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January 16, 2022 12:38 am
As we continue our series studying the 11 doctrines of The Salvation Army; this week's doctrine is:
We believe that there is only one God, who is infinitely perfect, the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of all things, and who is the only proper object of religious worship.
Hi this is breathing welcome to the Salvation Army's words of life. Welcome to words of life and I'm still on Bernie Dick. Nice to have you with us this week.
Last week we launched our new series, we believe Salvation Army officer Dan Sterrett throughout the 11 week series.
Dan is preaching on the 11 doctrines of the Salvation Army.
Last week you discussed our belief that the Scriptures of the Old Testament were given by inspiration of God and the only constitute the divine of Christian faith and practice in this week. Dan the doctor and dentist concentrating on is we believe that there is only one God is already touched on this but you see throughout this series that these 11 doctrines keep building on each other and if any of these are removed, the rest falls apart.
It's so important that when you're learning about the doctrines you can't understand why the written in the order that the written and I have to admit I'm an adult now as a teenager or as a young adult. Having studied the doctrines.
I didn't really understand that part of it. I must've missed that lesson. But now, as I appreciate the foundation I've been given as a Christian person I really do try to make sure that young people or people that are new to the Salvation Army understand why it is that they're written that order, right, and we know in a very young age, we begin to instill this within our within our church members even our youngest church members and junior soldiers on our junior soldiers is an honor to your soldier, which is just a junior member of the Salvation Army.
You begin learning about these things, which carries over into our corporate which is our team Bible study and that is just important because there are so many things out there right now that are God important for us and others. Only one true God. He is the creator we see that in Scripture right between learned last week is the very foundation of why we believe things and that it's true. And so we learn that he is the creator, the preserver and the governor of all things and so it's really important that that we just kind of have these not in our toolbox but were were really using these for our own spiritual formation and the spiritual formation of the kids that were developing what I think the toolbox lustration is good because that is what we use will work a problem or you were trying to figure something out in life.
There's such a challenging world that we live in now and so many different ideas coming out us from every angle. Right.
So having this foundation is great reason Scripture believing that there's only one God. I cannot wait.
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Let's look at Dr. number two. We believe that there is only one God who is infinitely perfect.
The creator preserver and governor of all things, and who was the only proper object of religious worship as we focus our attention upon this doctrine of God which is our theology, let me remind each of us that our beliefs, facts and values regarding God are and must be based upon the word of God and not the wisdom or teachings of man we don't think of some new ideas or thoughts or impressions or feelings every time some new book is written or somebody asked the part of God in the movie or someone thinks they now have a brand-new revelation or some TV personality claims God told him this or that. The Bible, the Scriptures of the old and New Testament is our fully complete teaching and training about the person and work of God.
Let's look at seven things. This doctrine teaches us about God. The first one is, there is only one God, the Bible only tells us there was one God, for example in Exodus chapter 20 in verse three you must not have any other gods would be in Deuteronomy chapter 4 verse 35 he shows you these things so you would know that the Lord is God and there is no other God will allowed no other God or gods. And that's with a small G Exodus chapter 20 in verse four, you must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens above or in the earth beneath or in the sea for brief lumbar eternity on until this day. There is now and always will be only one God number two God is infinitely perfect.
We are firm God beyond time and space. I want you know it's a tough concept for us to think about everything you and I know is surrounded in time God has no time he has is now and always will be perfect. He always has been no other religion in the world claims the perfection of God from infinity. God requires that because he is holy and so tells us that we must be holy.
Nowhere in the Bible does it, trying to prove God's existence or is beginning. It merely understands it and accepts it as a fact. So if you can prove your God has a beginning. It's not a God small G it's just something you made number three God is preserver. He preserves all things.
The world still exist today by God's word and God's will.
He preserves all things until his judgment upon the world at the end of the age all record of every person of man on heaven and earth will not pass away until God decides it will there's no bomb. There is no disease, war, pollution, environmental crisis or anything else that will stop the world, it will stop when God decides it's time God created the world and will one day destroy earth and heaven second Peter chapter 3 in verse 10 but the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear and fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.
We must honor his creation.
First, starting with this people, and then the planet number four God is our governor God controls all things, the world is not spinning and spiraling out of control. Don't let the devil convince you somehow that God is not in control. Satan is the author of chaos and confusion and disorder.
We have a God that is a God of order plans purpose and power.
God is in control of all things. There are no people, rulers, government powers, places or things that God is and not in control. God is very aware how from the garden of Eden until today. How man continues to choose his own will and his own way, which will lead to destruction from the smallest element in science to the vast size of the universe. God is the creator preserver and governor of all things.
Everything. Have you ever noticed that one man's left alone without guidance and direction or control that he ultimately seems to begin to worship something or someone. Number six. God is the only proper object of religious worship, not people, not places, and certainly not things management created with the ability to sense and know someone is greater than he is without the Bible without the Holy Spirit, man will and has always worship when he has created. Imagine thought up, dreamed about where's the Bible clearly from Genesis 11 says in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth to all the way to Revelation 22 were God has always been, is now and always will be.
There is no one else no place else. Nothing that is worthy of our worship.
So here's your pick and choose for this doctrine.
Isn't it interesting that when we think God has either done something or is not doing something that we think or want or pray for that man will go on and pick a different God and then a surprise to Satan. Sometimes answers that request and it appears it's working.
So pick and choose.
Are you trying to find a different God gives you not like the one in Scripture are you trying to find more gods or make up some more. Or are you trying to lower God down to your level or choose a different creator or you trying to worship what's in front of you.
Joshua said in Joshua chapter 24 verses 14 to 16 so fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly put away forever. The items your ancestors worshiped when they lived to be on the Euphrates River in Egypt.
Serve the Lord if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. When you preferred the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or will it be the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you now live. Joshua said but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord God? The Salvation Army's mission doing the most good means helping people with material and spiritual needs to become a part of this mission every time you give to the Salvation Army visit Salvation Army USA.org to offer your support and love to hear from you. Email us radio USS.Salvation Army.org. Call 1-800-229-9965 colitis PO Box 29972, Atlanta, GA 30359 tell us how we can help share prayer request or share your testimony. Would love to use your story on the air.
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