We believe in the one true God (John 17:3), the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20). He created all things (Revelation 4:11) and upholds all things by the Word of His power (Hebrews 1:3). In Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). He is a God of truth and without iniquity, He is just and right (Deuteronomy 32:4) and He shall judge the world (Psalm 9:8). He is holy, good, compassionate, graceful, loving and merciful (Exodus 33:19-20; Psalm 36:5-10; Isaiah 6:1-7; Isaiah 54:10; Revelation 1:12-18.)
We believe that God‘s characteristics and His attributes can be seen and understood. His attributes fall into two categories: communicable and incommunicable. God‘s communicable attributes are those characteristics that humans can share. This is possible by a person being made in the image of God and through the process of sanctification in a person‘s life. Some of these attributes are love, holiness, faithfulness, truthfulness, goodness, grace, mercy.
Those attributes that are incommunicable—those not shared with humanity—include God‘s self-sufficiency, immutability, omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, eternality, infinity and sovereignty.
God‘s characteristics and the outflow of His nature can be clearly seen in God‘s creation (Psalm 104:14-35; Acts 14:17; Romans 1:20-22) so that a person has no excuse for denying the existence of God.
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections, and are worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience (Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4). Everything of eternal importance depends upon what a person believes about God, and what a person believes about the Trinity deeply affects that person‘s spiritual life and eternal destiny.
We believe that the doctrine of the Trinity is core to the Reformed Christian faith because:
- it makes clear the reality of the triune God as taught in the Old and New Testaments;
- it differentiates Christianity from all other forms of theism by preserving the unity of God while recognizing the diversity of God; the Christian faith disintegrates at the denial of the deity of Jesus Christ and at the denial of the Father and Holy Spirit within Trinity; it has significant implications for life of the individual Christian and life in the local church, i.e. the submission of the Son to the will of the Father, the Spirit‘s work in calling attention to the Son rather than to Himself.