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Global Methodist Church Catechism
Questions and Answers
Yes. I believe in God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. (Gen. 1:1-31; 17:1; Josh. 2:11; Ps. 8:3-8; Isa. 42:5; 1 Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; Heb. 1:5; Rev 4:11; CoF I.)
God is the one true, holy and living God, the Eternal Spirit, the Holy Trinity. (Deut. 6:4; Lev. 19:2; Jer. 10:10; Matt. 28:19; John 17:3; Heb. 9:14.)
Articles of Religion: Article 1
There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body or parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and good; the maker and preserver of all things, both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there are three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Confession of Faith: Article 1
We believe in the one true, holy and living God, Eternal Spirit, who is Creator, Sovereign and Preserver of all things visible and invisible. He is infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness and love, and rules with gracious regard for the well-being and salvation of men, to the glory of his name. We believe the one God reveals himself as the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, distinct but inseparable, eternally one in essence and power.
Knowing the One True God
This week we embark on a new journey to explore the fundamental teachings of our faith as they’re communicated in the catechism of the Global Methodist Church. This study focuses on Questions 1 and 2. These questions touch the core of our beliefs, leading us to contemplate the nature of our God, the one true, holy, and living God, who reveals Himself as the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In this devotional, we’ll introduce the importance of knowing God and his character and how that knowledge impacts our lives as Christians.
As we delve into these first two questions, let us look at two key principles that can guide us in thinking about the God we worship.
Wesleyan Christians often emphasize that God’s character is holiness and love, not one or the other. God's holiness is inseparable from his love. His holiness means he is morally pure, separate from sin, and his love is demonstrated through the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus on the cross. As Christians, we should recognize that our sin separates us from God, but through his love and grace expressed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we can be reconciled to God.
God’s Character is Moral Perfection: As alluded to above, in all of God’s dealings with his creation and his people, God displays his moral perfection. He is undiluted goodness and light, the God of grace, truth, patience, and righteousness. As we grow in our faith, we should strive to reflect his character in our own lives, seeking to be good and holy as he is good and holy and living out his grace, love, and truth to others.
Questions for Reflection
As we grow in our understanding of God and his character, may we continually seek to know him more deeply and reflect his holiness, love, and moral perfection in our lives. Let’s remember that our belief in the one true God is the cornerstone of our faith and the purpose for which we live. Let’s seek to glorify and please him as we walk with him each day.
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