The study of the person of our God, the Father Almighty, is one of the most important and richest of all studies in the Word of God. It affects every part of our discipleship, worship, and ministry; truly, as our Lord Jesus said, “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent,” (John 17.3).
In our first lesson, Prolegomena: The Doctrine of God and the Advance of the Kingdom, we will briefly explore the first things, the prolegomena, which undergirds a study of theology, looking at the necessity of God revealing himself to us. We will study the concepts of general and special revelation, and carefully explore the importance of studying the Doctrine of God in terms of God’s immanence, i.e., his present and active involvement in creation, as well as his transcendence, God’s infinite nature and unknowableness.
In our second lesson, God as the Creator: The Providence of God, we will examine God’s supreme authority and providence over all creation and history. God works all things according to his will. The Father Almighty is sovereign over all, the source of all life, and the Sustainer of all through his Son, Jesus Christ. We will also explore how God’s providence is expressed in his preservation and governance of all things, and see how a solid, biblical understanding of God’s providence resolves major modern errors in philosophy and theology, namely, pantheism, deism, fatalism, and chance. We take a slightly different turn in our third lesson, The Triune God: the Greatness of God. We will look at the biblical evidence for the Trinity, God’s triune personhood. The Scriptures teach that there is only one God, and yet this same God reveals himself as God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The members of the Trinity are one, diverse and equal, the one true God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. After examining the Trinity, we will then briefly examine the attributes of God’s greatness: his spirituality, his life, his personality, his infinite character, and his unchanging essence.
Finally, in lesson four we turn our attention to God as Father: the Goodness of God. Here we will discover God’s marvelous goodness demonstrated in his moral attributes of his perfect moral purity, absolute integrity, and unbounded love. And, we close our module with a look at the goodness and severity of God, exploring the relationship between God’s goodness and severity, his love and justice. Truly, our God the Father Almighty is the one, true, and glorious God of heaven. Knowing him better will equip us to represent him with honor as his servants. May God bless you as you explore the untold riches of Scripture regarding our great and mighty God!
Required Reading Texts:
- Erickson, Introducing Christian Doctrine
- Packer, Knowing God
- Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life
- Dodd, Dictionary of Theological Terms in Simplified English: A Resource for English-Language Learners