Q2: What Is God?

New City Catechism: Question 2


Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with Don Carson, Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, answers the question, "What is God?”



Psalm 86:8-10 (ESV)

8There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,

nor are there any works like yours.

9 All the nations you have made shall come

and worship before you, O Lord,

and shall glorify your name.

10For you are great and do wondrous things;

you alone are God.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Psalm 86:15 (ESV)

15But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



We can respond to question two with the following answer: God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in His power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice, and truth. Nothing happens except through Him and by His will. 


Don said God defines Himself—He is good, faithful, eternal, immanent, unchangeable, personal. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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God reveals Himself throughout the entirety of Scripture. Don warned that we should not fixate on one or two attributes of God. Instead, we should look at all of who God says He is throughout the whole Bible.


Does the answer to this question impact your faith in God? If so, how and why?
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Read through Psalm 86:8–10, 15. Take a moment to reflect on who God is. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of God’s character, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize Psalm 86:8–10, 15. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions through knowing God’s character. 



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