I Believe Series: Week 1 Study Guide

Begin your time today by reading the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed:

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

And in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hades; the third day, He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And we believe in one holy catholic (universal) and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

This Week’s Creed Statements

• I believe in God . . .
• I believe in the God of the Bible . . .
• I believe that God is relational . . .

God Is . . .

Omnipotent: All-powerful; God is in complete, total control over everything.

Scripture affirms God’s omnipotence by saying that God does whatever He is pleased to do (Psalm 115:3; Isaiah 55:11 and Jeremiah 32:17). Nothing is too hard for Him (Genesis 18:14). His word is never void of power, so when He speaks, everything in creation obeys Him (Isaiah 55:11).

Omniscient: All-knowing; God is the ultimate criterion of truth and falsity, so that His ideas are always true.

Everything God does has an intelligent purpose, a definite goal. And since, as we’ve seen, God’s power is universal, so also is his knowledge. In knowing his own intentions, God knows everything in himself, in his creation, and throughout history.

Not only does God know what is true, but he is the very nature of truth. Truth is what he is (as John 14:6). So it is inconceivable that he could be wrong about anything.

Omnipresent: Ever-present; since God’s power and knowledge extend to all parts of His creation, He Himself is present everywhere.

To say that God is “present” is to say that he is here with us, really here, not absent. Sometimes we connect a person’s presence with his body, as when a teacher takes attendance and says that Jimmy is “present” because his body is in his seat. But God does not have a body; he is immaterial. So how can we tell when God is present or absent?

Scripture’s answer is that God is present everywhere, because, as we have seen, his power and knowledge are everywhere. If every event, everywhere, takes place by God’s power, and if he has exhaustive knowledge of everything his power has brought to pass, then certainly he is not absent, but present in each event, though his presence is not quite the same as the presence of physical beings. So God’s omnipotence and omniscience imply his omnipresence.

-God is one. There is only one God (Isaiah 43:10)
-The Father is God (1 Peter 1:2)
-The Son is God (Colossians 2:8-10, Titus 2:13, Colossians 1:15, John 1:1)
-The Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3)
-The Father is not the Son (Matthew 3:16-17)
-The Son is not the Spirit (Matthew12:32)
-The Spirit is not the Father

Reflection Questions

  1. A.W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” What do you believe about God?
  2. Make a list of all the characteristics you think describe God. Which ones of these characteristics are most important to you? Which ones do you believe most strongly? Why? How did you come to know and believe these characteristics?
  3. What does omnipotence mean? How does God’s omnipotence help us to live for God today?
  4. What does it mean that God is omniscient? Read Psalm 139:1-6 aloud and let it wash over you. What strikes you most?  How do you respond to what it says?
  5. What does it mean to you to know that God is omnipresent? How does His presence always being with you impact your relationship with Him and your daily living?
  6. What is your best take-away from this study? How does it spur you to pray?

Memory Verse

“Moses said to God, ‘Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you,” and they ask me, “What is his name?” Then what shall I tell them?’ God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: “I am has sent me to you.”’”—Exodus 3:13–14 (NIV)

Prayer Guide

God, thank You for being all-powerful, all-knowing, and always with me. Thank You for being three in one. Thank You that the mystery of it is part of what makes You so glorious and holy. Thank You that despite the mystery, You still make Yourself clearly known to us. Father, thank You for always being a source of comfort and steadfast love. Thank You for providing for me! Jesus, thank You for Your sacrifice that saved us and for being our friend! Holy Spirit, thank You for dwelling within me and guiding me in the way I should go. I love you, Lord. Amen.

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About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.