Creation, Preservation & Providence

We believe and teach that God created out of nothing the physical universe and all that it contains, including angelic beings, in six literal days (Ge 1:1-31; Ex 20:11; Ps 33:6,9; Proverbs 3:19; Col 1:16; Heb 11:3). He also sustains for His own purposes the whole of that which He has created (Job 38:4-39:30; Col 1:17; Heb 1:3).

We also believe and teach the sovereign providence of God (Ps 103:19; 135:6; Is 14:26-27; Da 4:34-35; Ro 8:28; Eph 1:11). His absolute sway is all inclusive, including, for example, history (Job 12:23; Ps 22:28; 75:6-7; Da 2:20-21; 4:34-35), the circumstances of life (Proverbs 16:1,9; 20:24; Acts 17:25-26; Jas 4:13-15), duration of life (Job 14:5; Ps 139:16), manner of death (Jn 21:18-19), helpful acts of men (Is 44:28-45:7; Eph 2:10; Php 2:13) harmful acts of men (Ge 20:6; 45:4-8; 50:20; Ex. 14:17; 2 Sam 12:11-12; 1 Kings 22:23; Ps 105:25; Proverbs 16:4; Is 10:5; Jer 25:9; Amos 3:6; Acts 4:27-28), salvation of sinners (Eph 1:4-5; 2 Th 2:13-14), the greatest world events (Acts 2:23; 4:27-28; Rev 13:8), seemingly trivial circumstances (Job 37:6-13; Proverbs 16:33; Mt 6:26; 10:29-30), etc. These truths, however, never nullify the responsibilities of created, moral beings (Lk. 22:22; Acts 2:22-23).