Systematic Theology

This session was taught at the Christ Church Manchester School of Theology on Saturday 21st March 2020. The CCM School of Theology was set up to serve local churches in Manchester and beyond.

Topic: The Character of God

In this session, we look at the Character of God.

Speaker: Tom O’Toole

Tom is part of the team at Christ Church Manchester and leads the CCM City Centre site. He also manages the Broadcast Network, training church planters.

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The Character of God

God’s Character

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us… The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual
history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God. Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God.” (A.W. Tozer)

• Comparisons/metaphors
• Names/titles
• Attributes

Comparisons/Metaphors

• Lion (Isa 31:4), Eagle (Deut 32:11), Lamb (Isa 53:7), Hen (Matt 23:37), The Sun (Ps 84:11), Morning Star (Rev 22:16), Light (Ps 27:1), Torch (Rev 21:23), Fire (Heb 12:29), Fountain (Ps 36:9), Rock (Deut 32:4), Hiding Place (Ps 119:114), Tower (Prov 18:10), Shadow (Ps 91:1), Shield (Ps 84:11), Temple (Rev 21:22), etc

• Bridegroom (Isa 61:10), Husband (Isa 54:5), Father (Deut 32:6), Judge and King (Isa 33:22), Man of War (Ex 15:3), Builder and Maker (Heb 11:10), Shepherd (Ps 23:1), Physician (Ex 15:26), etc

Names

• Yahweh (Exodus 3:13-14)
• Yahweh-Will-Provide (Genesis 22:13-14)
• Yahweh-Your-Healer (Exodus 15:26)
• Yahweh-My-Banner (Exodus 17:15-16)
• Yahweh-Who-Sanctifies-You (Leviticus 20:7-8)
• Yahweh-Is-Peace (Judges 6:22-24)
• Yahweh-My-Shepherd (Psalm 23:1-3)
• Yahweh-Our-Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:5-6)
• Yahweh-Is-There (Ezekiel 48:35)
• The Most High (Daniel 4:34-35)
• Yahweh of Hosts (Isaiah 37:16)
• The Rock That Is Higher Than I (Psalm 61:1-3)
• The God of Israel (Joshua 24:2)

The Attributes of God

Attribute Where in the Bible? To what extent can you see it in your life?
Independence
Unchangeableness
Eternity
Omnipresence
Unity
Spirituality
Invisibility
Omniscience
Wisdom
Truthfulness
Goodness
Love
Mercy, Grace, Patience
Holiness
Order
Righteousness
Jealousy
Wrath
Will
Freedom
Omnipotence
Perfection
Blessedness
Beauty
Glory

Three Questions About What God Is Like

a) Knowability

b) Consistency – OT & NT

c) Unchangeableness

Being In God’s Image

 

Further Resources

• ‘Knowing God’ by J.I. Packer
• ‘The Attributes of God’ by A.W. Tozer
• ‘Incomparable’ by Andrew Wilson
• ‘Systematic Theology’ (Chapters 10-13) by Wayne Grudem

 

 

 

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