Nicene Creed Sermons Part 1 – God the Almighty

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

What is the Trinity?

Mormons: That God is a council. Father and Son have bodies and are humans just like us, Spirit is a spirit.

Jehovah’s Witnesses: Spirit is just a force, not equal, and that Jesus is the only created thing that Father made and Jesus made everything else.

Pop Culture: God is a being, and entity, some think he’s hateful, some think he’s apersonal, some think he’s an alien and some recognize there is a force of some sort that is greater but make up their own story about it. (That was me.)

Science, philosophy, study of theology and history aren’t evil, arrogance is evil.

God created everything

(Genesis 1:1-5 ESV)
[1] In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. [2] The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
[3] And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. [4] And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. [5] God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

God is the only God, and there is only one of Him

(Deuteronomy 6:4-9 ESV)
[4] “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. [5] You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. [6] And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. [7] You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. [8] You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. [9] You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

God is not a man

(Numbers 23:19 ESV)
[19] God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.

God wants us to know Him

(Romans 1:20 ESV)
[20] For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

God sent Jesus, God has made Himself known through Jesus, God wants us to believe in Him

(John 14:1-11 ESV)
[1] “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. [2] In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? [3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. [4] And you know the way to where I am going.” [5] Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” [6] Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. [7] If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
[8] Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” [9] Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? [10] Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. [11] Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

God is invisible, Jesus created everything, all of God was in Jesus

(Colossians 1:15-20 ESV)
[15] He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. [16] For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. [17] And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. [18] And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. [19] For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, [20] and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

God doesn’t share His glory

(Isaiah 42:8 ESV)
[8] I am the LORD; that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to carved idols.

(John 1:1-5 ESV)
[1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] He was in the beginning with God. [3] All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. [4] In him was life, and the life was the light of men. [5] The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

God eagerly wants to know you and He wants to make Himself known to you

(1 John 1:1-4 ESV)
[1] That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—[2] the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—[3] that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. [4] And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.