I am currently reviewing a work by Gregory Brown titled The Perfections of God:
The Perfections of God is an excerpt and an adaptation from the larger work BTG Theology Proper. It is a study of God’s characteristics including his love, goodness, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, eternality, wrath, sovereignty, and much more. It can be used as a seven to fifteen-week small-group curriculum depending on how the leader chooses to divide the introduction and the fourteen characteristics.
Most every chapter of this book discussing the attributes (or perfections) of God is divided up into three parts. Brown discusses and teaches on the particular attribute and then he usually follows with a section of questions for application and then another set of questions for personal reflection. The final reflective thought of each chapter is an opportunity for the reader to enter into the presence of God in prayer.
The entire book is only 146 pages long so this is a very manageable study for anyone, regardless for how busy they believe themselves to be. This book would be a great tool in the hands of a someone who was teaching a class of new believers. It would also be a wonderful book for personal devotion time.
It is vital for a Christian to understand the attributes and character of God because in this knowledge we can better interpret the Scriptures and we will be able to walk through the trials of life with confidence in our God. Yes, this book will be beneficial in the hands of the newest believer, but it will also be helpful to someone who has been walking with the Lord for many years and simply needs to be reminded of who He is in all His glorious perfections.
Many times in the Scriptures our God calls us to remember…
O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips will praise You.
So I will bless You as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.
When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches,
For You have been my help,
And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.
If you are at a place in life where you need to remember… then this book will be a great place to start.
If you are at a place where you are just now getting to know… then this book will be a great tool to have alongside you as you open the pages of His Word in the Bible and begin the beautiful journey into the intimate knowledge of our God.