Month: June 2016

10 Tweets from the Weekend Sermon: Father’s Day

Encourage someone with one of these tweets.

  1. [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]The Gospel should transform every area of life, leaving nothing untouched by the power of the Gospel.[/clickandtweet]
  2. [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]The Gospel will give you a different motivation so that no matter what you do, you will do it in the name of Jesus.[/clickandtweet]
  3. [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]To do all in the name of Jesus means that every attitude and action will be shaped by your relationship with Christ.[/clickandtweet]
  4. [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]The Gospel of Christ will move you to a life of service and selflessness.[/clickandtweet]
  5. [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]As fathers, when we relinquish our role as king, we give that position to the only one who deserves it.[/clickandtweet]
  6. [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]When the Gospel becomes a driving force in our experiences as fathers, it changes our motivations.[/clickandtweet]
  7. [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]The Gospel shows our kids that brokenness can be dealt with in a way that doesn’t destroy relationships.[/clickandtweet]
  8. [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]The Gospel empowers us to experience healthy relationships with our kids built around love, grace, and truth.[/clickandtweet]
  9. [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]A healthy home is lead by a father who is active and intentional about the work to which God has called him.[/clickandtweet]
  10. [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]When we approach work with an understanding that this is service to the Lord, it will change everything.[/clickandtweet]

Trinity – The Meaning Behind the Name

In 1915, a group of believers started a church in the Westside area of Jacksonville and chose the name Tabernacle Baptist Church. A few years later after moving locations within that neighborhood, the church changed its name to Trinity Baptist Church. Now, for over 100 years, our church has been known by that name. Sensing a need to do some teaching on doctrine to help build Biblical knowledge and spiritual clarity into our church, we embarked on a brief series on the doctrine of the Trinity. Doctrinal preaching can be interesting, practical, and incredibly helpful, but preaching on the Trinity is not easy. J.I. Packer said, “The historic doctrine of the Trinity confronts us with the most difficult thought that the human mind has ever been asked to handle.”  Yet, in spite of the difficulty, there are some great practical truths that emerge from a proper understanding of the Trinity.

 

The Father, Son, and Spirit each had a role in creation and they each had a role in redemption. At the baptism of Jesus, at the beginning of Mark’s gospel, you have the Son coming up out of the water, the Father’s voice from heaven saying, “this is my beloved son,” and you have the Spirit descending upon Jesus like a dove. What you see in the Trinity is “One God who exists eternally in three distinct persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” The practical reality is that a God who is three in one would be in the words of C.S. Lewis, “pulsating and dynamic,” where the Father, Son, and Spirit each defer to, commune with, and exalt the other. It is part of the nature of God to focus on others and ultimately is a reminder to us that we are to center our lives on Him, not on ourselves.

A good grasp on the doctrine of the Trinity helps to shape our grasp on some practical areas of the Christian life.

The Trinity and Prayer

We are told that we can come to God and call him our Father through the work of the Son and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8 reminds us that we pray by the power of the Spirit, through the Son, to the Father. The Spirit of God, because of the work of the Son, enables us to cry “Abba Father.” The reality of the relationship that we have with the Trinity comes to light when the Spirit says to us, “you are His son and He is your Father.”

The Trinity and Community

If God was not triune but one person then he could not have been love. Because God is three persons in one Godhead then love was in the beginning. If love had not been in the beginning, manifested in the Trinity than there would not have been love until God created the world and made other beings.  Because God existed in eternity past in a community (three persons) of beings that love one another, glorify one another, and communicate with one another, then God was love before He was anything else. We begin to see that God is both family and characterizes his relationships as friendships. That means that those created in the image of God find meaning and purpose in love, relationships, and community.

The Trinity and Mission

The idea of the Trinity pushes out into mission. God the Father sent Jesus the Son into the world, the Father sent the Spirit in Jesus’ name (John 14:26), the Son sent the Spirit (John 15:26), and God sends us on mission. A God who is always going and sending is a God who has a servant’s heart. Think about the fact that the Son willingly took His place between the Father and the Spirit. That means that there is a second and third person of the Trinity, which teaches us a lot about humility and servanthood. A sign of living a missional life is that you will humbly serve others.

The Doctrine of the Trinity reminds us that God is relational and that He is inviting us into this unique relationship that exits in the Trinity. Our lives will find meaning and fullness as we center our lives on God.