II. God – A. God the Father

from the Baptist Faith & Message 2000:

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.

Genesis 1:1 | Genesis 2:7 | Exodus 3:14 | Exodus 6:2-3 | Exodus 15:11ff. | Exodus 20:1ff. | Leviticus 22:2 | Deuteronomy 6:4 | Deuteronomy 32:6 | 1 Chronicles 29:10 | Psalm 19:1-3 | Isaiah 43:3,15 | Isaiah 64:8 | Jeremiah 10:10 | Jeremiah 17:13 | Matthew 6:9ff. | Matthew 7:11 | Matthew 23:9 | Matthew 28:19 | Mark 1:9-11 | John 4:24 | John 5:26 | John 14:6-13 | John 17:1-8 | Acts 1:7 | Romans 8:14-15 | 1 Corinthians 8:6 | Galatians 4:6 | Ephesians 4:6 | Colossians 1:15 | 1 Timothy 1:17 | Hebrews 11:6 | Hebrews 12:9 | 1 Peter 1:17 | 1 John 5:7

I really need to pull together some resources highlighting the importance of maintaining gender specific language when speaking of God the Father.

I like the Heidelberg Catechism definition of “providence:”

Question 27. What dost thou mean by the providence of God
Answer: The almighty and everywhere present power of God; whereby, as it were by his hand, he upholds and governs heaven, earth, and all creatures; so that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, yea, and all things come, not by chance, but by his fatherly hand.

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As I went through this statement there were several different things that stood out to me. Here’s a few of the things with links to corresponding topics.

I thought it was great that you brought you brought up maintaining gender specific language when referring to God. Honestly when I was looking over the statement that was not one of the first things that jumped out at me. As I pondered that thought though, it became apparent to me that it is very important to emphasize. If we lost the truth that God is the Father and substituted gender-neutral language for the gender-specific language, we’d tragically compromise the gospel.

GOD AS FATHER
Seven Reason we cannot call God mother – CBMW
http://www.cbmw.org/Resources/Articles/Seven-Reasons-Why-We-Cannot-Call-God-Mother

GOD’S PROVIDENCE
God’s Providence – James Montgomery Boyce
http://www.the-highway.com/providence_Boice.html

The Providence of God – John Gill
http://www.pbministries.org/books/gill/Doctrinal_Divinity/Book_3/book3_04.htm

ALL POWERFUL
Systematic Theology Chapter 8 – James P. Boyce
http://www.founders.org/library/boyce1/abstract.pdf

The Power of God – Arthur Pink
http://www.pbministries.org/books/pink/Attributes/attrib_09.htm

ALL KNOWING
Systematic Theology Chapter 9 – James P. Boyce
http://www.founders.org/library/boyce1/abstract.pdf

The Omniscience of God – Joe Nesom
http://www.founders.org/FJ46/article1_fr.html

ALL LOVING
How the Bible speaks of God’s Love – Timmy Brister
http://provocationsandpantings.blogspot.com/2006/06/addressing-omnibenevolence-part-ii-how.html

The Love of God – Arthur Pink
http://www.pbministries.org/books/pink/Attributes/attrib_15.htm

Systematic Theology Chapter 10 – James P. Boyce
http://www.founders.org/library/boyce1/abstract.pdf

ALL WISE
God’s wisdom is seen in his works of creation, preservation and redemption: it is his choice of his own glory as his goal (Ps. 46:10; Isa. 42:8; 48:11), and his decision to achieve it first by creating a marvelous variety of things and people (Ps. 104:24; Pro. 3:19-20), second by kindly providences of all sorts (Ps. 145:13-16; Acts 14:17), and third by the redemptive “wisdom” of “Christ crucified” (1 Cor. 1:18-2:16) and the resultant world church (Eph. 3:10).
J.I. Packer Concise Theology pg. 48