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Who is God?


God is difficult to define because we have only our limited understanding and human words to explain someone who is not of this world.

God is infinite, beyond our full comprehension, ever present, more powerful than hurricanes that shred islands or fires that level forests. Yet, He is more loving and forgiving than any mother or father, husband or wife, or friend.

We learn so much about who God is from what He’s created. In Romans 1:20, the apostle Paul wrote: For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

God is the brilliant creator of the universe, who designed every creature from the elephant to the amoeba with amazing detail, who orchestrated the dazzling colors of the sunrise, who made each one of us in His image.

We learn about who God is through His Word, compiled in the Bible’s 66 books and written by more than 35 people to whom God spoke directly or by His Spirit. The Bible records God’s commandments, illuminates His authority, reveals His holiness, introduces His chosen people, reflects His devotion, exposes His might, and demonstrates His patience. Above all, it tells the story of His love for us, His children. By His very nature, because of who He is, God cares about us and loves us.

But our sin separates us from God and His holiness. And because He’s a just and holy God who can’t tolerate evil or sin, only He could provide the means to restore His relationship with us (John 14:6). He sent Jesus to this world to die for our sins and make a way for us to come into relationship with the Holy Father.

Jesus is God’s Son, whom He sent from heaven to the world to teach love, truth, and righteousness and to bear on the cross the punishment for our sins so that we can have eternal life in heaven. “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

God is three beings in one—a concept called the Trinity that is hard for us to grasp. The Trinity is the Father, the creator of everything, the Son, Jesus, who is fully man and fully God, and the Holy Spirit, who speaks to our own spirit, guides and comforts us, and enters our spirit when we seek forgiveness and acknowledge that Jesus is God’s Son.

So who is God? He is holiness and perfection. He is love, truth and justice. He is everything good. He is the giver of grace. He is our Savior. And He is infinitely more.


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I'm Not Who You Think I Am

I’m Not Who You Think I Am

Pete Briscoe

Any child surprised by what bursts out of a jack-in-the-box will tell you more is inside than expected. God is the same way! We try to place Him in a finite box because it's all we know—and maybe all we want to know. Yet God is far beyond our human understanding or control. How do we get past just knowing about God to knowing God intimately? In this series, we learn about the heart of God by studying what He said about Himself.

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The Names of God

The Names of God

Jill Briscoe

God is called by many names—Jehovah, Elohim, Adonai—and those names are precious because they describe who He is and what He has promised to His people. In Jill's series, she takes a closer look at eight of these names and explores what they reveal about God's character and His love for us.

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Who Are You, God?

Who Are You, God?

Stuart Briscoe

If you ask people to describe God, you’ll be amazed at how many different answers you’ll hear, but often, we confuse what we think with what is true. Day-to-day life can pressure us to water down our faith or question our understanding of God. That’s why it’s vital to know what God says about Himself and how He reveals who He is through His love for us. In this series, Stuart goes directly to the source—God’s Word—to teach us who God is and answer three key questions. Why did you make me? How do I know you love me? What do you want me to do?

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God's Love for Us

God’s Love for Us

Jill Briscoe

God's unconditional love for us – irrespective of our birth, family, culture, identity or actions – is the kind of love that can never be found here on earth. Jill helps us understand our greatest need – to be loved and to love in return – as she looks at David’s life, a rich illustration of God's love for us as our comforter, forgiver, shepherd and creator. If you feel unloved or that you are unlovable, let this message be a blessing to you as you seek to claim the joy that can only be found in God's love for you.

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Finding God’s will for me

Jill Briscoe

My husband Stuart and I have traveled the world over many times in our four decades of ministry. And one of the most common questions people ask us is...

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Grace Unwrapped

Pete Briscoe

One of my deepest griefs for the church is many haven't fully unwrapped the gift of grace. Instead of diving into the richness of God's grace, we only get a small taste of it...

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How can we know God?

Stuart Briscoe

One of the things you might hear in today’s world is that you can’t be certain of God unless you know Him perfectly.

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Is God really in control?

Pete Briscoe

War, terrorism, poverty, and illness. The world is full of pain and evil—so much so that it’s sometimes difficult not to question what God is up to and if He really cares. In this message, Pete uses the book of Daniel to understand why God allows suffering and to find answers about how we can remain hopeful in difficult times. God is working behind the scenes, even though we don’t see Him.

What do I do when I have a bad attitude toward God?

Jill Briscoe

Sometimes we struggle with being faithful to God and trusting Him, especially in dark times. Jill explains that we can control our attitude toward God by remembering His attributes – His love, His kindness, His faithfulness, His goodness—and by reading and thoroughly thinking about His Word, the Bible.

What does it mean to depend on God?

Stuart Briscoe

Our dependence on God can't be overstated. But does dependence mean we passively wait for God to act in our lives? Watch as Stuart explains this often difficult-to-understand concept.

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