as true and as reliable as the truthfulness and reliability of the source for one’s beliefs.
Following our study of Bibliology (the Bible) last month, we began on December 1 our study of God (Theology Proper) by looking to the Word of God itself as our source for forming our beliefs about Him. Because, admittedly, we were approaching the most vastly inexhaustible subject there is, we began our study by highlighting God’s incomprehensibility. Yet, of course, even though we could never fully understand God comprehensively, we can know about Him truly and accurately from His Word. Even more, believers can know Him personally!
Our study for December highlighted God’s Greatness. Affirming the Westminster Shorter Catechism in question 4, we professed that “God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His being [and attributes].” In doing so, we spent considerable time discussing God’s essence and being as Spirit and how that affects the way we think about (or “picture”) Him. We also considered what it means for God to be infinite—without any limitations whatsoever, even considering some common challenges that are made to this doctrine. We then studied God’s eternality—that because God created time, He operates outside of our understanding of time. Our evening concluded by noting God’s immutability—that God never has, nor never will change.
There are certainly innumerable ways that these truths can positively affect our everyday lives this week! Indeed, worship, devotion, and application are all primary purposes for theology. Like in any relationship, as we grow to more accurately and more thoroughly understand God (Who He is and what He has done for us), we must apply such knowledge by loving Him more deeply and serving Him more passionately. Truly knowing God leads to both loving and serving Him! Or as we put it at PLBC, we’re all about Knowing, Loving, & Serving.
The PowerPoint notes from our study are available below for download. If you happened to miss our study, you can still catch it by clicking the audio mp3 play button below. Join us again on January 12 as we continue our study in theology by observing the attributes of God’s Goodness.
“You have done great things; O God, who is like you?”
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